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


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

#EarlhamDay & back up plans

Happy #EarlhamDay!


Good afternoon world,

Yesterday we met with Ian Smith (director of facilities) and spoke with him about his concerns and he answered some of our questions. Here’s our conversation in brief summary:

  • what is our back up plan for if the house isn’t ready in time for our return in August?
  • what if our sources of heat stop working? is there a back up plan?
  • will our current plan for water storage survive a cold winter?
  • what is our back up plan for if the place we choose to park is super muddy? what about snow?
  • do we have insurance on the house? (nope)
  • open hours for public tours in the Fall
  • what do we do in the event of a tornado warning?

Suffice it to say we got to thinking a lot about setting up our back up plans in the event of an unforeseen and undesired setback.

We are super excited- even as the semester wraps up and we are sooo busyy we cannot wait to start building- stay tuned via YouTube for video updates and check back here for our latest blog posts!

Today is Earlham Day so take a moment to consider donating to the All Class Gift! Their “Goal is to raise¬†$10 000 to benefit Diversity training and scholarships.” We think that is a cause worth donating for- every dollar counts ūüôā Click here to give today!¬†

Lastly, a huge thank you to all those who have supported us in our cause thus far! We’ve raised $ 1 220 in 11 days! THANK YOU. Check out our¬†gofundme page if you are able.

With love and light <3,

Lily and Abby


We are overjoyed to share with you that our proposal has formally been approved! ¬†We found out this morning from Laura Hutchinson, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, that our proposal was part of the senior staff’s agenda last week in which they were able to talk through concerns. ¬†Their conversation was positive as Laura was able to enthusiastically tell us this morning that we have been exempted from on-campus living requirements for the 2016-17 academic year! ¬†We will officially be living in our tiny house for our senior year at Earlham College.

We are both still in a bit of shock after receiving this news as we were not expecting Laura to share this with us when we set up our meeting with her for this morning.  Although, I do have to say that it was the best surprise I have ever received and has made for a very happy Wednesday!

We cannot stop smiling!

With love,

Abby and Lily



the proposal.

Hello friends, What a beautiful day!!

We have formally submitted our proposal! click here to view it.

We have high hopes for the approval of our proposal, but know there is still work to be done and meetings to be had.

We will be meeting with Facilities and Residence Life upon our return from spring break.

Abby and I will both be off campus during the break, but feel free to send us feedback and such if you think of anything.

With love and light <3,

Lily & Abby


the final week

Good morning and happy Monday everyone!

A super big thank you to our most recent supporters who took a moment to sign our petition!

Leslie A., Margie, Jordan L., Patty M.,Jordan B., Vojislav T., David D., Laura H., Anthony R., Glen C., and Abigail S. 

By the end of this week we will be submitting our proposal to members of administration who will be able to approve or deny our proposal. Looking back on our notes, it appears we will be submitting the proposal to Senior Staff.

We would like to clarify and assure the community that after having great conversations and reflecting on the implications of this project on the community, we will not be asking for any additional funding from the College other than

  1. putting our “Room” tuition towards the build (total $9 900)
  2. an independent internship grant (if accepted would amount to $3 000)

Other funds will come from

  1. our own pockets
  2. online fundraising
  3. sponsors from organizations/companies

We are currently working on a specific budget outline, and until then cannot estimate figures of the aforementioned funds. We’ll have that for you this Friday.

‚̧ with love,

Lily & Abby





choice & community impact reflection

Hello friends,

All our thoughts cannot be distilled to a mere web post, but we will do out best.

We want to take a post to thank our Earlham colleague and friend who spoke with us for¬†nearly 2 hour about how our project might reflect ideas that we did not intend. Together we reflected on what we mean when we say “environmental” and “community”, what kinds of impact we feel will happen as well as the idea of unexpected outcomes.

Additionally, I’d like to thank another student from Earlham who gave us feedback on our Google Doc regarding if our projects resources might take away from the much needed multicultural (resource) center. Currently, we are looking mainly at funding from our own pockets, the self designed internship fund, and external sources. Through integration into the Global Leadership Initiative, we hope to demonstrate this project to be part of Earlham’s larger plan. We recognize that funding is always a concern and we will do our best to be conscientious of how this project might impact the community.

