Our travels, exploits, and adventures

November 2012 Tiny Home Update

We’ve had about 15 requests to post updated photos of our tiny home in the last few days. Why all the buzz??? We moved in! Here are some photos of our recent progress, the move, and us getting all settled in. Enjoy!

Erin taking a break in the loft










The upper and lower kitchen cabinets all made and waiting to be installed











Construction mayhem– it always gets worse before it gets better, right?











Dondi getting some help installing the solar panels. One down, five panels to go. . .











Dondi installing the Formica on the counter tops










Batteries, water tank, solar inverter, hot water heater, and the other workings of an off-grid home













The day we declared our tiny home “done enough” to move in













Our tiny home “Soleil” is on the move. . .









On the 5 mile journey to its new home, our little house lost only one side light. . . I guess that is to be expected when you try to pull a 29 foot, 8 1/2 foot wide house through a 10 foot gate =)











Dondi leveling the tiny house with cinder blocks and trailer jacks










Yes, the day we moved our little house we got about 2 inches of snow– good timing I guess!?!










Dondi’s creative packing strategy. . . let’s see how few loads we can take to move our stuff (we didn’t lose anything, I guess that counts for something??)










Mostly moved into the kitchen!












Another kitchen shot. . . drawer fronts and doors to come (sometime soon I hope)










If you’re wondering where we put all the extra “stuff”. . . its right there in the corner.










Dondi sitting at his new desk trying to get some work done









Cute little closet. . . fortunately we have quite a bit of drawer space for clothes underneath the stairs













Dondi got the water hooked up tonight and he took a real hot shower in our tiny home, that was an exciting moment! I’ve been showering at the gym. . . =)














We’re still trying to figure out the composting toilet but its working pretty well! One sacrifice of living in an off-the-grid 198 square foot house. . . no flushing toilet!














Our first dinner in our tiny home Soleil (that’s the name we gave it since its powered by the sun)!











So, we are officially moved in but have quite a lot of work left to do. We’ll send more updates and photos soon!

Thanks for reading our blog– we love to read your comments!

-Erin and Dondi


26 responses

  1. Misty


    November 15, 2012 at 1:50 am

    • Thanks for your comments! For some reason some of the pics didn’t post in the first round so I added several more “moved in” photos. Check them out!

      November 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

  2. Lisa Lanni

    More More! Send more pics!

    Hope all is well! Looks awesome.

    Lisa Lanni


    (585) 944-0118

    Keller Williams Realty

    Winton Rd S. Bldg 1

    Rochester 14618

    outgrown your home

    Outgrown Your Home?

    November 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

  3. Anne

    awesome job .. you are setting a pace for future living.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:05 am

    • Hi Anne, thanks for your comment! Just wanted to let you know that we added several more photos to the blog post. -Erin

      November 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

  4. Karen Menges

    Erin and Dondi!
    Kudos! What’s the buzz??? YOU are the buzz. .. we are all so excited about what you are doing, and how you are, and that all go as smoothly as possible. What a fabulous adventure. .. I still am in awe .. .

    November 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  5. Jana Bowen

    Congrats!! That is so cool. Can’t wait to visit. Jana

    November 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

  6. Kim Lutz

    You guys are soooooo awesome! I love the pictures of your house. What an accomplishment! I want to be just like you when I grow up…

    Looking forward to seeing you both at the cabin soon! Have a safe trip.

    Love, Kim

    November 15, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    • Thanks Kim! We’re looking forward to going to New York over Thanksgiving and see all of you guys. =)

      November 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm

  7. Shawn the mighty

    NICCCCEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😛 where’s the pancakes?

    November 16, 2012 at 2:01 am

  8. Charlee Rocco

    Congratulations on your achievement! A Lilliputian masterpiece! So happy for you both. I wish I had come by Hammer Time before your departure. Let me know the date of your housewarming party and I’ll be there!

    November 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    • Thanks so much! Its great to have tiny house supporters. . . its no small feat. =) We will be having an open house. . . Jan or Feb I imagine (or once the tools leave the living room/dining room). Happy holidays! -Erin

      November 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    • Thanks Charlee!

