Today we spent a couple of hours chopping up scrap wood for blocking. We placed several pieces of 2×6 under our jack stands to get them high enough to do their job. We needed to do two things: transfer some of the weight off the tires and onto the jack stands and getting the trailer level. This was our first time using a hydraulic jack (my only experience with jacks thus far involve changing a flat tire with the jack included with the car). First thing out of the box….the jack will not “go down” at all. When lifting the trailer it will lower only as far as the trailer takes it and then it stays up, no matter what we did to try to fix it. Continue reading “Getting the Trailer Level”
Last week we drove up to Portland for another TinyHouseBuild.com workshop. We decided to make the most of the trip (and break up the drive) by stopping to camp for a night along the way. Tish found this great campground — Union Creek Campground on the Rogue River –and got us a spot right on the river. It was such a beautiful site and we had noone camping around us! Continue reading “Portland Tiny House Workshop”
You learn something new every day…that’s what they say, right? Well these past two weeks we have learned A LOT, and I’d be lying if I said some of the lessons weren’t frustrating to learn. Our trailer was delivered nearly three weeks ago and our lumber followed a few days later. We went out to the site to level the trailer and get our tools organized and set up, but ended up mostly just organizing everything and sitting with the trailer not knowing how to start. That’s a lie, we knew what we needed to do but were lacking the confidence to do it and also felt like it was silly to start in on something just to leave town again for the TinyHouseBuild.com Workshop in Portland a few days later. To bridge the “we need to do something but don’t know what to do yet” gap, we decided to be productive anyways and spent a few days doing more research on our first steps of the build and made another trip to Home Depot and Lowes to buy our floor insulation and a few other supplies we would need to get started. Continue reading “Two steps forward, one step back”
Guess that means we better get to building!
Sunday was Tish and my one year anniversary — it’s crazy to think it’s already been a year since we eloped and then flew to Amsterdam/Berlin for our honeymoon. So much has changed since thing: we decided to build a tiny house; we updated and sold our house in Richmond; we sold my car; donated, sold or gave away any excess stuff we didn’t need/want; packed up our Honda Fit with everything we decided to keep (including our three animals) and moved across the country to my childhood home. Of course, we made sure we had a fair share of travel and outdoor adventures sprinkled in between. It’s been an incredible year, and despite the fact that our trailer was supposed to be here last Wednesday….the stars aligned and our (amazing) delivery guy wasn’t able to make it until Sunday. What a fitting way to start our second year of marriage! Continue reading “Our Trailer has Arrived!!”
Things I have learned in the past two weeks: framing a house in sketchup is tedious, and coming up with a cut list is almost painful.
Let me explain.
On Tuesday Tish and I woke up in San Francisco (okay, actually it was Castro Valley, but we were staying there because we had a few errands to run in the City and around the bay….so…forgive me) and drove to Point Reyes National Seashore for a long hike followed by a night in our new tent in Samuel P. Taylor State Park. We left a bit late to miss commuter traffic and got to the adorable little town of Olema around 10:15 and stopped at the store to have a cup of coffee and cappuccino before getting on the trail. We oogled over their delicious-looking ice cream cones and dreamed of how great they would taste after our long hike. After our coffee break we headed out on the Bear Valley Trail. Continue reading “Hiking at Pt. Reyes National Seashore and Camping in Samuel P. Taylor State Park”
I am finally done designing our tiny house on sketchup!! Yes, we counted the hours, or I should say we attempted to count them and stopped when we got to 40…sketchup is a tricky little bugger and I have developed a love/hate relationship with it. Mostly love, until I try zooming out and get stuck in the middle of a wall or piece of furniture and feel like I’m lost in purgatory for what feels like an eternity. Continue reading “40+ hours later and we have a house! (well, kinda)”
The past few days in our new space have consisted of unpacking boxes delivered by Fedex, a trip to Sacramento (Sac friends: I swear we were only there long enough to run a couple errands, go to Ikea……and eat at Sandwich Spot. I will be back soon to see all of you!!!), cleaning, treating the animals for fleas (UGH.), more unpacking and organizing, more flea treatments, and some much needed relaxation time with the family. Continue reading “Our First Week in Middletown”
We made it!! Finally….
Our last day of driving was pretty rough, we were so very ready to be off the road and getting settled in to our new home (well, my old home) and new routine/life. We had a little hang up while loading up the car Thursday morning when Tish found a lost tiny poodle so we pressed pause on leaving to find his owner. Continue reading “Day 8: Winnemucca, NV to Middletown, CA”
Yes, it’s called Winnemucca! As we digressed over the many many hours we spent in the car today, we came up with several other names for it that I will not mention. Just know, we are really happy tomorrow is our last day of this road trip because judging by our junk food choices today, I imagine things will only decline from here. Continue reading “Day 7: Grand Junction, CO to Winnemucca, NV”