My interest in all-things-tiny-and-old started at 12 years old when I became fascinated with a tiny abandoned farm house near my parent’s home...and I've been sketching floor plans ever since. My Tiny Houses are the culmination of a life spent dreaming of a tiny reclaimed space, all my own.
If you’re planning on building a tiny house on wheels (THOW)
you have probably looked at flatbed trailers on craigslist (or elsewhere) and
considered buying a used trailer.However, you’re likely concerned that it might not be strong enough, or
have enough capacity to haul your tiny house, or it might have damage.And then you might have gotten some prices on
new trailers and considered if the expense is worth the peace of mind.
So many questions, so few answers!!!!
For “My Empty Nest” I bought a
previously-wrecked-but-repaired trailer and then altered my floor plan to accommodate
it.And, I thought I would be buying a
new trailer for “My Tiny Perch” but then I found it….the one….the deal of a
century that I couldn’t pass up…..even if it would take a ton of effort and
time to make it work….it would be worth it.
If you have ever wondered how much it might cost or what
steps might be needed to utilize a used trailer for your tiny house on wheels,
this blog post is for you.
Instead of telling you a traditional “story”, let’s follow the money,
$3,000.00 - New Trailer Bid
This is the LOWEST bid I received from a reputable trailer
manufacturer, for an 18 foot long, deck over (the deck of the trailer sits
above the fenders) flatbed trailer.The
highest bid was $4,700.00. Yikes!?Yes,
there are many pros and cons for each design and feature but when I was
reviewing them I was thinking to myself “It’s gonna’ take me a looong time to
save this much money to even get started on my build!”
$80.00 - Gas Money
That’s what it costs to fill my gas tank, and Mark’s truck’s
gas tank, to get me the 250 miles to go look at a trailer I found on craigslist.Yes; 250 miles. It was a day-long investment.
$600.00 - Cost of Used Trailer
After a visual inspection and review of the paperwork for
legitimacy, I paid only $600.00 for a dual-axle 2014 flatbed that used to be an
RV that had flipped over on its maiden voyage with the new owner.By the time I saw it, however, the RV body
had been stripped off, leaving only the floor, subfloor, tanks, axles, wheels,
tires, and frame intact.The tires were
almost new and there was NO rust to be seen.
Tah Dah! So proud!
$30.00 - Trip Permit #1
A WA trip permit was needed to avoid getting a ticket for
towing a non-licensed trailer.
$20.00 - Dump Fees
After a bit of demo to remove flooring and rock guard and whatever
else I could get off in two days, we made a trip to the dump.The good news was that I discovered the
location of the VIN plate in the process.Yay!I was hopeful that licensing
in Oregon would be easy.
$50.00 - More Gas Money
More gas money for Mark’s truck, to tow the trailer the 165
miles to Oregon where it needs to be registered and licensed.
$30.00 - Trip Permit #2
Yep, another WA trip permit for the trip to Oregon.Sheesh!?
Not sure if I should have done this much demo to the floor.
$138.00 - New Wheels
The previous owner warned that the two wheels on one side
were bent in the accident and although he’d used the spare tired for one of
them, I would likely need two new wheels.I also wanted someone to do a more thorough inspection so this was money
well spent. It was during the wheel
replacement that we discovered the axles were off center by an inch.
OK, so far, I’ve spent $948.00.
Still a bargain!!!
$160.00 - New Tongue Jack and Brake Cable
I took the trailer to a local company who manufactures and
repairs trailers; for a more thorough assessment of the axles, their locale,
and the rest of the braking system.And,
also, the tongue jack was broken so I’d need a new one because not having one
is a pain in the butt!They replaced the
tongue jack, rewired the braking system, determined that the axle location
would not affect the load, and replaced the emergency cable which was ripped
off during the accident.The trailer is
$10.00 - Trip Permit #3
While I was optimistic that the trailer would pass
inspection since the paperwork clearly matched the VIN plate, the guy at the
DMV was being VERY difficult and insisted that he had never seen a VIN plate in
that location before.So, he referred me
to the State Patrol office for an inspection and to ensure that I had not,
instead, stolen the trailer. (insert rolled eyes here!)And, yes, I needed to buy another trip
permit.At least the OR one was cheap!?
