An adventure in living simply.
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • "Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without."
  • Tiny Hall House at dusk after all the trim has been painted! Whew we made it before the first freeze.

  • First coat of trim paint around front door… Window trim is next…..

  • Fall has officially arrived at the Tiny Hall House!

  • Tinyhallhouse house dormer window and more pics of the stairs

  • mypubliclands:

    Gearing up to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at the National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Today I had the unique opportunity to join a diverse group of wilderness advocates, stewards, educators, students and researchers on a hike into Ojito Wilderness north of town. 

    Sponsored by the Great Old Broads for Wilderness and led by the BLM, our group hiked through a high desert landscape filled with incredible geological resources and features toward a hoodoo and low elevation ponderosa pine area. Filled with steep-sided mesas, remote box canyons, meandering arroyos, and austere badlands, the Ojito Wilderness offers solitude, tranquility, and escape from the congestion of the city.

    Arriving at our destination, we all shared insights into our roles in managing and caring for wilderness and the importance of future collaboration and stewardship of such treasured landscapes.

    The National Wilderness Conference kicks off today and is the first gathering of its kind in 25 years! I feel incredibly fortunate to be attending such an important gathering. Follow my experience on Twitter @BLMUtah or by using the #Wilderness50 hashtag.

    -Chad Douglas, BLM Utah

  • Rain again today, so I’m going to work on finishing up the interior paint on our 6 dormer windows.  There are at least 1,000 parts that have to be taped and removed etc, but in the end they will be nice.  Ok.  Here I go.

  • It’s a cloudy day “again”, so I’m taking a tiny day off, to head into the city and spend some time at the museum to recharg and get some inspiration.  Tomorrow is supposed to be cloudy but dry!  So we’ll finish up the last exterior wall that needs it’s second coat of exterior paint.  The following day is… SUNNY!  So I’ll be busting out the small sponge brushes and working on the very small black trim details.    Can’t wait to see the window and door trim all black.

  • Exterior Painting

    We are about half way through with our exterior paint work.  We already have our two coats of primer etc, but the final trim paint, and the upper half of the tiny house eves still need their final coat of exterior paint before the days drop to 50 degrees, so out I go, to climb the ladders and witness the magic of painters tape and California Wooden Peg exterior.  With any luck the rain will hold off long enough for me to finish, and the cold will be patient.

  • How to downsize your stuff for a tiny house!

    We had vistors to the tiny hall house a few weeks ago, and as we were sharing our experience about building our tiny house and downsizing our stuff, I realized that one of biggest questions after: “How can 3 people and a dog live in such a small space?” Was: “What did you do with all your stuff?!”

    And so I decided on this lovely New England morning, I would talk about what we did, and more importantly how getting your possessions down to what you might think will be the final items in your tiny house ahead of time, was a HUGE help in our building experience.  

    After you have decided on your general house plans, or even better before, I encourage you to narrow down your household and personal items before you even start your building or framing etc.  Why? Well there are just too many benefits to knowing what you want to have in your tiny house before you start, to pass this opportunity up!   Not to mention getting yourself in the right mental space well ahead of time, takes a lot of angst out of the process right off the bat.  I think for many, the purging of “stuff” is one of the most difficult parts of the process. But if you can manage to get your possession in order prior to building, the rewards will pay off in a very very big way.

    For example, there are so many things you can do in your framing and in your design that will really make an enormous difference in the livability of your tiny house.  In our case,  I knew way ahead of time, that I would need 24”of hanging closet space for myself and for my husband (that saved us buying an extra window that was in our original design, but that would have covered it up in the end with a closet or removed it). I knew I would need at least one wall stud where I wanted my computer screen to be mounted.  In the end I actually put two extra studs in the wall where I wanted my computer screen incase I upgraded the screen and needed a larger heavier mount at some point in the future.  Knowing that you have “x” amount of books, and book shelves will help you decide on many things.  Do you want a window there?  Or would you rather have book space, or general shelf space. If you know this ahead of time, you can put a stud there just in case, if a stud doesn’t fall naturally where you would like these types of interior finishes.   This holds true for your electrical outlets as well.  I have two extra outlets in my house, that don’t have a function now, but are placed under my couch for our “future” rain water purification system.  In the end I might not ever use them, but if I do it cost me an extra $20 to have them there, and that piece of mind really helps when you are downsizing in such a monumental way.

