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An abandoned Victorian tree house somewhere in South Florida
I want, so much, to write a book in this house.
Cooktop and Conventional Oven
After a pretty gloomy week of rain and some discouraging news, things were still done!
The door finally received it’s handle! Now all of the tools & materials can just be locked inside rather than lugging them around. …no progress is small progress around here!
Unfortunately, due to the rain (and discouraging news) the siding wasn’t completed on schedule. However, some of the cedar was put up and looks really nice! It’s so much cleaner without that crazy green Zip sheathing!
I was able to find a really great laundry sink that will fit perfectly in the kitchen! It has a huge basin and lots of storage underneath.
…So, the unfortunate news is that I got called out by the city. A tiny dwellers worst nightmare!!!
They said.. “No, absolutely not. This is not a freestanding livable structure.” I called bullshit, it’s freestanding, tough as nails and very livable. But, I wasn’t going to argue with anybody about regulations that frankly, I don’t know enough about. Maybe that’s my fault for not being armed with more info but I’m not much of a battler anyhow. So, I was just very nice, patient and understanding.
I think that was all I could offer and I believe it was the best way to handle the situation because oddly enough, things are going to be okay. Just different. Mandatory modification time.
Well, for starters, the tiny house needs to be put onto a proper foundation. Whatever, this is fine since I don’t have to remove it from the trailer! The wheels can come off and a foundation will be built to suit the dimensions of the house as it is. Ideally, it can be attached to the foundation with no major problems. Well see??!
This is also going to force a change to the size of the entire structure because you’re not allowed to reside full time in a home that doesn’t meet a minimum square footage. This doesn’t pose much of a problem aside from a slight increase in costs and time. I am lucky to have the amount of land that I have, otherwise this whole project would be going to shit, quickly. Needless to say, since there is plenty of room to do this, it’s going to get done.
I’m currently working on new drawings for the expansion which will be an additional 250-300 square feet added onto the existing 130+ that is the Mini. In the meantime, the city allows for the siding to be finished so it will be, as weather permits!
Once the drawings are completed (I’m using Google SketchUp since they’re NOT requesting blueprints done by an architect, thank goodness.) After the details are laid out, the drawings will be sent off for a stamp of approval (a 15 day wait) …then construction can resume.
As of right now, pending approval, I am going to expand directly off of the back wall of the mini house and build a basic square + rectangle to accommodate a full bathroom and roomy art studio…simple, no unnecessary walls, practical use of space and not hard to construct. 8 foot ceilings and minimal electrical wiring.
Financially, I wasn’t planning for this kind of buildout and was never interested in doing anything this extensive. But after all, this is going to be my own HOME and a place that I intend to stay for a very long time. If I have to be a bit more patient in order to plant myself some tiny roots then I will do so happily, with gratitude that I have the opportunity.
I have spent some time really considering alternative options…selling the partially finished Mini and settling into an apartment. But, I can’t bring myself to give up on seeing this through. This IS my dream, a choice I have chosen and I can’t even say that I’m upset with the current commotion, how could I be?! I may end up with a lovely workshop as well as plenty of living space in addition to the Mini. However, I am a bit discouraged about the setback in time and the simple fact that the rules are so unfair.
For anybody that elects to simplify and choose for themselves to live modestly, they should have the right… No questions asked. Living like this could improve the quality of life for many people, not just regular Jane’s like me who are actively choosing it. Instead, it could open up opportunities for individuals with NOWHERE TO GO. Imagine the beauty of that concept.
As I’m finishing this post, I’m coming to realize that this means I’m a tiny life sellout?! But…not by choice!
Maybe now I’m just a minimalist.
I’m still living small, within my means and out to create a life of happiness for myself as well as the benefit of others. I don’t really have the desire to label it as anything other than that!
"Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it."
Off the grid home in Cable, Wisconsin.
Contributed by Thomas Thornquest.