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:
Setting up the house at our rented site in a neighborhood in Prescott, AZ where we lived from mid May to mid August, 2012:
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)
June 2, 2012: Laundry Day – using our namesake clothesline…
July 16, 2012: New bedside reading lamps and other Interior Finishing Touches:
(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:
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:
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
This was the easiest move I’ve ever done! Put dishes on the floor, hitch up, and drive out!
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
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!
I added a swiveling, removable table at the couch – works great as a computer desk or a dining room table!
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
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…
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”
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
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.
November 23, 2012: Huffington Post Article
Another great story with photos and interview material in Huffington Post.
December 5, 2012: New Project – 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!
February 8, 2013: Starting on the Beehive Project
February 20, 2013: Beehive Mini Mart Progress
Read the original post with more construction photos of the tiny house build here.
February 27, 2013: Time to Redecorate!
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
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.
April 16, 2013: Publicity! New York Daily News and UK Mail Online
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.
May 6, 2013: Delivering our latest Tiny House Project
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.