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Our Tiny House

Our Tiny House

Our tiny house last December soon after we moved in. Notice water tanks on the roof and camper awning on the left.

A year ago when we moved to our off-grid homestead we thought we’d live in a camper for a few weeks till our tiny house was ready. But we waited a month and a half for it to be delivered, stuck in the sand, unstuck, and properly put into place so we could start remodeling for a family our size. Our tiny house is a 48’ semi trailer that was once converted into office space, then further converted into living quarters by relatives of ours. They had added beautiful flooring, windows, insulation, finished walls, ceiling, a kitchen, and more.

When we finally got our tiny house, we made a master bedroom at the front end which was formerly a bathroom/laundry room. We removed everything except the tiny shower and toilet, added a pedestal sink (remember that great trash find?) behind the door and built a loft for our bed with closet space below. It has been quite comfortable for us and we enjoy our “master suite!”

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Our tiny house was delivered but got hopelessly stuck in the sand near the front of our property.

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It took several weeks to get it unstuck and moved into it's final resting place.

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Renovating the laundry room/bathroom at the front of the trailer that would become our master suite

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Building the loft and reinstalling cabinets in new locations

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The finished product

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A slightly different angle

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The pedestal sink behind the door, next to the toilet

The other end of the tiny house became a bedroom for our six children. Silver Oak built triple bunks on each side, with a little storage space underneath and closet space against the rear wall. Each child has their own private bunk space, and they have totally adjusted and enjoy all sleeping in the same room. We’re blessed seeing our children develop close friendships as they grow older, and find this tiny space to be positive.

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Building the bunks in the far end of the trailer

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View of completed bunks, not yet painted

The front door of our tiny house is on the side of the trailer, opening into the kitchen. If you turn right upon entering you will face the door to the “master suite.” In the master suite the shower is immediately on the left, with the toilet directly across from it on the right, and the pedestal sink snuggled in behind the door. Standing in the doorway you will face our loft. There are two small chests of drawers before the loft, and our closet and other storage area is beneath it.

Turning around to leave the master suite you will face the kitchen with counters, sink, stove and fridge lining the sides and a walkway down the middle. Beyond the kitchen is the antique secretary on one side, doubling as a china cabinet, and small table and chairs for the younger children on the other side. Next is the piano and living room. A big green curtain divides the living room from the children’s bedroom at the back end of the trailer, making it possible to close for privacy or open for air circulation.

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Our range is across from the front door.

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Next to the range

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The counter on the other side of the kitchen

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Beyond the kitchen, this is how it looked when we were getting it ready to move in.

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This is after it was finished. The bunks are beyond the curtains at the rear.

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The view from the living room back into the kitchen. In the background notice the door into the master suite. The front door is to the right of Evenstar.

A wonderful addition to our 350 sq. ft. house is a large covered deck connecting the house to the camper which we use for a schoolroom, second bathroom, and guest house. This makes it possible to live quite comfortably in a tiny house even with a family of eight. We had hoped to complete the deck last winter but more important things came first, like drilling a well, building fence, and preparing to grow food. A small part of the deck was built in January, with more pieces added a few weeks later, including a temporary tarp roof.

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The first small section of deck is built from upcycled materials soon after Christmas.

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More deck is added plus a tarp roof which served us for four months

In May, with help from family and friends, we built the big roof over the deck and camper which is a huge blessing in protection from the elements. Finally, last month the rest of the deck was added to span from our house (trailer) to the camper, creating a wind tunnel, dogtrot style, to keep us cooler during the summer. Right now we are thoroughly enjoying this lovely deck! The next phase is to enclose it with screen to keep out bugs and mosquitoes. That will hopefully happen this winter.

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In May the big roof was built.

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It covers the deck and camper

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Recently the rest of the deck was added over to the camper.

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Silver Oak's big helper

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When the upcycled lumber ran out we had to buy some new boards which makes an interesting pattern.

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Our deck exactly one year after moving to the homestead.

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Another view at one year

Next time I will update you on more happenings and improvements made this first year on the homestead. As you join me, be reminded that all has been provided by our loving and gracious heavenly Father. Starting from scratch with very limited finances may be tough, but the blessings from all we’ve learned and the richness we feel living on our own land with no debt (including no mortgage in case you don’t classify that as debt) is invigorating and worth it. The Lord meets our needs in unexpected ways many times. Witnessing His undeserved faithfulness when we are helpless grows our faith in ways we would not have experienced otherwise.

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36 Responses to “Our Tiny House”

  1. Tayet says:

    I really hope you do not take offense at this, but I was just wondering if your daughters are allowed to wear jeans? It’s just that every picture with them in it has them in skirts.

