2016 Florida Tiny House Festival!

When: November 18-20

Where: St. Johns County Fairgrounds; 5840 State Road 207, Elkton, Florida

In 14 days, I will be making my way to the 2016 Florida Tiny House Festival! This is big news for Hamy and I, because she has never made a trek this far before. After completing my tiny house, Hamy, about 7 months ago I have only been able to get her on the road once or twice, the furthest was to my Thesis presentation in May. This will also be the first time that I drive tiny by myself. When moving her in and around St. Petersburg I have been enlisting in the help of others. Not this time! When the day comes, I will be renting a Uhaul and driving her the 4 hours to St. Augustine, Florida. I will be documenting my short road trip right here, with daily photos of the festival as well as news on what is going on in the Tiny House community! Hope you enjoy and wish me luck!

Check out more information about the Tiny House Festival at their Facebook Page!

2016 Florida Tiny House Festival Facebook Page

 

MAKING A TINY HOUSE A HOME

Twenty four days ago, I moved into a tiny house on wheels. With the help of my father every weekend for 10 months, I constructed the 210 square foot house in which I live in today.  The house began as my thesis project in architecture school and now has turned into a place I call home.

Telling People I live in a tiny house

This may not be normal or even at all sane but I live in a house that many consider to be the size of a closet. This has been said to me once or twice before. My home is small to say the least and I love everything about her (Yes, the house is a she). Bringing up the fact that I live in such a small home that I built is the highlight of my day and I do it every chance I get and I do mean every chance I get.  When I am at the grocery store, the movies sitting next to a stranger, standing in line for a ride at Disney, or any get together involving friends and family. No one is safe from my attempts in talking about my house. The creativity in which I find ways to bring up my house in a conversation amazes even me. Sometimes I am able to flawlessly weave it into to the conversation or sometimes I just blurt it out like I have been overcome with turrets. “I LIVE IN A TINY HOUSE,” I screamed at the attendant changing my oil a few weeks ago. The house is like my new born child that I have to show off to anyone who will listen. “She is 20 feet long, 8 feet wide, weighs 8,500 pounds and her name is Hamy.” I am sure you can imagine the reactions to my home are mixed. Considering that Hamy began as my thesis project I began the research portion of my project by exploring thoughts people had about homes like mine. One way I went about this was documenting people’s first reactions to me telling them that I was choosing to consolidate my life and build a 210 square foot home that would eventually live in. This was easy considering I was already used to talking about her to strangers, I will share a few of my favorite reactions with you:

  • “But, where will you put your shoes.”
  • “Your house is the size of my closet.”
  • “I think the house I built for my dog is about that size.”
  • “So it’s like an RV?”
  • “Oh fun, it will be like camping every day.”
  • “Are you considered homeless?”
  • “Is it like that TV show?”
  • “Gosh my wife loves that teeny house show.”
  • “What the heck is a Tiny House?”

When you decide to live the way I have chosen to live you open yourself up to criticism you never imagined to be possible. Sometime I bring it upon myself for the fact that I have to talk about my house every moment of every day, but sometimes people like to give their unsolicited advice.

  • “You put the door on the wrong side of the house.”
  • “It was built all wrong.”
  • “Why would you put a garden hanging from the outside of your house? There should be a window there instead.”
  • “What an ugly wall. Why would you paint it with all those different colors?”

No matter the comment I still want to hear what people have to say about my house. The good comments outweigh the bad and almost always the conversation ends with a smile. 


THE COSTS

With the trailer included the overall construction cost was about $20,000.

The big ticket items were my

  • 10 windows ($2,500) 
  • 2 skylights ($2,000)
  •  1 door ($800)
  • Tumbleweed Trailer ($4,500)
  • EccoTemp tankless water heater ($300)
  • Domestic Standard RV toilet ($200)
  • Pioneer Ductless Mini Split air conditioner/heater ($700)

 The rest of the costs went into building materials such as siding (both interior and exterior), roofing, nails (so many nails), 2 by 4's, sheathing, hurricane straps, tools, and so many things I can't even think of