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  • Fielding Carroll says:

    i can help you get better. it’s what i do. found your blog through tinyhouseblog. write me back if you want my help. no supplements, no meds. just food, water, sleep and light exercise.

    • Macy M says:

      I would love to hear from you Carroll, sleep seems to be that tricky part. Two jobs and several side projects don’t leave me tons of time for that :). At some point I just need to change my priorities to fit that in better. Working on that! πŸ™‚

      • HI MACY ITΒ΄S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO KNOW THEREΒ΄S STRONG HEARTED PEOPLE OTTHERE…IΒ΄M GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE PROCESS MY SELF.KNOW THAT YOUΒ΄RE NOT ALONE AND THAT YOU HAVE A FRIEND DOWN HERE IN MEXICO SHOULD YOU EVER NEED ONE JUST TO TALK OR SHARE THINGS GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE…CAUSE LIFE IS GOOD ! KEEP IT UP ! πŸ™‚

        • Macy M says:

          Hi Sergio, thanks so much for your kind words! I hope you have a much better new year, divorce is never fun.

          • OH YEAH ! I FORGOT TO WISH YOU THE BEST OF THE BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES,NOT ONLY THROUGH THESE SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS BUT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE 2014… GREAT THINGS FOR A GREAT WOMAN OR SHALL I SAY WONDERWOMAN !!!! πŸ™‚

  • Walt says:

    I would like to say that I am impressed with your idea, and motivation. Congratulations and I hope that you consider enlarging this into a business!

    • Macy M says:

      Thanks Walt! I appreciate your comments! There are a couple of my friends out there who are making a business of it, you can definitely find out more about others here, http://minimotives.com/othertinyhousers/. For me, this project has been an absolute blast but I have other things to move onto as soon as I wrap up! I will be documenting my life over time right here though too, I am just more interested in the quiet, off-grid sort of thing more than continuing to build. As it turns out, it’s really hard work and hard on your body! πŸ˜‰ My background is in design though so I hope to always be connected to tiny houses in that way, I LOVE reading about new tiny projects. Thank you so much for the kind words, all the best!
      Macy

  • GaRay~ says:

    You are going to love the in-floor heating! have you tested it yet? Hope you have before tiling. There is a special way to test any electrican should know how. Enjoy Life Daily~

  • Bobbi K. says:

    I`ve been following your progress for a while and I just love it!! Your elevated bed is something I want to do in our own future tiny house.Thank you so much for posting so much and keeping us all inspired.Because of you and tinyhousers like you we really think this is something we can do in the future! Thanks,Bobbi K.

  • hi, just found your blog. I love your design. So refreshingly contemporary! I’ve got a mono pitch roof too! cheers and and thank you for posting so many pics. Very inspiring. Stephen

    • Macy M says:

      Thanks for finding me Stephen and thanks for commenting! I checked out your build, it may be my next favorite! Possibly because it’s sorta familiar πŸ™‚ I went ahead and added you to my tinyhouser list, I hope that’s ok!

  • Hi Macy,

    I am writing to let you know that I linked to your “About” page in a blog post on my blog. You did such a great job that I had to promote it. Here’s the link: http://abedovermyhead.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-similar-viewpoint.html

    Thanks for writing!
    BA

  • Bobbi K. says:

    I love the barn door!!!

  • fngrpntr says:

    Hi again—–None of the product review links seem to be working. Is it just me?

    • Macy M says:

      I haven’t got there yet, I actually JUST put those up, I plan on reviewing my particular items first and then potentially adding other people’s set-ups for them to review. I think you are the first person to notice them :). I just haven’t had time to really start digging into that just yet (perhaps I should take it down for the time being). It will be populated soon though!

  • teresa moon says:

    the caption color for your pictures is too light of a grey. I have to strain my eyes to try to read the captions (mostly I just give up and don’t strain myself) If you could darken that it would be great!!

    • Macy M says:

      Thanks Teresa, I can’t changing it without paying a whole bunch or switching my whole website over to a different theme (which will happen in the near future, just too much going on right now to tackle that one), in the mean time, if you click on the picture it will blow it up and the text is shown white on a black background at the bottom, it makes it a lot easier. Sorry it’s a pain for now, changes will come soon, just working with the free stuff a bit longer. Thanks for the comment!

  • Bobbi K. says:

    Your puppy is too adorable!!!

  • Dee T says:

    Yes I would love to see your place when done. (I think you called it an E-vite

  • Bobbi K. says:

    Congrats on the pregnancy!!! You’ll be amazed how much your life will change in so many great ways!

  • Julie says:

    Macy–
    Do you know if any of the names on your TinyHousers list are in Virginia? I’m looking to connect with others!

    • Macy M says:

      Hi Julie!
      I don’t think any of the houses listed are in Virginia, I am having a hard time remembering now, there is a website at http://www.tinyhousemap.com/ where you can see other interested people in your region though, that has been an awesome resource! Hope that helps and thanks for reaching out!

