We at ReddsOasis believe in giving all the information upfront and honestly to all our readers and followers. If you are just passing by or stopping in every time we have an update, we will answer those questions as honestly and fully as we can.
Here goes the most recent questions…..
Did you build it yourself?
Yes, we built the one on the car hauler in about 9 months give or take a month being gone for vacation and another month for weather and all work was done on weekends only not everyday of the week.
How much will you charge us to build, or how much does it cost to build a tiny house?
We do not build them for everyone. We do this for ourselves and we research everything so our costs are based on what we research and will never be the same for someone else. We do some bulk buying for items we know we will need for other projects.
How can you live in a tiny house?
We knew we did not need a lot of anything, we do not look at material items the same as others do these days. We do have a cell phone and cell based notebook with data: this gives us internet, we have electricity via wind and solar power, we have paired it down to basic fundamentals of clothes and shoes…. again we do not look at all the ‘possessions’ of today as the ‘necessities’ of life. We love it outside, we love being together and we love not owing on material items…
Next: I WOULD LOVE TO LIVE IN A TINY HOUSE!
Realize when you say those words, I might give you a look… not that you could not do it, however, think hard before you go to do it.
We did go from 2000 square feet with 2 car garage, to 1000 square feet with shed, to 192 with a shed for tools and a 20 foot x 16 foot deck (screened in partially for ‘outdoor kitchen’ (yes I say it like that because it is a grill and sink).
Here is what you need to do if you are totally serious about tiny house living….
Pair down… get rid of anything and everything you know you do not need
Find what size tiny house you think you could live in… Realize, our one on wheels was 8 ½ x 16 with a bed loft and 5x2x3 closet ( I can upload full specs of storage if it helps?) The second tiny house is 12 x 16 so just about 4 feet wider (just for the fact we did not put the loft in it)
Now getting to this step is key! Measure out a room in the house; place EVERYTHING you think you need in this space.
Pair down again… (We pick things for our house with the idea it will have duplicity.)
Make sure you are not afraid of change… this is how we have done it – also keeping up with the latest trends is not our thing, being free of debt and having the ability to travel or do what we want is now at our fingertips.
Note: Sizes of Houses:
The average size house is more than 1000 square feet with the median size in the US being 2662 square feet (247.3 m2) .
The small houses are less than 1,000 and greater than 400 square feet (93 m2).
The tiny houses are less than 400 and greater than 100 square feet (37 m2).
The micro house being less than 100 square feet (9.29 m2)
We have most everything done, however, the weather has not been cooperating for us to move Tiny and set her up permenantly….
In the mean time, we are selling the house we are living in and most all of its contents. So if you know of any one looking for a getaway cabin with a beach a block away and water inlet for boats… (could be sold fully furnished) let them know, let us know, spread the word. Thank you
This has been another 2 weeks of getting things ready but not working but one day on Tiny. Unless you include having to replace items that were broken. We had an issue with one of the solar panel connectors and a charge controller hookuped up.
We also have been working diligently to get our pulling vehicle on the road all the way, which has been trying to nickel and dime us every step of the way. I say nickel and dime but it is more like $300 here $300 there. Our 220 mile test run of the van went very well and we are now going to take it on the long haul to Kansas for a graduation next week. This means it will be another 2 weeks before we really get to work on Tiny again (unless we squeeze more storage building into the weekend – 5 more pieces to build)
So day 42 was spent in the kitchen putting in custom built to fit storage – since nothing comes standard 😀
And today, I took a fly by trip to the property and we have a driveway!!!! YAYAYAYA!!!!!!
Friday night we got the pulling van running such an awesome easy fix. Luck was with us on this! Now, I need to find new seats and new dash parts for it to fix little things.
Day 40: We did the storage for around the bed and under the kitchen area. Each pullout is on wheels, with the for diminsions being 14x17x47 , 14x18x47, 14x17x40 and 14x17x34 giving us alot of rolling storage for dry goods, appliances and other incidentals.
