I have a full-size house in Chelan, a house in Arizona, two guest cabins and a motorhome. No, another roof over my head was hard to justify on the grounds of need.
Nor was I some millionaire who could afford to collect houses the way Jay Leno collects antique cars.
The truth was, building a tiny house was something I wanted to do and I would justify it one way or another. The justification I came up with was that I would build it to sell it, maybe even start a small business building tiny houses.
With an initial budget of $10,000, I knew I would have to economize.
Tiny houses are built on flatbed trailers which, new, cost about $5,000 — half my budget! Clearly I’d have to work around that expense.
My first thought was to get an old travel trailer for free or next to nothing, strip it down to the frame and axles, and start from there. As luck would have it, my brother, Hans, saved me that effort by offering me his homemade flatbed for $300. I figured I was off to a good start.
Building a tiny house is not that different from building a typical frame house; the difference being that everything is smaller — (duh!).
On the one hand, that’s good, because I could easily maneuver all the materials by myself. On the other hand, cramming a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living/dining room into a space the size of a typical bathroom requires some serious head scratching.
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Even in the ‘empty nester’ years, it’s fun to strap on skis or snowshoes for a trek in the snowy wonderland
Upgrading by downsizing
Builder believes tiny homes have large variety of uses
Chocolatier follows her heart
A long and winding road to doing what she loves:
Taking an off-grid break during the pandemic
As the owners of Ravenous Catering located in Monitor, Valarie Gilmour and Dave Toal are usually very busy people, but in 2020 the lack of weddings and large gatherings gave them time to indulge their wanderlust.
Our stories continue: Filling a heart with joy
MY BEST DAY 2020
Joy for both dogs and humans in walking
It's the BEST Day because I live here & I live now
What makes the best day for me? Any day at all that I wake up in the USA.
Hair-raising resolutions for the New Year
New Year’s Eve traditions
Catching up with 4 artists and their creations
It’s always a pleasure talking with artists about their projects, but it’s especially nice to check in after a few years and hear about continuing growth and new directions.
ZOOMING IN ON EAGLES
‘Armed with a Nikon 5600 camera, plus two lenses — a wide-angle and a zoom — I was down at the eagle’s nest for hours at a time. Waiting for the eggs to hatch, watching the parents bring in food.’