There are a lot of do-it-yourselfers building tiny houses these days and Erick from southwestern Ohio is one of them. He calls his tiny house project, “Project Freedom.”
Erick say’s: I’ve recently taken the leap and bought a 20 foot trailer to build my house on. I’m now 3 weeks in on the process and lovin’ it. I’m very much inspired by the many houses and people you’ve covered on the blog.
My particular design is going to incorporate a mini recording studio as well, for me to do what I love to do. I think a mobile solar powered recording studio might be a first! I’ll have the subfloor completed this weekend and be ready to start framing walls!
As far as the plans go, I’ve designed it from the ground up. I needed this to fit my needs as a musician and creative person in general. There had to be space allocated for equiptment specific to recording and as well, space for recording up to a three person live session…even a full drum kit if need be! (believe it or not, it can be done!)
All the while, still providing the basic ammenities that would be expected in any fine cabin! Kitchen, bathroom with shower, sleeping loft with storage, a place to kick back and watch a movie on the big screen and a table for some fine dining for up to three.
Upon completion, I plan on making my little cabin trailer my full time residence. I was really driven to do this after realizing that time, our most precious resource, in which we live, love, hope, dream, and pusue our passions, was being hijacked by the hamster wheel that is maintaining and sustaining the status quo lifestyle of the so called American dream…But in the end, what is left for ourselves?
Where then is the time to write that book, sing those songs, paint those pictures or hike those trails you’ve always dreamed of. I guess it ‘s a matter of priorities and what endeavors are the most meaningful in ones life and of course those scales will teeter differently for everyone. However, I do know for myself, that at the end of my days, my mind will not be on what I have but rather what I have done. And this little cabin, God willing, is going to be start of a whole lot!
Yes, I put up the walls all by myself. I had tried enlisting the help of my brother to hoist the walls up, but he was unvailable at the time. So it was either wait until help could be attained or buck up and see if I could do it.
Well let’s say that waiting didn’t sound too appealing!! I have to say that it was not easy by any stretch but doable as I found out, with the help of alot of bar clamps, cross bracing, subfloor cleats and other various home engineered mechinisims for standing, stablizing, squaring, leving and setting of walls.
The old axiom rings true, “where theres a will, there’s a way”. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t grinning ear to ear right now! I did manage to incure a few minor wounds in the process though. Mostly from the drill slipping while setting screws, standing on a stool. Not really OSHA approved but it got the job done and I’m no worse for the wear!
Stay tuned for more updates of Eric and his tiny recording studio “Project Freedom.”
by Kent Griswold (Tiny House Blog)
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