It is spring time again and time for another update. Over the past few months I worked with Shelter Wise LLC to create a set of building plans for the tiny house. My final bill was around a thousand and the plans include everything but framing (many more hours and $$$). I will say that I expected framing to be included so I could have a better shot at constructing the thing myself. I didn't push it because they clearly didn't allow the time to do so and there were enough communication pitfalls over the months to deter me from signing up for more work. I hoped to get an estimate for a shell construction when plans were complete and they informed me that they will no longer be taking on custom builds due to financial and time constraints.
(Above plans copyright Jessie Wright, do not duplicate without permission)
Although I am disappointed at these setbacks, I do have another piece of the puzzle to get me closer to the final picture. I am currently searching for a trailer to fit my needs and fall within our meager price range. The finished design calls for a 26' triple axel flat bed to effectively hold the weight of an entire house. The cost of such a trailer is almost as much as buying a used RV of the same size. Once I've tracked down the trailer, we will apply for a personal loan for the remaining materials.
"Sometimes it easier to ask for forgiveness than permission"
The city of St. Charles (my home town) has been contacted numerous times. I've been referred from one department to the next and back again. I finally contacted the Mayor and received the standard "I'll make sure that you receive the answers you need". It has been almost a year since my search for city codes and options regarding micro living to no avail. What have I learned? There are no rules regarding tiny homes and a lot of people are still not so sure about them. Technically they do not qualify as a permanent structure and in most cases would fall under the category of RV/camper. I intend to keep our tiny home in our larger home's driveway until we are allowed a place in town or are told we can only reside in trailer parks and RV lots. In which case we will rent land on the edge of town to park our home. The thing about these homes on wheels, they can go when they need to. There is always another option just down the road. The fear of not being allowed to live tiny is not a reality. We have a right to live the way we want, we can always find a way.
The best book I have on the topic of tiny house building is
Tiny House Design & Construction Guide
By Dan Louche
Most of my other research involved years of trolling tiny blogs, design pages, and YouTube. I've seen them all but can't recall the name of any that helped more than others. Just keep digging, the internet is endless!
I hope I've answered a few questions. If there's more you want to know, drop me a comment in the box below. Thanks for reading!