Tiny Blue Devil Continues To Grow

Building a tiny house is one of those odd projects that seems to move slowly yet moves incredibly quick. While the visual results may not seem great, the amount of work is often mind-numbing. Since the start of January and the initial deck installation, the tiny house...

Tiny Blue Devil Officially Gets Underway

Many of you may remember me talking about my mentor role with South Lenoir High School in an effort to build a tiny house on wheels with their construction trades program. Called the Tiny Blue Devil we are building a 20' Elm (plans courtesy of Tumbleweed Tiny House...

Tiny Houses and Small Homes Can Free You From A Mortgage

When we were thinking of transitioning to Tiny r(E)volution v.3.0 we were perhaps most concerned about having to enter back into the mortgage pool. We knew we didn't have as much as we would like for a down payment. We knew our monthly budget was one we were happy...

Santa Claus Haus: frankenframing

In 1811 an 18-year-old author had a waking vision. The year was one of considerable rain and the girl once remarked that the sun had been extinguished. She - Mary Shelley - picked up her pen, closed her drapes, and returned to darkness and clay in her epigraph, which...

Lenoir County Public Schools Joins The Tiny House Movement

I have been fortunate enough to team up with our county school system to work with high school students in the CTE (career and technical education) program, to build a 20’ long tiny house on wheels being called the Tiny Blue Devil. The build will be updated on...

Santa Claus Haus: red means red

It has been our experience that putting up LP SmartSide pre-primed panels is vastly easier when at least the first coat of color has been painted on. Not only does it ease your workload once the panels are up but it also makes the build seem that much more efficient...

Santa Claus Haus: LP SmartSide

It seems that while we may have missed Christmas in July and Santa is not expected to return until Dec. 25, we can still believe in the magic of delivered gifts throughout the year. In fact, just this week our build site was left with a beautiful, stretch film...

Santa Claus Haus: tags and title

One of the most frustrating things about using a salvage trailer is making sure it is road legal. We had to do it on our first tiny house build in 2010 when we lived in Georgia and now we have had to do it in North Carolina. The process in each state was vastly...

Santa Claus Haus: subfloor

I was thinking about my posts regarding the Santa Claus Haus and how in depth I wanted to be with them. When this blog first started we were one of only a handful of builders, documenting the day in and day out of a tiny house build. We talked about everything from...

Santa Claus Haus: trailer salvage

The trailer the Santa Claus Haus is being built on is a salvage one. We liberated our original tiny house on wheels from a 1967 Shasta travel trailer. It was a bit of a mess but we proceeded and while saving thousands of dollars, invested dozens of hours. When we...

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

I am a huge fan of the Christmas season and by Christmas season I mean that very special time during the first 60 or years of the 20th Century in which Christmas was magical, Santa was beloved, and gifts were given more than received. By mid-October I am full of the...

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