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May 2013 Update

Its been a while! We’ve been really busy since January– Erin in grad school and running her biz (www.erinharner.com), Dondi at work, skiing and snowboarding, cycling, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and of course working on putting the finishing touches on our tiny home. Hope you enjoy these pics. Leave a comment if you’d like. . . we love hearing from you!

Skiing at Vail with Tyler, Sarah, Erin, Dondi, Steve, and Nick

Skiing and boarding at Vail with Tyler, Sarah, Erin, Dondi, Steve, and Nick

Skiing at Breckenridge with Ryan, Sarah, Erin, and Dondi

Skiing at Breckenridge with Ryan, Sarah, Erin, and Dondi

Dondi's backcountry hut trip with work-- splitboarding and lots of other shananigans

Dondi’s backcountry hut trip with work– splitboarding and lots of other shananigans

Dondi and Shawn (in from Seattle, WA) playing old school ice hockey on a frozen pond near Salida, CO

Dondi and Shawn (in from Seattle, WA) playing old school ice hockey on a frozen pond near Salida, CO

Dondi installing a light fixture on our tiny house

Dondi installing a light fixture on our tiny house

Cedar siding finally complete and boxed in the propane tanks

Cedar siding finally complete and boxed in the propane tanks

Front entry complete with an aspen post, Douglas fir decking, and a mint plant

Front entry complete with an aspen post, Douglas fir decking, and a mint plant

Exterior of our tiny home is DONE!!!

Exterior of our tiny home is DONE!!!

Dondi building Douglas fir garden boxes

Dondi building Douglas fir garden boxes

Garneropolis garden work day

Garneropolis garden work day

Gardens planted and irrigation installed. . . now waiting on the veggies (and the weeds)

Gardens planted and irrigation installed. . . now waiting on the veggies (and the weeds)

Erin hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park with college friends and teammates Meg and Brynja

Erin hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park with college friends and teammates Meg and Brynja

Rocky Mountain National Park's Alberta Falls in May

Rocky Mountain National Park’s Alberta Falls in May

"The Loch" at Rocky Mountain National Park-- end of May and about 3 feet of snow the whole 5 miles to get there!

“The Loch” at Rocky Mountain National Park– end of May and about 3 feet of snow the whole 5 miles to get there!

15 mile hike near Pingree Park Memorial Day weekend

15 mile hike near Pingree Park Memorial Day weekend

Stopping to smell the flowers!

Stopping to smell the flowers!

A glimpse of the High Park Fire burn area almost 1 year after the fire started

A glimpse of the High Park Fire burn area almost 1 year after the fire started

Mountain biking near Pingree Park

Mountain biking near Pingree Park

Erin mountain biking through the stream and past the eerie burnt trees

Erin mountain biking through the stream and past the eerie burnt trees

Chillin back at camp

Chillin back at camp and having some lunch

Erin and Dondi laughing about how we eat more veggies than anyone we know when camping. . . where are the hot dogs?!?

Erin and Dondi laughing about how we eat more veggies than anyone we know when camping. . . where are the hot dogs?!?

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January 2013 Update

Hi! Here is a quick update of the progress on our tiny home and our Christmas adventures in Colorado and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Enjoy. . .

Before

Before

... and after.  Comfy window couch with pull out drawers.

… and after. Comfy window couch with pull out drawers.

Couch converts into a folder out guest bed.

Couch converts into a folder out guest bed.

Before

Before

After Dondi installed the Aspen risers and oak treads to match the walls and the floor.

After Dondi installed the Aspen risers and oak treads to match the walls and the floor.

Files, drawers, and shelves in the office.

Files, drawers, and shelves in the office.

The wide angle view of our tiny home from the front door

The wide angle view of our tiny home from the front door.

Erin, Dondi and Shawn at the hot springs in Salida, CO

Erin, Dondi and Shawn at the hot springs in Salida, CO

Erin and Dondi in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Erin and Dondi in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Parasailing in Mexico

Parasailing in Mexico

It was a long way up, about 300 feet. . .

It was a long way up, about 300 feet. . .

Four wheeling on the beach near Cabo

Four wheeling on the beach near Cabo

Until next time. . . feel free to leave us a comment! We love to hear from you. =)

– Dondi & Erin

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

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!

Tiny Home Update

It’s been an interesting summer between all the forest fires, camping, and traveling. . . and working on our tiny home. More to come on all of our adventures including our trip to Seattle, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Olympics in London. We’ve had several e-mails in the last couple weeks wondering how the “tiny home” is coming so here is a quick update!

The framing is done (well almost)!