To keep it simple here are some themes we touched on and are considering as we move forward (I will be using all my own words and speaking from what I took from the conversation):

  • what is our goal? could we accomplish these things without a tiny house?
  • some may perceive our project to be particularly privileged and exclusionary
  • whose values are we living out through this project?
  • what is our notion of community?
  • what assumptions are we making about the way our institution and society runs?
  • are we putting forth promises we cannot keep?
  • does the nature of the project inhibit our actual goal?
  • is this project just a way to have more control of our lives?
  • are our goals realistic via this tiny house project?
  • how can we think further about how this project can perhaps create a program for further change?
  • sustainable living is not always cheap.

I have the utmost respect for the perspective of our fellow Earlham student. While some other students may have similar reservations and feel this is not the best way to achieve long lasting change or effect, I will maintain my open minded approach and not just a call for support for our project, but for feedback and suggestions.

Some core ideas that I took away from this project were the long term and short term impacts. We may have a short term impact list, but we need to be more articulate in our long term plans. Similarly, how does “working outside the system” benefit the system? (in reference to achieving similar sustainable goals in a pre-existing house, rather than building another house).

Here are some additional plans we will aim to implement in a long term sense:

  • continue working with pre-existing frames to achieve similar sustainability goals such as:
    • working with the Sustainability Office to encourage partnership with the school to make sustainability goals come to fruition.
  • creating a May Term in which Earlham students can create their own on campus intentional living situations that are built sustainably
  • creating partnerships with Richmond to meet the needs of the residents and improve their daily lives in the ways they articulate
  • create a program in which Earlham students can partner with Richmond residents/businesses to improve housing and address any housing needs Richmond residents articulate

Further, I think at the crux of the dialogue we had today, reflects how we choose to live when our actions have real community impacts. In other words, how do we individual navigate community desires with our individual endeavors and choices.

  1. A good example of this is the smoke free policy that will be implemented for this campus come July 1. Click here for more info.

We see that this project is particularly self oriented in that we want to live in a sustainable, off the grid tiny house. There are serious implications for the community that may come off as being in disregard of the people and situations of our community.

We deeply strive for the self-growth and self-fulfillment of our values to pave the way for a future of academic success, through this project. However, we feel that this project, while selfish in that we will accomplish our personal goals, it will also help us more fully participate in community goals and the betterment of the community, in the articulation by the community, not by our exclusive values. ( Earlham’s sustainability plan has been articulated here!)

To conclude, the issues we face as a society today are very complex. Abby and I are doing what we feel is best to live out our personal land ethics and contribute to the Earlham, Richmond, and global community with respect to our human impact on planet earth. We are hugely open to dialogue and hope to have demonstrated that to at least one person ūüėÄ today who felt that they could not get behind this decision 100% and wanted to present to us another perspective. We hope people feel that we can work collaboratively¬†to both lift each other up, as well as the community, and world we inhabit together.

Please feel free to contact us whenever you feel moved to share your thoughts, perspective, ideas, critiques, and confusions about this project. We are happy and ready to discuss ūüôā

Contact us ūüôā

Our e-mails are armccul13@earlham.edu and lnfishl13@earlham.edu.

You can also message us on our Facebook page, click here! 

‚̧ Lily & Abby

meeting with the president

Hi friends,

We would like to take a moment to update you on our progress of compiling our formal proposal thus far.

  • We met with president David Dawson today to get his take on our proposal. He was very supportive and asked wonderful critical questions that will help us continue to frame our proposal and work with what we’ve got.
  • We are putting together a floor plan and sketch-up version of our tiny house to work out specific details and materials needed, so¬†stay tuned!
  • If you haven’t seen the petition, you can sign it here! We want to know if¬†you want this to happen. We encourage you to comment, celebrate, and share this idea on Facebook too!

Our meeting with David was awesome! He is very supportive and doesn’t see any significant/out of the ordinary roadblocks.

A big thank you to everyone who has signed our petition so far!

A tiny, but huggeeee, thanks to Emma T., Lily w., Sorcha V., Paul F., Emma H., Erin L., Isabela (Bella!) L., Lydia H., Caleb S., Sunghee T., Lydia L., and Kathleen G.

Have a beautiful Friday everyone!

With love and light,

Lily & Abby