NEW HOME

NEW HOME

Another photo of my new home! I will post pictures of the inside soon and of course keep everyone updated with the remodeling projects.

Inspired

Today I woke up inspired to research more information and photos about tiny living. My board on Pinterest keeps getting bigger and bigger and I’d really like to start printing off some of these pictures and hanging them around my apartment as everyday reminders of my dream. Its hard to keep focused on something that seems so overwhelming at times. I tend to start thinking deeply on how I want to design and build my cabin and then that little voice in the back of my head says, “This is going to be very hard, you don’t know anything about building.” I can’t listen to that voice. Everyone had to start somewhere and there are plenty of people who can help me at every step of the way. At this point, I’ve gone back and forth between building an A frame structure from nothing or buying one of those fancy storage sheds that already look like a tiny house and insulating it, flooring it, and putting in a rainwater catchment system and compost toilet. I know that the latter idea isn’t true sustainable living as I wouldn’t be using recycled materials to build the frame, but the truth is I’m not sure I’d have that much access to big enough pieces of wood to actually use recycled materials for the entire structure of the home. I don’t want to cut too many corners, but I do want to be realistic about what I can do with my budget and time frame. The goal is to start building as soon as the ground thaws so I can essentially move into my tiny house in early spring. That way I will have all Spring and Summer to work on the inside and get it ready for the Winter.

The thought of filling my home with beautiful handmade pottery and furniture made from all recycled material makes me feel better about not making the structure of the home from all recycled material.

Some more of my favorite photos that inspire me to keep dreaming of this cabin: 

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Links for these photos: 

http://www.buildersbooksource.com/cgi-bin/booksite/25231

http://fabuloushomeblog.com/2012/12/24/triangles/

http://newlookfloralrochester.com/about-the-greenhouse-2/attachment/100_0317-4/

Slow Going

This is the first of many posts that will revolve around how much time goes into every detail of beginning a project like this. There is a lot to do and luckily I have half a year to plan. Right now I know that nothing will be accomplished if I don’t hunker down and start saving. This is going to take a lot of discipline. Why do I love spending money? I am learning to replace my consumer habits with other hobbies: Jyotish, writing, reading, etc.

I am excited to begin the process of downsizing my life this month as I prepare to move into a sublet situation that will save me a lot of money this winter, but will also force me to get rid of everything I have laying around that I don’t really need. This will be a good lesson in getting back to my college years in Los Angeles, living in a bedroom the size of a closet! Everything I owned back then fit into my car. This is no longer the case!

Wish me luck. This is going to take skill, but I’m ready!

…and so it begins.

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My journey begins today Sunday September, 23rd. I have decided to attempt stashing away $5,000 this winter with the goal of beginning construction on a tiny cabin of my own on my parent’s beautiful property. Here is my goal thermometer. Like a child, I will color it in with all colors of the rainbow each time I add more money to my savings account.

The pictures along the sides my goal thermometer were found on my favorite website Pinterest.

The first one was taken from the website: http://www.adventure-journal.com/2011/03/weekend-cabin-mixtape-2/

the second one was taken from the website: http://www.lifeatfirelakecamp.com/2011/04/our-dreamy-hanging-bed.html

the third one is from: http://media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com/upload/74098356339376456_l28Y6Pfb.jpg

the fourth one is from: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/backyard-house-built-recycled-barnboards.html

the fifth one is from: http://www.tinyhousetalk.com/tiny-cabin-with-balcony-and-small-space-ideas-galore/

and the sixth one is from: http://www.trendir.com/house-design/?start=5

They are all inspiring to look at as I begin my journey to a better life. I want the values and the freedom that come from living off the land and I want to inspire others along the way.

Thanks for reading and for joining me on my path to a truly sustainable future.

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” -Henry David Thoreau