    Tayet, age 14.

    • Rose Petal says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Tayet. I am not offended by your question. :) I guess our family is kind of old fashioned in more ways than one. We value the distinction between masculinity and femininity created by God, so the ladies in our family strive to look and act feminine and modest to honor Him and His loving design for us. One of the ways we do that is by dressing in feminine clothes, hence the long full skirts rather than jeans. Our girls are in complete agreement with this so it is not necessarily a matter of them not being allowed to do something they would otherwise do…I just checked with them to make sure. :)

  2. Myra says:

    Hard to believe that you have been on your homestead for a year. I started following you about six months ago and I really have enjoyed watching your progress through your blog. I would love to make the leap to living off grid but my mother in law lives with us and she is rather set in her ways. LOL. Our dryer quit back in May and so we decided not to get another one just to make a transition to living without it and she usually has a comment to make about once a week about not having a dryer. I could only imagine what she would do if I told her we were going completely off grid! However, you have inspired me to try to do more in getting prepared for disasters and learning how to cope without things we have considered “necessitates” but are really luxury items. Thanks for sharing your family’s adventure! I have enjoyed it.

    • Rose Petal says:

      Thank you for your encouragement, Myra. Maybe the Lord knows it is not the best timing yet for you to be off-grid, and He is using your MIL to help out. :) There are many things you can do to prepare to one day live off-grid if that is what you feel called to. Living without your dryer now is a good example. Living off the grid is more of a mindset than anything, and it’s never too early to adjust ways of thinking toward being less dependent on “the system.” Your attitude toward “necessitates,” as you call them, is important. Don’t give up!

  3. Angela says:

    I just discovered your blog and I have enjoyed reading about your life. My husband and I have been discussing living off grid and seeing your success has greatly inspired us. Thank you for such an informative blog and I look forward to learning more as we start our offgrid adventure. Many blessings to you and your family!

    • Rose Petal says:

      Thank you for introducing yourself! We don’t know many who are living off-grid so it’s always encouraging to learn to know someone else who is doing it. I would love to know about your progress if you care to share. God bless you with wisdom and grace as you take the plunge!

  4. Laura says:

    Good Morning from Maine!

    I just found your blog through “barn hop”…and I’m so glad that I did! I really enjoyed reading about your “off grid” project…what an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be back to read more of your blog soon!

    Sweet blessings,
    Laura

  5. Liz says:

    Wow, what you’ve done is very impressive. I’d love to be able to live the same way you guys do. Just gotta find me a husband who’s that handy (and wants to live this way). That’s the tough part. There’s no way I could homestead alone.

    • Rose Petal says:

      I pray the Lord will bring the right man your way. I’ve often thought how impossible it would be to live like this without my hubby. Of course, if the Lord called me to it, He could also provide a way for it to be done, like having another couple live somewhere on the property for free in exchange for doing things on the homestead that I wouldn’t be able to do, etc. But it would be tough.

  6. Jen says:

    I really like your tiny house… I really enjoyed reading your post. You all really turned that tiny house into a nice home. Love the outside covered deck, eating area.

    • Rose Petal says:

      Thank you Jen. We feel very blessed to be living on our own homestead in our own little house that the Lord has provided, debt-free. It has been tough at times, but lots of fun and very satisfying.

  7. Becky says:

    Amazing what you can do in such a small space! I’d love to have you link up with Tuesday Greens on http://www.craftygardenmama.com to share your experience.

  8. Thanks for sharing your story. It’s very interesting and resourceful for sure! Blessings on your venture! :)

  9. You are truly inspiring! I love all of this!

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  10. Kate S. says:

    And I thought we were a tight squeeze being a family of 6 in 880 square feet (plus a semi-usable basement)! I love small and tiny houses and simple living! My hubby’s job currently keeps him away from home and I would love to sell our house (and get out from our mountain of debt) and live in a 5th wheel travel trailer for a while. Hubby thinks I’d be miserable, but I’m miserable without him! And think how easy it would be to clean it! It fell through last year when I was put on modified bed rest with a threatened preterm labor. Baby came a month early anyway, but maybe next year. We live in the north, so travel trailer living isn’t really an option in the wintertime for us.

    • Rose Petal says:

      Well, sometimes it CAN be a little miserable, like if it rains three days straight and there is no more room inside to try to hang clean wet clothes to dry…or if the unfinished deck roof leaks in your already tight space…speaking from experience. :) But I suppose there are possible miseries in any situation, and when they happen we just try to find a solution to keep it from happening again.

