a big update on our tiny house


tiny house as of may 30th (Denver, CO)

Our latest addition to our tiny house are these treated exterior support beans (not the technical term). In the photo above, they are the reddish/browning pieces that sit adjacent to our top plates. As you can see one of them is slightly angled, this is for water collection purposes. The opposing roof will also be slanted, but for simplicity purposes, we’ve constructed the roof at a 90 degree angle and will build in a slightly increased angle as to allow for an additional water collection.

Some numbers (so far):

  • 1 door
  • 8 windows (3 living room, 2 kitchen, 1 bathroom, 1 skylight)
  • 2 lofts (left to right: bedroom, kitchen)
  • 250 square feet of floor space (approximately)
  • 2 separate sleeping spaces
  • 1 pull out bed (under kitchen loft)
  • 1 shower
  • 1 composting toilet
  • 502 square feed of wall space (approximately)
  • 127 gallons of water per week (approximate calculations for shower and consumption)
  • 3000 watt capacity electrical system (currently investigating)
  • 1 water pump
  • 1 water filter
  • 147 hours worked  on the house so far (roughly approximated 3 weeks, 7 hours per day-yup we’ve worked pretty much straight since we got the trailer)

some photos for your viewing pleasure

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A super special thank you to our recent goFundme contributors:

Peggy Karr, Jane Fortin, Barbara Mariner, Stephen Kling, Gail Abbott and a very generous anonymous donor. 

There are still a lot of details to be finalized but that’s what we’ve got so far- (some) details subject to change.

For questions, comments, concerns, please feel free to e-mail us at mcfish.tinyhouse@gmail.com. (also if you’d like to visit us e-mail us! we’d love to hang out with you and give you a tour of our house)

We’re also on instagram and facebook.

With love and light,

Abby and Lily

P.S. Save the Date for our tiny house warming party Saturday, July 16th. Details to follow. 🙂


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!



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 big day

Good evening friends,

A huge fluffy hug and shout out to our latest petition signers!We dearly appreciate you taking the time to sharing your support!

Alice H., Alex H., and Cynthia N. 

Our friend from LiveSimplyColorado sent us an news article from MSU Today, that announced students will be building a tiny house on campus! They will start tomorrow! Here’s the link!

Tomorrow we’ll be submitting our proposal!

We are very optimistic and excited to be working with sketchup and other web sources. We are learning a lot about construction and technology.

We are nearly exploding with ideas for next year:

  • workshops
  • building lessons
  • tiny house potluck

Feel free to contribute your own ideas for how this could benefit the community. Comment below  or sent us a e-mail for Facebook message!

We will post our proposal online for your viewing pleasure! look out for it tomorrow!

With love and light,

❤ 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 ❤



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





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

Our Coverletter

Hello friends,

Here is the e-mail we sent out on Monday to our Earlham friends, 

Date: February 29th, 2016

Subject: Tiny House on Wheels Project Proposal Feedback

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Leo Tolstoy

Dear friend,

If we hope to be leaders in reducing our collective environmental impact, we must actively seek to live out our values as intentional sustainability advocates in our community. The structure of our society forces us to seek out the resources, knowledge, and methods in order to be more ‘sustainable,’ yet we say an affordable, sustainable, and intentional livelihood should not be difficult to achieve or difficult to understand. We are ready to be examples of how living sustainably is possible in this modern world. But we need your help.    

We plan to submit a proposal to live in a tiny house on campus for next academic year (2016-17). This tiny house will be 100% off grid and 100% built by us during this summer (2016). We plan to integrate this project into the Earlham and Richmond community, academics at Earlham, and extracurricular activities on campus. This project may be proposed by us, but what it symbolizes is intentional community living out our collective values. You can make a difference here.  

Our proposal will be submitted to the proper personnel/department on or before Friday, March 11th, 2016 and we will request a formal response by April 11th, 2016 at the latest. As we assemble a formal proposal, complete with all relevant information, we will be reaching out to various community members, like you, to seek feedback, support and/or advice to create an innovative, practical, and tidy proposal.

In our research of other schools that have said yes to this project we found an article about St. Mary’s College that echoes Earlham’s cross- disciplinary approach in that their “partnership between environmental studies and art exemplifies the college’s investment in cross-disciplinary studies as well as its commitment to sustainability and community engagement,” (http://www.smcm.edu/news/2015/10/st-marys-college-tiny-house-project-gets-underway/).

With collective knowledge in assembling this project we can all share the ownership. We would like to meet with you, if your schedule allows, to discuss areas of this project that we might not be able to anticipate thus far. In the meantime, or if meeting in person is inconvenient please think about who needs to approve this initiative, what roadblocks we might face in seeking approval (e.g. liability), and what concerns you personally have.   

Sincerely yours,

Lily & Abby

a tiny idea for big impact

Hello friends,

Yesterday we announced our tiny house idea to various Earlham community members and have begun to collect ideas, feedback, concerns and questions. We are so excited and can’t wait to compile our formal proposal for the college to approve.

Our completed project proposal will be submitted to whomever on March 11th and we kindly request a formal response by April 11th, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

This point in the project we are collecting as many ideas as possible in order to compile a clean document that addresses all major concerns.

A big thank you to those who have already responded with thoughts, contributions, concerns and free times so we can discuss our ideas in person.

❤ Abby & Lily