A year ago when we moved to our off-grid homestead we thought we’d live in a camper for a few weeks till our tiny house was ready. But we waited a month and a half for it to be delivered, stuck in the sand, unstuck, and properly put into place so we could start remodeling for a family our size. Our tiny house is a 48’ semi trailer that was once converted into office space, then further converted into living quarters by relatives of ours. They had added beautiful flooring, windows, insulation, finished walls, ceiling, a kitchen, and more.
When we finally got our tiny house, we made a master bedroom at the front end which was formerly a bathroom/laundry room. We removed everything except the tiny shower and toilet, added a pedestal sink (found in someone’s trash beside the road) behind the door and built a loft for our bed with closet space below. It has been quite comfortable for us and we enjoy our “master suite!”
The other end of the tiny house became a bedroom for our six children. Silver Oak built triple bunks on each side, with a little storage space underneath and closet space against the rear wall. Each child has their own private bunk space, and they have totally adjusted and enjoy all sleeping in the same room. We’re blessed seeing our children develop close friendships as they grow older, and find this tiny space to be positive.
The front door of our tiny house is on the side of the trailer, opening into the kitchen. If you turn right upon entering you will face the door to the “master suite.” In the master suite the shower is immediately on the left, with the toilet directly across from it on the right, and the pedestal sink snuggled in behind the door. Standing in the doorway you will face our loft. There are two small chests of drawers before the loft, and our closet and other storage area is beneath it.
Turning around to leave the master suite you will face the kitchen with counters, sink, stove and fridge lining the sides and a walkway down the middle. Beyond the kitchen is the antique secretary on one side, doubling as a china cabinet, and small table and chairs for the younger children on the other side. Next is the piano and living room. A big green curtain divides the living room from the children’s bedroom at the back end of the trailer, making it possible to close for privacy or open for air circulation.
A wonderful addition to our 350 sq. ft. house is a large covered deck connecting the house to the camper which we use for a schoolroom, second bathroom, and guest house. This makes it possible to live quite comfortably in a tiny house even with a family of eight. We had hoped to complete the deck last winter but more important things came first, like drilling a well, building fence, and preparing to grow food. A small part of the deck was built in January, with more pieces added a few weeks later, including a temporary tarp roof.
In May, with help from family and friends, we built the big roof over the deck and camper which is a huge blessing in protection from the elements. Finally, last month the rest of the deck was added to span from our house (trailer) to the camper, creating a wind tunnel, dogtrot style, to keep us cooler during the summer. Right now we are thoroughly enjoying this lovely deck! The next phase is to enclose it with screen to keep out bugs and mosquitoes. That will hopefully happen this winter.
Next time I will update you on more happenings and improvements made this first year on the homestead. As you join me, be reminded that all has been provided by our loving and gracious heavenly Father. Starting from scratch with very limited finances may be tough, but the blessings from all we’ve learned and the richness we feel living on our own land with no debt (including no mortgage in case you don’t classify that as debt) is invigorating and worth it. The Lord meets our needs in unexpected ways many times. Witnessing His undeserved faithfulness when we are helpless grows our faith in ways we would not have experienced otherwise.
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