So I went through and explained our electrical system and how it works in a video. Not well enough that you could build one for yourself, but enough to get the gist. Check it out!
So, here’s a question: What should we name this expensive monstrosity that I’ve been building over the last six months? Here’s a list of not very good potential names:
–Tyrannasaurus Rex’s Chew Toy
–Post your suggestion in comments! And now for a photo tour of the house as it is six months in:
Recently we were asked whether we would be willing to sell the tiny or build someone a tiny. We realized that the answer took a lot of detailed explaining, and rather than write it again and again in response to each inquiry, instead we would post our answer here.
Q. Are you looking to sell the mountain schooner?
A. We are not particularly interested in selling our Tiny house, but we would. For $38,000, or more.
Q. How much would it cost to build one like ours?
Q. Do we have plans for it?
Progress on the tiny house has stalled over the past nine days, because I’ve been on vacation. First it was the weekend, then we looked for lynx tracks in the North Fork of the Blackfoot. Then it was the weekend again and we went skiing in Glacier. This break doesn’t mean neat construction has not been happening. Far from it–the house has doors, windows, and the walls are nearing completion–complete with interior wall paneling!
Cross country skiing to work through a mile of lovely Swan Valley snow is hard to complain about. Especially when “work” means designing and building the cutest little mobile home you’ve ever seen. Sky Orndoff and Laura Arvidson embarked on their Land Yacht in November. The roof is on, the electrical and sound system’s wires are in, and the walls are nearly insulated. Windows are going in, and the custom-made door is taking shape. Despite cold January temps, it’s an exciting process that pulls me out of my nice warm bed in my lovely (finished, borrowed) cabin a mile away. These pictures aren’t the loveliest–but all that ugly insulation will make it toasty, and the wiring will enable us to enjoy modern conveniences while living in a lovely little boat of a cottage. Lift a glass to progress!
December 29, 2012, will go down in history as the day we moved the land yacht. A shell of a building, 13 foot 6 inches tall, pulled by a 1987 Dodge truck, went from the residential neighborhoods of Helena, 127 miles, to Falls Creek Road, Swan Valley Montana. First, the radiator broke, and we had to fix it with silver tape. A herd of cows was frightened during their highway cattle drive outside of Helmville, MT. We fueled up at Rovero’s gas station in Seeley Lake, MT, and broke the house-speed record of 55 mph coming down from the Seeley-Swan Summit. It took a bit of finagling, but we nestled the house in next to the shed at Paula Clarke’s house in the Swan Valley. What an epic day!
The past couple of weeks have been a lovely journey for Laura and I in our tiny house production. We renamed it, for now, the Mountain Yacht. A little pretentious, but cozier than “mobile home,” and more original than “tiny house.” But that’s not the news. The news is that Matt, our buddy who already built his own micro house with wheels underneath, came on Friday and helped us tip up our walls. We have structure! A floor, insulated already, the skeleton for a wall. Lots of purchases too: bathtub, bathroom sink, water pump, furnace, all the windows–it’s smooth sailing in the mountains.