Thanks folks for the Qs


On Saturday we had a successful Q&A session. A few board members came by, as well as a few more familiar faces like Welling Hall.

Thanks, everyone who stopped by to ask some questions.

Here are the top 3 questions we get:

  1. How has it been living here? (We’re actually not.) So, why aren’t you living in it?

Well, good question. On January 12th, the Board of Zoning Appeals approved our variance of use. This document consisted of two main approval parts: zoning and coding. While the zoning part got passed and remains accepted, the coding section, we were told, has to now be approved by the state of Indiana. We are still waiting to hear back, but who knows how long that will take.

2. Did you build it all yourself?

Yes. We had lots of support from YouTube, Live Simply Colorado (Barbara Mariner), family and friends we met along the way. We consulted with a few other tiny house builders in the area and they gave us feedback on our blueprints and design choices. Not as much of the house is built with reclaimed materials, however, most of the windows were bought, $20 each from craigslist and are demo windows. They are smaller than conventional windows, but for our purposes they are perfect.

Due to our time constraint, the process of using reclaimed materials was very difficult. Our advice: if you plan to use as many reclaimed materials as you can, start collecting now. All the parts you want cannot and will not always miraculously appear on craigslist when you need them. What you make up in source materials you often loose in time.

3. How did this all start?

We met during their First Year at Earlham in the August Wilderness program they both participated in. They both attended Water Wilderness and it wasn’t until their Junior year that they grew to become better and better friends. During that year, Abby began to work for the Sustainability Office at Earlham. We talked a lot about how Earlham could make more sustainable decisions and one way we figured we could make a decision in our own lives about living mindfully, sustainably and more simply, was by building a tiny house that is off the grid. Abby shared her dreams of one day wanting do something like this, but Lily asked why not now?

Thanks for staying tuned!

We look forward to hosting the Richmond Friends School later today for their Read-A-Thon!

With love and light,

Lily & Abby



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