Our trailer is finally registered in Nevada!

We’re (finally) all registered with the Nevada DMV as a utility trailer!

Room to Spare trailer plates

We’re official!

We thought we’d do a post on registering a trailer in Nevada after the fact, as we obviously didn’t know enough before. (This is all current as of publication date, please do check the dmv website to make sure things haven’t changed before attempting this.)

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Tiny House Map

I had to give a mention to a new resource that I just found called Tiny House Map. Apparently it’s been around for a few years, but we’ve just heard about it now. It’s a collaboration between Michael Janzen at Tiny House Design and Dan Louche Tiny Home Builders. It’s an interactive map using the Google Maps API that lets you see other people who are involved in the Tiny Home movement, as well as add yourself to the map! I’ve already been in contact with some other people as a result of it, so I see this as being an invaluable resource to help all of us grow the community. Check out the video below. The YouTube post is from 2012, so don’t let the lack of pins on the map put you off – I was pleasantly surprised how many people are out there when I went to the actual website.

Of course I added Room to Spare – we’re looking forward to watching the map grow!

Updated Resources page

A quick note to let you all know that we’ve updated our Resources page – there are literally hundreds (probably thousands!) of websites, Facebook pages, Instagram pages, etc. about the tiny home movement – we’ll try to keep updating this page more frequently.

Also – we’re closing in on a solution for getting the finished house out of the site where we’re building (hint: anyone ever play the skill crane game at the arcade?), and we have the tools we need to make some slight modifications to the trailer layout. We should be getting to insulating the trailer soon, so look for a post on that progress in the next week or so!

We live in interesting times. . .

In mid February we moved to a new community. Gated, cute houses, and just in general very nice. We’ve been parking our sedan style car and motorcycle in our two car garage, using the extra space to stage piles for Goodwill, recycling, etc. In the meantime, I was parking my Jeep in our driveway. In early June, I walked outside to go to work & the Jeep was not in our driveway. My first thought was “Oh, how nice – Jeff rearranged all the vehicles to fit into the garage.” (I do truly have a very thoughtful partner. I stand by this being a probable conclusion :)
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We’re back!

Sorry for the quiet around here – we prearranged some travel late last year, before beginning our tiny house adventure. We are back now and thought we’d share some of our travel adventures. The first week we were gone we were cruising in the Caribbean with Jeff’s family (hi Wilsons!) aboard the gorgeous Norwegian Getaway to commemorate his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.  (An amazing accomplishment!) [Read more...]

A story about us on Tumbleweed’s blog!

Check out the article that Jenna (Tiny House Giant Journey) wrote about the start of our build over on Tumbleweed’s website!

A Tricky Trailer Delivery!

We’ve been busy with life the last few weeks. Mostly fun stuff, some more mundane things. We’re hoping to get started with the actual build sometime around the middle to the end of July. Look for more photos and updates over the next few weeks!

An interesting article about solar power

Here is an interesting article over at Engadget about the basics of solar power.

We are actively considering solar in some form for our build. I’m currently leaning towards a hybrid system, although I know that increases our installation cost as well as driving up the complexity of our system. I do like the idea of being prepared for more than one scenario. Of course, I’d love to run everything off of solar – but that still has it’s challenges.

I feel like we’re just scratching the surface in regards to this technology, so we have a lot more research to do.

Tool List!

I’ve added a page that will have the running list of tools that we either need or have acquired for the build. You can find it here. As I update the list in Google Drive, it should autoupdate here on the website. Ah, technology. The education I’ve gotten on the Google Developer’s Console since we’ve started the blog a month or so ago is – interesting. The number of obscure steps involved to just get a simple spreadsheet to display on WordPress was impressive. And to quote Vilos Cohaagen from Total Recall: “Frankly… I’m amazed it worked!” – but it did, first try. :)

(Note: now is a good time to mention that I’m a sci-fi nut AND possess an uncanny ability to quote random movie lines – this alleged “skill” has pushed petabytes of more useful information from my brain over the course of the years. Megan is always such a good sport and will ask “What’s that line from?” instead of just ignoring me, hoping it will go away.)

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