We are Ants 5 & 6 (Bob & Di & Sparrow, I know the math is all wrong but just roll with it.
We intend to get into the ant village within a month (T minus 42 days actually). BUT FIRST, we are building our tiny house in the soon to be designed, tested and low impacted, Tiny House Village at basecamp. It takes time and effort to dissociate from the world at large, there are incomes to replace, food & habit changes, we're not ready for winter but we can do this to buy time to OBSERVE, REFLECT, and ADJUST to our NEW SELVES. We're totally psyched about it and have even talked a friend into joining the party (More in by PLOG soon).
We'll be posting in the Forums as we go. Here's our baby steps so far:
WE considered this at first:
It has a cool porch, kitchen area & lofts:
relatively inexpensive, $14,000 total with free delivery, and they are right in good ol Montana (Plains), no credit check they just finance themselves (I imagine reclaiming your entire house on the same trailer it was delivered is their insurance that you will pay them.
It is $14,000, and when compared to building your own framing that's about $8,000 too much. AND... I chose to change the layout of the place anyway, because it didn't make much sense to put the windows UNDER the porch overhang. Or for that matter to lose space with the porch and door next to the "kitchen" entrance.
If the pic above doesn't work try just putting the link straight into the address bar - https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1lfJdS_KGDZD8M5-G4tTeYRI8jgUpdqd2BsFNsGozfc0/edit?usp=sharing
SO, after considering it fully we are going with our own layout and will start by building what will eventually be the "utility" room (off the side of the house in the drawing above).
We're gonna keep it under 500 square Ft. but will also do greenhouse wallipini or something with a small footprint, and try for a combo of wind & solar, not only for electric but using the vertical windmill to generate actual mechanical power for things like doing laundry or anything that requires motion that would otherwise burn up all the stored electric.
Love Life & Light,
Uncle BobSquatch (UBS for short)
Edited by moderator to fix pics