We took the house out for a spin on Saturday and it was glorious! Watching it pull out of the shop into the sunlight… I felt so proud! For those of you new to our journey, we bought our trailer at the end of February, worked out the design at the end of February / beginning of March, and built our own custom designed Tiny House in ten weeks. We’re moving out of our 2BR-2BA rental house into the new 200sf tiny house this week on Wednesday. We’re parking it on a residential lot here in Prescott, AZ for $300 per month, including all utilities. That’s a savings of about $800 a month.
Without further ado, here’s a photo of the house out of the shop:
Before we could hit the road though, we had to install our front door handle / lock. Which means we have keys to our own house now! Andrew Odom, of Tiny r(e)volution, who interviewed us, asked when the house is going to feel like a home, and I think for me, it was when we got the keys.
You can see in this photo just how exciting it was to open the package containing our door handle! Just like Christmas. except better, actually.
Well, you’re probably wondering how the house did out on the road? I was the follow car, and it went great from my perspective! No wobbles, no shaking, just all glorious beauty cruising down the road. We got a LOT of head turns and quick glances in the rearview from anyone who drove by. And I can see why! A house – driving down the road!
Everything held up fine. We actually had two screws sitting on an interior window sill and they didn’t even move! The drywall is great – we didn’t notice any movement or damage, so it’s fine. Which was a relief. Nothing to fix afterwards, or tweak, or anything. Shane did say that the house felt quite heavy behind his truck. It handled it fine, and we measured the truck wheel well before hitching up and after, and it squatted the truck 2-1/2″. Not bad for a house! We kept it around 55-60 mph.
Here are some more photos of the house out and about:
Then, as we’re heading back to the shop, Shane decides to pull into the gas station to get a cup of coffee. What?!
The amount of attention received was incredible! The most common question was “What is it?” Really? Oh. It’s a house. (Did we do that bad of a job designing it?! haha.) We gave a tour, chatted it up with folks, and realized we really needed to get business cards made. So that’s what I did yesterday.
I also took a lot of videos… but wow, do I know NOTHING about making movies. Dangit. They always seem to be in the wrong format when I try to combine the files and edit them. I need to learn how to do this. I’ll work on it and post that later. I’m going to try using Shane’s Mac and iMovie, instead of windows movie maker.
We’re all set up for our interview with ABC on Wednesday morning. then we’ll move the house to our new site that afternoon. Meanwhile… Shane is finishing things up on the house, cleaning the shop, doing dump runs… and I’m… writing blogs! Who got the short end of the stick there? I’m also working my day job, doing laundry, cleaning our big house that we rent, and packing stuff to donate, put in storage, and move into the new Tiny House! “First things first” is my motto. That being said, I still haven’t eaten breakfast. I’m working on it. :)
Thanks for following along…