      November 26, 2013 at 10:30 am

  9. Mark A Johnson

    I thought I had found all the tiny home blog’s, glad I came across yours, looks awesome, a few questions, since you had 50 ft of trailer to work with, 1) how did you settle on 29 ft instead of 30 ft, 2) that is the exact on-demand water heater I am designing with-how well does it work for you and finally 3) what solar panels did you go with? also an observation, I have never seen walls put up before the subfloor was on! Final thought, your blog has really made me miss Colorado, I lived there 10.5 years.

    P.S. Keep up the great work and enjoy tiny living!

    January 1, 2013 at 12:58 am

    • Hi Mark, thanks for your comments! Here are the answers to your questions:
      1) We had a big trailer and wanted to cut it down as much as possible. We started with a blank slate (50 foot trailer) and cut it back as much as possible to fit everything we wanted/needed in the floor plan. The longer you make it, the more it feels like a tunnel so we wanted to keep it as short as possible yet fit everything in.
      2) The on-demand hot water heater works great. We’ve been able to run it for dishes and showers. It doesn’t kick on above 0.5 GPM so when you’re doing dishes, you can use the hot water left in the line (which is important for us since we’re on a water tank). Its relatively quiet too.
      3) The solar panels are CVPV monocrystalline and 205 Watts. There are 6 panels. The panels were chosen largely based on dimension since we have very limited roof space and we needed to get a lot of power out of relatively low square footage.
      Hope that helps! If you have other questions or comments, don’t hesitate to let us know. We’re more than happy to help how we can! Happy New Year, Erin

      January 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

  10. Mark A Johnson

    Erin, Thank You, Super Fast Response! considering it is a holiday, I love your wood choice, new, different, refreshing, I’m betting you chose Aspen because your in Colorado, there are alot of aspen trees in Colorado, anyways, no need to respond, just wanted to say thanks and wish You and Dondi a Happy New Year and the Best of Luck finishing your home!

    January 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

  11. Sandi

    Erin h& Dondi…….you two rock! My husband and I are planning on moving from minnesota to missouri. We’re living as frugally as we can right now to save for a small piece of land. We are 51 & 49. We would both love to build a smaller 2 bed- 2 bath log home. Did you make your own plans or get them from somewhere? Also, minus the water tank and toilet, would you mind giving me an idea asto how much this cost in wood? We would probably be using pine, I’m guessing as that’s more readily available down there.
    Thank you so much……..it’s great to see young people living the good wholesome life! Sandi

    September 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    • Thanks for you comments! To answer your questions, we made our own plans from scratch but borrowed some ideas from others. Pine would be less than the aspen we used but fairly comparable in price depending on where you are in the country. Not sure what the price for wood would be in Missouri. . . I would encourage you to call a local lumber mill for a square foot estimate for your project. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Sandi! -Erin and Dondi

      November 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

  12. Megan

    hi! I recently say you an a tiny house blog and was wondering where you store your water and solar batteries? How much space did it take up?

    November 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    • Hi Megan, the water and batteries for the solar are stored in the “utility closet” that has a separate door on the other side of our house. In total, its about 15 sq ft. -Erin

      November 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

  13. Your house is one of my absolute favorites. Your kitchen is a work of art, and all those cupboards and drawers are worth it. (Love the red, too.) I’m in the final planning stages for my tiny house, and I refer to your shelving pictures often. Thanks so much for sharing. I notice a baby bump, I think, so I hope all is well with you all. Hope you have time to post again soon.

    May 28, 2014 at 9:30 am

    • Thank you for the kind words Jane! We are proud of our tiny home and happy to share photos and stories with others. =) We’ll be posting soon with stories of our cross-country tiny home adventures! -Erin

      July 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

  14. Lee

    Is your tiny home fully solar powered? How did you figure how many amps you and panels you would need? Do you feel like you have enough solar power? I love your layout and I’m trying to form a plan. 🙂 Thanks

    March 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm

  15. Hello! I am finishing up my bachelors at CSU looking to buy a tiny home to live in through grad school. I am just stumped on where I can and am allowed to park my tiny home in Fort Collins.

    January 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    • Hi Lauren, thanks for getting in touch. The key is to look for a plot of land just outside of the city. We lived in two locations- one just north of Fort Collins and one just west at the base of the foothills below Horsetooth Resevoir. In both cases, we parked on land that had a house already on it. Hope that helps. Good luck! -Erin

      January 5, 2017 at 1:12 pm

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