Tiny House Construction Has Begun!

Tiny House Construction - Casey Friday - The Rich Life

In the words of Clark Griswold, “HALLELUJAH, HOLY SHIT!”  I’ve started work on our tiny house!  I spent about 2 hours yesterday and 5 hours today putting together the “floor”.  It almost doesn’t feel real, making progress on this thing that Jessica and I thought would almost certainly never actualize.

Nonetheless, construction has begun, and I’m doing some pretty radical stuff for the tiny house aficionados out there.  I think an unordered list to enumerate is in order:

  • Video of the entire build, sped up 100x (or so) for fun viewing of the whole process
  • Detailed how-to videos of crucial construction processes
  • High-resolution photos of everything
  • Super-detailed lists of materials and associated costs
  • Ridiculously accurate reporting of hours necessary for each part of the build

That’s right.  Get excited for the best Tiny House Porn you’ve ever seen in your entire life.  It’s coming, people.

In case the geeks are curious, I’m going to be handling most of the list/cost/hours reporting through some sweet custom functions I’m writing for WordPress.  When I’m done, it’s very likely that I’ll turn it into a plugin that you can use on your very own WordPress blog to show the world how long/expensive/awesome your Tiny House Build is.

Holy hell, all the awesomeness is just waiting to happen.

We’re building our tiny house

To say that our lifestyle shift into a tiny house is going smoothly would be a big fat lie.  We went to a Tumbleweed Tiny House workshop in January with Jay Shafer.  It was fantastic, and we tried to decide how we would build our tiny house.

In the end, we decided to have someone else build it.  After sending off our $7,300 deposit, we heard nothing back from the builder.  To make a long story short, we still haven’t seen any proof that construction on our house was ever started, and we haven’t gotten our money back (and believe me, I have taken every avenue of asking for it back).

So with that experience, Jessica and I no longer trust anyone.  It hurts losing seven grand, but we’re not letting that stop us.  We’re taking matters into our own hands, and we’re now going to build our own tiny house.  I ordered the trailer yesterday, and I’ll be picking it up on Saturaday (fingers crossed).

After being scammed, we’re definitely taking a different approach to doing business with people.  Contracts reviewed and agreed upon before any exchange of money takes place.  Hopefully most of the materials necessary can be bought from businesses that don’t involve shady trust, like Home Depot or Lowes.

Through all of the shite we’ve dealt with thus far, we aren’t giving up.  We are building our tiny house, and it’s going to be the most amazing tiny house you’ve ever seen.

Our Tiny House

If you weren’t already aware, Jessica and I have commissioned the building of our very first home.  We’re really excited about it, and it’s making me think about what life will be like once we’re settled in our tiny little home.

I’m going to write about each of these things, but first things first – what will this lifestyle change mean for me and Jessica?

Less Tech Possibilities

Now wait a minute; think about this one.  Less tech possibilities can actually mean more tech possibilities.  When we pare down to about 200 square feet of space, we’re going to be drastically reducing the number of electrical outlets we usually have access to.  On the other hand, we’ll also have less devices to plug in.

As it is, I currently get all of my web development work done using my 17″ MacBook Pro.  We also watch TV shows and movies on it.  We also jam out to rockin’ tunes on it.  We pretty much do everything on this beast.  Having less AC plugs doesn’t really mean less possibilities after all.  I’ll go more into this later.

Smaller P90X Space

Jessica brilliantly designed our tiny house, and it has a lovely open area at the front that is specifically for P90X (and hanging out afterward).  I’ve already worked out for the past three weeks in a taped off area that’s the exact size our tiny house’s P90X space will be, and it’s the perfect amount of room for me to bring it.

This just goes to show that you don’t need a home gym to do P90X or stay in shape in general.  All you need is a small area and some motivation, and you’ll have yourself a stew, baby.

Different Energy Sources

Our tiny house will be set up to run just like an RV, with regard to electricity.  We’ll plug it in and have electricity delivered to each of the outlets.  An idea I’ve been tossing around in my head is using alternative energy sources – namely solar power.  The cool thing about our tiny house is that it’s small enough to be run completely off of solar power.

I don’t know what the panels and batteries would cost initially, but once we made the initial investment, we’d never have to pay for energy again; nor would we be a burden on the system.  I like the sound of that.


These are only a few of my initial thoughts in a nutshell.  I’ll be going into further detail soon, but I hope other tiny house hopefuls out there will find something to relate to in my telling of our tiny house story.