Four Walls

Today was incredible as we placed our four fully framed walls on our trailer.  With help from family and friends we were able to complete this task in a few hours.  The time lapse video we took makes in look like a piece of cake, but between leveling, squaring, and placing braces it was quite a day! Stay tuned for the link that will be on our youtube channel!

We can’t wait to continue our build!



The Build

Today we rented a framing nailer from the Denver Tool Library and began creating the walls for our house.  It was a lot of fun and very exciting to see the structure coming together so quickly.

Lily will be interning at LightHouse Writing Center tomorrow and I will continue to frame the remanding two walls of the house.



Abby and Lily

Denver adventures: gathering materials

Hello world,

We’ve arrived in Denver (on the 5th of May)  after a day-long drive from Richmond, Indiana.

We visited our friends at Trailer Made, a local business near by Abby’s house. Our trailer is ready to go and will arrive shortly, delivered for free once their company truck returns. ETA=TBD.

After a few days of relaxation after a long drive we got down to business.

Yesterday, we went to Habitat for Humanity and picked up our first 3 windows, 2 bar-stools (see below, but in green) and a sink.


Today, we visited a carpenter and checked out his huge selection of beautiful wood. We learned a lot about our options and can plan for a more specific order. We saw some beautiful cherry wood, oak, maple and walnut.

The fancy one on the right is way out of our price range but we’ve got a better sense of how creative we can get with wood and stain and sanding. 🙂  [he also told us about this great website that can allow our creativity to really become a reality… :)]



Abby’s calculating all the framing materials we’ll need!

We are soon off to Home Depot to pick up framing wood. We’ve scoured the internet and realized that for our needs, the time it would take to logistically pick up all the re-purposed stud material to accommodate our needs would waste more time than purchasing new wood from the store for a slightly larger price.

The next-first step will be assembling our frame.

Stay tuned for photos and videos. 

A big thank you to our latest supporters on our GoFundme page: Stephen Kling, Leslie Abbott, Patty McMurray and Holly Widdowfield. With your support we will be able to build a structurally sound, and environmentally aware tiny house on wheels.

Thank you! We appreciate your support!

With love and excitement,

Abby & Lily

Self-Designed Internship

Happy Monday!

As we move forward with our project, I have taken it upon myself to develop a self-designed internship that encompasses the interdisciplinary nature of this project.  As an art major, I am interested in the design and construction embodied in this project.  My interests in environmental studies, psychology, and education will all show their faces as I learn about human connections, habits, sustainable living, and the value of learning from hands on experience.

In the hopes of spending my summer building a tiny home I reached out to an organization, Live Simply Colorado, based out of my home town, Denver.  With resources and personal connections, this organization will help with construction taking place in a timely manner.

Today, I had the pleasure of talking with the Barbara Mariner, Managing Directer, and after an educational and empowering conversation I received an email from her reaffirming our decision to work together this summer as mentor and mentee.  My enthusiasm for this project was immediately heightened upon receiving this email and I am ecstatic to move forward with our final proposal.  I cannot wait to work with Barbara as she is a well-spoken and well-rounded professional that I will be able to gain knowledge and understand from as well as learning about myself and the community she has been able to establish through her organization.

I am looking forward to an educational, inspiring, challenging, identity defining, and mind blowing summer project.


Abby ❤