      I pray you will receive the desires of your heart about hubby being home and living simply. I’d love to know if/when it happens!

  11. I love how you built the loft to maximize space! So smart!

  12. I think about your family from time to time wondering how you are coming along. I am so intrigued by you I even told my husband about your family! I don’t know if I could ever give up my 4000 sq foot house for that tiny of a space, but you all certainly make it look very welcoming and loving!

  13. Tricia says:

    The loft was one excellent idea & really looks great in the space… I’d like to do that in the back bedroom at my place!
    I love the deck, too, very pretty, & you’ve really made it look & feel like a wonderful home! =)

    • Rose Petal says:

      Thank you. I love it! At the moment I don’t have any desire for a “normal” house. I suppose that’s a confirmation we’re where God wants us right now.

  14. Tricia says:

    ps i love the pedestal sink… i want one for my bathroom, but everyone keeps saying, “you won’t like it, because you’ll lose out on all the drawers & space underneath the vanity that you have, now!” I say, space, schmace… what’s living in a place if you can’t design it like you want it?! =)

    • Rose Petal says:

      That’s funny because I’ve always wanted a pedestal sink because I think they’re beautiful, yet I also thought they were less practical because of no storage underneath so didn’t think I’d ever be able to justify spending money on one. Ha! This one was free, and it’s the only kind of sink that would fit properly behind the door because of the way it’s shaped. A cabinet would never fit there. God knew… :)

  15. Elise says:

    Wow, who would have ever thought that a semi-trailer could be so beautiful!?

    This is really inspiring. My husband has suggested in the past that we “renovate” a trailer to live in and frankly, I objected pretty strongly to the idea. Fortunately for now, it’s not an issue, but wow, I’ll have to remember this if it ever comes up again!

    • Rose Petal says:

      It’s kinda funny now…we’ll drive past an empty semi trailer setting somewhere, and someone in our family will pipe up and say, “Hey, there’s a house for someone!” It’s always good to be able to think outside the box…the way things are heading we’re going to need to be able to do that more and more, I think.

  16. Lori D. says:

    I think it is wonderful how you are teaching your children to appreciate life, and to be able to live off grid is certainly a wonderful lesson and a blessing! I admire your strength, faith, and dedication! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays, God Bless. :)

  17. Norma Hidalgo says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog. We do have a little in common. We moved to our homestead a year ago at the end of September. It is just my husband and I in our family. We have only been married three years. My husband is a retired contracter so he can do just about anything. We have 13 acres. On our homstead we have fruit trees, a garden, a pond and animals. We have worked very hard this year but it has been so much fun. My husband built a barn, rabbit cages, chicken coops and has done so much other work. Our garden was very productive. We were able to put up a bunch of food. Our peach and pear trees were loaded with fruit. We have bees but we did not get honey this year… we let them get started. Hope to get honey next year. We stocked out pond. Our chickens have provided eggs, our goats give us our milk. We live in an old mobile home. My husband is remodeling it.

    We believe that the Lord led us to this place. He has blessed us so VERY much. Every thing we need he has provided. It is so exciting to see what He is doing in our lives.

    • Rose Petal says:

      Wow, sounds like we do have a lot in common. I’d love to see your place…we could probably learn a lot from you. We hope to get bees in the next year as well. What a blessing that your hubby knows construction…that is invaluable in a homesteading situation.

      I am encouraged that the Lord has blessed you in this way. Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Norma Hidalgo says:

    It is wonderful how the Lord has blessed us. We needed dogs….found a german shepherd and a great perinese on Creig’s list….free. Needed goats…. found Alpine with her buck… good price and made wonderful friends with REAL Christians. We were able to sell the buck for more than we paid for him after a few months. We also found a pair of Nigerians….good price. Then we found another Nigerian…. on the way home someone wanted to buy her. offered almost double what we paid… we did not sell her. We went to an auction and for $140 dollars we got three trailer and trunk louds of things we needed… the trailer, fenceing, gates, ariconditioner/heater, 2 wood chippers, and much more. Got lumber at wonderful prices in different places. Needed tin for the barn roof… a neighbor came over and said I have some that you can have at my house. It is just so exciting what the Lord is doing in our lives.

    • Rose Petal says:

      I love stories like this! It is so encouraging to see the Lord’s faithfulness when we trust His provision rather than credit, etc. He gets all the credit! And it keeps us motivated to stay tuned to His will.

      Then there are times when things don’t go so well, and we stop and ask, “Ok Lord, are you trying to show us something?”

      Thanks for sharing!