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My Tiny Home Dream

I bought the Popomo plan from Tumbleweed Houses  today. It was on sale and is described as a nice simple plan. So I thought it would be a great plan to start with.

I paged through the design, brimming with excitement. I’m confident that I have the carpentry skills to build this myself. Even if I get into a bind, I’m sure my father can assist me when needed. So I started doing some Google searches on local trailer makers or even a nice used one.

Then it hit me! What if I actually find one?! I don’t have a way to pull it. I drive a little Honda Civic. WAY to small to pull a twenty foot, dual axle trailer. Plus I’m sure that if I went to a place to get a hitch installed on it, they would just laugh at me when I explained what I wanted to pull. Well I guess I could borrow a truck or even rent one, when I needed to move it.

Then there is my son. The plan is for a small one bedroom home. Great for a couple with no kids or a single adult. But where would my son sleep? I guess we could share the bed. He is still young. But it will get a little awkward when he gets into his teens.

Then I need to cull out my possessions to figure out what I need to move. I have minimized so much of my life, this shouldn’t be too bad. I’ll just make a quick list.

  1. My rolling tool chest (a man needs tools)
  2. My childhood comic book collection (I STILL haven’t been able to sell them)
  3. My gun collection (remember I live in Texas
  4. My son’s LEGO collection

Wait! I think I have already ran out of room.

Hmmmmmmmm I’m not really sure I am in the right state of mind or time of my life where a tiny home would work for me. I can see having one as a get-a-way home, on a little piece of land somewhere. But I just don’t think I could live in one permanently. Which really sucks! Because they are so cool.

Wow I suddenly have a much higher opinion of people who can actually transition into this lifestyle.

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  • Laura M. | smash your t.v. August 3, 2011, 2:12 pm

    Hi, Marc! Have you considered the Lusby plan from Tumbleweed? There is a little bedroom on the first floor and a sleeping loft. You could even add a sleeping loft to the Popomo if you get really creative. It isn’t too hard to come up with two sleeping areas. For more inspiration, I suggest taking a look at this family living small. Don’t give up just yet!

    • Marc Morgan August 3, 2011, 2:25 pm

      I’m not fully giving up Laura. It is just not right for me at this point in my life. I have big LIFE plans that involve more people in my house. I think that I’d like to build a few of these in the near future. If nothing else for the practice. Even if I’m helping others build them. This will not be the only Tiny House post on my blog.

  • Tonia August 4, 2011, 8:49 am

    Mike and I dream about having a tiny off-the-grid cabin on a river in the middle of nowhere someday. I think it would be a nice compromise (since he wants to live without running water and electricity and I don’t want to…at least not ALL the time.) The best of both worlds. Because, reducing our impact on the planet is important, but so is playing legos with your child. 🙂

    • Marc Morgan August 4, 2011, 9:20 am

      I want this too! But I want a electricity via a solar array. Water from a spring. No reason to worry about lego in the “wild”, we can go out side and hike or fish.

  • Tonia August 4, 2011, 8:50 am

    To clarify, we would still have our regular home, too, which does have electricity and running water and room for legos.

    • Marc Morgan August 4, 2011, 9:22 am

      I like the regular home thing too. If it was up to my son (and secretly me too) there would be a dedicated LEGO room. Where our imaginations rule and there are no boundaries!

  • Tanja August 17, 2011, 7:29 pm

    Hey Marc,

    I’m looking forward to your future tiny house thoughts. I have to say, I’m incredibly jealous that you feel you’ve got the carpentry skills to bang one out. I simply do not. I have hung up my dreams of ever leveling a damn thing ;). Despite my carpentry handicap, I’ve been really enjoying my recent tiny house experience. It’s been…. refreshingly incredible. And somehow it feels spacious to me. I never thought I’d say that about a box that’s a little smaller than 200 square feet, but yeah, spacious.

    Why don’t you build it just for fun? You and your son could bond in the tiny Popomo and have it as your backyard weekend getaway.

    • Tanja August 17, 2011, 7:30 pm

      Forgot to add, building it just for fun would let you know if you like tiny living or not. 😉

    • Marc Morgan August 17, 2011, 7:39 pm

      It will probably be next summer before I have a place to put it. I think I will build it on land and not on a trailer. Hopefully I will have many blog posts around this topic. I’ll keep you updated. 🙂

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