Monthly Archives: August 2012

Our new home site in Santa Fe

Well, we’re pretty much all set up at our new tiny house site in Santa Fe, New Mexico.   The new site is such a huge improvement over our last site.  We had neighbors on both sides in Prescott, and when your house is small it’s nice to be able to go outside and not be super close to the neighbors.

I thought I would share some more photos and a video from the move, as well as share photos of our new site.

Here’s a video of the Tiny House driving down the road:

We wish we would have fastened a chair on the back deck for the drive… and Shane had the idea of putting a dummy or mannequin sitting in it.  That would have been hilarious!  Or even a little stuffed cat curled up on the chair….  I think we got enough funny looks as it was, that might have caused an accident…

Driving under a freeway in Albuquerque.

Driving toward Santa Fe nearing the end of a long day on the road.

Pulling up the driveway into our new house site! This was the worst part of road on the entire drive and Shane’s truck did great in 4WD.

We got a dump truck full of gravel on Tuesday and unloaded that at our site to create a gravel path and patio.  So awesome because the gravel was free – haul off from a job of Shane’s in Santa Fe.

The house in place at our new site outside of Santa Fe.

We took care to keep most of the natural landscape (rabbitbrush and chollas) and then we added a gravel patio and path, as well as some rock edging.  Our cars are parked about 150 feet away, which is nice actually, having open landscaped space all around the house.

There was a lot of infrastructure work to be done prior to moving the house here: water, power, and graywater drainage.  we don’t have sewer (incinerating toilet) and that is great, because hooking up a sewer line would have been a lot of work.  You can read more about the infrastructure in a previous post here.

We did a family portrait for Christopher and Merete’s project Tiny: The Movie and here are some shots from that:

Family portrait: Take 1

Family Portrait: Take 2

Family Portrait: Take 3

Hope all is well with everyone!  I am working on drafting our plans and will make those available for sale on our site.  We’ll also try to put together an open house soon for folks in the area.

allez, au revoir,




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Clothesline Tiny Home moved successfully to Santa Fe!

Well, the move went perfectly!  couldn’t have been better.  very uneventful.  almost boring!  especially for me, the “follow car”.  I did take about 187 photos to keep myself entertained…  No damage to windows or drywall… or anything!  it traveled perfectly.  Shane said it went so much better than he thought it would, didn’t need to stress out beforehand afterall.

starting out in the morning…

and I made a fun little time lapse video of the drive:

Shane said we got 26 thumbs up, 8 photos taken, two surfs up, and one peace sign from fellow travelers on the road.  The trip from Prescott, AZ to Santa Fe is just under 500 miles and typically takes about 8 hours but it took us close to 12.  Of course, some of this time was giving impromptu tours whenever we stopped to gas up!  I was not expecting this, but there was a lot of interest in the Tiny House.  Unfortunately, we had 3-4 crates on the floor and all our plants in the shower, so it wasn’t really at top tour readiness!

plants stored in the shower for the drive

crates full of dishes, books, etc. on the floor for the move

This was definitely the easiest move I have ever done!  Very little packing!  I kept thinking I was forgetting something…  but it’s all in the house!  getting up the driveway to our property was the hardest, and then after a bit of four wheeling, we had the house in place.  We’ll be taking photos of our new site soon, the house looks SO cute nestled in among the pinions and junipers, and it’s really nice being close to Shane’s parents.

Until then, here are a few more trip highlight photos:

driving the house…

going under the freeways in Albuquerque…

finally arrived at the new site…

Hope all is well with everyone!  thanks for the well wishes for our move!  and FYI, our internet and phone coverage will be spotty until we get set up with a new provider that has coverage in the new location…

take care,





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Tiny House on the Move…

good morning world…  woke up at 5:50am this morning.  very unusual for me.  I’m always surprised at how many other people get up this early!

we’re all hitched up and ready to move the house from Prescott, AZ to Santa Fe… just under 500 miles.  takes 8 hours in a car, but we imagine it will take a bit longer as we’ll be driving slowly with the house.Image

it’s so different to move with the Tiny House.  I keep thinking of things I need to pack…  “oh I need to make sure I bring my earplugs.  oh yeah, we’re bringing the whole house.”  or: “oh, too bad we won’t sleep in our bed for a while.  no, wait, we’re bringing the whole house.”  quite easy actually!  but we haven’t gotten on the road yet…  haha.

we’ll take photos and post the move after we get there.  take care everyone!

– Carrie

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Tiny House {Almost} On the Move

As promised, I have exciting news to share.  Last weekend Shane and I were very busy water-witching (did you know this actually works??) and digging holes in rock-hard clay soil.

Why?  Well, we were putting in the infrastructure (water and electric) to move our tiny house to Shane’s parents’ land near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Digging trenches for water at our new house site.

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Tiny House Interior – Custom Upholstered Couch Cushions

Hello everyone!

I apologize, the blogs have been few and far between because… well, because we’re just living in the house now, and things are going smoothly.

I am excited because I finally made the custom cushions that I had been envisioning for our Tiny House couch.  You may have seen interior photos and noticed the hulking mass of a black futon mattress on our couch and wondered about my taste as a designer, and rightly so.  That was a temporary solution until I could venture to the fabric district in L.A. and procure upholstery materials.

BEFORE: The heeedeous black futon couch….

AFTER: lovely gray upholstered cushions

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