A Wee(kend) Update

Happy Monday friend and strangers,

This weekend we attended an event in Lyons, CO at the WeeCasa tiny home hotel. They have 10 tiny houses on their lot, as well as a large space for events such as weddings. It is a delightful space with a river running along side and main street right across the road.


WeeCasa tiny home hotel in Lyons, Colorado. June 5th 2016.

Barbara from Live Simply Colorado, Abby’s mentor, turned us on to this opportunity and spoke to the guest speaker, from SimBLISSity Tiny Homes on our behalf. After a brief introduction, all the attendees were invited to tour about 4 of the on site “units.” They were quite adorable. Because Barbara spoke so kindly of us to Byron and Dot, the power partner team behind SimBLISSity, we were able to have a tour of their build site and learn about the values and passions behind the company. Suffice it to say, we were impressed.

Thanks Byron and Dot for spending time with us!! 

When we arrived, lo and behold in their drive way was a familiar tiny house- although I had never seen it in real life before, only on YouTube- Tiny House Giant Journey. I’ll be honest here, their design is probably my classic favorite when I imagine a tiny house on wheels. You’ve got to check out their video tour here– with the hilarious Derek “Deek” Diedricksen from Relaxshacks.


Jenna and Giullaume’s tiny house on wheels.

 We were sad that Jenna and Guillaume weren’t home but we wanted to give them a shout out because it was kinda a big deal (for Lily anyhow). 😀 I’m a big fan. 🙂

We hope to finish sheathing today (or tomorrow) and take the next steps in our tiny journey.

If you have questions or comments you can e-mail us at Mcfish.tinyhouse@gmail.com

With love and light,

Lily and Abby

P.S. we’ve been collecting videos we’ve made the past week and will put them together for your viewing pleasure as soon as we can.


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!




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,




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

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 😀 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 🙂

Contact us 🙂

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

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