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the tiny home is finally home.

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The day has finally come.

This weekend our tiny home made its migration up Little Cottonwood Canyon! It was kind of terrifying to be honest, hauling that thing up the canyon road. Turns out tiny homes barely make it under power lines. Let’s just say we got some weird looks from passing joggers…

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But we made it in one piece! No broken windows, cracked tile or popped tires. Hooray for miracles 😉

In case you haven’t been following our lil Tiny Home’s story, check out this post and this post for some background. It’s been a long journey. I’ve learned A LOT about power tools (not sure if that’s a good thing haha) and spent too much time in the HD Lounge. It’s been an incredible experience to build this thing from the ground up with my dad and my husband (a.k.a. Papa D. and Vitamin P). Power team right there.

We built it with the intention of renting it out on Air B and B. Check it out on the website! OK, OK. Enough talk. Let’s move on to the good stuff. PICTURES. This post will mainly be photos. Lots and lots of photos. I hope you’re ready for this, cause for us, it’s been a long time coming…

My mom, sister-in-law Beth, and I were given the job of holding trees out of the road so the tiny home could fit through. Not as easy as you’d think…rocks

Once the tiny home was in its spot, we had to get the skylights back on. (We took them off for traveling).

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The view of the outside once the deck was up…(as you can see, the deck is still a work in progress, but we’re getting there).

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Our tiny home, nestled into its new home. Adorbs.

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This is the view from the back corner. The front section is a bathroom, you sleep up top and the little kitchen includes a mini fridge, stove, oven and microwave.

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I wanted everything white, white, white. Then I decorated by adding pops of bright colors here and there. We’re still working on getting some colorful curtains up, but you get the idea.

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Here’s what the back looks like. That table in the left corner folds down if you want more space…

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And the couch folds out into a bed, so our tiny home sleeps at least four people comfortably.

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The bathroom. Check out that tile job…shout out to Lisa Romero! We make quite the tiling team. 🙂

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The nook.

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This is the loft. If you’re a 5’4” midget like myself, you can stand up completely in the middle of the skylights.

That ladder is pretty dang steep, and you have to watch your head when you’re crawling around up there. The sleeping arrangement is really not convenient when you have to pee in the night…I got up in the middle of the night and bonked my head soooo hard on the edge of the ceiling. It floored me for a few seconds. But let’s be real…the bumped head was worth it! I mean, who wouldn’t want to sleep in a cozy loft while looking out of skylights at beautiful canyon walls? GORGEOUS VIEWS.

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This is the road you take to get up to the tiny home…it’s right behind the Romero’s house.

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I really can’t believe it’s finished. All our hard work paid off, and it feels amazing to have built something like this, basically by ourselves! (Well, with MUCH help from Papa D.) We’re renting it out to skiers this winter, but who knows, in the summer we may just have to move in! I feel like this thing is my child. 🙂

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Long live the Tiny Home.

Tiny Homing Part 2: And so it goes.

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A couple months ago, Patrick found out he got a short-term job as a graphic designer at Powder Magazine! This incredible opportunity meant a few things for us.

1) Pat would get his “dream job” for a few months.

2) I’d have to turn down my summer internship at Salt Lake Magazine.

3) We’d be moving to the beach for the summer!

4) Our plans for building our Tiny Home would have to be sped up, like a lot.

Our Tiny Home was going to be built in about 3 months. Now, we would have one month. Which happened to be the month where my parents threw a giant wedding in their yard for my brother. Come on Andrew, not the most convenient time to get married! Right in the middle of our tiny homing. 🙂

We pushed hard. I’ll admit, the word obsession would be a good one to describe our feelings toward that little home of ours. We were out there from the moment our heads popped off our pillows to after dark when the neighbors started wondering about the nail-gun sounds coming from the Menlove’s backyard…

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Luckily, we had lots of help from our family. Sweet Ronnie and Lisa (Pat’s parents) put in some solid hours helping us. Lisa and I were the master tilers…check out the shower we tiled together!

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Below is a pic of my father-in-law Ronnie. Let me just say, he’s a whiz with the tile saw.

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My sister-in-law Whitney even showed up twice to help! Thank you, thank you.

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And of course, Papa D’s never-ending dedication, and Momma Lurdie’s support/helping hand.