  • Bobbi K. says:

    I love seeing pictures of your house!! It gives me loads of inspiration for my future tiny house. ❀

  • Marty says:

    Hi Macy. Your place is looking great. And congrats on the little one coming! How exciting! That’s awesome news. Hopefully you’ll find your new location soon so you’ll be able to get in some mommy enjoyment time that you need to be able to enjoy. Changing gears, I wanted to drop you a note to share that, I haven’t forgotten about you. I’m busy getting things in order with my project, and will be calling on you when things are a little more advanced. So I wanted to let you know, I’ll be in touch. Best of luck and will be looking forward to talking with you soon. Best, Marty. Columbia, SC.

  • Hi Macy! Great job on the place, it’s very adorable and creative. I love the style you added to your house, the way the exterior boards are done, the flooring you chose and of course the lighting fixtures throughout!

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  • I love what you’ve done. If I were not 76 years old I’d locate you and maybe you could help me build something like this. I wouldn’t need anything any bigger to take care of. You’ve done a great job. Thanks for sharing. Ilene

  • Tara cardinal says:

    How much grand total? Have you built others to sell? I would like to buy one?

  • Hi Macy! I love your blog & ideas, especially your bucket list. I am so sorry you have injured yourself. I have a wonderful tiny solution for your pain issues. I am a 16 year cancer survivor, a physical therapist and have a herniated disc as well, so know how challenging back issues can be. Please message me back with your contact info & I’ll send you some info & some samples.

  • Jerry Bowes says:

    If you created plans of you $11K microhome, I would love to buy a set.

    • Macy M says:

      Alright, I’m doing it! I am going to try to get them all done by March! Feel free to sign up here, http://eepurl.com/LeAUD, and I will be sure you get an email as soon as they are ready! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the nudge to get that done, it’s been on my list for way too long! I’m getting serious now πŸ™‚

  • Cindy says:

    Wow! Love your place. I’m in a similar boat. Going through a divorce which is the best thing for me emotionally but a complete disaster financially. I’m 47 and will probably end up divorced with just $10K for another place to live. I’ve been researching small/tiny homes for months and looked at lots of options like straw bale and cob. My biggest hurdle at the moment is land. If I spend what I have to buy land, I’ll have next to nothing to actually build a home. So, my question to you is, with your home being mobile, do you own the land it sits on or do you rent/lease land?

    Your story is a big inspiration to me. I’ve got the energy and motivation to build myself a tiny home but need to figure out how I’ll pay for it.

    • Macy M says:

      I am sorry to hear that Cindy, it is never fun but sometimes it IS the best thing for certain! You could certainly be worse off! I rent to property for $200.00 a month, it has water and electric hook-ups. It seems like a unique situation but there are more and more of these opportunities popping up around the country, you can go to http://www.tinyhouselistings.com and find people with land to rent. I have also had decent luck posting on Craigslist and just talking to people (keeping the blog was a big help to getting the word out that I was looking for a place to park)
      I am so glad that I could be a source of inspiration for you, please let me know if I can help you at all! Also, if you do choose to document I would LOVE to follow along! Please, keep in touch as you need to, all the best luck with everything, happy holidays!

  • daniel resto says:

    bless your efforts and resiliency,,, some day i would love to just have your knowledge and strength to do the same lol bless again .. wishing you health and a long prosperous life and happy holidays to a doer… daniel from puerto rico..

  • Jason says:

    Hi Macy, your Tiny home looks fantastic. This is an idea I myself have come to be very interested in. I love the look of what you have created and was wondering if at all possible the design for the house was available? I am very eager to look into building one of these! Yours is the nicest I’ve seen.

    • Macy M says:

      Hi Jason, with some recent nudging I have finally prioritized getting some plans up, I am going to do everything I can to get them done before I have my baby :). If you wanted to sign up here, http://eepurl.com/LeAUD, I would e sure to get you an email once they are complete! Thank you SO much for your kind words on my house, I am glad you like the layout!

  • Lisa Mae says:

    I tried to email, but I guess I have to post it instead here.
    I too am in Idaho. Spirit Lake to be exact. When people ask where I am I say North of Northern Idaho. I moved here three months ago from Northern CA. The East Bay area. I too wanted to be rent free. I sold a modular home down there that I did a lot of work to and made a few bucks, but my space rent was 900.00 a month and climbing 3% every year add infinity. Anyway I have some videos I just figured out how to post on You tube about my progress here. They’re wagon wheel amateur videos, but maybe you’ll be bored one day (doesn’t like it I never am) and check them out. I was hoping maybe you were up in this area it would be great to meet you, but it says you’re in Boise. 😦
    Lisa
    I love your house and I love reusing stuff. I used two boxes of leftover laminate floor from my place I sold for the bathroom wall behind the sink in my one bathroom here.
    Just in case I think Lisa Mae, or Northern Idaho will pull up my vids. Otherwise if you really want to see them I can figure out how to send you a link
    Lisa

  • Dylan clay says:

    How much was the gooseneck trailer you put your mini off-grid domicile on?

