We moved our tiny house up to our land in Colorado!
leaving Santa Fe, where we lived in the tiny house for 18 months. it was bittersweet leaving our family’s land, we really enjoyed living next door to Shane’s parents.
Welcome to colorful Colorado! the tiny house was in great shape after being parked for 9 months in Santa Fe.
trying out different locations for the tiny house… it will be parked 180 degrees from this phot0. it creates two nice outdoor courtyards and shields our main house from wind and the road.
It’s going to be the sweetest guest house! except no guests yet, because we’ll be living in it!
starting October 1st we will be living in the tiny house again full time while we finish building our house. We’re both excited to be back in the tiny house, though I’m sure it will be an adjustment after being in a large house for 10 months… Rio’s really stressing. haha.
We will finish out the office and the utility room in the main house prior to moving into the tiny house so we’ll have work space and laundry, as well as the pump needed to get running water out of the well.
the south view of our main house and the tiny house. we decided to rotate the tiny house 180 degrees from the placement shown in this photo, allows for great views from the tiny house living area, and we can obscure the gooseneck hitch with a wall/gate connected to the main house porch.
check out the progress we’ve made on our main house! stucco is done, rough plumbing and electrical are done so we can get it spray foamed in a week… living in the tiny house again will allow us to save about $1,100 a month that we would be paying in rent and heat at a rental house. we’ll put that into our main house that we’re building out of pocket.
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.
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…
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.
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!
Why Tiny? Clothesline Tiny Homes will strive to have a small footprint on our natural environment, will allow us to live wherever we want, paying much less money for rent / mortgage and utilities, and will be a fun adventure where we can grow and learn to live with less stuff and enjoy our beautiful world much more!
We started designing it in February of 2012, bought the trailer platform February 25th, and started building February 27th.
2-1/2 months later we finished building and moved into our tiny house mid-May 2012 and lived in it full time through November 2013.
After 18 months we decided it was too small, and would make a better guest house! So now we are building a small house (1,000 SF) DEBT FREE in Southern Colorado, where the tiny house will be a lovely guest cottage.
We both have years of experience designing and building but we thought the best way to learn about the intricacies of a Tiny House would be to design and build one for ourselves.