This blog is about a tiny house like no other.
My partner, Yuri, is building a tiny house. He left me for the summer to pursue his dreams and I am very proud. His plans were to build an entire tiny house and drive it back here (it’s built on a trailer) before our last year of college starts.
The last few months before Yuri left he was constantly working on researching environmentally friendly construction alternatives such as; insulation, what kind of wood to use for panels, what composting toilet to use, do we use solar, electric, gas, or all of them?, and what kind of trailer to get. He worked on his floor plan, recreating fresh plans over and over. Finally, he flew to Illinois on June 16th (from WA state), thinking he knew where he would start. But really, how prepared can you be to build a house in just a few months?
He started his search for a trailer so he could get started, but that….it seems, is the hardest part. He searched all over Illinois and researched more trailers than he even knew existed. Finally, deciding on a 22 foot aluminum trailer. whoooo! $$$ The plan for the tiny house has a budget and deciding on aluminum is definitely a large part of that budget. Yuri decided, after many suggestions from his father, that he would also be making the walls out of aluminum. Well, After getting a bigger trailer (originally was going to be 18 feet, and after deciding on aluminum, it seems that all previous plans and decisions went away. Now he is starting from scratch again. Making new floor plans, deciding on new parts and pieces, and trying to keep me updated through all the mix and match work between his eco-friendly visions and his dad’s conventional building experience.
So this blog, if you haven’t figured, is from the perspective of me (the non-builder living in WA). I hope I can explain enough on here to be any use for current and potential tiny house builders. I’ll try to update a lot to show Yuri’s progress through this journey!
*Update: It took 6 months to finish it enough to drive it here! And now theres more to do! make sure the water system is set and won’t freeze, making sure our heater is good and doesn’t suck up tons of energy, making sure we know how to use the composting toilet, making the house comfy, getting it all ready to live in!