Tiny House {Almost} On the Move

As promised, I have exciting news to share.  Last weekend Shane and I were very busy water-witching (did you know this actually works??) and digging holes in rock-hard clay soil.

Why?  Well, we were putting in the infrastructure (water and electric) to move our tiny house to Shane’s parents’ land near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Digging trenches for water at our new house site.

We’ve decided to move from Prescott, Arizona to Santa Fe, New Mexico for several reasons:

1. the job that brought me to Prescott 2-1/2 years ago fell through.

2. we need to find a place to live with more work opportunities.

3. Santa Fe is awesome!  (beautiful, culturally and creatively inspiring, stimulating, relaxing, etc. etc.)

4. Shane’s parents are awesome and agreed to let us rent a portion of their property (about 150 feet from their house).

We’ll be moving the house (and ourselves) later this month and will keep you posted on that adventure.  So far we’ve only towed the house from the shop in Prescott Valley, to our current property in Prescott (about a 20 minute drive).

The site we currently rent came with full RV hookups (water, electric, and sewer – which we don’t need).  But, in Santa Fe we needed to put in our own utilities: tap into the water line going from the well to Shane’s parents’ house and plug into an outlet in their garage.

water:  based on the site we chose to park our tiny house, our easiest (and cheapest) option would be to tap into the existing water line going from the well to the main house.  but first, we had to find the line!  we dug a few test holes – and found an electric line, but no water.  we had an idea that the water was near the electric, and after a little water witching, confirmed the path of several underground trenches.  more test holes…. the clay soil near Santa Fe is rock hard!  we rented a “ditch witch” and started with some shallow trenches near the electric line.  soon enough (within 30 minutes) we had found the bigger electric line, and below that, the water!

the 4′ to 5′ deep hole we had to dig to find the existing water line

digging the hole was back-breaking!  but that wasn’t the end… we also had to trench about 80 feet from the water line to our future house site.

digging a trench with the “ditch witch”

20 feet done… 60 more to go.

progress!   the clay soil was so dry and hard it was like cutting through rock.

we’ll park the house at the end of this trench, nestled into the trees, facing south for winter solar gain.

electric:  We would love to have a PV solar system, but it will probably cost about $6k-$8k…. so we’re not in the market for that yet.  For now we’ll use a 20amp cord to plug into a 220v outlet in the parent’s garage.   Shane dug a shallow trench for the cord.

next we need to put in a gravel walkway – we’ll be parking about 100 feet from the house site and will need to walk across the clay soil.

we’ll keep you posted on our move to Santa Fe, and an upcoming open house before we roll on out of Prescott.

take care everyone!

– Carrie

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7 thoughts on “Tiny House {Almost} On the Move

  1. AWESOME!!!! So glad to hear what y’all have been up to. I want to see some “lived in” pics now. How are things going otherwise?

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  3. Randy Bozelle

    I’m building a tiny house not far from you near Abiquiu. Welcome home!

    • It’s always good to hear from others that are working toward financial freedom. Good luck on your home and we would love to see photo’s.
      Your friends at Clothesline Tiny Homes

  4. Hey y’all! questions for you from someone heading out on a similar journey to yours–I’m just finishing the walls of my tiny trailer. And I’m wondering about vibration management– did you add any expansion joints in the construction? I was wondering about maybe adding a rubber vibration dampener in the framing. Thoughts? Thanks, Sky, earthartbuild

    • hi Sky!
      we did not do any expansion joints in the framing. wood is pretty flexible and our cladding materials had inherent abilities to expand and contract a bit. we did use construction adhesive on every joint in the framing and sheathing.
      interesting idea – vibration dampeners… I wouldn’t think it would be necessary unless you were driving your house around a lot and / or off-roading in it…
      best wishes to you!
      – Carrie

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