Finding our Home -err fragments of it….
We began our journey with a lucky break.
Our “home” was listed on tinyhouselistings.com. I was obsessed with browsing the site in my spare time and daydreaming. Our home was available to purchase for less than the cost of a shell. Shells can be purchased if you want to start your build with the exterior complete. At that cost, we were OK putting the work in to make it our own.
The unanimous opinion between online tiny-housers has been to buy out of pocket. The lifestyle is about escaping debt and living freely. Though it may work for some, it was not a feasible option for us.
We were lucky enough to be renting a house for $1,000 a month + utilities at the time. In Edmonton that’s a pretty good deal especially considering that we had such a fantastic landlord (we miss you Larry!!!).
Moving into a smaller/cheaper rental property would have been very difficult with a dog, two cats and fostered animals on the side. I also didn’t want to loose our garden. Having a place to play instruments was an added bonus to lower our stress.
We each had our own debts, due to a small business startup loan and school. That left us on the debt treadmill. We were slowly paying things off but it would have been years until we would even be ready to start saving for a home of our own.
Average monthly rent (+ utilities)= $1,300 X 12 months= $15,600
^ Each year we literally flushed away $15,600.
We decided to get a loan. Even with the interest being skimmed by the bank- our money was going into an investment!
Buying a home site unseen
We found the Copper House in northern Ontario. The location signified that it was built to withstand intense weather.
The house had been built by a contractor for his in-law who lost interest quickly. We made an offer that factored in the cost of having it transported to Edmonton/Area (NOT CHEAP). The offer went through and our house was on it’s way.
We moved out of our rental property the following month and prepared to camp for the summer. Our home was parked on my fathers property and he has been kind enough to let us use his facilities during the building process.
What we needed
-Stairs (for the dog)
-Bathroom (composting toilet/shower/etc)
-A full water tank
-Hot water heater
-All new piping (the piping inside was “not sufficient for hot water”)
To make our layout work we took down all the inner walls and started over. Here are some pictures of the progress. For more detailed information and updates check our blog posts. This was just the beginning.