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!

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Support

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday.  I wanted to share with you that we have set up a gofundme in the hopes of gaining financial support in purchasing materials for the build. If you would like to contribute to our project, follow the link above.  No contribution is too small and we are grateful for all and any support we receive.

I would also like to share that I met with Rachel Meginnes, Visiting Instructor of Art, this past Friday about our project.  I am so grateful for the support we have received from the college and for the wonderful conversation I had with Rachel. We talking through her questions and I explained our process moving forward.  I appreciated Rachel’s approach to our conversation because after we discussed the basics, she went on to share with me information about ‘building’ in relation to art.  She introduced me to Andrea Zittel work and it spoke to me about the possibilities for the future of art, design, sustainability, intentional living, and community.  Our future truly is now!  Thank you Rachel for the wonderful conversation and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from you this past semester!

All the best,

Abby

 

 

Approved!

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

 

 

Moving Forward

Hello!

We are still waiting to hear a final response about our proposal, but in the mean time we are continuing to do are research.  As we finalize our floor plan, we are looking for help with drafting a three-dimensional model of our tiny house.  If you would like to reach out to us for help in this process we would be grateful! Or with any other ideas or guidance!  We are continuing to meet with numerous faculty and staff on campus to relieve any concerns and answer any question in the effort to push our proposal forward.

The good news is that Abby’s self-designed internship has formally been approved! We are very excited about this as it will contribute to funding for purchasing materials for the construction.  We are also setting up a Kickstarter (link to be provided shortly)!  If you would like to contribute to our build, even a small amount, we would be very grateful!

We hope you have a lovely week!

Best,

Abby and Lily

 

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