I’m gonna take a minute here and explain all (some) of the things I DON’T like about living in a tiny home. You’ve all read my posts about how great the tiny house is, and how I love it so, blah blah blah. We all know there is another side to this love, right?
1. Getting water in the winter: it’s a thing. Ya’ll with normal houses don’t have to think about this because your plumbing comes in below the freeze line in your basement. Us with tinies, use hoses to get water to our homes, which inevitably freeze below 32 degrees. This means for the past three winters we’ve only had water on days when it’s above freezing. Brandon and I have been working out systems to get around this major problem, but because our house is ENTIRELY custom, there’s no instant fix we can simply buy at the Tiny House Store. Brandon has rigged a pretty genius little solution to this problem using a system of heat tape, water holding barrels and air compressors, though - one that’s been tested through trial and error - you can read all about it in our upcoming book, and even winterize your tiny house similarly, if you choose. Fun fact, one time we had a magazine shoot a couple winters ago, and didn’t have water, so of course every dish in the house was dirty. We packed our dirty dishes in a box and took them up to the barn bathroom and kept joking “how to do dishes in a tiny house: step one: take all dishes to a real house”. 😭
2. Condensation: something I never thought about before living tiny. Because we live in a smaller square footage, and because we have antique, single paned windows, a draft under the trailer and only 2 inches of insulation in our walls, on cold mornings when temperatures and sunlight collides it can downright RAIN inside the tiny house - the ice will build up on the windows inside, and once the morning sun hits them, it starts to melt, and therefore rain inside. Yes, this is a real problem. LOL. We’ve ordered thick plexi glass to double pane our windows and have started building a much needed skirt around the bottom of the trailer. We’re also replacing our insulation from pink fiberglass to foam board, which has a much higher R-Value.
3. I’ve run out of space... 😂
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𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐆𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠...
I feel something stirring inside me. I have no idea what any of it means, what this life of mine means. I'm desperate to connect with this world, with you. I'm craving authenticity, rawness, wildness, healing, understanding. I just want to make sense of the chaos, and play with it all.
So, here is one of the scariest and most vulnerable things I've ever decided. 𝐈𝐦 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤. 📖 I'm afraid it sounds pretentious or self centered, but I need to let this out. For me, for the sake of healing. I thought I'd share with you all, so in times of insecurity I'll look back at this post and hold myself accountable. 𝘐 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘷𝘶𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘮𝘦.
I ran to my post office today before leaving town for the weekend and this box was waiting for me in a locker!! This box contains my ER order from November. I know... I processed my order super late but it’s here and I’m ready to crack it open for you all and show you the goods! I’ll detail the order in my next post.
I made it to Florida last night. I was eager to get to the ocean and see the sun over the sand in the morning light. I woke up and drove 5 minutes to Panama City Beach. The clear water, the white sand, the brisk morning air helped me reset and prepare to finally arrive at my parents house. This whole trip has been so eventful and adventure-ful and it was time for me to go where I feel safest- my mama and dad. I arrived home today at 4:30p and surprised them! They thought I would get there by tomorrow morning but my family is all about surprises. So felt right to just show up today and see how excited they were. 💖🤩 Today was a good day. ✨
Working out Lakey's seat... It's going to take a bit of work but will be so worth it ↠↠swipe to see her and Pep testing it out
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Here she be! This ole beaut! My dad has had this camper sitting in his driveway for awhile. He used it (maybe) once or twice.
I’ve been fascinated by tiny house, RV Renos, and minimalist living for a couple years now. I love to travel and see new things. Hate being stuck in the same place all the time. So, I asked my dad what he thought about doing a remodel on his Camper and he was all for it. Handed over the keys, and said she was all mine. 😍 .
I’ve never done anything like this before. But, I’ve been doing all my research, following all the full-timers to get some inspo. .
The trailer is in pretty good shape overall. I have a few soft spots in the floor and some water damage in the wall by the “main” bedroom. .
So, I’m hoping this makeover/renovation should be relatively easy. Eeeek!! .
Any advice for me? Leave in the comments or DM me! .
I think Bilbo Baggins says it best... “I’m going on an adventure” .
Stay tuned for more updates daily! ♥️💁🏼♀️🐈
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Painting the bathroom before we install the rest of the flooring and the composting toilet! Lovin’ me some greige!! 😍
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ME: Alright Spacerhover, lets pick up the pace. We got to get going. 🚚💨.
SPACERHOVER: *Kicks me in the 🍑* Bro, I’m carrying a house on my back and you were too cheap to put long travel on me. Calm down…
ME: Good point… Let me slow down a bit...😅
The “Noyer” tiny house on wheels by @minimaliste.tinyhouses is 10.5’ wide and SO SPACIOUS for entertaining! 🎉
It boasts an open floor plan with dedicated spaces, an elevated living area with seating for 3, a full-size kitchen with black cabinets, a bedroom loft with room for a queen bed, a full-size bath with a tile shower & composting toilet!
Do you prefer a standard 8.5’ or this wider 10.5’ tiny house? 🤔 The drawback is you need a special permit to move this one 😏
Turn the volume on for this one! A little preview of my Cherry Vinaigrette Summer Salad on the latest episode of A Man in a Van with a Pan! Made in Michigan with fresh cherries from Friske Farm Market! They are part of the @harvesthosts program so not only did I get to enjoy their delicious bakery, I got to spend the night. Thanks @friskefarmmarket .
Check out the full video with the link in my bio!
