we received an email from a group calling themselves ‘The Collaborative Tiny House Project.’ They are creating video curriculum instructing how to build a tiny house that will be used in high schools and trade schools as well as distributed for general public use.
The Collaborative Tiny House Project has a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to create curriculum for schools wanting to teach how to build tiny houses.
We finished and delivered the Beehive Mini Mart tiny house a few weeks ago, but I wanted to share a few more photos:
I think I already posted this photo in the recent post about moving the tiny house… but I love it! So I am forcing you to look at it again! Because I can. The ominous clouds… the irony of the “colorful” colorado sign on a gray day…
The tiny house on the move: at the Colorado-New Mexico border.
the finished tiny house at night…
Look at the beautiful symmetry and wonderful oversized steps that make this porch a fabulous spot to sit and hang out.
the adorable tiny house porch railings!
the tiny house from the … front? back? the hitch end anyway.
A utility closet built on the trailer tongue houses propane tanks, etc. The large window on the side slides open and will be the serving window for customers looking for the perfect cappuccino. Or pint of local honey. Or… t.b.d.
the finished interior of the tiny house. beetle kill / blue-stain pine. engineered wood flooring.
What would you use this mobile tiny store for? A community reading room? A coffee shop? I’m curious! Let me know in the comments below.
Well, here is a long overdue update on our progress building the Beehive Mobile Mini Mart for our client in Colorado. The last post I wrote about it we were doing exterior siding, staining and painting and we’ve now finished out the interior.
Shane found beautiful beetle kill / blue-stain pine siding for the Tiny House interior walls at our local lumber yard.
We ended up using EcoTouch fiberglass insulation. Zero voc’s and almost the R-value of foam. I went to a lecture on foam insulation and while it performs, it’s hard to feel good about putting a chemical product into the world that will never go away… Have you seen the film “Garbage Island”?? It’s sad. Plastic never goes away, it just gets smaller and smaller.
I can be such a bleeding environmentalist… here’s a quote from Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold:
Here’s the latest series of photos showing our construction progress on the Beehive Mini Mart Tiny House / Store:
Beehive Tiny Store: installing high temp metal roofing underlayment
Beehive Tiny Store: Housewrap is installed, windows are masked and we’re painting the exterior trim.
Beehive Mini Mart: Michael removes masking over the windows.
Beehive Mini Mart: Siding is installed, ready for batten strips. You can see our gray stain color samples sitting on the ground. We finally decided on a darker stain reminiscent of old weathered mountain cabins.
Beehive Mini Mart: Batten strips installed, siding stained, metal roofing installed. The exterior is pretty much complete!
Beehive Mini Mart: Exterior siding is stained, window trim is installed. The big window on the side slides open so patrons can be served outside; food-cart style. The shed structure on the trailer hitch will house propane for the store’s heater as well as future PV solar system batteries.
Beehive Mini Mart: next we move on to the interior, where we will install full height wall shelves, counters, and a fridge and freezer.
We had some good weather this week here in Santa Fe and spent the last two days working on our new client project, The Beehive Mobile Mini Mart. (click on the Category: Beehive Mini Mart in the list to the right to see all the posts about the Beehive…)
Day 1: Trailer Leveling, Floor Framing, Floor Insulation, Floor Sheathing, and Bolt-Downs to Trailer Frame
Trailer is leveled and we’re ready to start framing the floor.
We took video footage of our tiny house out on the road a month ago and we finally got it edited and uploaded for you all to watch:
I mentioned this in past blog posts, but watching the house pull out of the shop was one of the proudest moments of my life! It was like watching our child perform on the big stage! (Metaphorically speaking, of course. We don’t have any children. Just Rio, our terrier – and he doesn’t do any stage shows as of yet.) So much work and effort and stress and plans and dreams all finished up and out in the big world. It was heartwarming.
I was the follow car and it was so funny to see all the rubbernecking as we drove down the road. Everyone either whipped their head around or flew to the rearview mirror to catch a glimpse of our house going down the road.
I did a longer post about taking the house out for a drive back here…
Next up: we’ll do some interior tours and photos.
Hope all is well!
– Carrie (and Shane – who edited all the video footage and created this really cool movie!)
We took the house out for a spin on Saturday and it was glorious! Watching it pull out of the shop into the sunlight… I felt so proud! For those of you new to our journey, we bought our trailer at the end of February, worked out the design at the end of February / beginning of March, and built our own custom designed Tiny House in ten weeks. We’re moving out of our 2BR-2BA rental house into the new 200sf tiny house this week on Wednesday. We’re parking it on a residential lot here in Prescott, AZ for $300 per month, including all utilities. That’s a savings of about $800 a month.
Without further ado, here’s a photo of the house out of the shop:
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.