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But even with our relentless work, June 1 came, and we were barely finishing the woodwork. For those who may be unfamiliar with the world of construction, let me explain. Basically, we did all the hard work….the framing, the roofing, the lifting heavy plywood sheets, the insulating, the wiring, the plumbing, etc. And then we had to leave before we got to the “fun” stuff. The painting, the decorating, the taking pictures of how cute our finished Tiny Home was…

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Saying goodbye to the fam was ok. But pathetically enough, I actually had tears in my eyes when we took one last picture in front of our Tiny Home. I felt like I was abandoning our child…OK, yes, maybe a little dramatic.

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We’re passing our Tiny Home to my Dad now. Papa D will have to finish it up without us. We’re excited to come back and see how the last finishing touches came together! Luckily, Momma Lurdie and I snuck away one morning and embarked through the maze of IKEA, so I got to pick out the furnishings. Hopefully it’ll all come together like I imagined it…

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I am fully aware that (below) picture is kind of terrifying. My legs look three miles long, my face is doing something creepy, and yes, that is the aisle of IKEA completely covered by the sofa couch that I folded out. Needless to say, I got some weird looks.  But, those things have to be tested. NO one wants an uncomfortable sofa couch. It’s hard enough that your friends take the bed and designate you as the couch sleeper…

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Turns out, I approved of the couch, and we made a nice purchase in the form of a GIANT cardboard box. You should have seen Lurdie and I trying to get that thing onto our cart. Pure entertainment…

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And now, it’s on to a new beginning. Just me, my hubby, and our UHAUL trailer! San Clemente here we come. We’re so excited for the adventures we have ahead of us, even if it means leaving our Tiny Home behind.

Adventure is out there.

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The Tiny Home

A few months back, Patrick and I were innocently scrolling through Facebook when we saw a post about this thing called a Tiny Home...from the name, it’s kind of self explanatory, but just in case you don’t get it: these are little tiny homes built on a trailer. People are living in them all over the country. Here’s an example I pulled from Google so you have an image of what I’m talking about here:

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Just for fun, Patrick and I started thinking about building one of these tiny homes. We joked about what kind of style we’d build our tiny home, what tile we’d use for the bathroom, how we’d decorate the kitchen…but that’s just it. It was a joke. Just an idea. We never meant it to actually happen.

But with Papa D. around, we should have known better. (My Dad Drew has been a general contractor for years…) One day at the dinner table, we threw out the idea, meaning for it to be tossed around and forgotten like any other dinner table topic. But Papa D. wouldn’t have it. He immediately began drawing plans for the tiny bathroom, which would be connected to the tiny kitchen/living area, which would be below the tiny loft with the tiny bed. And just like that our brain baby turned into a real project.

We started with a trailer.

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We insulated the bottom of it using foam board so it will be a warm and cushioned home.

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Next came the framing. Here is cute Papa D. in his red hat and my handsome husband Pat. Let me just saw, they make a great team.

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We decided to build a little bay window on the front, which will be covered by an awning. It will go perfectly with the theme of our tiny home: beach style. Eeeewh cute! It’ll have pearly white doors and walls accented by pops of colors. At least, that’s the vision I have. We’ll see how it actually turns out.

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Above is us framing the bay window and below is Papa D. building the roof.

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It’s actually going to be a pretty tall and spacious little tiny home…there will be a bathroom in the very front, complete with a shower, toilet and small closet.

The kitchen will be in the back of the trailer. It’s connected to a small living area that will have a couch and TV. The bed is upstairs in a loft, accessed only by a sliding ladder.

Here’s my handy husband installing windows. Apparently it was bright that day. What a gem.

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Let me just be the first to say that this picture of me is kind of terrifying. But, I just had to include it because I’ll admit I’m proud of my power-tool skills. This was the first time I’d used a skill saw, and goodness that line I cut from the plywood was DANG straight.

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Some notes to anyone who ever uses construction adhesive:
1. It causes cancer. (My hypochondriac self should never read warning labels…)
2. Don’t be hard on yourself if you glue like a four-year-old. That glue gun is harder to use than you’d think. After watching my shaking hand and squiggly lines, Papa D. actually asked me if I had Parkinson’s Disease. Yes, my own father…

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There’s nothing more attractive than a man with a gun…

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We’ve spent the last few weeks working on the tiny home in between summer craziness, trips to Southern Utah and wedding prep (my brother got married last week to one of my best friends!) We’re trying to get the tiny home finished before we move to California June first. It’s been a lot of work, and we have a long way to go, but it’s going to be adorable. It’s been such a fun project to work on with my dad and husband. Hopefully things will continue to progress and before long, we’ll have a completed beach-style tiny home to call our own!

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