I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I’ve wanted to build a tiny home for quite some time. My boyfriend Chase and I had many drafts of the type of small cottage we wanted to build, but then we happened upon a picture from Jay Shafer’s The Small House Book, and it inspired us to create our own plans for a tiny house on wheels. A house that was mobile and could not, in theory, be taxed because it was not a permanent structure was very appealing. Through our local Transition Town group we connected with a small scale commercial farmer who was open to the idea of land leasing. The farmer was looking for help to ease financial burdens and needed help with the neglected property. He liked Chase’s ideas for using the land to try out various permaculture techniques and the idea of land leasing. The farmer had an old RV rusting away on his property and so we agreed to do a work exchange for it- replacing his barn roof in exchange for the RV to customize. The farmer agreed to let us use his fields and build our tiny house on his land in exchange for help towards his yearly taxes in the form of low monthly rent.
Chase began building the off-grid tiny house in September with the help of two friends who had built houses in the past. The fact that this house would be completely off-grid was exciting to all of us involved and, through the help of our local Transition Town, we met others who were inspired by our project and helped by donating materials and encouragement.
Below are pictures of the initial stages:
More pictures to come …