Yoga Teacher Building his own Tiny Home – A guest post by John Cole
Hey Alex (and Tiny House Newsletter readers),
I love your website! It’s helped me dive deeper into the tiny house community and expand my knowledge so much to help with my own build. Here’s a little about me and my story:
I’m 24 years old and teach yoga at the Mt. Washington Resort in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. My apartment lease ran out at the end of August so I’ve been camping in the beautiful fall foliage while I work four days out of the week and the other three days I drive 2 hours down to Dover where I’m building the house.
I first heard of tiny houses about a year and a half ago. I really fell in love with them when I was in the middle of a cleanse and at a loss of what to do with myself, so I started researching them; the seed had been planted. From there my passion grew more and more gathering all the info I could about plans, layouts, building practices etc… I started teaching myself how to use sketch up and design everything. I would scour craigslist everyday looking for a suitable trailer until one day last summer I finally found the one. Its about 7.5′ x 20′. I got it for $400 from a guy in Maine. My friend Seth helped tow it to my parents house where I proceeded to spend the summer greasing the bearings, rewiring brakes/lights, and the labor intensive process of grinding all the rust off. I covered the trailer in POR and Seth welded reinforcements all over.
Images © John Cole
Fast forward to this summer. My sketch up plans finalized and tools acquired through family and home depot have allowed me to really get going. I constructed the floor sometime around May and bolted it to the trailer with carriage bolts. In July I constructed the walls and put them up. September I finished sheathing the walls and the roof rafters went up. This current week I’m putting the rest of the ZIP panels on the roof. It’s been such an amazing experience learning everything from scratch. More than anything I love how rewarding the work has been and the feeling of aliveness my life has been imbued with as a result of this venture.
Its mostly been me working on the house with friends helping here and there when they’re free. The framing is 16 oc with 2x4s and the roof is with 2x6s. I got my all but two of my windows from the local reStore and my doors off craigslist. The house will run off solar, have a rain catchment system, and a compost toilet. Heat will come from a wood stove from graystove.com.
Images © John Cole
Up to this point I have probably spent something over $4k and every single penny has been worth it. I have a blog I update my progress on every week at:
I am raising funds to go towards obtaining a Solman solar generator for the house at:
I was recently featured on NH Chronicle in a segment they did on Tiny Houses too! I’m hoping to move it really soon cause its getting pretty cold camping. I’ve got a few things to finish up and I’m waiting to hear back from someone I spoke to about renting their land in Bethlehem.
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