Friday, September 24, 2010

Tiny Stoves for Tiny Houses

We installed the paneling in the living room, so I thought I would post a picture of the finished wall.
And we took our tiny stove outside today to fire it up and make sure it was "sea worthy" for the home. I'm happy to report there are no issues with our 100 year old stove! I'm even cooking dinner on it tonight :o)
We put up a couple of sections of pipe just to get an idea of how hot everything will get (notice the temp gauge on the stove pipe). Once installed, it will have over 10ft of pipe all the way up so that it can draft well, but for now, we're just having fun with it outside in the driveway :o)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Latest Internet/Craigslist Scam....

Well, generally I wouldn't post about the latest scams online, but it so happens that it involves tiny homes.
Apparently there is an individual posting on craigslist offering to build tiny homes for people for a rediculously low price (his total cost doesn't even cover the price of building materials), taking a large deposit (up to 75%) in cash, and then running off with the money and not delivering a tiny house (BIG surprise!).
It sickens me that there is someone out there taking advantage of the people who are trying to change their lives, possibly get into a self sufficient home and live debt free. I'm sure we all know how hard it is to save our money these days, and for someone to take advantage of the good natured people who are interested in the tiny house movement and swindle them out of their hard earned money just makes me want to scream!
If you happen to come across this person, please report them to the proper authorities as they need to be stopped before they ruin anymore lives and dreams.
From the emails I have received personally, there are at least 7 people who have been taken in by his scam and have no recourse as they paid in cash and any contact information they had for him appears to be false.
Please be careful out there!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Interior work

We've been putting up more insulation and paneling inside. The living room is coming along nicely.

We're also trimming out the windows so that everything will look finished off when we're done.
It may look quick and easy to put paneling up, but it's A LOT of work! The exterior siding went up a lot quicker. It will be nice when it's complete, but until then, it's lots and lots of work.
We had an open house this last weekend for some of the locals that were interested to come and take a look and there has been some discussion with a few people who would like us to build them a custom tiny home suited for their individual needs. So once we get finished up (and if the weather will cooperate), we'll have a formal "open house" and possibly a schedule a few seminars if the interest is there so that people can get a first hand look at the different options out there and also have the opportunity to ask questions about different building methods, ie: the difference between "green" and non-toxic, what works best for them and their budget, where to source the materials, etc.
So stay tuned for more info on that!
We have also been contracted to consult on two other tiny house projects currently in the beginning stages of design and construction by individuals that just need a little help with the details and planning.
Ideally, once we have our home completed, we will most likely start on another tiny home, and if a buyer comes along early enough in the process, we will build it custom for that person, otherwise we will build a standard, smaller unit.
We've had a few people come visit from out of state to take a look at our home, and the reviews have all been phenominal! We're excited to start a new journey and would love to help others achieve their "tiny dreams".