Looks questionable to me! NOT!!!
$10.00 - More Gas Money
In direct contrast to the DMV guy, the OSP was very accommodating
and signed off the paperwork without incident or questions.Another several hours, and more gas down the
drain (merely because of a DMV employee’s out-of-control-power-tripping ego) and
back to the DMV I go….
$119.00 - Licensing Fee and Title Transfer
licensed, trailer that I can use for my tiny house!I have no concerns, or questions, regarding
its stability or ability to be used for my THOW. The GVW (gross volume weight)
is only 7,000 lbs so we may need to replace the axles, but won’t know that
until the house is framed and weighed. And I’m crossing my fingers that we can
take enough steps to avoid having to buy new axles but if we do, we do.I have a supplier so it’s just a matter of
find the money, and the time.
Sometimes it can be challenging to balance a “life” of work
and parenting and all of the responsibilities of a breadwinner and
employee.But, I keep reminding myself
that building a 2nd tiny house is a CHOICE for me and even with
sponsors on board, the pace is dictated by ME!
Now, granted, I tend to push myself and my contractors way
harder than may be necessary but the biggest push-victim is me!How fast does one build a tiny house they don’t
really NEED?Am I going to get kicked
out of the tiny house / minimalism club for having more than is necessary?
With that said, however, and despite the Holiday Season on
us; I have been making GREAT progress on My Tiny Perch!
Every THOW (tiny house on wheels) project starts with the decision
to design the trailer to the floor plan or design the floor plan to the
trailer.For my first build I did the
latter, for my next one I’m doing the former.
As such, it gave me WAY more flexibility regarding the
sourcing and then the pricing for a trailer.I was so giddy to have found a flatbed that was the PREFECT size for
only $600!There was some risk
associated with the missing VIN and the connection of paperwork to actual
trailer.But, last week I “found” the
VIN buried under the under-trailer vapor barrier and now my dots are all
connected.This weekend my flatbed will
be delivered to me for DOT inspection and plates in OR.
Demo is almost done and ready for lumber pick up!
Because I’ll be using T1-11 and because I’m losing my lovely
/ dry garage in a few weeks, I decided to expedite the process of painting the siding.So, for the past several weeks, during TV commercial
breaks, (seriously, no joke…) I pop into my garage and put another coat of
paint on.And, now I’m done!
Yes, my tiny house is painted before it is even built!No need to fret over lack of dry painting
weather in the winter.
Painting...one sheet at a time!
Perhaps it goes without saying that the FIRST people I
called to pitch my sponsorship proposal to, were the same companies who
sponsored my first build.And (GREAT
NEWS!) they all said “YES!” or “They wish they could but do not have the
So My Tiny Perch is off to a GREAT start and we have
already secured sponsors for all of the following products:
In the middle of my crazy life, and everything else I have
going on, I just got a NEW JOB!My two
kids are moving out, I am moving INTO my tiny house to occupy when I am not at
my boyfriend’s house.So, in a nutshell,
my expenses just took a nose dive and my income just experienced a spike. So,
while the last build was challenged by finances that were not covered by the
sponsors, I don’t anticipate this build will have ANY financially related
I’m still paying for it, in cash, as I go.But I now have more flexibility to do so and
that’s a great feeling!!!
Who'd thunk so much awesomeness could happen at once!?
Part of my “allure” to sponsors and affiliates is my ability
to expose them to a LOT of people who will be watching my progress online and
seeing their products in action.
And to that end, 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for
So far I have been asked to participate as a Speaker at a
workshop in CA in February, as a Keynote Speaker at a Festival in March, and as
an Emcee at a Street Festival in NC in April.And, rumor has it, that MORE speaking engagements are to come.
I just hope my new employer is as “flexible” as they say
they will be.
It’s 4:30 in the morning. I have been awake since 2 am and
finally decided to get up and do something useful instead of lying here tossing
So, to clarify, “something useful” today is writing a blog
article about how completely NUTS I am to consider another tiny house build.
Right. Now.In the middle of my already
Financially it makes all kinds of sense.When you consider what I can build it for and
what I can rent it out for, it’s totally a no brainer. Emotionally and creatively,
I am engaged and inspired and it’s given me a happy mental spot to go to when
my job feels like it’s sucking the life out of me. Logistically, however, I
couldn’t have picked a more messed up time to do this.
