Sunday, December 4, 2016

Post 24 (Dec. 4)-Looks good from my house

I'm sitting on the sofa in our tiny house, listening to Pandora from Kacey's phone.  It's plugged into our surround speakers.  The LED strip lights are casting a warm yellow glow up the ceiling.  I look out the double front doors, and I see Kacey making a precision cut on the table saw.  He painstakingly sets up the table saw, brings the wood to the very edge of the blade, makes a tiny kissing cut, and turns the saw off.  He pulls the piece of wood back, measures it.  Confident that it's perfect, he turns the saw back on and finishes the cut.  I look to my right and I see the coffee pot sitting on top of black granite countertops, nested underneath the two shelves on the wall.  Just across from the fridge, our staircase has transformed into five pull out drawers.  Kacey walks into the house whistling to the music, makes sure the piece he just cut fits.  I hear him mutter, "Damn, it's a 64th shy."  He chuckles and says, "Looks good from my house."

These past few months have been fast and furious.  So much progress.  In fact, within one week after I finished the last blog post, the electrical work was finished and our house became truly off-grid. Granite countertops were installed, as was the kitchen sink faucet.  One night, about a week after my "are we there yet?" meltdown, Kacey and I were working in the tiny house and I asked, "Kacey, are you ready to be done working on the tiny house?" He responded gently, "I'm savoring every moment.  Because in a few months, we won't be building a tiny house."  I took a sharp breath in, letting the realization sink in.  Even as we push so hard to finish line, tired and proud, we'll be closing the chapter on a really, really special time in our lives.

I can already hear my friends and family expressing a rally cry against my early-onset nostalgia: "Don't worry, one door closes, another opens!" "It will be such an adventure learning to be tiny housers!" "You've wanted this for so long!"  All true, indeed it's the preparing for the next step that makes these final long Sundays outside all the more rewarding and meaningful. Before building the tiny house, I wasn't so comfortable holding competing thoughts in my mind.  Things were good or bad, happy or sad.  These days, I'm much better able to live in the gray area, in the space between exhausted and exhilarated, longing and looking-forward, listening and recommending.

It's somewhat regrettable that personal growth and transformation is invisible.  If, for example, our moments of personal growth were visible in our nervous system and neural networks, I'm sure they'd be far, far bigger and far more intricate than a tiny house.  And worthy of the same feelings of pride and awe as sitting in our tiny living room tonight.  As amazing as this house is all on its own, I'm even more deeply proud of it as a symbol of our growth, our struggle, our success, our learning, our teamwork and our dynamic.

If you're anything like me, you're mostly here for the pictures, so check 'em out :)


  1. Makes me feel cozy!! Wish I could smell it, too! <3 Tia

    1. Thank you, Tia! You are of course welcome any time!!!

  2. doing great guys. It is really encouraging to see how far you are now. Gives me hope that someday mine will be live-in-able too.

  3. I love EVERYTHING about it. You're moving in!!!

  4. I love EVERYTHING about it. You're moving in!!!

  5. Wow!! Lots of progress!! Almost move-in ready!! Congrats!!

  6. What a journey you've been on and as this phase comes to an end, another grand adventure is just around the corner, or at least that is what I've found. Love what you've done with the house and the sound system. You could really get the little house rocking.

    Really like the storage system under the stairs. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Dear Kacey and Catherine,

    My name is Chloe and I'm working in undergraduate research within the USF Honors College. I'm writing to ask if you would be willing to answer a brief survey regarding your expertise and experiences with tiny homes.

    I came across your blog on the Tiny House Community blog directory (, which directed me to your website. Our research team is looking at tiny houses as a lifestyle, solution to sustainability problems, and a cultural movement. Our overall goals are to look at the struggles that tiny house owners and builders need to overcome and how that relates to tiny homes as a cultural movement. Further, our research aims to take a look at the day-to-day life of a tiny house inhabitant and how that lifestyle has affected their well-being.

    If you are interested in taking part in our questionnaire, please let us know by sending me an email at We would really appreciate your help moving our research forward.

    Thank you very much,
    Chloe & Iain