If one were to visit this site over the last 2+ years they would be left with several questions.
- What happened with the Santa Claus Haus? Did it ever get finished?
- What about Tiny Blue Devil? Did the high school finish and sell it?
- Did they ever build that barn they started out building?
- Is Tiny r(E)volution still living on the road in a traditional RV?
All are great questions.
In 2016 I came to the realization that Tiny r(E)volution – for the most part – had run its course. With over 600 published blog posts there didn’t seem much left to say. We started off as a couple living in a converted woodshop. It was 86 wonderful square feet and we loved our little bungalow. But then we built our tiny house on wheels (240 sq.ft.), settled onto an acre in rural Eastern North Carolina, and became a part of 3. We enjoyed that season for just over two years at which point we felt the travel bug bite us strong. In the meantime, we had become almost completely debt-free and had even transitioned into a fully location-independent economic situation. That said, we sold the tiny house on wheels, bought a more traditional travel trailer, gutted it, built it out for our needs, and took to the open road.
After two years of that though we began to grow fatigued with travel. We had been roadschooling our daughter and she was excelling. But socially we felt disconnected. Our family was stationary. We longed for a church home. Our daughter began to talk about going to school with other kids. It just seemed like the time had come to move on to the next season. Within days of beginning to pray about a new home we received a link to a small house with a couple of acres from a dear friend of ours. The listing was close to all of our family and seemed too good to be true. Without stepping foot into the house and only going off photos and a quick visit by a relative (to inspect the place), we made an offer. It was accepted and we began making our way from New Mexico to North Carolina to close on the house. By October 2015 we had moved into our 900 heated sq.ft. and begun to truly make it our own. We also put our Aruba travel trailer up for sale and started exploring small, private school options for our daughter.
In the first year, we removed the front “deck” and replaced it with a larger portico. We recycled that front deck, moved it around back, added to it, and created a full back deck where we grill and hang out during spring and summer evenings. We cleared a bit of the underbrush from our perimeter land including removing 5 very large but very unhealthy trees to open up our front yard on which we created a food garden and some spots for birds and bees to visit. We renovated our kitchen space including taking down some unneeded cabinets, replacing the overhead light with recessed lights, changing out the linoleum flooring with vinyl hardwood, and adding a pantry in order to relocate the fridge (more photos to come). We added carpet to our daughters’ room, painted the walls, and gave her play space which she had never had before. Needless to say that space has changed even more over the past few years! Perhaps most of all though we took down the old so-called barn that was just at the corner of the house and rebuilt a slightly larger and more appealing new barn across the yard complete with two lean-to’s that protect our lawn tractor, tiller, and other items. It has become one of our favorite spaces because we are both able to use it and we have developed a pretty good tool and implement library.
As I write this I realize there is so much more I want to add to the Tiny r(E)volution anthology. Life is about seasons. They come. They go. We are always in a state of transition and we, like so many others, have transitioned ourselves as life has changed for us. While we may not be in a tiny house any longer or living on the road or even living off-grid, we still hold fast to our ideas of smaller footprints, recycling and repurposing, salvage building, debt awareness, learning new skills, etc. It seems the more we grow into our present season the simpler life becomes. It feels good and has for almost five years now. We didn’t just settle into a house. We invested in a home; our home!