November is looming and, sometime between now and January 1st,
I need to move myself and 2 children out of our 1700 square foot 3 bedroom
rental home.They’re moving into an
apartment together, and I’ll be moving into my tiny house; full time. I have
done a fair amount of downsizing already, but I still have a lot of parts and
pieces to move on this frantic chess board that is my life. But, seriously? I’m
lying here thinking of all the stuff I need to get for My Tiny Perch and
thinking “Where am I going to put it all?”Yes. I can get a storage unit while I am building but that further
complicates things in itself by placing another dot on a map of where I need to
be, where I need to go, and where I need to stay.I’m not even being sarcastic.My life is a little complicated right now.
My boyfriend who will again be my framer lives almost 200
miles from me.I found a screaming deal
on a flatbed trailer, the kind of deal that makes you drop everything and drive
3 hours to get the opportunity just to CONSIDER buying it. So, in the next 48
hours I need to drive up there, go see it, maybe get it, park it at his house,
then drive back home because my upcoming weekend is already packed with other
pre-move chores and car repair appointments. Then sometime in the next month or
so I need to drive up there, get it, bring it to Oregon, get it inspected and
buy plates in Oregon.
Then I need to swing by my lumber sponsor, pick up the
lumber package, and drive the trailer and lumber (and windows) back to his
house where it will be while it’s getting framed and dried in.Then I need to move the framed tiny house
BACK to Oregon for finishing.
All of this while packing, moving, and actively considering
a career change.Like now.
I need a plan.Like
yesterday. But first I need to breathe. I need some lists.
I need a couple of
days off work.
As you know, I have decided that this build will also be
sponsored.And, that alone adds a whole
different dimension of complexity, organization, and obligation to the
project.I can’t take materials from a
sponsor and then inform them that I don’t “have time” to build a tiny house
right now.And the first of a long list
of supplies has already arrived, via UPS, yesterday.It’s official.I’m doing this.
I would be the last to admit that I love drama. I don’t. I
hate it. But choosing to build a tiny house right now in the middle of my
already chaotic life might suggest otherwise. But, really… I didn’t know I
would find a deal on a tiny house trailer that would drastically expedite my
plans.Maybe it won’t work out. Maybe
the guy will sell it before I get there.
I am texting Andrew Odom as I type this.We’re comparing notes to determine if I can
build an 18 foot long single story tiny house on a dual axle trailer with only
7000 lb GVW rating. He says he thinks it’s “doable”.
My mind has been spinning for hours.Maybe it’s because I ate ¾ of a chocolate
chip cookie before I went to bed.Maybe
because I’m a crazy person who seriously needs to get more exercise.
Here’s my dilemma: I need stuff for the house, places to
store it, places to paint it and prep it. I need to get my car fixed so it can
pass emissions because my tabs are due. I feel manic. Maybe it’s hormonal.
So, there you go.
If you have ever felt like you’ll never get to where you
need to be, like the list of what needs to be done is longer than the hours you
have available to do said list, like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew,
like your life is a bit out of whack (I actually forgot a massage appointment
yesterday. Who DOES THAT?) or like your choices you make do not always seem to
be made from a sane perspective; I do too.
You’re not alone.
I cannot attest to your sanity (or mine) but I can confirm,
unequivocally, that there are many others just like you who push themselves
beyond their comfort zone and then, every once in a while they stop and think “What the HELL am I thinking!?”
Can one build a tiny house for less than $20,000, without sacrificing ANY amenities?
Do tiny houses really NEED lofts?
Since the completion of My Empty Nest last November I will
admit to feeling a bit lost, and bored.It’s not like I have nothing to do.I am a VERY busy person and have remained very active in the tiny house
community by attending events, near and far. (even as far as Vermont!)I’ve written blogs, I still record the Tiny
House Podcast every week, and have actively kept my finger tight on the
proverbial pulse of the movement.
But, big creative projects are my vice. They’re what keeps
my mind distracted from my otherwise very stressful life. (Ironic, I know.) So,
for as much as I have going on in my life I have felt like I need something to
scratch my creative itch! Problems to solve, challenges to overcome, etc… (ones
that I can control!)
