A Tiny Statement of Intent

I want to share something exciting with my friends, family, and network. I have decided to build my own home! Actually, I have decided to build my own tiny home. Yes, those little cabins on trailers which have been flooding your social media feeds: I am making one!

Real adults aren't afraid to build houses and color with crayons.
Real adults aren’t afraid to build houses and color with crayons.

I will be using this blog to share my progress and resources with loved ones and other members of the ever growing tiny home community!

Let me quickly run you through the what, where, when, why, and hows of my project!

What?

My little house will be a lot like any other house. It will have a bathroom, office space, kitchen, lounge area, room for guests to stay, and a place for me to sleep. The only difference is that mine will be mobile and will have a footprint of only 160 square feet! The entire structure will be built on top of an 8′ by 20′ trailer and measure 14′ from ground to the tip of the roof.

Where?

I will be constructing the little house in the backyard of my Sonoma County home and sourcing as many of my materials from Northern California as possible!

When?

Starting now! I am already in the process of designing, budgeting, and searching for a trailer.  I plan to finish the project by Summer.

Why?

There are many aspects of building a tiny home on a trailer that appeal to me: mobility, a low environmental impact, the opportunity to design my own living space, the confidence that comes from planning and executing such a big project. But one reason looms above all others…

IT’S CHEAP! The estimated cost of building a 160sqft tiny home on a trailer is $10-15,000. With savings from rent in California, this project will pay for itself within two years of use! With all the money I save, imagine all the extra travelling I can do!

How?

One answer is “With my own bare hands, dammit!” but the real answer is with a lot of hard work, will power, and the help of my many talented friends. I admit it… I NEED HELP! I cannot do this alone.

I have already been surprised and uplifted by the unanimous reactions of enthusiasm and support from everyone I have shared my plans with. So thank you to those who have already offered their hands, advice, and blessings. I know that when the OneSixty House is complete it will not only be my perfect living space but also a tangible representation of my beautiful, supportive community.

5 thoughts on “A Tiny Statement of Intent

  1. Alberto becerra-Singletary January 23, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    hey kiwi. I’m extreame to excited for you and your tiny house. I too want to build one. I live in Austin Texas at the moment. Keep me informed and when you get things organized I can try and come down or rather up too help for a week or two. I have tons of experience working with wood and construction. Please keep me informed. Peace love and happiness.alberto 213-444-8150

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  2. Karen January 26, 2015 / 1:27 am

    We’ve decided the same, though our timeline is closer to 2 years. Good luck and can’t wait to see how things progress!

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    • kiwi27777 January 27, 2015 / 5:49 am

      Thank you! Good luck to you as well! 🙂

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    • kiwi27777 March 14, 2015 / 4:55 am

      Thank you for your encouragement! It feels so good to be joining such a kind, creative community. Hope you are finding your tiny house project as fulfilling as I am. Good luck to you as well! 🙂

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    • kiwi27777 March 14, 2015 / 4:58 am

      Oops, I did that twice. I guess I just REALLY wanted to say thank you! Haha.

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