Starting on the roof with Dondi, Nick (from Saratoga Springs, NY), and Tyler (from Walden, CO)

We have a roof!

View from the inside. . . all ready for windows.

The windows are in! Our first dinner in the tiny home after a long day of working with Dondi, Nick, Erin, and Sarah.

Plumbing, gas, electric and spray foam insulation are all in– now we’re working on the hardwood floors.

White oak hardwood floors! We’re planning to finish them with Linseed oil and wax to showcase the graining in the wood.

That’s all for now. We’ll send another update soon. Hope you’re having an awesome summer!!!
If you’d like to leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

Erin and Dondi’s Tiny Home

To fill you in. . . the first half of 2012 has been nothing short of interesting. Dondi is pretty excited about our tiny home. Its been in the works (the thought at least) since January and we’re finally in the construction phase of the project which started on June 2nd.

Cutting down the 50 foot trailer to 29 feet for the foundation of our “tiny home”.

Dondi welding the trailer.

Erin using the angle grinder to prep the trailer for a fresh coat of paint (this is after 8 hours. . .)

Framing out the floor joists after a fresh coat of paint. Almost ready for decking and then the big floor flip.

Dondi, Erin and Sarah (a friend in FoCo) flipping the 500+ pound floor. . . that was brilliant. Could have used some brute force for help. . . Dondi and 2 girls was just a bad idea but we figured it out.

Erin– helping to set up wall #1.

Framing the wall with a very eery background. Day 2 of the High Park Fire about 15 miles west of Fort Collins that has now burned about 92 square miles of private land and national forest.

Erin scoping out the new composting toilet and 300 gallon water tank. This tiny home is going to be 100% off the grid.

Dondi cutting and laying out rafters for the roof of the tiny home.

Dondi framing out the rafters and contemplating on how to frame out the dormer (aka “bedroom”).

Dondi standing on the ridge beam after a long day of framing up the roof.

The floor plan for our 200 square foot tiny home.

That is all for now. Hope you enjoyed the pics of our new “home”!  Until next time, Erin & Dondi

Christmas in the UK

January 14, 2012

Hi everyone and happy holidays to you! I’ve been slacking with posting on the blog. . . its been really busy! Anyway, we’ve had several requests for pics from our Christmas UK trip so here are some of the highlights:

The cottage where we stayed in West Marden, Southern England

Chris (Erin’s mom), Chloe (Erin’s sister), and Dondi at “The Keepers”

A stop in South Harting on Christmas Day where the Collins’ lived for 2 years while in the UK

Erin and Ryan’s old 2 classroom school which is now converted into several housing units

One of the local South Harting pubs “The White Hart Inn”

Christmas lunch (of the 5 course meal variety) at the Royal Oak in Hooksway. . . and yes, we actually knew the owner at the bar from when we lived there

Dondi after his first pub meal of the trip. . . and a great meal it was!

Idsworth Church. . . a really old Church from the 12th century (?) that is still in use today

A visit to Portsmouth to look across and see the Isle of Wight and Southsea Castle- that’s Fred (Erin’s Dad) on the left

Dondi walking the labrynth at Portchester Castle near Portsmouth

Ditcham Park- the school on the hill with the horrible green uniforms that Erin and Ryan went to when we lived in the UK (the second school)

Erin at Ditcham Park

Chichester Cathedral, Chichester- a really old walled city in southern England

The “Round Table” hung on the wall at Winchester Castle

 

The Golden Lion- a great little pub with and a lovely lunch in Winchester

We took the train from Petersfield to London (about an hour) for the day; went to see Wicked at The Apollo Victoria Theatre

Dondi and Chloe in front of the Tower of London

We took a tour and got to walk in the Tower Bridge- very cool with great views of London!

Erin, Chloe, and Dondi took a 6 mile hike through the South Downs on the public footpaths and bridle-ways

Dondi hiking on the public footpath right through the middle of the farmer’s fields

Walked around the ruins at Cowdray Castle in Midhurst

Visited the New Forest and saw some of the 4,000+ wild ponies

Went to the Beaulieu Motor Museum and saw tons of old cars and the James Bond car collection

Went to visit Kate, Jumbo and the kids Alex, Emily, and Edward for a lovely dinner and fun night- Kate was Ryan and Erin’s childminder after school and we boarded our horses at their farm in East Harting- Jumbo is a sheep farmer with thousands of sheep all over the South Downs and they live in a 1600’s farm house

 

Overall we had a great trip and were very fortunate to get a last minute invite from Erin’s parents to join them! Good times. =)

 

We sure hope you enjoyed all the pictures from our trip. Leave us a comment if you’d like! Until next time, Erin and Dondi