I have thought long and hard about what my unique
contribution to the tiny house community might eventually be. I have had many
people ask me if I plan to build, and sell houses. I’ve thought about writing a
book or offering consulting services.But, those are paths that so many others are following.I really want to contribute in a way that few
people have, or can.And, of course, I
want it to ultimately create an income stream.
As I look at the people who are making money in the tiny
house movement, they all appear to fall into one of four major categories: tiny
house or trailer builders, consultants / workshop instructors, short term
rental hosts (Hotels, AirBnb, and VRBO) and tiny house bloggers.As I consider where I might fit into these
categories I have to admit that I am drawn most to the social aspect of tiny
houses; the hosts / hostess gigs.Yes, I
love building tiny houses but what I love the most is TALKING about them!(Side note: If you know me you are no doubt
shocked that it took me any time at all to figure that out for myself. But I
digress…) I love sharing my story and I love inspiring others with the idea
that they too can build one for themselves!
So, without further ado, I am hereby formally announcing the
launch of my next project:
My Tiny Perch!
I have carefully considered all of the feedback that I see,
and read, about my tiny house and others. So many concerns about the tiny house movement
appear to be focused primarily on zoning.This makes total sense but there are others blazing those trails so it’s
not something I can address with MY project.But, what I can address or call attention to is the number of people who
have trepidations about climbing stairs into a loft bedroom. So, my next tiny
house won’t have stairs or a loft. My newest design is a single story tiny
house, with a separate bedroom and a full bathroom. (and room for dining, for
Next, hauling a tiny house is a HUGE undertaking and not for
the faint of heart.The bigger the
house, the bigger the truck that is needed, and the potential pitfalls and
nightmares.Believe me, I’ve heard them
all. (and, as you recall, My Empty Nest actually tipped over while being
moved!) So, my next tiny house will truly be very tiny, only 144 sq feet. This
means it will be lighter, shorter, and much easier to haul with my boyfriend’s ¾
ton truck. No need to hire a mover.
So, what about the design / floorplan? As a beginner builder
it’s pretty tough to wrap ones head around the trailer / house combo. Do you
design the trailer around the floorplan or the floorplan around the
trailer?How does one account for the
fenders in the floorplan? These are all tough questions. Questions, however,
that I won’t have to answer because a single story tiny house built on a deck
over trailer is a super practical and much MUCH easier way to accomplish a tiny
house goal than building between the fenders and calculating the exact ceiling
height needed in the sleeping lofts!
And, finally, who has over $50,000 to buy a tiny house? Not
me. As the movement grows larger, so do the tiny houses and their sale
prices.Yes. I know. It’s ironic and odd
but “practical”.So here’s the bottom
line: Can you actually build and live in an affordable, teeny, tiny, house
without sacrificing any basic amenities? One that costs less than $20,000 to
build?I intend to prove that you can. I
am designing OUT the costs of some materials like flooring and siding; and
reducing labor at the same time.
My color and décor scheme.
So here I go again. And, to clarify I am starting out
(again) with NO money. I am again seeking the support of sponsors and then
augmenting my budget with money I earn through sources other than my primary
income. Then, when it’s done, My Tiny Perch will be put to use as a short term
rental to help others experience the tiny house lifestyle, even if only for a
I can indeed be a builder, AND a blogger, AND a Hostess with the Mostest!
So, stay tuned! I’ll be posting pictures and how-to articles
and this time I’m jumping onto the Instagram bandwagon.
I met a new friend at a bar the other night.She read an article in the local paper about
my tiny house and reached out via facebook.She is just starting to plan for her tiny house build.She had so many questions!
Most of them, however, had to do with how she might go about
finding a host for her tiny house.What
would she tell them?What did she
need?Should she build first and THEN
look for a place to put it?
During this conversation I realized, more than I had before,
how many of my initial decisions regarding the design and amenities for my tiny
house were based on my goal of being as “low maintenance” as possible to my
host. I wanted to make it easy for them to say “yes”.
Lina Minard once said “All tiny house conversations turn to
the subject of either poop, or sex, within the first ten minutes.”And there I was, in a bar, explaining to a
stranger, how to select a composting toilet, what it does, and how to become an
expert on composting.
