This project officially began about mid-July, 2010 when Gabby started talking about a cool little house she saw profiled on Yahoo.com. It was another hot summer day, and I’d just come in from some where out in Camp. When Gabby told me about the concept I thought she was completely nuts.
Gabby asked me to sit down and take a look at the website she had been visiting. She was right, it was cool. She was still nuts, though. How could anyone live in such a tiny space?
We explored several You Tube videos of Jay Shafer’s tiny houses. I was immediately struck by his passion for this type of living and its subsequent lifestyle. Gabby was onto something. The tipping point for me was a video focusing on the simplifying of one’s life. One of my passions in life is backpacking. I thrive on the opportunity that backcountry travel affords one to completely simplify to the most basic essentials. I find nothing in my daily life to be as rewarding as carrying only the things you need for your basic needs and immediate comfort. This guy might just have figured out how to do what I have not these many years: merge the two worlds of home and backcountry living. Jay’s Tumbleweed Tiny Houses are backpacks for your every day life! I was sold.
We officially ‘broke ground’ on our project mid September, 2010 and made very quick initial progress -having the shell completely up and roof on within the first 7 days. Big portions of the project took shape as more and more people became a part of a steadily growing community around build.
Over 50 people have had a hand in this adventure with us so far, and we’ve enjoyed so much interest and support. We have learned a ton, have had so much fun, and have enriched our lives exponentially. In short, this experience has been nothing less than amazing!
As our project progresses, many folks vist our blog interested in the choices and considerations that play into building a tiny house. Others have questions beyond the construction, in particular the motivation for more simplified living and the rules and regulations that govern the potential of down-sized living. Many great videos address these questions, including those posted below.