One Year Living in our Tiny House! Year in Review.

Can you believe we’ve been living in our tiny house for a year already?!  I went back and read the blog I wrote a year ago about moving our tiny house to our site, (you should read it too!)  what a day that was!  In the morning we had a news interview with ABC15 Phoenix, then we hauled the house from our rented shop space in Prescott Valley to our new rented home site in Prescott, AZ.

Here’s a little year in review:  (translation: get yourself a cup of coffee and a comfy chair and settle in for the longest post ever!)

Each section below has links back to the original blog posts so you can review our year with us!

 

May 16, 2012: Hauling the newly completed Tiny House from our shop in Prescott Valley:

Driving our Tiny House to our new home.

Driving our Tiny House to our new home.

Setting up the house at our rented site in a neighborhood in Prescott, AZ where we lived from mid May to mid August, 2012:

Neighbor's kid checking it out.

Neighbor’s kid checking it out.

The tiny house was like the pied piper the way it drew the neighborhood children… I think they thought it was a little playhouse for them!  Nope.  Ha!

 

May 20, 2012: Fixing our stupid Incinolet toilet (the first time)

The stupid Incinolet.  $150 more and it will be working.  Hopefully silently and odorlessly.  Still about $900 less than a new one.  And we're already $800 into it.

The stupid Incinolet. $150 more and it will be working. Hopefully silently and odorlessly. Still about $900 less than a new one. And we’re already $800 into it.

 

June 2, 2012: Laundry Day – using our namesake clothesline…

Laundry Day - using our clothesline for the first time!

Laundry Day – using our clothesline for the first time!

 

July 16, 2012: New bedside reading lamps and other Interior Finishing Touches:

Extending bedside reading lamp.

Extending bedside reading lamp.

(I totally copied that idea from a blog out of New York City.  Very cool Ikea hack.  LED bulbs – work great using very little wattage – the white ceilings help reflect the light to create the perfect amount.  Read all about it in this original post about Interior Finishing Touches.)

 

August 2, 2012: New upholstered couch cushions:

Another photo of the finished couch cushions

Another photo of the finished couch cushions

The galvanized bar eventually went away, that was just to hold the futon mattress in.  Read about couch cushions in this previous blog post.

 

August 8, 2012: Doing site work at our new house site in Santa Fe, NM:

digging a trench with the "ditch witch"

digging a trench with the “ditch witch”

We decided to move from Prescott, AZ (dead economy…) to Santa Fe, NM where Shane’s parents live and where we’re only 6 hours south of Carrie’s family in Colorado.  We rent a portion of our family’s acreage about 10 miles east of Santa Fe.  We spent a few days preparing our site – this included digging a trench to run water from our family’s main line and setting up our parents’ breaker panel so we could run electric.

 

August 18, 2012: Moving to Santa Fe, NM

crates full of dishes, books, etc. on the floor for the move

crates full of dishes, books, etc. on the floor for the move

This was the easiest move I’ve ever done!  Put dishes on the floor, hitch up, and drive out!

going under the freeways in Albuquerque...

going under the freeways in Albuquerque…

This is one of my favorite pictures from our tiny house move… going through Albuquerque.  I took a ton of photos as it was rather boring being the follow car and you can watch a time lapse video of the move on Youtube.  And here’s a video of the Tiny House on the road.  Here’s the original blog post of moving the tiny house to Santa Fe.

 

August 24, 2012: Our Tiny House in Santa Fe

Family Portrait: Take 3

Family Portrait: Take 3

We did a bunch of site work to make a gravel path and patio.  It’s a great house site – surrounded by pinions and junipers at the south end of the Sangre de Cristo mountains within a mile of great hiking and biking trails.  We took the photo above for Tiny: The Movie, Christopher and Merete’s project which I can’t wait to see!

 

September 5, 2012: more Interior Design and Tiny House Hospitality!

Swivel table in the living room.