Reduce your water consumption by using a composting toilet. Reuse the box as a collection bin for charity donations. Recycle your old linens and pillows and extra household goods by donating them. Win. Win. Win.
There really was never any question about whether or not I
would have a composting toilet. I already have a portable RV toilet for my
camper. And, I hate emptying it, so much, I have never used it.And, I had no intention of using a 5 gallon
Home Depot bucket.So when it came to
choosing a composting toilet, the main question really was “Which one?”
Hard at work on my water closet!
I turned to Google and YouTube and started my research. And,
I discovered, out of all of the composting toilets out there, Nature’s Head had
the best reputation and several glowing recommendations.
You can do your own research as well but in a nutshell,
here’s how it works:
1)The liquid waste (pee) is diverted to a
front-loaded and sealed container to prevent it from mingling with the solid
2)The solid waste (poo) and toilet paper is
diverted, via a manually opened latch, to a centrally-located tank where is it
stirred, via a manual crank with peat moss to help remove the moisture and
3)A tiny fan runs 24/7 to remove smell and
moisture from the solid waste tank.
4)To clean it you just spray vinegar and water on
the bowl after every use.
Almost ready, my Nature's Head toilet, sitting quietly in the background.
Here are the less than obvious attributes:
1)Guests will need a set of instructions in order
to use it properly.
2)Male guests need to sit, to pee.I can tell you that this is NOT a popular
mandate in my tiny house.
3)It is super easy to install!
4)My guests are amazed at how you cannot smell it,
The vent tube and fan are hardly noticeable!
As easy as it was, to install, I did have a few Oops
1)Don’t use Miracle Grow peat moss. I bought some
and THEN read the manual where it says, several times in BOLD type, not
2)You’re supposed to attach the toilet to the
floor.My floor, however, is glass
tile.There is a section in the
installation manual that says I should attach it to a piece of plywood but, to
be honest, I’m not sure why I even need to attach it to the floor.It’s quite stable already.I am sure, however, that I will eventually figure
it out.Maybe when I’m moving my tiny
house and the full toilet tips over?Note to self: empty toilet before I move my house again.
3)I had to buy yet another tool, a hole saw, to
install the vent tubing.And, I find it
very ironic that I spent so much time and money making a weather proof house
and then have to drill big holes in it.
4)I read the instructions and they said to buy the
converter if I would be plugging it in to a 110V outlet.So, I went online and ordered one.Then, when I went to unpack it I discovered
that Nature’s Head had already sent me one, pre-installed on the toilet
already.Lesson:Unpack the toilet, survey the supplies, read
the manual and THEN buy extra stuff you may need to install it.
A throne to be proud of!
Larry at Nature’s Head is a great guy.Heck, the entire staff is.I received my shipment notice via email on a
So, if you’re looking for a composting toilet that will last
you a lifetime, from a company with a great reputation, and a product with
unsurpassed quality; you really should buy a Nature’s Head.
Or you can use a bush.My guy
friends still do that and it works great for them…..
I’m not an interior designer. I would love to think I am, or
go to school to be one, or get paid to be an assistant to one.But, alas, I am not.
I have, however, read a lot of books on design and space
utilization. I understand the basics of color application, use of voids, and the
whole color-texture-and bling concept. I’ve spent more than a passing afternoon
on building and painting and designing my living spaces and would like to think
I’m pretty good at it.
And while all of this sounds very high brow, and while the
decision for what window coverings to use in your tiny space should be very
easy; when you’re starting from scratch like I did, there are actually a LOT of
considerations for choosing window coverings.
Here are some of mine:
I started with fabric.When starting an interior design plan, it’s a good idea to find a piece
of fabric that embodies your overall design theme.Flowered? Colorful? Modern? Bright? Neutral?This fabric then becomes the basis for your
overall design and from there on out the rest of the choices are easier.You can choose paint colors, complimentary
fabrics, fixtures, and even artwork using your fabric inspiration as your
Where it all started...
I chose a very modern aesthetic with a neutral cream and
grey theme. The squares in the fabric were then repeated throughout my design
with the tile and the storage boxes and even the “boxy looking” window trim.
