Our travels, exploits, and adventures

Rafting, Yellowstone, Wyoming, and Cabinets!

Hi there, its summer and blistering hot here in CO. We’ve been busy (as always) working on finishing the details of our tiny house, camping, hiking, cycling, and having fun. Here are some pics from our latest adventures. Enjoy!

Setting up the tent to camp with Chloe (Erin's little sister)

Setting up the tent to camp with Chloe (Erin’s little sister)

Eating dinner by the campfire

Eating dinner by the campfire

8 Mile hike near Red Feather Lakes, CO

8 Mile hike near Red Feather Lakes, CO

Rafting on the Poudre Canyon

Rafting on the Poudre Canyon

A calm spot in the river after Erin fell out of the boat on a Class IV rapid

A calm spot in the river after Erin fell out of the boat on a Class IV rapid

Tyler and Dondi rockin out on their scoot-scoots after a nice dinner at Restaurant 415 in Fort Collins

Tyler and Dondi rockin out on their scoot-scoots after a nice dinner at Restaurant 415 in Fort Collins (LOL)

Hiking in WY with Hunter (nephew), Harmon (brother-in-law) and Dondi

Hiking in WY with Hunter (nephew), Harmon (brother-in-law) and Dondi

Hunter and Dondi after a fun hike in WY

Hunter and Dondi after a fun hike in WY

Driving to Yellowstone, Dondi had to stop to check out the mountain sleds-- who's in?

Driving to Yellowstone, Dondi had to stop to check out the mountain sleds– who’s in?

We made it to Yellowstone, picnic by the lake

We made it to Yellowstone, picnic by the lake

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone big waterfall

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone big waterfall

Hot springs at Yellowstone

Hot springs at Yellowstone

Old Faithful erupting at Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful erupting at Yellowstone National Park

This was Erin's favorite sight in Yellowstone.  . . other than the wildlife!

This was Erin’s favorite sight in Yellowstone. . . other than the wildlife!

Bison. . .

Bison. . .

This was awesome. . . I guess bison need to scratch their heads too

This was awesome. . . I guess bison need to scratch their heads too

And then we ran into a traffic jam. . . had to wait at least half an hour for the herd of bison to cross the road!

And then we ran into a traffic jam. . . had to wait at least half an hour for the herd of bison to cross the road!

And more bison. . .

And more bison. . .

Beautiful elk near the road

Beautiful elk near the road

Bison and elk and BEARS. . . oh my! These two black bears were amazing to watch

Bison and elk and BEARS. . . oh my! These two black bears were amazing to watch

Yummy dinner back at camp. . . we were sure to eat all the salmon so there bears didn't come to find it (I mean us)

Yummy dinner back at camp. . . we were sure to eat all the salmon so there bears didn’t come to find it (I mean us)

Back at our house, Erin's trying to keep some order to the garden and the weeds

Back at our house, Erin’s trying to keep some order to the garden and the weeds

And Dondi worked on making some cabinets (using every conceivable drying space he could find)!

And Dondi worked on making some cabinet doors (using every conceivable drying space he could find)!

Our tiny house starting to look a lot more finished with some doors hung

Our tiny house starting to look a lot more finished with some doors hung

And more doors in the kitchen! Dondi made 34 (!?!) cabinet doors in all and somehow they all fit in our 181 square foot house!

And more doors in the kitchen! Dondi made 34 (!?!) cabinet doors in all and somehow they all fit in our 181 square foot house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25 responses

  1. Chris Collins

    Wow, amazing!

    July 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm

  2. Karen Menges

    I am so excited by your photos! Beautiful! I send love to you both.

    July 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

  3. Emma Harner

    great pictures

    July 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

  4. Jennifer Jones

    Oh my awesome pics!! So fun!! I love the cabinets, perfect color!!! So fun!! Miss ya!

    July 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    • Thanks for the kind words you guys! Miss you all!!! – Erin

      July 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  5. Lisa Sarnowski

    you two are so adorable! LOVE the cabinets and your trips looked purely magical.

    sending you lots of love, friend!

    July 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

  6. Debbie

    Thank you again for the update. We love to go on adventures with you guys. Tiny house is looking fabulous. Love & Miss You Both

    July 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

  7. Cherie Worley

    I have just asked to receive your blog, so maybe I haven’t read enough to have this question answered: I was wondering if you are living on someone else’s property or have your own and how you got around the zoning laws, etc. . . I know Dondi works in Ft. Collins so I also was wondering how close you are to Ft. Collins. Thanks. Love your house!!

    August 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    • Hi Cherie, good questions. We are renting land outside of the city of Fort Collins, but not far out. Fort Collins zoning laws do not allow tiny houses within city limits. Hope that helps! -Erin

      August 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm

  8. Anthony Glover

    Hi Erin and Dondi, congratulations on building your beautiful home, you both are an inspiration. I attended the tumbleweed tiny home seminar earlier this year, and have decided the tiny is the way to go for me. I haven’t begun to build yet because of finances and time, but look forward to building in the near future. I’ve studied many floor plans, and have found that I really liked the one you have. If you haven’t already, can you both elaborate on the cost of building your home? And are detailed copies of your floor plan available for purchase? Did you guys have any experience with building a home before you started building your tiny home? Oh, by the way, my name is Anthony Glover.

