We begin here at the almost beginning of our journey of recent. My wife Kristin and I decided to look into a tiny house as a viable option in April of 2014. We had heard of them before and seen many pictures, but for a while had decided that they were too radical, too small and just not practical for our needs. We revisited them again this spring and as we had been looking to rent in various places around Halifax, NS, we realized that rent is quite expensive and the apartments aren’t all that excellent.
We have been looking to move from home in Middle Sackville into a place of our own, to develop our own rhythms and culture as a new-ish couple (married 3 years). We have been living with my wife’s mother in her basement for two years and decided that it was time to make a move out now that my immigration from the US was taken care of and my second year of Heritage Carpentry at NSCC in Lunenburg, NS was soon to begin.
We decided on a tiny house as the best choice for our situation and journey for a few reasons. Many blogs are out there and the builders/writers of those blogs all have their legitimate reasons. Our reasons for building a tiny house were:
1) To try to write a better story. We don’t have children yet, and work is flexible and what I’m studying in school pertains very closely with what this house will entail. For many people, a tiny house isn’t viable nor the best option. For us, it seemed to make sense and also is something we hope to be a good story one day. We want to live as much as possible in a way that creates a beautiful story, as we all ourselves live within a great Story.
2) To reduce costs and re-imagine what living costs have to be. This sounds cooler than it really is, I suppose. We are on a pretty tight budget and really want to re-think our society’s financial philosophy and see if not being a slave to our professions is a viable thing in our day. We think it is. (Example: Can Kristin be a stay-at-home mother and I work four days a week [or so] in my profession? Can spending more time together as a family happen?)
3) To have a portable home! This allows us to move our house depending on Church community, family and work in our current time of not being completely settled in one area. We have a region where we’d like to be, but this allows us to have a solid, relatively inexpensive place to be in, wherever we are in location.
Note: We’re not really interested in moving at any whim, or traveling a lot with our house, but it does afford some flexibility in our time of not being completely rooted in one area.
4) To gain experience in building a home and to do this together and also with family and friends. This is an excellent way to learn to work with your hands and it’s more straightforward than you’d think!
Enjoy the photos of our sub-floor construction to come!
Kristin and I.