by Julie Olson
My tiny home is made by Molecule Tiny Homes. It is a 137 sq foot home, not including two lofts. It is 17ft long and I use it as a home and a traveling office/ hotel. I am currently looking for a better truck to pull it and I have little things I want to do to it. I want to paint the walls a white wash or wood bleach them and paint the outside with jewltone colors.
I have been living in here since August 2013.
I picked it up in California on July 17, 2013 and drove it and my new truck it came with (from the builders) across the country back to Maryland by August 27. It was a chore, but I grew from it and felt sooo brave. My brother came with me and it was great to reconnect for us both. I love letting people see my home because I love the simple life, and I think people do too. Small homes feel cozy, fun, and appeal to the fort builder in all of us.
I love to touch the ceiling and feel all the knots in the wood.
This house inspired me to attend a tiny house workshop, sign up for Habitat for Humanity and Restore as well as consider going back to school for industrial/green/interior design.
I haven’t named my house yet. I will after taking it across country to work and study in the next two years. My cats and dog love the house. And they love to come out and explore too! I put in the cat door to the bathroom myself and I designed the stairs and closet as well as the layout. I was so lucky to get in separately with Molecule Tiny Homes and meet Jay Shaffeur. I hope one day to work with him.
My next house will be bigger and made by me (5-7yr plan). This one was meant for travel. I also want to create a camper van out of a van/minibus/etc. so I can go off the beaten path and not have to worry about gas or bridge heights.
I love the tiny, green, portable, multi-use, minimalist, hunter gatherer life!
My favorite space in the house is beneath the skylight that opens up.
It is solar and tankless and can be hooked up to city lines in a snap. It also has an escape door in the bathroom so that I have a way out of my house in a fire or an attack. The escape door also functions as a awesome viewing feature if you are sitting in the tub and want a beautiful view whether you’re in your bathing suit or in a remote area it’s really cool.