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…
I’ve finalized my tiny house design, and it’s ready to send off to Volstrukt who will be creating the framing for my home. It’s an amateur plan and I’m sure Jayson and Mark will have loads of questions, but the kinks will hopefully be worked out in the next few days. By the time Holly Hursley (videographer/photographer) and I head to Austin next week to interview the Volstrukt folks, my design will be set in stone. It’s an anxiety provoking stage because everything must be exact. If it’s not, well, I will have a lot of problems with my framing dimensions down the road. It’s all on me now, and if I’ve made a mistake then I will find a way to fix it.
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!
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.