Guest Post by Andrew Odom of Tiny r(E)volution
Since December of 2010 when we first stumbled across the tiny house living lifestyle we have had a dream to build our own, custom, tiny house trailer.
Having both lived in more traditional “sticks and bricks” homes and having both seen our fair share of consumer debt, mortgage bubble worst-case scenarios, and the like, we realized that we wanted something different; something more that could only be found in something less, so to speak.
We no longer wanted to live the status quo and fall prey to what we now realize is an antiquated “American Dream.”
We had no desire to get to know Fannie or Freddie and we knew that we wanted to further develop our micro-homestead, our self-sustaining lifestyle, and our desire to have a home that grew with us rather than us having to figure out how to fill it up.
So for the last three years or so (even before our tiny house dream) my wife, Crystal, and I have worked hard at simplifying our lives.
We have minimized the number of clothes we own, the amount of books/CDs/DVDs we own, the types of food we eat, our dependency on cars and travel in general, the number of square feet we need to exist indoors, and our overall debt!
Because of this exchange, we have maximized our quality of life, our love for each other, our concern for the world around us, our ideas of true entertainment, our health (both mental and physical), and our general dispositions.
In regards to our tiny house trailer, we are about 15% into it. We have secured our trailer (30′ long former travel trailer), sandblasted the entire thing, painted it, replaced the tires, replaced the leaf springs, etc. (see photos below).
All Photos Courtesy of Andrew and Crystal Odom of Tiny r(E)volution
We have also fleshed out our blueprint (using Google SketchUp) coming in at 264 square feet including a queen size sleeping loft, a washer/dryer combo, a tub, and even a bunk bed/play system for our daughter. Oh, did I forget to mention that?
After we had begun saving for our tiny house build we found out we were going to have our first child. Tilly Madison is now 4 months old and has been a blessing to us despite requiring us to do some very creative planning.
The important thing about our build, we think, is that we are building slowly, deliberately, and “cash on the barrel.” There will be no financing, borrowing, accruing credit debt, etc. If it takes us 5 years, so be it. When finished it will be ours outright!
Perhaps the other interesting part of our journey is that the past year has found us on family land in eastern North Carolina where we have prepared a potential parking spot for our tiny r(E)volution.
At just barely over 1 acre, we have cleared the once forested land (see above). We have added electricity, built a storage “closet”, and put in chicken coops (you can see it below). We have also added a hog pen and have cultivated a number of garden spots.
It has been a labor of love and one that will provide a turnkey spot once we have completed our home.
In the meantime, we are living in what we affectionately call “The Bungalow.” It is a 220 square foot, one room (+ bathroom), renovated workshop.
The cart you see below is multi-functional because you can roll it out for extra countertop space or slide it in to serve as storage.
It is situated right next to our land so it is convenient for our work. It features a kitchenette (including fridge, stove, oven, etc). We have a full bathroom including full plumbing and a shower stall.
We even have a corner dedicated to the nursery. We take our meals usually on the front porch which is covered and has a ceiling fan for the summer and small propane heater for the cooler months. Even though we have a stove and oven we try to grill as much as possible to keep the smell out of our bungalow and to maintain temperature control.
Plus, there’s much more that you can learn about the Odom family below:
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