The Man

The other day I popped into an office down the hall and ended up in an alternate universe.  Building Codes. It’s like they couldn’t see my vision. Strange. All the people in my office are excited to support me and eager to see the results. Of course, they all live and work in sustainability.  They understand the benefits of simple living. 

Anyway, I go in to find out from” The Man” hat I worked need to do in order to make my tiny house dream legal. I mean, I do get paid by the gubment, so I should follow the rules.  “The Man” looks at my like I’m speaking a foreign language and basically tells me It’s not going to happen. Little does he know… 

Basically he says that in order to be a legal residence, I have to have at least 3 rooms. A great room as 140 sqft,  a bathroom at 70 sqft. And a kitchen at 70sqft.  

I totally get it, but I can’t do that. So frustrated, I’m sure the lightbulb will come on for me soon and I’ll know what to do. October is getting close. Almost time to put up or shut up.


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.