Curtains or Blinds
Decorating a tiny space is a bit more challenging than a “normal”
house with doors and individual rooms. When you have a normal house you can
design individual rooms with their own color scheme or design theme.Since most of the space in my tiny house is
basically one big room I wanted to make them visually unique and yet blend
Since I have 11 windows in my tiny space, choosing a window
covering that would blend well with any of my individual room choices was
key.And, since my theme was “Modern
Nostalgia” I decided to go with cellular fabric blinds.They would be less obtrusive than curtains,
but yet still provide a soft glow and privacy.I also hate, simply HATE, cheap metal blinds. If I would have been
forced to use duct tape and bed sheets for window coverings until I could afford
what I wanted, I would have.
Basic But Beautiful!
With that said, I love to sew curtains. But, since I wanted
the window coverings to blend, rather than stand out, and since I have so many
windows, having 11 sets of curtains in such a small space would have been visually
Where To Buy Blinds
Big Box stores are good for a lot of things.Helping you make key design decisions is not
one of them.(in my experience anyways)If, like me, your creative process involves
staring at swatches for days and painting walls just to see how they would look
with a particular color, then you’d probably appreciate Blind.com’s methods of
helping you make a decision.
Their catalog is dizzingly large and amazing.If you have questions about how to choose one
blind style over another you can call them or watch videos.Your level of engagement is entirely up to
you.Personally, I like to have my hands
held while I walk through that kind of decision.
A snapshot of their selection page
I chose 12 different colors / styles of blinds and they
immediately (the same day) sent me actual samples of each.I fiddled with my decision for, literally,
months. After endless discussions with myself and a day spent measuring and
re-measuring the windows, I was finally ready. I emailed them the sizes, they
sent me the order to confirm that no data entry errors had occurred between my
email and their computer, and the blinds arrived within 2 weeks.
Once I received the blinds, the installation was very simple.
Step One:Screw the
two or three brackets (depending on the size) to the top of the window.
Step Two: Snap the blind into place.No joke. It was one of the easiest parts of my
So easy, a dummy can do it!
Step Three: (Optional) If you choose blinds with cords, you
then screw the cord “wrangler” to the window frame.No more dangling cords!?Yep.Problem solved
I discovered that I had measured the kitchen window
correctly, but a “1” looks a lot like a “7” when scribbled on a piece of scrap
paper.I ordered a 46 - 7/8” blind when
I needed a 46 – 1/8” one.They made a
new one and sent it to me NO CHARGE!They told me I could keep the other blind and donate it to charity or
give it to a friend.I can honestly say
that kind of service is truly rare and I appreciate the lengths that Blinds.com
goes to, to make the whole experience as great as possible.
I love my kitchen!
All the Final Touches
I love how my cream colored blinds blend in to the
background, but stand out against the grey walls.I love how their subtle texture provides
depth and interest and a touch of class.I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cordless blinds in the loft that can close from the
top or bottom with the slightest of touch. They were so easy to install, they
look amazing, and they’re warm and inviting even from the outside view!
I’ll never buy my Blinds from anyone but Blinds.com.Ever.And
you shouldn’t either.:o)~
Every Wednesday morning, three unlikely friends commute to downtown Portland to record the Tiny House Podcast. In true Portland fashion, Perry pedals in on his bicycle; Michelle stops by with her coffee in hand on her way to work, and Mark’s beard arrives before he does. The first few hours of their collective day begins with a chat about the guest-of-the-week, 45 minutes of recording, and then concludes with a brief what’s-next discussion.
My name is Michelle, and I am the very proud hostess of the Tiny House Podcast, and this is our story…
I met Mark Grimes several years ago during a funding competition. I was representing my little startup company and hoping to capture the attention of investors. After my speech, Mark introduced himself and offered his time and resources and contacts within the vibrant startup community in Portland. Needless to say I was more than grateful and our connection grew as we bumped into each other at various events throughout the city.
Mark Grimes, our Glue Guy
Mark is a fan of all things trendy, and unique, and quirky, and odd, and seeks out opportunities where ever they present themselves. Even if it means doing things he’s never done before and meeting people he’s never met before. That’s what I love about him the most. He almost always finds a way to say “yes” and he will say “yes” to finding time to connect with me during his very busy weeks; even if only 15 minutes’ worth.
