Colorado Tiny House Festival

The Colorado Tiny House Festival is this weekend! I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about green building and how it specifically applies to tiny homes. I’m speaking on Saturday at 10:30am. Come check out my booth where I’ll be selling green building materials, and pick my brain!


Ladies Insulation Installation Work Party

Growing up as a female, I don’t think I was encouraged to build things, get dirty, and learn how to wield tools as much as my two brothers were. As a kid I wasn’t particularly interested in building cars or chopping wood, and social gender norms are strong and ubiquitous. As an adult, I have begun to learn practical skills and have come to appreciate their importance, now adding to my ‘toolbox’, so to say.
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Put a Sweater on It!

Despite the harsh temperatures and the un-melting snow (unusual for Colorado winters), we have continued to build throughout the holidays and into the New Year. We took days off during the holidays, hence my lack of documenting, but have stayed loyal to the project. I’m proud of my team of helpers and especially Brian Sisk (my main building man), as our build progresses slowly but surely. We try and keep warm in our down jackets, hats, gloves, layers upon layers of clothing, and all fueled by a determined vision and thermoses of hot chocolate.
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Wrapped Like a Present

With the holidays upon us and snow steadily falling outside, building has slowed, but not to a halt. We are still chugging along out on Isabelle Road and are hoping to get all of the windows in this weekend. It seems that I anticipate each step of the build to be faster than it is, and it’s definitely a practice in patience and planning.
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Lookin’ Like a House!

Everything has been coming together these past couple weeks. My steel framing by Volstrukt came up from Austin thanks to Damon DesChamp at Trailer Made. They are now the official distributor of Volstrukt framing nationwide. It’s so great that they are only a 35 minute drive from where I’m living. This made it possible for me to go out and witness the Trailer Made crew panelizing my walls and roof in the timeframe I needed so I could close in my house before the snowstorm. We all stood it on the trailer over the weekend and my Dad and I took it off to Isabelle Road.
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From the Bottom Up

My first real physical steps of the building process commenced a couple weeks ago when I decided it was time to build the subfloor of my tiny house. Tiny house builders go about the structure of the subfloor in many different ways. As with most aspects of the tiny house, there are reasons and personal preferences that sway the decision making process, and that’s exactly why building a custom tiny house is so fun and unique. Building codes don’t really exist. 
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Innovative Micro-Living

Holly Hursley and I traveled to Austin, TX last week. It was a short action packed trip and we came home feeling fantastic about what we accomplished. We originally went to Austin to visit Volstrukt, a new company manufacturing steel framing for tiny houses, among other building projects. We had a great time with Jayson and Mark, but more on Volstrukt in a later post…
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A Foundation That Moves

I’ve seen people who find old used trailers that have been lying around for years and choose to fix them up. This is clearly the cheapest solution to possibly the most expensive part of a tiny house. Keep Reading!

Little House on the Prairie

The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my favorites growing up. The stories and images of life on the prairie became part of me before I moved to Colorado. The series depicted American Pioneers who traveled west in the late 1800’s in search of land only previously settled and utilized by native populations. Growing up I have clung to this idea of a more simplistic way of life. Pioneers had often difficult lives, but they had the freedom to travel to unknown territories. They settled and built themselves houses and farms to live a life connected to the rhythms of nature. They worked hard to provide the basic human needs for themselves and their families, and populated the Great Plains and eventually the West of America. Without their courage to search for a better way of life, it’s easy to say the West would be a very different place. However, it’s also necessary to acknowledge the native people who lived on this land long before it became divided into a country or state. Some nomadic tribes hunted and gathered, following the herds of buffalo throughout the prairie ecosystems. Other native people lived semi-sedentary lives and farmed as well as traded goods with other tribes. They were all moved by the seasons, and an intricate part of the West before the expansion of white culture.
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