Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tiny House Living!

I'm sorry that I've not posted anything new in a while.  It's been a busy and hectic past few months.  We have been slowly working on tiny during the madness but it seems it was at a snails pace.

And yes, the title is correct...we have moved into our tiny home...FINALLY!!!   We've been out of our rental for a full month now and we're loving tiny living!  Now, this doesn't mean we are finished...we still have more to do but now the house is comfortable to live in.

It was a mad rush to get everything out of the rental by the 1st of November but we made it.  I have learned that my possessions owned me more than I owned them.  At first, I kept thinking that I should find good homes for things verses just getting rid of them.  I was able to do so with my antiques and such.  The closer the deadline came though, I was starting to sweat a bit at all the stuff left.  Finally, I started bagging things up and either donating the whole lot or throwing it away completely.  Being able to toss things in the trash was such a freeing feeling.

Once we got our stuff into Tiny, I realized we still had to downsize!  Really????  I may have a few bald spots from yanking on my hair!  We had to look at our possessions and "cut the fat".  We are still doing this a bit.  But we are getting things organized and in their proper place.  Since we haven't completed our second loft over the bathroom and other shelves, we are having to make do with the room we have.  The house looks a little cluttered but it's getting there and we can move around comfortably.

We have the propane hooked up and our little stove runs fantastic!  I am so happy with it.  It works better than my old full size gas stove.  The kitchen is laid out perfectly for cooking big meals, very space oriented.  We have been using the propane for the hot water in the sinks and for cooking and one 20lb bottle lasted us almost a full month.  We have recently installed a little propane heater but not sure how much it will use yet.  Only had to use it a few times on the lowest setting.

We haven't gotten the shower system finished just yet.  Luckily, we are only a few feet away from the shower in the barn apt we used to rent.  It's a bit inconvenient but worth it to not pay rent anymore.  We hope to have the shower done soon.

So that's a summary of how things have been going here.  Now for some pictures of our tiny house! Please excuse the mess. :)

We still have to build our overhead vent for the stove.  

Shelves need to be painted.

Our cat likes my handmade rug a lot.  

My stove has plenty of room for several pots at once.  I have used all four burners at once and had plenty of room.  Cooking up some brats here. 

We put up a black curtain to close off the bedroom.  It blocks the light from the front so one person can sleep while the other is still up.  It does help with noise as well.  

We have a hook to tie it back to when not in use.  This works great as I get up earlier than my husband for work.  He gets to sleep in while I'm getting ready.  

Our bedroom.  We put a shelf over the bed for books and such.  I made some simple burlap curtains for the side windows.  They allow light in but not a lot.  They help if you want to nap during the day.  

Looking down the hallway towards the front.  I have a small laundry bag that sits on top of the machine for dirty clothes.  Keeps a hamper from taking up floor space.   

So there you have it.  I'll be posting more soon...I promise.  We have a few things in the works now.  And will be adding more pictures as we figure out new ways to store things and make the most of our tiny home.  Thanks for reading!  :)


Anonymous said...

It looks great! Congratulations to both of you. I know you've worked so hard.

Chrissy Stanley said...

Thanks NightShadow. We are loving it! We still have stuff to finish but it's getting there :)

Debra said...

Beautiful! Looking at yours makes me long for my tiny house :) It looks like a very happy place, congratulations!

Chrissy Stanley said...

Thank you Debra! We are still getting things moved around and organized. Stuff is just shoved where we can fit it now but we'll be building more storage areas as we go. :) And I hope you're dream of Tiny living comes true soon!

Alan Plummer said...

Oh Chrissy and Guy (still find it funny and call him the guy in the background in my head... :)) I'm very impressed! It looks WONDERFUL!!!! I'm so happy you've moved in !!

I have heat and electricity now am painting walls and ceiling today so i'm in the home stretch. I'll move in when all of the sanding and painting is done.

GREAT JOB you two!!!!!!!!!!

What are you looking at for over the stove vents?


Chrissy Stanley said...

Thanks Alan! And great news on your tiny house! I've been wondering how you were doing.

As for vent hoods. We are going to order a regular 20" one and possibly frame it in with wood so it looks nice. Another hole to cut into the roof! I'm always a bit anxious when we do that but Ronnie has it down to a science! None have leaked at all! And we had a very wet year so far. :)

Can't wait to see some pics of your place! Happy building! :)

Alan Plummer said...

OK, a couple more questions. How deep did you make your cabinets, and what size is your kitchen sink? Are you happy with the depth of the counters and size of your sink? Would you go bigger? Smaller?


Anonymous said...

The sink is 18"x22"x7". The counters are 22" deep and the counter heighth is 38". The side with the stove had to be lower and deeper so the stove would match the heighth and depth. We made the right side because I am tall and hate leaning down to wash dishes! So far this has worked extremely well but, if I were to build it over again the countertop would overhang the cabinet doors. That would keep water from being able to run onto the doors and into drawers!
We made the shallow cabinet to save space in the kitchen and also to give a few more inches of width in the hallway. Hope that helps!:-)

Guy (in the pictures)!

Cheri Sunday said...

Hi there, I like your small living concepts!
I've thought of doing the same many times,
however getting a piece of property in
Canada (West Coast) cost more than
100,000.00 So I continue living in my
small apartment,which is 300'X 500'for
600.00 monthly, all utilities covered
in someone's private home, I do have
a parking and backyard with a garden,
thanking my lucky stars.
One day I might move to the US so I can
do the same. Congratulation, it's mighty
fine and cozy!

Chrissy Stanley said...

Hi Cheri. Thanks for leaving us a comment.

I know Canada can be pretty expensive. Used to visit Ontario a lot but never made it west. I do love the beauty of it though and can imagine it would be a lovely place to park a tiny home one day. Away from the cities, of course! I see that you're already living small...and yes..always wonderful to have a garden area. I'm looking forward to planting mine this spring. :)

I do hope that you can follow your tiny home dream one day. :)

Cheri Sunday said...

Hi Chrissy, Thank you for responding and do have a happy new year...

Ross Lukeman said...

Hi Chrissy, awesome to hear you guys have moved in! It's so telling that throwing items in the trash was freeing for you. The real truth about owning so much stuff. Looking forward to hearing about your "finishing touches". I know there can be a thousand details with a project like this.


Lorraine Delcid said...

Keep it Up!!! One of the most inspirational tiny homes ever.