Home Sweet Home.

Hello friends,

We departed last week from Earlham’s camous and have arrived at our new location. 

It is so beautiful. Thanks to Earlham’s Public Safety Department we arrived safe and sound.

Been adding some additions to the house…redundency is good. ūüėČ

Here are a few photos.

Peace and love all,

Lily and Abby


Approval Update

Good morning world!

Last week, we heard back from the State of Indiana regarding the approval of the coding portion of our Variance of Use. Our case was reviewed last Wednesday and we should hear back soon, we hope.

The approval of the coding would allow us to live in the house!

Currently, we are not residing in the tiny house.

Stay tuned,

Abby & Lily


Thanks RFS for Visiting!

We had such a wonderful time with kids from the Richmond Friends School and their wonderful teacher Kate Hogg.

They asked so many wonderful questions and were a joy to host. We certainly had fun!


Selfie: Lily and Richmond Friends School students and the wonderful Kate Hogg, Feb 13, 2017


Abby speaking with the 7th-8th graders from the RFS and Kate Hogg, Feb 13, 2017

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


Welcome to a new year-2017!

Our Board of Zoning Appeals in Richmond, IN, will take place tomorrow, January 12th, at 7 pm. (a correction to the aforementioned 6:30 pm)

We are super excited.

Today was the first day of school and we look forward to finishing strong before graduation in May!

Stay tuned for an update on how the hearing goes!

With love and light,

Lily & Abby

Giving Thanks and A Tiny Update

Hello world,

This week, we find ourselves in Ithaca, NY honoring the privilege we have to have what we have…and giving thanks to those and the places we love. We went for a 7ish mile run, a dip in the pond, played in leaves and the next day all was covered in snow…So we went cross country skiing.

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Lily & Abby before their 7.18mi run

We give thanks for the company we keep and the food we can afford to put on our plates.

One such example of deep thanks and love we can think of to share and inspire us, is Nick Johnson and Melissa Johnson, both part of our Earlham College family. Words cannot to justice to their story of perseverance, love, support and hope, so here’s a video ūüôā

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As we move through the world, we are again, reminded about the difference one day can make…In 24 hours we can make a big impact. Or a small choice that adds up to a big change in the world….


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23 November 2016

Record snow fall in the area…27″ at the local airport.

A Tiny Update

Variance of Use:¬†Earlham College submitted a¬†variance¬†to the Board of Zoning Appeals in Richmond, Indiana to gain permission to park our tiny house on Earlham’s campus. There will be a¬†public hearing in December the 8th, 2016 at 7pm in Richmond’s Council Cambers, 50 North 5th Street. (Note: our case may not appear exactly at 7pm, because there will be others, but that is when the hearings begin).

Water works: Our dear friend has nearly finished installing our plumbing system. Stay tuned for more photos- here are a few for now. Rich has installed the pipes, pump, sink and a hole to fill the internal water storage tank.

We are holding space for everyone in these tumltuous times.

Thanks for keeping up with our story.

With love and light,

Lily & Abby

A Senior Year Style Update

Welcome back to school!


Lily and Abby celebrating the completion of our solar hook up! Thanks friends from Rectify Solar (Indianapolis, IN)!

We have become submerged in our Fourth Year of undergraduate studies at Earlham College and have finally found time to give a proper update!

We are not yet on campus, but are fortunate to have our tiny house parked on the front lawn of our dear friends house. Earlham had time in their busy schedule to film us and ask of a few questions to share with the wider community and prospective students/families our awesome project!

Check out the Youtube video here!

The most challenging part of living off campus (10m-ish drive away) is scheduling homework/soccer/social life/mental health/eating/extracurricular/laundry…etc. But we are doing our best.

In the midst of everything I am beginning to put together the video clips/photos from the summer to share with y’all.¬†Here is a short video I made with this cool app, Quik. It illustrates the last leg of our build!

Thanks for staying with us on this journey friends!

With love and light,

Lily and Abby ‚̧




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Good morning world,

Yesterday we weighed our tiny house at the local truck stop weigh station.

It came in to 6620 lbs. Less than we thought. good stuff.

We spoke with Scott (our wonderful host who is letting us build in his back yard- and pluming expert) and he as just enough time to set us up with the tubes to connect all our appliances and features that need propane.

Getting wiring in the house. next step, vapor barrier and then interior siding!

Exactly a week until Lily leaves to return to Earlham College.

Time to get down to it.

If you’re new to our project make sure to check out our Instagram, Facebook and GoFundMe page.

With love and light,

Abby & Lily

Back to work……

It has been a long week. Besides the fact that we got some well needed rest it was a horrible week in most other ways. I do not feel the need to go into details as everyone with an internet connection (or a Facebook account) probably has had many eye-fulls of videos, news reports and friends and family grieving and angry- among other feelings.




I digress.

We are focusing today on the roof. We had some roof problems and have revamped the upper roof that will now no longer feature a skylight: It was proving to be very problematic.

Before we left, a lot of water got underneath the metal roof and we had to take it all off. It wasn’t fun.

The next immediate steps will be to finish screwing down the roof and then work on the inside! hurray.

Thanks everyone for following our progress and story.

With love and light,

Lily & Abby




A big shout out to Olga Galperin who donated to our GoFundme.

For the record, Olga is a wonderful human who is still doing her Watson Fellowship and is very seriously responsible for creating Music House at Earlham where I’ve lived on campus for the past 2 years (minus a semester abroad).

Thanks Olga! 

Hello world!

Thanks for tuning into our blog. Seriously, the job of documenting and updating could totally be one designated person’s job. We have been working nearly non stop- as non stop as is possible, for the past few weeks.

I just finished Lit Fest (where I worked 3-9 for 2 weeks nearly straight- work days) and so we are back on a our ‘normal’ tiny house work schedule. — AKA working until the sun goes down.

We pulled the tiny house out of the drive way…to finish the roof- we are in the process of attaching metal roofing to our roof….

Next up:

  • trim
  • corrugated furring strips to create a rain screen so moisture can flow out and not go into our house
  • build an external storage unit
  • prep various holes for stuff
  • attach siding
  • interior insulation
  • AND THE BIGGIES: electrical wiring and pluming

It is getting late, so, that’s all for now.

With Love and Light,

Lily & Abby

P.S. oh, I should share some photos!