Swivel table in the living room.

I added a swiveling, removable table at the couch – works great as a computer desk or a dining room table!

Family visits us at the Tiny House.

Family visits us at the Tiny House.

My brother and his wife and son came to visit us which was very fun!  We ate outside on the patio and Shane and I slept in an even smaller space – a camper.  Hospitality is one of the cons of tiny houses, FYI… if you like to entertain or have a lot of guests… it might not work very well for you.  You can always put folks up in a hotel though.  Or have a camping party!

 

September 21, 2012: Publicity!  CNN story

Clothesline Tiny Homes article was featured on CNN's website and report of tiny home living {July 16, 2012}

Read the original blog post with the link to the full story here.  This was a great series that CNN did featuring 15 stories from tiny house / tiny apartment dwellers.  It’s worth checking out.

 

October 3, 2012: Ongoing issues with our toilet…

Everyone-Poops-Gomi-Taro

I wrote this informative blog about toilet options for tiny houses, as the incinerating toilet was giving us problems.  Again.  Still.

As of about a month ago, we are using a sawdust toilet outside and absolutely loving it!  We had cleaned the Incinolet again and it was SO loud – sounded like a jet engine.  Unacceptable!  One of the flaws of the Incinolet is the recommended cleaning every six months.  It’s like cleaning an engine… except worse because the exhaust isn’t from burnt gasoline!  I am loving the sawdust toilet!  No water, no electricity, no smell.  Perfect!

 

October 18, 2012: Publicity!  HLN show “Making it in America”

Screen shot 2012-10-18 at 4.53.57 PM

You can read the original story on HLN’s site here or check out the house tour video on youtube.  This story included the most comprehensive interior video tour we’ve done.  HLN did a great job putting our footage together!

 

October 30, 2012: Winterizing the Tiny House

wind blocking panels at the underside of our deck to winterize the tiny house.

wind blocking panels at the underside of our deck to winterize the tiny house.

We added wind blocking panels and insulation around the entire skirting underneath the trailer.  This helped keep the cold out and the heat in.  You can read all the original details about winterizing the tiny house here.

And Shane made an outdoor yoga platform for me!  Very important with tiny houses: outdoor spaces.

outdoor yoga platform behind our tiny house

outdoor yoga platform behind our tiny house

 

November 23, 2012: Huffington Post Article

Clothesline Tiny Homes house tour on Huffington Post Home {November 23, 2012}

Clothesline Tiny Homes house tour on Huffington Post Home {November 23, 2012}

Another great story with photos and interview material in Huffington Post.

 

December 5, 2012: New Project – Beehive Mobile Mini Mart

Clothesline Tiny Homes preliminary exterior sketch of the Beehive Mobile Mini Mart.

Clothesline Tiny Homes preliminary exterior sketch of the Beehive Mobile Mini Mart.

We started working with a client from Crestone, CO to design and build a tiny mobile organic food store – the Beehive Mobile Mini Mart.  (We just delivered the store May 6th)

 

December 10, 2012: O Christmas Tree!

Winter in our Tiny House - O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree....

Winter in our Tiny House – O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree….

 

February 8, 2013: Starting on the Beehive Project

Trailer is leveled and we're ready to start framing the floor.

Trailer is leveled and we’re ready to start framing the floor.

Read the original post with construction photos of the tiny build here

 

February 20, 2013: Beehive Mini Mart Progress

Beehive Mini Mart / Tiny House: wall sheathing

Beehive Mini Mart / Tiny House: wall sheathing

Read the original post with more construction photos of the tiny house build here.

 

February 27, 2013: Time to Redecorate!

Tiny house interior: Kitchen and new curtains.

Tiny house interior: Kitchen and new curtains.

Or… decorate.  Re-did the house in yellows and grays.  Read the original post about Interior Decorating here.  Added insulated window curtains (the curtain pictured above was turned into a roman shade).  Did you know that curtains are one of the best things you can do to make your house more energy efficient??

