it’s been a while since our last blog entry because we have been super busy with very non-glamorous ‘behind the scenes tiny house work’. basically, what this means is: emails, emails, emails, research, research, research.
having accumulated enough news that are worth sharing, we now just want to deliver a quick update on what has been happening in our land of tiny.
europe’s very own tiny house trailer
I want to start with a development that is not only important for us but could be potentially interesting for many other future tiny house builders on this continent. on our quest of finding a suitable tiny house trailer that will fit both our structural and financial expectations, we have found a company that has agreed to build a trailer frame specifically designed for carrying tiny houses. since we have received this offer, I have had numerous discussions with people online and offline in order to come up with a trailer design that will satisfy as many TH builders as possible. this is important because we can only build one basic model for now, which has to suit the needs of many in order to fit different tiny house types and also make its production profitable for the trailer company (which, fortunately, doesn’t involve a very large quantity).
we are currently still talking to a number of people from all over europe and would be happy to receive suggestions and/or wishes on how the actual trailer design should look like. if everything goes as planned, it should soon be possible to build european tiny houses on the stable foundation they deserve, rather than having to make them fit to boat or car haul trailers, which are simply never ideal for carrying mobile homes. also, I hope that these developments will inspire other trailer makers to start designing their own products for this newly emerging market.
second life project
a couple of weeks ago, I got in touch with a lovely austrian lady who was selling 4 wooden windows online. when we got talking, I told her more about our tiny house project and she immediately liked our plan of re-purposing building materials. what came next we definitely didn’t expect: she offered us to recycle her house!!
basically, she told us that the reason they were selling the windows was because they were planning on demolishing their current house in order to build a new one. however, since she hated the idea of wasting all of the beautiful building materials, she was very happy to hear about our idea to reuse large parts of her home and turn ‘big’ into ‘small’. as if this wasn’t amazing enough, she then sent us pictures of the actual home, which can only be described as a wooden dream for every tiny house romantic!
even though we do realise that it will be hard work, we are quite confident that that we might be able to re-purpose large amounts of wood sheathing, wooden floors, doors, windows and even the wall and roof insulation. we are also hoping to be able to reuse some of the house’s construction wood for our own wall framing. however, because we won’t get a chance to take a look at what is actually inside the walls until they tear it down in spring next year, we can only speculate whether it will be suitable for our ‘tiny haus’. also, I have been told that the process of moving and cutting large amounts of construction wood to size can be both difficult and expensive – and we surely don’t want to open a can of snakes with this.
regardless of how many components we will be able to use in the end, this is huge for us! not only will we be able to get our hands on absolutely beautiful building materials, but we can give them a new purpose at the same time and save them from being wasted – something that really means a lot to both of us. we strongly believe that in today’s wasteful society, sustainability should not only involve the usage of responsibly sourced, fair products but also promote longer life cycles of existing goods. in addition to this, we love the idea of not just getting new and shiny things for our house but actually using materials that reflect our passions and bring their own look, feel and story into our new home.
the idea of re-purposing old houses when building tiny houses is something that has really sparked our interest and that we will definitely keep looking into. also, we will of course announce any news about the tiny house trailer developments as soon as we have come to a definite agreement with the parties involved.
until then, lots of love.
maria, bernie and kiri (miouw!)