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Tiny House Update – May 2016

It’s crazy how fast time has flown by. To think I’ve been in my Tiny House for just shy of two years! I thought it would be a good time to give an update from the home front. I’ve now been through two summers and two winters off the grid with my solar panels.

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I think the biggest change to report is that I’ve really stopped thinking about my tiny house as tiny…it’s now just my house. When I first moved in I had worries that it might be too small, not because it felt small, but because I worried that I might grow to feel that way one day. Two years in, and there are times it almost feels big.

With the move to the tiny house I made some pretty big lifestyle shifts. First off I went fully off grid for my power, which has been relatively smooth. My system is large enough that I really don’t think about it most days. Sometimes I almost forget that I’m on solar, particularly in the spring and summer.

Winters are the only time I really have to think about things, particularly when it’s very overcast for days. For this I have my generator that I can run for two hours and the batteries are fully recharged. The combination of less solar exposure in the winter with the higher power usage of heat can be tricky, but last winter I used a total of 20 gallons of gas in my generator, costing me about $45 for heat over an entire winter.

The real challenge is that I don’t use my generator enough. I use it just often enough that it doesn’t make sense to drain the fluids, but sometimes things start to gum up a bit. I know my Honda EU2000i is showing signs of infrequent use and the carburetor needs to be overhauled, but I’m nervous to pull it apart because it’s a fancy two stage (not sure if that’s the correct term) and has a lot more pieces to it; as if I really know enough to do a basic carburetor.

In the kitchen I’ve also made some big shifts since moving to my tiny house. I decided not to put in a microwave, freezer, dishwasher or oven. For some, this would be no big deal, while others couldn’t imagine not having these things. For me it came down to a few things: generally, convenience foods are less healthy for you and primarily come frozen and/or rely on microwave cooking. I like to cook, but I don’t really like baking, so no oven. Finally, I didn’t want to give up the space for a dishwasher and I couldn’t care less about having one.

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I think the only things I really miss are easy baked potatoes in the microwave and being able to freeze meats. Freezing meats wouldn’t be an issue if I wasn’t a single person household, but most things at the store are packaged for families. Single person portions options at the grocery store are woefully lacking and I wish there were better options.

Laundry facilities have been tricky, since I don’t have a washer and dryer in my tiny house. In reality, it’s the drying that’s the hard part, because I don’t mind hand washing my clothes. I don’t have time or space to air dry things. In our humid summers, clothes won’t dry very quickly. In the winter it rains too much. I’ve decided to actually double my wardrobe from about 8ish days of clothes to 16 days.  Locally there are now two companies that will come to me, take my clothes and then wash/dry/fold them for very affordable rates. Two weeks of clothing means I can have one weeks’ worth at home and another out being washed.

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The last and final trouble spot I’m having is I really want a woodshop. It would be great to have a space where I can set up my tools and just leave them set up. Right now when I want to work on a project, I have to drag my tools out of my cargo trailer and then put them all back in. I really want to get into some woodworking projects that take some time, things that I may only work on a few hours here and there, but take a few weeks to complete. I want a big work table to spread out on, to do more complex glue-ups, and have a place for things to dry. I don’t really know what I’m going to do for this. I’d like to avoid paying rent somewhere and I don’t own the land, so building a shop isn’t in the cards.

Another lifestyle change is that I decided against installing Internet at my tiny house. I now own a coworking space, so I have a great office space to do my thing, but I really have to be careful that I allow myself to unplug. I love work. The fact that I get to do what I do for a living is incredible. And therein lies the problem – when you love to work, you have to make sure that you also make time to live life. Not having Internet at my house means I really have time to detach from work, and have time to reflect, be quiet, and enjoy my solitude.

I also don’t have cable TV, but download the shows I want to watch and then only watch what I really enjoy; no more idle channel surfing. I feel like this is the perfect balance for me.

Your Turn!

 

  • If you live tiny, how has your life changed since moving into a tiny house?

 

 

Tiny House Living Update – November 2015

The past few weeks have been pretty crazy around here at The Tiny Life. All have them are great things, but all have involved a lot of work, time and even a little stress in some cases. Luckily all this work has really set us up at The Tiny Life to do more of what we do, so we are super excited to get rolling. So here is a quick run down of what’s been going on:

One Year In A Tiny House

I’m going to write a longer post on this soon, but I’ve officially been living in my tiny house for more than a year. The experiment of tiny living is in full swing and it has been going really well. It now seems so normal and in a weird way I no longer think of my house as a tiny house; it’s just my house. I love sleeping in my loft, the couch is comfy, the kitchen is great and things are just working out really well.

Tiny House Conference Shaping Up

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The Conference has really been shaping up. This year we have an amazing line up and already have 5 tiny houses confirmed to be there. We’ve also added two new programs: Tool School and Tiny House Masterminds. We’ve had record numbers of people signing up and we can’t wait to see folks in Asheville, NC April 2-3 2016 for the Tiny House Conference!

Amy Joins The Team

Image Source: tinyhouseexpedition.com

Image Source: tinyhouseexpedition.com

A while ago I made a big decision to bring someone on to help with The Tiny Life and the Tiny House Conference. Things were getting to the point where even though I am able to crank out results pretty quickly, there were some really amazing projects I was having to put on the back burner because I didn’t have enough time. Three months ago I brought on Amy and we are now The Tiny Life Team.

Finished Our Second Book

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While I haven’t been writing a ton on this website, it was mainly because I was already writing a lot for the book. The thought of writing more after a long day of book writing just wasn’t going to happen. I’m pleased to announce that we have turned in the book, our second traditionally published book from The Tiny Life, to the publisher. More on that in the coming months!

Built Out Our Podcast Studio

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The studio is pretty much done now. We have some acoustical treatments that we need to add, but the other day we recorded an episode and it sounded great. With the studio we’ve upgraded our mixing board and mics, so the sound should be better and we can start having guests!

Launched A New Business

I think some of the big gains I’ve had when it comes to living in a tiny house are that I need less money, I have more time and more control over that time, and I get to create things that I wish existed in this world. One of my big bucket list items that I wanted to bring to Charlotte, NC is a great coworking space. Coworking is essentially a shared office space where you have an open office in which collaboration and community is key. This week I just launched a space that meets that vision and we had a tremendous response: 30 members in our first week.

This also does a few other things for us: it gives The Tiny Life an office to work from, and we now have a podcast studio and work spaces to do our thing. It gives us a community, because working from home can be isolating, and we now are able to work alongside other people in a community. I think that while not everyone wants to do something like starting a business, it at least shows the potential of what can be; starting a business is really just an analog to whatever your passion is in the world.

Tiny House Expedition Comes For A Visit

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Image source: Tinyhouseexpedition.com

Alexis and Christian from Tiny House Expedition came by The Tiny Life headquarters to hang out and record an interview. They’ll be featured in our next book and it was great to talk with them, learn about what they’re doing and chat about tiny houses.

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