During one of these 15 minutes touch-base-sessions, after not having seen each other for a few months, we were somewhat surprised to discover that we had a common interest in tiny houses. He and his business partner, Perry, were exploring the notion of a tiny house community of converted shipping containers. Then, their research led them to consider tiny houses on wheels.
Mark’s and my conversation regarding a podcast went something like this:
Mark: “So. This Tiny House thing is pretty cool. Would you be interested in hosting a podcast?
Me: “Sure. But I don’t know anything about podcasting.”
Mark: “We’ll figure out the hard parts, you just have to talk.”
Mark: “OK, let’s sit down with Perry and brain storm some ideas. Next week good for you?”
The following week all three of us met at Nedspace, Mark’s downtown incubator for creative minds. It was my first opportunity to meet Perry. We brainstormed the concept that we envisioned for our podcast and the words “irreverent”, “fun”, “funny”, and “informative” came up often. We knew we didn’t want to be boring or too politically correct. We came up with a list of creative questions, and people in the tiny house community we wanted to interview. We talked about the kinds of subjects and people outside the tiny house community that our listeners would relate to and enjoy. We agreed on a timeline, synced our schedules, and then met a couple of weeks later for our first recording session.
To say that we threw caution to the wind and mutually agreed to “throw shit at the wall and see if it stuck” would be a true understatement. Mark is our glue person (the guy who holds it all together) I am the hostess and keep close tabs on all things tiny, and Perry is the recording technology guru.
Perry Gruber, Mister Technology
Perry, is also the most socially responsible one amongst us. His passion for sailing and his lifelong goal of finally living on a sail boat is what drew him to the tiny house movement. His proclivity towards tiny spaces, his interest in all things unique and small, and his avid pursuit of a sustainable economy makes him the perfect third leg on our little stool of Portland weirdness. He is an artist, and an entrepreneur, and a true innovator who seeks to transform societal norms. And nowhere is that more evident than on his website; Copiosis.com. As in his daily life, he also has very high standards for the podcast. But, he is also patient enough to set them aside and allows me to be my zany, rude, and sometimes awkward self. If you’re cringing while I am excitedly interrupting someone, yet again. So is he.
So, who am I?
Just little, 'ole, me.....
First off, I was raised in a family with 13 siblings. Competing for attention, talking loud and over other conversations, was a required skill set and one that I learned very early in life. Then, I discovered much later in life that interrupting is NOT skill set that is actually considered to be a social asset. Since early habits die hard, it remains my nemesis. So, now you all know why I am what I am. As embarrassing as that is. I’m working on it.
But enough about my need for therapy…..
I am a single mom, first and foremost. I have two college aged children who still live at home but someday they will fly the nest and I will live in my recently completed tiny house named “My Empty Nest”. By day, I spend my employer’s money working as a Buyer, and by night I do more than most people can imagine will fit into a single lifetime. I am a patented inventor, entrepreneur, published author, public speaker, Glamper, craigslist stalker, foodie, blogger, coffee enthusiast, wine drinker, tiny house designer/builder, and lover of an amazing guy named Mark. (Not the podcast one, another one) People often ask me if I ever sleep and I have to admit that I sleep more than most. I am VERY grumpy if I get anything less than 8 hours of solid sleep and I fervently protect my downtime.
If you’ve listened to one of our podcasts, you know that the dynamic between Mark, Perry, and myself is pretty comfortable and I personally consider that to be one of our best assets. We laugh, we have good days and bad, eat breakfast during the show, drink our coffee, make fun of each other, confess our desires, share our lives, and enthusiastically try to produce an entertaining and valuable addition to your day.
Want our recipe?
Take three creative and fun people, put them in a tiny padded room, add a dose of common interest, throw in a recording device that works (Thank you, Perry!) sprinkle in some super informative and funny guests, and BAM!......out comes the tiny house podcast.
If you have NOT listened to our podcast, then you totally should. But, of course you knew I’d say this.
We interview VERY cool people in the tiny house community, movers and shakers on the forefront of socially responsible living, and creative types who will hopefully rule the world someday.
Seriously. What are you waiting for?Like……go listen……Right now.