After a few days off from construction around the 4th of July, I am back at it again. I did enjoy my down time visiting old friends and spending time on my sailboat. It was a much needed mental and physical break from the numerous tasks that are involved in building a house, even a very tiny one.
The last few days have not seen a lot of physical changes in my house. I did the final preparations before the spray foam insulation is applied to the structure on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. Beyond that it has been more mental work in the form of decision making and planning. We, my contractor (dad) and me, did run errands today and purchased the shower and metal roofing for the house. Beyond that we did preliminary plans for the electrical system and breaker boxes, which I’ll discuss in detail in a future post.
My reasons for building instead of renting were many and varied. I want to live mortgage free and as debt free as possible. I wanted the freedom of owning my own tiny home verses being tied into a year long lease and paying rent. I also wanted a place of my own that I could modify and make it just perfect to fit my needs. Another reason for building was to allow me flexibility in future plans and choices such as moving somewhere else or adjusting as life changes. I suppose a lot of these wishes for freedom stem from my recent life experiences, and the realization that life can change in an instant so it is best to be ready. Lastly I wanted to build because I dislike conformity and have always longed for a lifestyle that was different in some way. Living tiny will be a challenge and very different from the mainstream. I will enjoy the challenges and plan to report how it all goes.
I knew building would be a major challenge and a lot of work. One major surprise of the building process was that beyond the physical labor of construction, which I was mentally prepared for, there is the mental aspect of making untold numbers of decision. I really hadn’t thought about all the choices I’d need to make from simple, like the color of the metal for the roof, to the more complex like which heating system to choose, appliances to buy, and how to fit everything into such a small footprint. The hardest part is that there is no “correct” answer to these questions and a lot is based on my needs, wants, and requirements for my house. Everyone will have different reasons for the choices they would make. This is both wonderful and tough because I am making decisions that effect my lifestyle, and dare I say “happiness” for the foreseeable future.
My motto has been to choose options that give me the most freedom, comfort, and independence. I am striving to make this home comfortable for me while also not breaking the bank. I want a house that I enjoy living in, that is efficient, as well as cozy.
The trick in all this is balancing the trade-offs so that I’m content living in the home for an extended period of time after the construction is complete. I hope everyone checks back after the construction is completed for my future updates on living tiny and the realities of my choices while building.