Saturday, November 15, 2014

Let The Research Begin!

And so, my research began. Immediately, I was completely and utterly overwhelmed with the amount of pictures and designs I saw online. Soooo many great ideas and cute designs. I went back and wrote down some of the names and companies that appeared in the documentary "Tiny: A Story About Living Small" and began to narrow my search there.

I kept seeing images of this one AWESOME house I was totally in love with. It was all over the place but I had no idea whose house it was. I saw it on random Pinterest pages and other tiny home sites. The colors were just great and the amount of natural light the house let in was beautiful. Pictures of this house simply inspired me. I loved this little house so much that I downloaded every image I could find of it to my iPad. I had read from multiple sources that it's useful to have some cool tiny home pictures on hand at all times to show people who are interested (or skeptical). I used those pictures to show my concerned family and friends that I didn't intend to live in a teeny weeny tiny uninteresting box. I felt that this house was the epitome of what I was going for in my plan.

My research continued. I perused lots of sites and saw lots of sketches and plans. However, most people suggest against buying or using any plans that don't come with pictures of the finished product. Many times a structure works on paper but just is not functional in real life and the designer has no way of knowing if they never actually build it. It was about this time that I came across Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and I was excited to find that they had a customer showcase. When I clicked on the link, there it was, big as day (so to speak)...my little dream house!!! I found out it was the Cypress Tumbleweed. More specifically, it was Brittney's Cypress (previously known as the Fencl).


Isn't this the CUTEST house you've EVER seen????


Wicker furniture is cool
Love the little bench in the nook

Skylights are awesome - lots of natural light

Brittney's Floor Plan

And so, just like that, I was sold. This was my house. I had found what I had been looking for. The cost of these plans wasn't cheap, however, when I found out I could make 12 monthly payments, I signed up. Once I made my first payment, the plans were immediately made available to me in pdf form. That was pretty cool. At that time, I also purchased the book, "Tiny House Design & Construction Guide" by Dan Louche. When I purchased the paperback book online, I received a free download of the ebook. I began reading the ebook and when the paper version arrived, I handed it over to my dad so that he could start reading too (he still hasn't OFFICIALLY agreed to help me but seeing as how he lives 2 doors down from me and he's pretty handy, he has no choice).



So my plans were purchased and now the customization process begins. I had some changes I wanted to make to those plans. Stayed tuned for my next post about my design choices (so far) and still to come...toilet talk. Thanks for stoppin' by.

-Big Jerm


7 comments:

  1. I love it! Can't wait to see how you'll make it your own. I'm happy for you & wish you the best during construction :)

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    1. Thanks Dara! Once I'm done, you'll have to come down and see it.

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  2. have you decided what type of wood you're going to use for the interior and exteriors?

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    1. Right now I'm leaning toward pine. It's cheaper and since I plan to paint or stain it anyway, it should work out wonderfully. Do you have a suggestion?

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  3. Harbror Freight is having a sale on solar panels I saw that continues until Jan 5th. I dunno if you're looking for off grid options. but throwing that out there.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up on that. I've done some research on solar and at this time it doesn't seem right for me but I haven't totally ruled it out. Do you have any insight or suggestions?

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