    The same process was true for my kitchen area.  I knew I have a 48” counter area in my tiny kitchen, and that I wanted to have my shelves for my heavy dishes and glassware directly above, so there again, I added one extra stud to that wall so that when the time came to hang my shelves in the kitchen, I wouldn’t have to worry about if the stud lined up perfectly with where I wanted the brackets to go.  

    Stairs.  Oh stairs!  I spent a lot of time on figuring out the rise and run of our stairs, and the was a gigantic factor in the layout of our interior (think wheel wells and couches), knowing that I wanted at the very least a 60/65 degree stair, let me know that hey, I need an extra 4’ on this side of the house to allow for the stairs.  Can you deal with a 90 degree angle stair, 50 degrees?  Stairs are a big one to think about ahead of time, because it’s a large item in the house, that can’t be left till last if you want it to be comfortable for you.  We actually taped out different degree stairs at our old house to see how that would feel.  Did it invade our living room too much, was it to big?  

    While we were framing I actually measured my son and husband several times!  Stand here.  Is this ceiling high enough?  Do you feel cramped?  In one case, the answer was yes.  So we actually changed our 2x6 loft floor joist, to 2x4’s added a few more in, so the strength would be the same, but that gave us an extra 2” of ceiling height!  Same thing with the loft ceiling.  Instead of running our 3/4 ship lap all the way over our ridge board, we had the top two boards, meet the bottom of the ridge board, to give us that extra 3/4” head room in our loft.

    It’s these types of changes and planning that can really make a difference in your tiny house.  The beauty of the tiny house, is that the framing is very simple, so customizing it is relatively easy.  Make your tiny house work for you, think about what’s most important in your everyday living.  Are you a cook, who just has to have the giant kitchen aid mixers, and every All-Clad pot and utensil known to mankind, if so, great!  Plan that out in your design.   Putting away your most prized books to much to bare? Sort all your books according to your “love and devotion” to them.  For me, this was the hardest, next to my cowboy boot purge. I literally pulled out every book I owned, and slowly sorted them according to well, this is a must, oh geese this is a must etc.  Then in the end I had the amount that I thought would fit.  

    All of the Tiny House, items were boxed and set aside, packed away for move in day to the tiny house.  That left me with the possessions that I knew for sure WEREN’T going.  

    I basically did this process for each group of items.  Office supplies, clothes, dishes, pots, pans, linens.  Bathroom junk, purses.   Everything.  In the end, it really did help set the tone, for what type of items I was brining, and what I would need in the tiny house to store that particular item, and what types of adjustments I could make to the framing building of the house that would accommodate our families needs best.  

    I hope this post is helpful to future tiny housers that are just beginning their process.  It’s my official 2¢ on stuff, and how to plan well in advance for minor and major changes that might make living tiny, a big joy.

  • Yyyasahookkkoojjooo! Door is up! More pics after I get all the paint off my hands!!

  • Day one of operation bathroom door! We are using left over ship lap. Our buddy Larry came up with the great idea about ’ routing out end caps to make the door even stronger. So far so good. Glue and wood putty will have a full night to dry then it’s a day of sanding tomorrow. The last step will be to cut out the opening for our cool mission stain glass window….. Woot!

  • Another cold and rainy day in New England!  I’m having flash backsto last spring…. But alas I have plenty of inside trim painting to do and so that is what I’m doing today at the Tiny House.

    We also had a really great visit from some future Tiny Housers this past weekend who brought us beautiful tomatoes and an awesome jar of pickles!  (There would be a picture of the tomatoes from their garden above as well, but they we’re gobbled up right away) It was great to share our tiny house with them and to pass along what we did right and what we would have done differently, as well as local vendors that we’ve had great experiences with and that are all ready broken in for Tiny Houses.  I believe we have made great new friends, and look forward to seeing their progress as they plan and build their own tiny house too!  

    Which got me to thinking about one of my favorite things about the tiny house crowd, which is sharing!  I know it sounds like a Mr. Rodgers episode, but it’s true…. Learning from others and sharing that info with others is one of my favorite things about this project!  The open experimentation and the sharing of information in the Tiny House world is an example of how like minded people can truly help each other and improve our knowledge base by leaps and bounds.  Which will of course encourage more people go Tiny!

    Ok, enough Tumblr, more paint.

  • Thank you!

    Just wanted to put out an official thank you to all of our tumblr followers and friends!  You’re encouragement and positive vibes really keep us going and it’s so great after a long, long, long grueling day of physical work, to see so many nice messages and positive thoughts coming toward the tiny house! It giives us a big smile at the end of the day…   So thank you!