I’d be lying if I said I was excited to write this post….my expectation of where we’d be in our build a week before Thanksgiving was, as you can imagine, FAR ahead of our current reality. That being said, I am somehow still hopeful that we will make our mid-February deadline when our current lease ends. However, that will only happen if we get outside help. If this build has taught me anything it is to recognize that I have limits and need to be more aware of them. Continue reading “Yes, we ARE still building the tiny house”
Our house made it to Portland in one piece!!! Can you believe it?! I couldn’t until I saw it with my own eyes so I thought I’d share the details of this glorious day!
As I sat waiting for the house to (finally) arrive in Portland, I found myself reflecting over the past crazy year. Next week will mark one year since Tish and I sold her house and left Richmond. Driving west, we were filled with optimism and excitement to start the next chapter of our lives; we were enthusiastic about the work we would have to put in to make it all happen. We were committed to living a healthy life with a good balance of work and play.
So, funny thing. The trailer isn’t level! Not so funny, but we are trying to remind ourselves it’s a journey, we are learning, it’s not all supposed to go right the first time around……………right.
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”
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.