Planning, budgeting, and preparing

I’m currently in the planning and budgeting process to build a tiny house on a trailer. The house will be modeled after Alek Lisefski’s Tiny Project. I was lucky enough to visit his tiny house in person in October 2014, and the moment I stepped inside, I breathed a sigh of relief – this is definitely the direction I want to go. The space was light, airy, and I felt like it was the perfect size for my needs. I do intend to make some minor changes to his floor plan, as will be detailed in future posts, but overall the end result will be pretty close to what he has created already.

I’ve chosen The Bookend as the name of my tiny house for a few reasons. First, the siding design I have in mind sort of acts like a bookend to each end of the house, and I thought it was a neat idea that the siding sort of bookends all of my physical stuff inside this 8′ x 20′ space. I hope to have mockups of this design to show soon. Secondly, the concept of tiny house living and the execution of the tiny lifestyle will be a big support to the life changes I’d like to make, namely to reduce my overhead expenses so I can pay off student loans and become debt free. At some point, I may even have the luxury (like many other tiny house people) to work less and have more time available to contribute in other ways.

Here is what I’m working on right now:

  • Downsizing my things
  • Minimizing my existing expenses to allow more to go toward my build
  • Putting together a detailed materials list
  • Creating a budget with that materials list
  • Reaching out to contractors to get quotes on parts of the build where I’ll need assistance
  • Talking with a trailer fabricator to ensure any changes from Alek’s trailer are still workable with the framing plans I have
  • Saving money for the tiny house
  • Trying to sell some big ticket items (marimba, piano) to fund my tiny house trailer
  • Helping other local tiny house builders with their projects to get experience
  • Organizing, volunteering for, and hosting local tiny house enthusiasts events. I am still amazed at how motivating it is to spend time around other tiny house enthusiasts! (The local group is the DFW Tiny House Enthusiasts, founded by BA Norrgard of A Bed Over My Head.)

This weekend, I’m taking a road trip from Dallas to the Tiny House Jamboree, a conference geared toward tiny houses with vendors, speakers, and tiny house open houses available all weekend in Colorado Springs! I hope to learn a lot while I’m there, and solidify more tiny house decisions for my own build.

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