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Christmas in the tiny house last year was pretty magical... (if I do say so myself, hehe) 🥰✨
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Cutest little coffee mugs. ☕️ Anyone who knows me personally knows I am obsessed with coffee. Definitely essential to life! Also, here’s a little secret....I’ve always wanted a coffee set up in my own freakin’ home. 🙌🏻 Anddddd, I am living for it. Another tiny part of our home that I’m obsessed with. & it’s all ours. Wow, still so crazy to think this is real life. Again, just need to finish painting 😉 but thought I’d share the cutest little detail of our new home. We also have this wood wall in our kitchen! How stinking adorable 🥰 tiny home living at it’s finest 🤗
Sawdust for days...and days! We just finished drilling and sanding the channels for the electrical wires to run through. Next step: running wires and water lines!
1218 hours ago
The cutest view from our living room window yet. Paige and Autumn are my two best friends and I couldn’t be happier, sharing this adventure with them! Now quit distracting me you two 😉 So I can get back to installing the subfloor.
Do you see that judgmental stare that Ruby is giving Sadie for ruining the picture? 🤣
What’s your best tip to stop your kid from turning into a clown as soon as the camera (or phone) comes out— help a sister out!💁🏼♀️
We’re currently adventuring down to the beaches of Texas for some warm weather and sand in our toes ☀️ thinking we may hang around there for a couple weeks before we head to Austin for Nathan’s 30th birthday celebration with our friends from back home 🎉 have you ever been to Austin, Texas?! If so, what are the things we HAVE to check out?! 🤠
“We've tried other conversions, absolutely no comparison! They are 'the best of the best'. Midwest exemplifies the Mercedes–Benz brand in sales and service like no other.” - Edwin Vickery, GM, Mercedes-Benz of Jackson
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A game-changer from the chassis up, the all-new Wonder Class C RV by Leisure Travel Vans is packed with smarter space solutions that combine superior design with innovative functionality, allowing you the freedom to go wherever your wonders may lead you.
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Who’s still following #jopiesjourney ? 🙋🏼♀️ Or am I going too slow for ya’ll 😂 If you’ve been around a while, you will know that things don’t happen too quickly around here... But they do happen! I’m still dedicating as much time as I (don’t) have to the RV renovation and we have the first layer of paint on!! I’m dying to get to the finishing touches, but the ground work takes a while right? 🚍
IT’S TIME TO REINTRODUCE OURSELVES ⠀
We’ve had a lot of new followers since we left 5 months ago, so we thought it was time to reintroduce ourself again. ⠀
So here are 3 fun facts about each of us & us as a couple. ⠀
✔️He lived in Cameroun, Africa for 3 years as a kid.⠀
✔️He work in the television industry as a video editor for the last 10 years. He won’t say it but he is super talented. ⠀
✔️You can’t tell on social media, but he LOVES to talk. 🤦♀️😂⠀
✔️I lived in Venezuela for 3 years.⠀
✔️I have 2 university degrees in environmental study but never work even one day in my field. 😂⠀
✔️I competed snowboarding (half pipe & slope style) when I lived in the Canadien Rockies at 19 years old.⠀
✔️ We are both obsessed with rice.⠀
✔️ We have 7 years difference.⠀
✔️ 4 years ago you would of told us we would become a couple, we both would of not believe you. ⠀
What is a fun fact about you? ⠀
I’ve been taking a bit of a step back from posting lately asking myself what it is I really want to do in #reallife . If social media suddenly vanished, what legacy would I leave?
I find this super helpful in gaining perspective and direction.
The things that really make me me are being in nature, growing food, seeing animals, and being creative. I love making things. I love foraging plants and discovering the land. I want a homestead where we grow food and live in close relationship with the earth. I love making natural products.
Feeling refreshed and revitalized with purpose.
I’m curious, what does your dream life look like and are you working towards it?
Can’t believe it’s already been 50 days since we’ve gotten the van.
I haven’t shared much of our journey on building the van because a lot of times, we don’t know what we’re doing, we’d changed our minds all the times.
Many mistakes were made, many frustrations and sometimes we’d have to pull out the whole week of work because we forgot to put in the wire, or made mistake somewhere.
We didn’t work on the van for a week because we didnt like the color of our ceiling.
But at the end of the day, I’m so grateful that we have the opportunity to be able to do something like this, to create a little creation to serve our purpose, to learn from our mistake and move along.
Grateful for my man to be such a handy man. I would never be able to do something like this without him.
We still have a long way to go, so follow along with us!
Can we beat our deadline and finish it by February 2020? What do you think?
EPISODE 003 of #TheDreamBigLiveTinyShow is LIVE! Head to the link in our bio or stories to watch/listen 😎
In this episode, I dive into the debate of whether you should finance or pay cash for your tiny house and why you should always run the numbers! 📈
Through a few scenarios that I walk through, I explain why there’s no right or wrong decision and will entirely depend on your short-term financial situation & long-term goals 🤔
Stay tuned this week for our next episode (004) where we’ll be bringing in our very first guest to the show! Very excited to be sharing her story with you all!
I had a fair amount of experience with 12v electrical before the build. Even still, research and planning for the electrical system was by far the most demanding. Huge shout out to these vendors for high quality products: @renogysolar@victronenergydistributors@blueseasystems
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Rhonda (our RV) visited Maryland, too!
We basically used Maryland as a place to stay to visit DC 😬 We hope to go back during warmer months to explore more, but it's still fun to see the countryside of each State.
p.s. Check out our new bike rack 😏 Critical purchase, as carrying the bikes in and out of the RV daily during our travel days was just too much of a pain. They also caused some damage inside the RV, so we got over dealing that real quick. It took some research and lots of review reading to determine what bike rack was best for us, but all worth it because we are extremely happy with our purchase!! One of our best RV purchases yet. What's been your "we are so glad we bought ______" RV purchase?