It's really starting to happen people... my tiny house is officially being built! This past week, I was finally able to travel to Raleigh to meet my builder, tour the house he already built and see the beginnings of mine (a.k.a. the trailer). Speaking of... here is a picture of my house-to-be:
Ta-da! ;) Okay, so it's just a trailer but it's MINE and it's the actual first step to me having a tiny house! It's an 8' x 20' trailer which means that with my 2' front porch, I will have about 144 square feet inside. Some may think wouldn't you rather have that extra 2' inside your house? But to that I say, no! I want to have a cute little rocking chair on my front porch or if that doesn't fit, at least a little chair of some sort so I can sit outside and watch the puppies play. :-)
So after the chaos of the annual NC ice storm subsided, I was able to go to Raleigh with my friend Amber to tour the other tiny house that my builder built, which up to this point, I had only seen in pictures online. In fact, the interior photo that I showed y'all in my first tiny house blog post is from that house. And... it was adorable!! TINY, yes. And I will admit, it was smaller inside than I expected it to be. But ironically, it wasn't the width that felt small (like I had expected), that was actually okay. The loft was just closer to the front door than I expected... meaning I didn't comprehend the length as well as I should have. BUT I still love it, I still think it's adorable and I'm still super excited!
It was great to finally see it up close and in person too because not only does it make it feel more real, but I could really get a better idea of the things I want and the things I don't want. For instance, right away I knew that there wasn't enough head room in the loft for me. So we decided to drop the ceiling down in the kitchen (which is right beneath the loft) about a foot to make more room up there. And I could get a better idea of just how everything was going to be laid out inside the house. So exciting that it's finally becoming real!
So now that I am back in Charlotte, I get to watch the progress take place via photos until my next visit (probably some time next month). First update... I have a floor and one and a half walls! Woohoo!
It's the little things that make me happy. Can you imagine how excited I'll be when I see drywall? ;)
But I think the thing I'm most excited about at this point is 1) how perfectly it all fell into place and 2) how God is continually reaffirming for me that this is exactly where I should be and what I should be doing. In my first tiny house post, I mentioned that I had been talking to another builder that I originally was excited about but they ended up dragging their feet. In all of my researching on builders, I only found two whose photos I really loved... Graham's (the builder I chose) and the other one (I won't say their name). So as the other one kept dragging their feet and dragging their feet, I had an instinct that it probably meant they weren't the ones who should build my house. That it shouldn't be that hard if they were the right ones. But I continued on, at least wanting to hear back from them on a quote. I had contacted Graham at the same time (around Sept or Oct of last year) but he was unable to take on a build because he was in the process of moving his company.
Fast forward to January of this year. The other builder finally got back to me with a quote and it was almost $10k more than I could spend, so I had to start all over. And wouldn't you know it... Graham contacted me literally within like a day and said he was settled and wanted to know if I was still interested. At that time, I felt like it was divine timing and once I talked to him and we just "clicked" over the phone/email and on all the design and budget issues, I felt like it was the right decision. But God has only confirmed that more and more as things have moved along.
Because not only did He bring me the right builder so I'd have someone that would work within my budget and take the time to really create a home that was specifically designed for me, but He was bringing me to him as the right customer, so I could help him get his company up and going and get him some exposure with the blog/magazine article I will be writing and some other things. It's a win/win for everybody! Here I had been praying for the right builder and I find out he and his wife had been praying for the right customer, so God said, "here ya go!" :)
My builder, Graham, with me and my friend Amber.
It couldn't be more clear to me than if God had reached down and drawn a map for me with His own finger. Pretty darn cool.
So now the journey continues with more downsizing on my end (seriously if you need any kind of furnishing or household item, check with me... I probably have one for sale!) and more building in Raleigh! I can't wait to watch it all literally come together. And then of course, have fun decorating and making it "Jenn-ified."
Until next time... keep your worries tiny and your dreams BIG!