Around the bed storage… (still needing the bottoms lined) but they are 14 inches tall and 9 inches wide with one wall being 89 inches and the other being 72. alot of storage added.
Day 41: Today, Trim Header and Footer boards and dressing up the wheel well so we could put a drop down counter on that side.
We have 3 more areas for storage to add:
under the futon sofa which is 2 @ 29x29x14 on wheels (which will hold shoes, weights, guest pillows, outdoor items etc
the over head drop down storage that will be 2 @ 4x89x14 and 1 @ 4x66x14 (incidental storage)
The over toilet storage which will be once the toilet is hooked up.
We are also getting the land set up for the driveway…
This weekend we spent putting things together for the kitchen… and the loft railing. Nothing major just alot of small jobs.
This is the railing to hold us up in the loft so we don’t fall into the kitchen while sleeping
Our stove and kitchen counters are in!!! Hinged so each side can lift independantly. This way I have a place to fold laundry or prep food. ( we are still working on the under stove storage, and found that I have 6 inches on top of the washer to make storage for things like cutting boards 😀
Our canned good in wall storage rack…. hard to see I will get a better picture posted. However, when the bathroom door is open, you can not see it at all ;D
This week we will finish up the small odds and ends that we can so next weekend we will put the composting toilet completely in, build boxes for the storage areas and hopefully move in for the test run.
So I was out for 2 weeks… leg up, non weight bearing knee surgery and since I had my ankle done 9 months ago and reinjured it – on the opposite leg and I am not good at balancing: Crutches were way out in left field for me. Oh yeah AND it was Mr.’s birthday… Happy Birthday ( on the 28th of March) to my most wonderful love and partner in life.
I am back with day 36 and 37 of work progress.
Yesterday the wiring, panel, charge controller, plugs were set up… we did have one issue so it was fixed today.
Along with this we also built the frames for the solar panels to mount too. Making them portable yet stable.
On Day 37: We repaired the wiring issue, and finished mounting the panels and wiring them together. We are now completely on solar!!! YAY!!!
We are looking at building the railing boxes, the kitchen, and installing the toilet in the next week… its been getting less difficult, yet more difficult to work these days with such nice weather and the urge to go fishing and canoeing. However, we are looking at the fact that once we do get Tiny done… we will have alot of time to do this.
On days 34 and 35: We mounted a rack on the back for the batteries and wind generator pole.
After we did this we created the slide out bed/sofa and I ordered the mattress for it. I must say it is rather comfy – inner spring serta full sized mattress.
The rack on the back was done…only to change our minds about how it was made and Todd then welded a different one on. He measured, placed, cut, and welded the rack, while I found the cases for the batteries. MUCH more sturdy!
I did the floors in the bathroom and we did the floors in the rest of tiny. (only have to add the base boards now.)
Our next projects are storage for the under the kitchen, under the sofa, above the sofa and around the master bed. Oh, and we can not forget the building/mounting of the kitchen stove/moveable countertop over the washer.
I smoothed, painted, sealed and stained the bathroom from TOP to BOTTOM. Note that a 6ft x 2ft bathroom is a very very tight space to get a paint can, yourself and the brush in… (especially when you just did the adjacent kitchen and do not want to get anything on it!!!
So the last 2 days of working on Tiny, we have done the pipe for the venting the hot water heater, ordered all the appliances (composting toilet, refrigerator, solar and wind power, all the modules to go with them – all arriving this week), painted layer 2 and 3 on the walls and finished the floor in the kitchen since we go get the refrigerator today!!! We are sooooo close!!
Paint layer 2
Floors in Kitchen: Sealed, Sanded, Stained and Cleared.
The Third layer of Paint DONE! (well minus where I could not walk on the floors yet)
TOMORROW: I do the bathroom – mastic and paint everything I can including drylok the floor so I can then get ready for the Toilet and tiling. 😀