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The saga of J building his tiny off-grid house

Overdue update.

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My apologies for being absent on here for a while. Life, as it has a habit of doing, has become rather busy. Last thing I posted was that it was going to cost an excessive amount to upgrade the trailer so i was requesting prices from a number of firms to get a trailer built to my specifications. The bids came it from £2000 – £3000 and I’ll be going with one of the lower options when I have the money to do so.

In the meantime I managed to pick up some part time work that very rapidly seems to have become full time for the next few months. I’m working long hours which has left me virtually no time to even think about the tiny house, let alone update the blog. However, I’m clearing off some debt, which is a big weight off my mind but means that it’ll be spring before I’m likely to have any time to get back to working on the house.

I’ve also been rather unlucky with having the really bad weather arrive at exactly the point where I couldn’t spend any time at the house. This had lead to a significant portion of the woodwork becoming waterlogged. I’ve had to take all the framing apart, separate out what’s good and get that stored away. most of the OSB sheeting that was stacked under tarps has soaked water in from the edges and seems to be unusable now. I think a good half of the timber i bought is now trashed. on top of that I need to get the old trailer moved off site for the winter and, with no time to get it to a point where it is towable (which would require significant welding) I’m looking at just going in and cutting it into pieces and taking it to the scrap yard.

The end result of all of this is that most of the year’s work is scrapped, along with about £1000 in costs for the trailer, steel and timber. After being quite depressed about this for a while, I’ve decided that the only thing I can do is chalk it up to experience and remember that I’ve learned a great deal along the way from it. I will start again in the spring with a custom trailer which will be designed explicitly for the house and allow me to move straight into the build phase knowing my foundation is solid.

I’ve learned enough this year to prove to myself that I’m capable of building my tiny house, that my basic plan is viable and the rest of the things I collected to go into it are still tucked away safely in store and will come out as and when needed. The new house will be a little bigger, as I can spec the trailer the way I want and will be 18 x 7.5 feet when finished. I will also have a 3 foot fold down deck outside which means I will be able to use the full 18′ as interior space, significantly increasing my living area. The basic layout will be unchanged but allow me a bit more storage space and living room while still being a size that can be reasonably towed by something like a 4wd or a van.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for useful bits and pieces for the house but I’m unlikely to be updating much over the next few months, though I’ll be keeping an eye on my tiny house friends and staying in touch. Life is ultimately a journey which has ups and downs, I’ve had both this year and it’ll be interesting to see what the next year brings.

Peace, out.

Written by justin

December 1st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

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  2. Sorry to hear about the loss of some of the timber and OSB. Glad to hear that you are going in a direction that will allow you to start solid and build it up right. I look forward to reading more in the Spring time. :-)


    5 Dec 09 at 1:46 pm

  3. All my best to you.


    11 Dec 09 at 8:12 am

  4. J,

    Thanks for sharing your story – inspiring.

    I’m intending to start building a Tumbleweed Fencl this year

    Would you mind letting me know what trailer companies you approached for quotes?

    Sorry to hear you’ve a few setbacks – best of luck for 2010!



    6 Feb 10 at 12:11 pm

  5. I hope spring finds you back at it. Hopefully working fulltime just gives you a better bank account to work with instead of discouraging you. In the US, I’m on a similar road- started as a two year project, up to three now and still two to go. Lots of do-overs and rethinking along the way. I wouldn’t trade what I’ve learned and I have been ‘unplugged’ for a few years. Good luck and I look forward to progress. If you ever need advice or to hear how not to do something, let me know!


    16 Mar 10 at 12:43 pm

  6. Hello!

    So as we are part way through March, and I am guessing that where you are that means that spring is blooming I was wondering if you had made any forward motion with your most excellent project?

    I have loved reading about it and still check regularly for updates!

    Hope everything is working out for you and I can’t wait to hear how it will go for you and your tiny house in 2010.

    Gareth James

    21 Mar 10 at 9:36 am

  7. Got a trailer yet for your new foundation?


    24 Jun 10 at 11:56 am

  8. So, a year and most of a month since this update, what news have you got for us? I am hoping it has been all finished and lived in now for quite some while!

    Gareth James

    25 Dec 10 at 3:56 pm

  9. Are you still building this tiny house?


    19 Oct 12 at 2:31 am

  10. Hey Justin! We here at Titan Tiny Homes hope that at some point you circle back around to build your tiny home. We would really love to see how it turns out. Thanks again for everything that you have posted up until now!

    Ryan C

    28 Apr 17 at 7:36 pm

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