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5 Conversations You’ll Have At The Tiny House Conference

The conference is not too far off and people are getting excited!  I get emails every day from people about the conference.  We also have our final sale on tickets which is $50 off if you use code: TINY2013.  I was talking to someone yesterday about how exciting they were about getting to meet a lot of tiny housers and it got me thinking.

So here is my the 5 conversations you’ll have at the Tiny House Conference.

1. That one burning question will get answered – 10 different ways

The tiny house brain trust we have at this event will be staggering, we all have those questions that we are just dying to get answered by people who have been there.  You can talk with people who have been there and done it, you can talk to others who are just starting out, and you can talk with other tiny house dreams too.

2. You’ll share you’re concerns/reasons why you haven’t started building and we’ll show you how to overcome them.

The biggest barrier to me starting my own tiny house wasn’t money or time or knowledge, it was me, myself.  You’ll hear from people who have built their own homes and live in them full time; for every worry, concern, barrier, there at least one person at the event that overcame it and will share how they did it.

3. You’ll talk about going to the bathroom in a bucket.

There is an un-can-ny (ha!) propensity for tiny house people to eventually start talking about how you use a composting toilet.  After presenting at so many events I’ve lost count, someone always asks.

4. You’ll meet people near you that are as excited about tiny houses as you are

The best part about tiny house events is that everyone there is already on board with tiny houses.  So many times if we talk about tiny houses people are quick to question the idea of tiny houses or worse, rain on your parade.  The people coming to this event have already wholeheartedly bought into tiny houses. It means we can move past the objections and move to action.

5. You’ll stop talking about “one day” and move to action

There is a point in every tiny houser’s journey when you stop asking question, you stop worrying, you stop making reasons why not and then you just do it!  Events like this always leave me energized about tiny houses and they build a flame within you that is hard to put out.  It shows us a clear path in our minds and you gain the support that you need to take that first step!

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Have You Retired In A Tiny House?

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Today I wanted to see how many of our readers have actually retired in a tiny house?  I am am doing some research for a project and wanted to see if I could find and talk with a few of you about you experiences.

If you have already retired into a tiny house email me:  ryan@thetinylife.com

For the rest of you who are thinking about retirement into a tiny house.  What are your top three questions you have specific to retiring into a tiny house?  Let me know in the comments!

 Your Turn!

  • What are your top 3 questions specific to retirement in a tiny house?
  • What are the biggest barriers to retiring into a tiny house?

 

Why I Have To Buy More To Live Tiny

It seems counter intuitive, but for me to live tiny I have to buy more stuff!  One of the things that I am not having in my tiny house is a laundry.  Despite trying to work it out, there just wasn’t a great place to put it, even if I got one of the washer and dryer in one machines, there wasn’t a great space to tuck it away.

laundry-serviceSo this leaves me with having to look for options outside the tiny house, namely laundry mats, friends places or a service.  I have decided my splurge is going to be having a laundry service come pick up the clothes, wash fold, then bring back to me.  I decided this because of one truth I know about myself.  I loath folding laundry and I’m terrible at it.  It’s not that I can’t do it, but frankly at this point in my life, its worth the money to have someone else do it.

This leads to my predicament.  Clothes.  I don’t find enjoyment the act of shopping and clothes, while necessary, as long as they suit my life well, I could care less about them.  This has lead me to just not have a lot of them.

Currently in my wardrobe I have:

  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 belt – reversible
  • 7 shirts
  • 20 pair of underwear and socks
  • 1 polo shirt
  • 1 button down shirt
  • 1 pair of dress pants
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 pair of flannel sleep pants
  • Shoes: 1  black dress, 1 sneakers, 1 hiking boots, 1 crocs

So while my clothes are off at the launder I need to have something to wear and this means buying more clothes; which I don’t like doing.  So I have decided I’m going to pick up another pair of shorts, a pair of pants and 3 more T-shirts and another pair of sleep pants; at least to start, we’ll see how this works and go from there.

I am also making decisions around my closet to meet these needs.  I will only have three things to hang: dress shirt, jacket and dress pants, I figure I’ll allow a little extra room in case I want to hang more, but still, keeping it small.  I am also going to locate the hanging rod at the least accessible space in the closet because I don’t use these things but a few times a year.  The rest will all be shelves and for the socks and underwear I’ll have them in little bins on shelves.

Another thing that I am making considerations on is how to handle wrinkles in clothes, because right now I’d just throw a shirt in the dryer if it got really really wrinkled, but I won’t have one anymore.  So I need an ironing board and a something I can iron on.  I was thinking of making one of these   DIY direction here

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Help Shape The Future Of Tiny Houses

takeoursurveyI have been looking ahead at what is next for The Tiny Life and wanted to get your input on what would be the most helpful for you!

What do you need to live tiny?

What is holding you back?

What other ebooks would you like to see?

My Window Saga

So it has been a long time since I’ve updated you all on my tiny house because of what I am dubbing “The Great Window Saga”.  It all started last spring when I made the decision to widen the door from my existing plans.   The door of the Fencl is only 22 inches wide and after I framed it, I realized that I couldn’t walk straight through my door, because – after measuring – my shoulders are 27 inches across.  So doing that math I knew it didn’t add up.  So I re-engineered the whole front wall.

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I had designed this to widen the door, but I was still able to use the three windows my plans recommends in the front bay.  Everything was good and I wouldn’t have changed a thing about that.  Fast forward to installing the windows.  The plans recommended to have 3 window sashes that you can integrate together by making your own window frame.  So I thought about it a long time and came up with the best way to do this.  I then fabricated all the wooden pieces I’d need to make the frame and got assembling.  photo

I decided at that point that I wanted to have my windows at this point be able to open, because I wanted the air circulation and its also the area that I’m going to be looking out the most as it is my desk space.

sdfsd What I ended up with was a double casement window that matched the rest of the windows.  This window opens up really wide so I can let a ton of air in if I want and it also looks really nice because it will be the window I look out most as it is where my desk will be.  So I bit the bullet, ordered it and waited.

downloadHere’s where the real saga began.  Since it was a custom ordered window, it took 4 weeks to get in.  The window finally came in – yeah! – then I realized something…. They had made the window the wrong size!  So we reordered it.  A month later the window came in – yeah! –   and at the store I asked to inspect it before I signed for it.   We’ll I’m glad I did because they sent the window with the wrong grill pattern!  So we reordered it, waited a month, the next new window came in – yeah! – oh wait… what’s that a crack?  Is that corner bashed in?  yup!  So we reordered it again!!!!  Wait a month!

Now at this point what I decided to do was because the issue was with the casement, not the actual frame, they told me I could install it and they would come out and replace just the casement/sash part when it gets in.  So that’s where I am now.

All in all this one window has held me up 4 months!  Which meant I had to extend my rent 4 times!!!  All of which culminated into the worlds most expensive tiny house window and killed my timeline.  Since I didn’t have the window in, I couldn’t finish the siding, which meant that I couldn’t really start doing interior finish work.   Now I am finally back at work on the tiny house after this saga.

I’ll post more photos when I get a chance.

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