 

March 11-15, 2013: Carrie gets certified as a BPI Building Analyst

Great course that I was able to take for free via a grant.  I learned all about energy auditing, efficiency, and building science.  And after taking two exams I am now a BPI certified Building Analyst.  (That’s where I learned that bit about curtains.)

 

March 18, 2013: Construction Progress on the Beehive Tiny House

Beehive Mini Mart: Michael removing masking over the windows

Beehive Mini Mart: Michael removing masking over the windows

Continued progress on the Beehive tiny house.

Also, we celebrated 2 years of marriage!  Wonderful.  You know, that’s the comment we get most often about living in a tiny house “how are you still married?!”  It seems most people anticipate an increase in homicidal tendencies due to living in a small space.  I say you can be homicidal in any house!  Haha.

Celebrating our two year anniversary by riding down to T or C to relax in style at a spa.

Celebrating our two year anniversary by riding down to T or C to relax in style at a spa.

 

April 16, 2013: Publicity!  New York Daily News and UK Mail Online

Article about living in our tiny house...

Article about living in our tiny house…

We’ve been so honored by the wonderful stories written about us and our efforts to live simply.  Check out all of our publicity on our Publicity Page.

 

April 26-May 3, 2013: Traveling

We went to Tucson to visit family then up to Prescott to clear out my storage unit.  (We both still have storage units.)  I drove my stuff home in the van.  Stuff stuff stuff.  Shane went on a week long motorcycle ride up through Arizona, into Moab and down through Colorado.

Shane's motorcycle trip through Utah.

Shane’s motorcycle trip through Utah.

 

May 6, 2013: Delivering our latest Tiny House Project

Clothesline Tiny Homes is moving our latest project - The Beehive Mobile Mini Mart Tiny House - up to Crestone, Colorado today!

Clothesline Tiny Homes is moving our latest project – The Beehive Mobile Mini Mart Tiny House – up to Crestone, Colorado today!

130506_move rain

It was a rainy day as we drove the house from Santa Fe to Crestone. Kind of a hard test on residential windows… rain at 65 mph. But they did great, no leaks, all was well.

Driving the tiny house through New Mexico.

Driving the tiny house through New Mexico.  I apologize for the horrible photo quality / exposure… it was not a great day for photography.

130506_move at CO border

At the Colorado – New Mexico border with the tiny house.  I love this picture.  So epic!  And yet everyone is staring at the ground…

Backing the tiny house into place at it's new home in Crestone, CO.

Backing the tiny house into place at it’s new home in Crestone, CO.

The Beehive tiny house in it's new (temporary) home in Crestone, CO.

The Beehive tiny house in it’s new (temporary) home in Crestone, CO.

Eventually this tiny house will be an awesome coffee and tea shop… or an organic food mart… Keep your eyes peeled if you’re in Colorado on the Western Slope….

 

Phew.  What a year!  High Five.  :)

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9 thoughts on “One Year Living in our Tiny House! Year in Review.

  1. Mary Alice Jensen

    Wonderful to see the last year in one sitting. You have turned out to be Master Builders. Congratulations. Gramary.

  2. Diana Larsen

    Wow, congratulations on so many accomplishments. Very proud of you two!!

  3. Woohoo!! Congratulations- this is awesome!

  4. this is such a neat milestone to reach. congratulations! hope there are many more years and goals/milestones met.

  5. Magret Tafoya

    Love your story, since it deals with New Mexico. Where I live, great to hear about my neighbors. God Bless.

  6. Desiree

    This great! Congratulations on over 18 months now. I just wanted to check in. How are things going with the Incincolet?

    • thanks!
      the Incinolet is benched…permanently. it was so loud (a fan runs for 90 minutes while burning) and it smelled outside. we’ve been using a loveable loo / composting toilet outside for 6 months now. much quieter!

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