    August 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    • Hi Anthony, please forgive the delay! We’ve been flooded with comments. =) To answer your questions, we started designing and building from scratch since we didn’t find any plans that came close to meeting our needs/wants. We are both working professionals and needed separate desk space. I couldn’t wrap my head around climbing up and down a ladder to get into and out of bed (so we designed in stairs), and as a nutritionist, the kitchen was really important to me. So. . . we designed the plans from the trailer up step-by-step. We do not have plans for purchase right now but could arrange something with you if you’re interested. Please contact me through my site (www.erinharner.com). For cost, anywhere between $22 and 25k minus the solar system. And yes, Dondi has had quite a bit of experience with residential construction and carpentry. His dad was a contractor growing up, he helped build a cabin from the ground-up, and he’s done massive remodels on our last 2 houses. Talented guy he is. . . πŸ˜‰ Hope that helps! -Erin

      August 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

  9. Bobbi K.

    I love your house and plan to use it as inspiration for our future tiny house.The red cabinet doors are beautiful.And the stairs,love them.The idea of having the stairs also double as a dresser space is wonderful.I do have a question for you,how big is your loft? Could it fit a king size mattress? How much head room is in your loft? Thank you and I hope you don`t mind the questions.

    August 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    • Glad we could provide some inspiration Bobbi! The loft is approx 8 feet by 6 feet. With some super fancy design you may be able to fit a king size mattress but if the house is only 8’6″ wide, there is no way to put stair next to the bed with a king. Tiny house design principles dictate conserving space and downsizing in many cases. That being said. . . we have a queen mattress that fits perfectly. Note that our mattress is memory foam and NOT a regular mattress with a rigid frame because we would have had to build it into the house. . . Also, for head room. There is not a lot of headroom in the loft but there is enough for both of use to sit up in the center of the bed. We raised the loft a few inches as we were building to allow a little more headroom under the loft in the office/bathroom area. -E

      August 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  10. Hi Erin, researching tiny houses from here in Boulder and just found your blog. Congratulations, it’s wonderful! Thank you for sharing all the details and mixing in your adventures. Can you share how you are getting internet access? Thanks a lot! Wendy

    August 11, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    • Hi Wendy, thanks for your kind words. Glad you “discovered” us up her in FoCo! We are in a fairly rural area right now so internet has been a bit of an issue. Cell-based hotspots are not an option because the 3G/4G comes and goes. For now, we are able to share WiFi with our neighbors using an extender. . . -E

      August 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  11. Kim

    Hi!

    I found you guys via the Tiny House Blog πŸ™‚ I noticed that in one of your pictures that you have 2 or 3 computers as well as a medium-sized fridge. So my question is: What kind of energy set-up do you guys have within your tiny house? Me and my partner would love to have a tiny house in the future, but he’s a PC gamer (which can consumer a lot of energy) and I’m wondering about your energy consumption and what kind of energy you use?

    Thanks!

    August 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    • Hi Kim, please forgive the delay! Yes, we have two computers and an apartment sized fridge. We are on solar so energy consumption is a concern but with the exception of having to “plug-in” twice in the heart of the winter last year, we’ve had no problems with the system. We have altered our energy use a bit: no AC, just fans in the summer and boiling water on the stove instead of in an electric teapot for example. I am a nutritionist and use our Vita-Mix pretty frequently thought (it has a huge motor) and we really haven’t had any issues with power. For our solar system, we have 6 CPV 205 monocrystalline panels, a 24 volt/4000 watt inverter, and 4 200 amp hour AGM batteries. The system produces about 3.5 to 4.0 kWh on an average day. -Erin

      August 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      • Kim

        No problem! Thanks so much for the info (and impressed to hear that you guys use a Vitamix because I’m pretty sure those suck up a LOT of energy).

        Thank you for sharing your story with the Tiny House Blog so I and others could pick your brain πŸ™‚

        August 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      • Yeah, the Vita-Mix takes a lot of power but only for a minute or two at a time max so the system can handle it just fine. Glad to share our tiny house with you! =) -E

        August 28, 2013 at 11:08 pm

  12. Erik

    You both should be proud, the house looks great!

    To tag on with Kim’s question about utilities, did you wire the house for DC, AC, or mix? If for AC did you establish a external power connection. Also what is your source of water for your tank, are you using Rainwater collection or transporting the water? (due to water rights issues I will understand if you do not wish to answer)

    August 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

    • Hi Erik, sorry about the delay! Glad you like the house. =) We wired the house for AC only. There is an inverter to convert DC from the batteries to AC for the house. The only thing “wired for DC” is the water pump which is directly wired to the batteries. Water rights are an issue in CO for sure. We do not do any type of rainwater collection. We have a 300 gallon tank that we fill about once a month for water. The tank is in the utility room which is accessed from the back of the house. Hope that answers your questions. -Erin

      August 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

  13. Scott Timmons

    Job well done!!

    September 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

  14. Hi Erin and Dondi,
    So, I don’t know you, but I did want to let you know I really, really appreciate your blog! I found you by googling “tiny houses + colorado” and you were the first hit.
    I am planning on moving to Fort Collins and my dream is to live in a tiny home while I’m there. I know there are many options of homes for me to acquire (that’s a different question entirely!) but I am really hoping you can shine some wisdom on potential plots or anyone involved in the tiny home movement that would be willing to rent space/land to me while I figure out a more permanent arrangement, such as me purchasing my own land.

    I would be beyond grateful for any advice you could lend.

    Hope you are having a splendid fall!!

    Jessica

    October 23, 2014 at 12:17 am

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