Your house shall be not an anchor but a mast.
It shall not be a glistening film that covers a wound, but an eyelid that guards the eye.
You shall not fold your wings that you may pass through doors, nor bend your heads that they strike not against a ceiling, nor fear to breathe lest walls should crack and fall down.
You shall not dwell in tombs made by the dead for the living.
And though of magnificence and splendour, your house shall not hold your secret nor shelter your longing.
For that which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is the morning mist, and whose windows are the songs and the silences of night.
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The Tiny House Experience
I'm a bit of an ambitious person. At the age of eight, I decided to read the entire set of The New Book of Knowledge Encyclopedias. Remember those? When I got to the architecture entry, I was absolutely enthralled. Architects designed the Egyptian Pyramids, the Greek Coliseums, and Machu Picchu. As I stared at those ancient relics of the past, I couldn't help to wonder how amazing it would have been to design and see the construction of such great monuments. I got out my notebook and wrote, "future job - architect". Then with bullet points, wrote what I would design when I grew up; pyramids, coliseums, temples, etc. I never finished reading the set of encyclopedias, I'm not even sure if I finished the 'A' volume. Eventually, I got an associates in Architectural CAD Technologies, planning on going back to school to get an architectural degree. That didn't happen neither. I found my niche as a CAD Manager nearing the last 20 years and pursued other ambitions during the time.
A couple years ago, I stumbled across the tiny house movement. I kind of got addicted to watching youtube videos while drinking craft beers in my current residence of San Diego. It slowly consumed my free time and near the end of 2014, I dropped $3500 to have a trailer built and started to seriously spend my free time designing this house. So you say, "why another tiny house web site?" I'm not sure if I can answer that; there's already a wealth of content on the web, but the reality is that the movement is still infant. I hope by sharing my experience designing and building this pint size structure, that you will learn from what worked for me and what I would have done differently. Although this isn't as magnificent as the Great Pyramid, my experience doesn't know the difference.
Born in 1977 in the rural town of Latrobe, PA. As a kid, I spent a lot of my time in the woods building sketchy tree houses and playing sports and video games. I lived in Washington DC, Denver, but mostly San Diego during most of my adult life. Studied holistic health for four years and practiced many forms of self improvement and discovery over a ten year period that culminated in 2010 when let go of all possessions to wonder through India, Nepal, Bali, and Australia practicing yoga, meditation, and surfing. Most of my life has been supported through my career as a CAD professional. Aside from being part of a San Diego regional Burning Man project called 'Starfish' in 2013, this tiny house has been my first major project that my career has crossed a personal endeavor.