A little of my unique history as a 'tiny houser'...
Once upon a time, I wanted to be a Van Dweller. I bought a van and named it "Vincent, my van that Goghs", or "Vinnie" for short. I outfitted it as an RV and I lived in it here and there, never for very long. I was determined the shake myself loose from materialism, and since I was newly divorced, I was intoxicated by the sudden freedom in my life. I daydreamed about just getting in the van and traveling the country, enjoying the freedom. I went through my belongings and shed my old life piece by piece. It was a remarkable season of liberation in my life and I was completely jazzed by the process. However, I was connected to the area by friends and family, and jobs that mattered to me, so I ended up keeping pretty close to home.
As a child I had one old Barbie doll inherited from my cousins. I played for hours creating tiny homes for her with cardboard shoe boxes for the walls. I built the interior furniture with building blocks borrowed from my brother. I dressed Barbie and my tiny little model homes with clothing and decor I made from scraps from my mom's sewing projects. This was one of my favorite ways to play and it's one of the reasons I think this life suits me so well.
In art school I studied Architecture and designed several buildings during that season developing excellent drafting skills. I can "see" a home from looking at a floor plan, and in some cases I have, while sound asleep, walked through a home I designed in my dreams. That's a very interesting feeling!
|The American Flag Sound Sculpture by Xaver Wilhelmy|
In the fall of 2014 we moved into our 125 square foot RV, which we also call "Vinnie". We own a pipe organ restoration company and have a number of big projects in the works, so this is not the time to build. We continue to explore low-tech off-grid technology and look forward to building homes that are earth friendly and follow the principles of Zero Energy Building.
Eventually we will find land that is right for us, and build our first small off-grid home. Since we have lived in 125 square feet for so long, we have come to really appreciate the many perks.
I'm currently writing a memoir of our first two years living tiny, and as we build, we'll be sharing each step of the process with our readers and viewers. I hope you'll join us for the adventure and follow us on social media to stay in touch.