Our travels, exploits, and adventures

September 2012 Tiny Home Update

Our tiny home is coming along nicely and we wanted to give you all an update. =)













Putting up the tongue and groove aspen paneling on the walls.













Installing the loft (aka bedroom) and Dondi’s prized hand-hewn aspen post.













Erin sanding the aspen paneling for the ceiling. . . one board at a time.













Dondi taking a break in the (almost) completed loft!













The aspen walls and ceiling are officially done (well almost) and ready for the built-ins.













The closet and office wall install.













Dondi building the stairs to the loft that will also double as our dresser. The drawers will be built sometime soon. . .

Staircase to the loft. . . check!   Closet (for all of our clothes, shoes, etc). . . check!

p.s.- if you look closely, you can see the finished flooring!
Until next time. . . leave us a comment if you’d like. We’d love to hear from you!


17 responses

  1. Janet Ward

    Thank you for sharing your tiny home photos with us. I truly enjoy seeing them.


    Sent from my iPad

    September 24, 2012 at 7:33 am

  2. Charlee

    Tiny homes were featured in a Yahoo news article today:

    September 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    • Great article Charlee, thanks for posting it!

      September 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm

  3. Kathy

    Looking good! I can’t wait to see it in person. Do you know where it is going to be “parked” when finished?

    September 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  4. Jana

    Erin and Dondi. It looks beautiful – great workmanship!! Jana

    September 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

  5. Lauralee

    So how is the mattress going to fit up there now that the steps are in and the post is up? Are you going to have a futon mattress? It looks amazing! I Love the aspen.

    September 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    • Luckily we have a roll-able foam mattress. . . but you’re right! It would be tough to get a regular mattress up there.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

  6. Kim

    Hey Erin and Dondi,

    Had such a great time with you both on Saturday night! It was so awesome to spend time with you. I appreciate you being so kind to Gladys.

    Loved seeing your home in progress! You guys are really living the dream! I am so happy for you. I will put in a good word to Emma for them to come out to visit you soon! Love, Kim

    September 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    • Great to see you Kim! Glad you could take a “tour”. =)

      September 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

  7. Darren h

    Erin and Dondi: I’ve recently moved to fort Collins as well. My girlfriend and I have been planning on making a tiny house once we moved here. We are getting our plans together now. One main hurdle is of course: where do we put it once it is done? What have you guys come up with?

    September 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    • Good question Darren. That is probably the toughest part. . . finding a place to park it that is. We have a few different options and are trying to figure out one that is closer to Old Town. Since our tiny home is completely self-contained and off the grid, finding people who would let us park/rent a piece of their land doesn’t seem to be too big of a deal. By the way, if you want to come check it out, let us know! -Erin

      September 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  8. Shawn Russell

    you’ve just been spotted. we’re watching you…. 😛 Looking good, just one question, should I come out when it’s all complete to see or now when you still have the apt? 😉 things seem to be progressing nicely, what’s your ECD?

    October 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    • Hmmm. . . I’m thinking that right now we have a spare bedroom. Soon, we’ll have a spare couch. =) Come visit anytime!!!

      October 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

  9. Love your design, Erin & Dondi. You pack a lot more utility into your space compared to most tiny houses, and also validate some ideas I’ve been shoehorning into my own evolving plan.

    I’d love to see a follow-up, now that you’ve been living in it, of what is and especially what isn’t working as well as you’d hope.

    Also, I’m curious about your choice of a deck-over-wheel trailer base, versus a lowered deck.

    August 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    • Hi Matt. Thanks for the kind words. . . we spent a lot of time on the design of our tiny home because we are living in it full time and needed a fair amount of storage. Everything is working great. The closet and dressers are plenty big enough if you rotate off season clothes, the kitchen is awesome and loaded with both storage for pantry items and cooking tools and equipment. For 181 square feet, there is a surprising amount of storage. Our desk space is critical and we’re loving it. What’s not going as well as we’d hoped? We’ve had a recent issue with flies and the composting toilet (solved with Dunk tablets), dust collects quickly since its such a small space, and everything must be neat and organized and put away so clutter doesn’t collect.

      Deck over wheel was the choice because we started with an old mobile home trailer, cut it down, welded it, and did everything custom. The floor is on top of the trailer for better insulation value (and lowered thermal conductivity) above any other reason. The height is legal for highway travel. (Dondi will probably have a better answer for you. . .)

      Hope that helps! -Erin

      August 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  10. theresa

    Is this an adapted Fencl home? Love the back door and stairs…
    I really love this version …

    August 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    • Hi Theresa, we looked at some tiny home plans online and in the Tiny Homes Book by Lloyd Kahn. We couldn’t find anything that came close to what we wanted to suit our needs/wants. So, we chucked all our preconceived notions out the window and Started from scratch. In fact, our length dimension started out at 24 feet and kept creeping longer until we could fit everything we wanted inside. Final dimension? 29 feet by 8′ 6″. -E

      August 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

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