It’s been almost three weeks since I graduated and I’ve finally started brainstorming details for my tiny house. For the first couple of weeks, I wasn’t quite sure where to start. I knew I’d be creating a list of materials and making a budget for them and all but I didn’t even know all the materials I’d need.
There are some things I did know I needed, though! And one morning, shortly after my mother left for work, she called me at home and said there was a free bathroom sink at the end of our road. My dad and I drove down to pick it up, and found a lovely little bathroom sink that is the cabinet kind and has drawers in it. The wood is beautiful too. For free! This is how I’m going to try to get most of my materials as I’ll be struggling financially throughout this project. That’s where you all come in – I can use all the help I can get. If you’re renovating some part of your house and getting rid of materials, let me know. If you see something free on the side of the road, let me know. If you want to donate money, materials, or your own time to help me build, let me know. All will be much appreciated!
This past weekend, I stayed in Boston with my cousins and commuted from there to the Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop in Dedham on Saturday and Sunday. Though it sounds like I’d be building tiny houses for two days, the workshop was just the informational part of the building process, and it was actually what I’ve been needing to start my materials list. Tumbleweed does workshops all over the US, so this one served MA, ME, CT, and a couple other states. It was wonderful to walk into a room of over 100 people who live in my general area and are also enthused about tiny living. There was a woman at my table, Deb, who also lives in Franklin County. It was interesting to connect with people and hear their stories and dream to build a tiny house. I was one of a few people who had just graduated high school, and I think the only 18 year old there looking to build my own house instead of helping a parent. The majority of the people there were older adults, many of whom were looking for a retirement home and to get rid of all their STUFF.
The Tumbleweed people gave us a workshop book in which they’d put the entire power point presentation and lines next to each slide for us to write notes. They provided us with different website links and blogs, as well as advice on what parts of the house to buy new and what parts it was okay to use reclaimed material for. This was extremely helpful and I now know most of what I need to know to build a house. At the workshop there were also discounts on building plans, the trailers, and more, so I ended up purchasing my plans (the Cypress 18 Overlook), an instructional DVD, and the trailer!!!