Part of running a great blog – I think – is the ability to connect with your audience; being able to know what information they want and what they don’t. Well, I take that back. That isn’t the reason for all blogs. In fact, most blogs are more for the writer than the audience. But Tiny r(E)volution is not that blog. We are all about making a reference point for anyone and everyone interested or piqued by tiny houses. So to that end I try to listen attentively to what folks say as well as analyze what they are reading and what they aren’t. Very recently I realized that almost no one was really going to our page ‘The Plan.‘ It has been static in fact for about 11 months. I mean, it was our initial idea of how things would roll. Now that I look back it I chuckle at how naive and simpleton we were at that stage. To think that we would design our tiny house during Step 1 and that that design would be carried out through the remaining 19 steps. HA! Heck, we are on version 7.0 of our tiny house even know while we build. So I thought it would be fun to take a look back at that page at points and talk about how things REALLY happen when building a tiny house.
In step 2…well, let me let you read it:
2. Rough out a budget
We certainly are no strangers to living life on a shoestring. Both of us have traveled the country and the world with little more than a laptop and a backpack and much of my time living in New York was done so on less than $5/day (oh, that includes rent). As I explained in our manifesto part of our decision to move into a Tiny House was to avoid the bondage often caused by ‘the American Dream’ or ‘the American Mortgage Nightmare’ – whatever you prefer to call it. To that end we knew that second hand items, recycled and upcycled building supplies, and the labor of our friends and family, would be our saving graces. Our goal is to build for $10k or less. According to RealEstateabc.com, the median home price in July 2010 was between $159,000 (in the South) to $244,300 (in the Northeast). That puts us well below what it would cost to purchase a stationary home anywhere in the US. Our goal: part deux – if you will – is to also have much of the $10k paid for by the time we move in; no mortgages, no overhead payments, no loose ends.
Where you are on your building project? Are you on budget? Did you think things would run in a different way than they have?