Downsizing, Planning, and Saving, OH MY!

There is actually a lot of correlation between our skydiving lives and our preparation for this tiny house.

In skydiving, downsizing is the act of progressing to a smaller canopy, thus giving you (potentially) better performance. The thought of downsizing in skydiving shouldn’t be taken lightly, as there are a lot of factors that come into play when you’re deciding to go smaller.

Though downsizing to a tiny house certainly doesn’t have the same potential consequences, it does require a lot of thought.

The act of downsizing your life to fit in a home somewhere between 100-300 square feet requires us to really reflect on what is important. We’ve always been able to relocate with what can fit in the trunk of my car, so we don’t have a lot of stuff to get rid of, but we have accumulated quite a bit since we moved to California.

The good news is, we aren’t attached to much beyond what will fit in our dream tiny house. The furniture here was all stuff we either picked up off Craigslist for really cheap or was given to us by friends. This is good in the sense that we don’t have to get rid of a lot of stuff. But if we, like so many other potential tiny housers, were relying on the money we could make from selling what we have to help fund the project, then we would be pretty hard up.

Beyond the whole “what will fit in our new tiny house” thing, now we can get creative about how to best utilize the space, and determine what features we would like to incorporate into our plans.
So far, we have a handful of “must haves” and some general ideas of the look/feel we are going for.

Barry says: I want a funk/metal fusion, with a mix of Tom Jones and Tom Waits.

Sydney says: I like dark wood, stainless steel, clean lines, and blues or greens to tie it all together.

Some must-haves for the build: Shed roof, solar, ample kitchen space with open shelving vs. cabinets, double loft (stairs to the bedroom, ladder to secondary), composting toilet and plenty of windows.

Going through this process has reinvigorated my love for writing, so a place to chill out comfortably and write is also on the docket.

For now, we are saving where we can, waiting for a couple outstanding financial things to come through, and then we can get serious about the rest of the process. We have been doodling designs and floorplans, scouring YouTube for tours and design ideas, and looking at some of the pre-fabricated models for inspiration. Neither one of us has any construction experience, but I have a feeling everything will come together to make our Dream Tiny House a reality.

Fellow Tiny House enthusiasts or residents, where did you draw inspiration? Since we are in the very early stages of planning, what do you wish you had incorporated? What did you add that you find you would change?