Finders Keepers

After a tough day at work…(yeah, wasn’t very tough…I played with Photoshop and went craft supply shopping) I met with one of my PIC’s (partner in crime). We went tiny house hunting with three kids ages 4-8.

This may have been test number one in tiny house 101. Three kids, two adults in an enclosed space.  They were so excited to look at the tiny houses that they ran around in circles.  Little 12×28 circles. Over and over. And over.

I did what any good mother would do. No. I didn’t hand them an IPad. I sent them outside to play. And they happily complied. Playing tag and jumping in little puddles. It was great.

That’s what I envision life like in the house. You get tired of looking at someone….go outside. Do something creative and fun. Milk the goat. Feed the chickens. Water that vegetable garden I want so bad. I’m sure it will take some getting used to, but I think it will be a good lesson in life for them.

I can hear their angelic little voices whining that they are hungry. Hungry? Go get a cucumber out of the garden. Out of tomatoes? Nah….. got a whole row of ’em.

I kind of got off on a tangent.  Sorry about that. My whole point to this post was to tell you I found it.
I found the one.

It’s made by genesis and it’s just what  looking for. It’s 12×28.
Comes wired already, although I need to have it expanded for permanent living and make sure it can pass inspection. Double 8×12 lofts (at about 5 feet at its peak), windows… all for a great price!

We went to a few other places too. The prices for 12×28 all ran about the same price, but the features were different and frankly the sales guy at the first place, where I found the Genesis, was a lot more helpful and they seemed like they’d be willing to bend over backwards to either make a sale or promote customer service. that always goes a long way.

I’ll tell you more about it later. With pictures!




What to do, what to do?

How do I begin this. I have ZERO carpentry and/or construction skills.

That was my first thought, but a genius thought manifests in my head, and a light bulb goes on. Okay, maybe a light bulb didn’t go on. It may have something to do with the fact that my parents live in a little cabin in the big woods. Not all my parents, that would just be strange. The two parents with the blogs, but in the interest of telling a good story, a light bulb went on and genius ensued….

A shed. Not like those cute little metal ones that you get for a thousand bucks or so, but bigger. Way bigger. I’m into the tiny house idea, but not the super duper micro house. I do have three kids left in the house after all.

I decided to GTS (Google That S*&^).  Guess what I found…..

Lofted Barn Cabin

It’s like a dream for me. It’s all done! On the outside at least. It may not be the one I end up with, but it sure is the one I am aiming for.

It has two lofts in it. They are about 8×12 footprint, a little less than 5 feet high though. I figure those are going to be the girls rooms. One for the 12 year old. She needs her own space, then the two little ones can share.

That particular type of lofted barn shed comes in 12x, 14x, and 16x. If I have my druthers, I would go for the biggest one, which would be 16×40. That would be roughly 640 square feet, not including the loft space, which would give it another 200 or so. I don’t think that is too bad for a family of 4. But I’m flexible.

So, that is the one I want. We’ll see which one I get. We don’t always get what we want, right?

Now that I know roughly what size and shape I’m working with, I’ll get to work trying to figure out how to make my life fit in one of those. I feel good about it. I already have some great thoughts. In the professional world, we call those opportunities.

The following are logistics I need to work out to have everything come together. If you feel I missed one, let me know. There will be individual blogs for each topic.

1. Kitchen
2. Heating/Air Conditioning
3. Lofts
4. Master Bedroom
5. Bathroom
6. Outdoor Living Area?
7. Shed Cluster Living?

I’m suppose to go shed hunting with a friend of mine this week sometime. She’s interested in doing one herself too. She is one of my many partner in crimes on this. I don’t anticipate purchasing a shed until about October or so. Plenty of time to find just the right one.