Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My Home is About 135 Square Feet

Tiny Motor House Motor Home RV Floor Plan
Tiny Motor House Floor Plan
So, I decided to take some basic measurements and sketch up a floor plan of my tiny motor home house. It's about 135 square feet not including the cab space.

Monday, July 13, 2015

My Finished Plywood Floor


Finished stained plywood flooring

As you can see I desperately needed a floor:
But I needed a very lightweight floor at added strength to the existing floor. As you can see in the above picture there is a seem between the two sheets of plywood. These two sheets were starting to come up in the middle because of the weight of the walls.

So I opted to glue and screw some new plywood over it, but I decided to give it a makeover first. 

I bought the cheapest plywood Lowes had and some stain.

I cut it out to fit. I put it in place and tested the fit. Then I measured out and scratched fake boards on it. 

Then I pulled it out and sanded it really well. Then I drew the grooves in again with a pen—going over it again and again until it left dark grooves in the wood. Then I stained it with two coats and installed it. 




Charlie my robot is happy with her new floor.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Minimalism

Minimalism. the intentional promotion of our greatest passions and the removal of everything that distracts us from them.

I love the above definition of minimalism because it really captures that it's not just about having less stuff or living a simpler life. Minimalism is about getting rid of what you don't need and don't love in your life and focusing on what remains.

I've started following The Minimalists and started following a local minimalist group on facebook. I just really loved this video. It does a great job at emphasising the peace found in minimalistic living:


You can learn more from these guys at theminimalists.com.


Why I Actually Want to Live in a Tiny Home


The tiny house movement has been gaining a lot of speed lately, and for good reason. Tiny homes are inexpensive and faster to build which means no big mortgage to pay off. Tiny homes are usually portable which means when you move you can take your house with you and never even have to pack! Tiny homes use less resources and are better for the environment, and much much more.

I've been wanting to build my tiny house ever since I saw a friend post pictures of this tiny trailer house on their facebook page.... Um I guess the photo was deleted. Anyway, it was a beautiful tiny house with white interior.

When my ex dumped me with an old motorhome I saw it as an opportunity to take a crappy situation and turn it into an opportunity to live my dream. My house probably won't look quite as snazzy as this one when I'm finished, but it will have cost me one tenth of the price, and it already has features this one doesn't.

After my first divorce I was so depressed I told my ex to take everything. I was basically left with a van from 1991 that was on its last working cylinder, a suitcase full of clothes, my makeup, sewing machines, and my guitar. While I ended up giving everything up because I was depressed I found an odd sense of peace from it. It was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and being free from my stuff felt so good I got rid of more of it.

Our corporate society has instilled a consumerist mentality on this generation. So many of us are just so overcome by the need to want more that we never take the time to appreciate the simple things we have. We are driven to consume and we are on the path to consuming and killing everything on our planet, but living in a tiny house simplifies all that.

My tiny motor house is only about 126 square feet. I built it out of at least 70% recycled or repurposed materials. The average house in the United States is about 2200 square feet. My tiny house is less than 6% of this size and used less than 2% of the new resources the build. For the cost of one average home we could build at least 10 tiny homes.

Depending on how many resources you are able to recycle and on the complexity of your tiny house the costs range from only $500 to about $40,000 (and the higher end ones are damn amazing!). Including all building costs, costs of things like new appliances, the motorhome I started with and repairs to the chassis (only a cost to consider if your tiny house is also a motor vehicle) my home has cost me about $4000 thus far. I still have a few things to buy: a couple solar panels and batteries, some plywood to finish my floor, and some paint for the exterior, but I don't anticipate spending more than $700 to complete the project.

Another thing to consider is that tiny homes that aren't built on permanent foundations are not only easy to move you don't have to follow building regulations or codes and you are completely free to build them however you want. Now with my motor home house I've had to consider size limitations and safety requirements for driving on the road, but that didn't take much time or effort.

I've been through a lot in my life, but my tiny house is bringing me peace. Instead of thinking about things I want. I think, "Do I really need this or is there something else I could replace both these items with? Is there a better simpler way of doing this?" I have more time to focus on what I have, not just material things, but things money can't buy like my children.

My home has become a symbol of my family. I built it with them in mind. The bathroom walls and a few other surfaces are made of whiteboard material so they can draw on them. They helped me pull nails out of old boards, rivet things together, rebuild the walls and just last month paint the walls, and they really enjoyed it. It means a lot to them to be able to stay the summers with me in a home they helped make a home.

After we had finished painting we celebrated by buying a Lego motor home and putting it together as a family. It was a blast!  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Christmas Lights

I just finished hanging my LED Christmas lights. They don't use much energy and I like the soft white whimsical glow. I'm not a fan of bright light at night. It screws up my circadian rythm. They provide plenty of light for most uses and I have a lamp with a compact fluorescent to read with. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My Closet


A few weeks ago I finished my closet space. I used some creative hanging strategies to get everything to fit in comfortably.