  • Mike says:

    Macy,
    Do you have and are you willing to sell the prints to your home? It is awesome and you have done an amazing job on it.

    Thanks,

    • Macy M says:

      With some recent nudging I have moved it to the TOP of my priority list, I do not currently have plans but I am working on them, if you sign up here, http://eepurl.com/LeAUD, I will make sure you get an email when they are ready! Thank you for your nudge AND for your kind words! πŸ™‚

  • Greetings and congrats on EVERYTHING you have accomplished. I have seen a lot of “tiny house” designs, but i like yours the best. It “homey” and practical. I would like to talk to you off line if possible. I am single women – lost my home – and a retired health professional. Here is my website, if you have time to communicate. I am strictly interested in your house design. Thank you http://www.InternalAwareness.com

  • larry says:

    Hope you share your ideas about the 600 sq. ft. cabin you are designing.
    Your tiny house is inspirational and gives me hope to build my own place again. Larry

  • Maureen Carr says:

    It looks so much bigger when you’re inside. I love the light, airy look. I would love to have a place like this. What a great job you did!

  • John Pickett says:

    I would be interested in seeing the layout on your 600 sq foot project.
    Please let me know when you have something available.
    Your current home is fantastic. What a great job.

  • dan royer says:

    Hello Macy, my name is dan, i like your ideas on small homes, i believe it to be the next big thing for people. i have a few ideas that would help save even more money for many people, are you going forward on making it a business. if so i like to have you in my rolodex, there are some features you may like to add. anyhow keep up the great work.

    • Macy M says:

      Hi Dan, I have no intention of building any more tiny houses, this was just a side project for me πŸ™‚ I would be curious to know your thoughts still though! πŸ™‚

  • Genifer says:

    I love your place. I’m looking into doing something like this. I don’t know where to start and even know that with my finances the way they are. How would I start. I would like mine mobile if it’s allowed at rv parks. I hope to get some answers because I’m single, have no kids, and live with family. Email is: aunthino76@gmail.com

    • Macy M says:

      I have been asked this a few times, because of that I think I will do a blog post shortly that goes a little deeper into the subject but in the mean time I put together a good starting point here, http://minimotives.com/resources/, should get you going, if you have more specific questions shoot them my way and I will be sure to address them in the upcoming post! (they are generally allowed in RV parks, though you may be able to find something a little more cost effective!)

  • Lynn Barnett says:

    Hi Macy,
    Love your tiny house and very cool you made it yourself. Did you construct you barn door? If so, is it somewhere in your blog? Thanks.
    Lynn

    • Macy M says:

      Hmmm, you know, as I did a search for that I realize I didn’t document that as cleanly as other things, I remember I made it during ‘crunch time’ here is one post on it, http://minimotives.com/2013/06/03/update-6-3-13/, basically I welded a metal frame similar to the milwork, then used the reclaimed flooring slats to fill it in, the hardware is cheap plumbing fittings. I have been asked that question before, I will put together a little tutorial if it would be helpful. This, hhttp://www.vintagerevivals.com/2012/10/how-to-make-sliding-barn-door-was-hands.html, was some of my inspiration which I modified to fit my style! Hope that helps!

  • Jodi B says:

    Hi Macy,
    I think you are awesome for building your own small home and courageous for sharing with the world. It’s true, haters will hate but you can ignore them because if they aren’t paying your bills then they have no right to criticize.

    I have been following the tiny home movement for some years and went to a workshop a year ago with Dee Williams and it was really great. Another participant who had built her own home had told us to realize that if we went ‘public’ that we would receive a lot of criticism. I really don’t know how people can be so dysfunctional or why we have such a high percentage of people with personality disorders in this country when we started out as a country of pioneers that set out to buck the system.

    It was also generous of you to explain your situation in response to them but you know you don’t need to do that because they are not worth listening to in the first place. I appreciate all the energy you put out there for folks like me who are interested in the tiny house/sustainable movement. I think it actually irks people that it is mainly educated and employed people who have the courage and detachment to do something different with their lives, like enjoy it and live within their means. Why people would criticize others for doing something good and responsible for the environment and their finances is beyond me.

    I would like to build my own tiny home. Unfortunately, my husband is not on board with it but he is ok with an 800-1000 sf home or slightly less. It’s on my bucket list to build a tiny home as an art studio/my hangout regardless and I will work to find some way to do it.

    Also, on my bucket list is to be able to travel around and learn to do plein air painting. Having a small home and no mortgage would free me up to do some of the more quality things I want to do. Thanks for sharing your life. Love and well being to you and your loved ones!

    • Macy M says:

      Jodi, thank you SO much for all of your words! I REALLY appreciate them! You are good people, I love your bucket list ideas, 800-1000 is still a pretty tiny home in my opinion, it is a VERY solid goal! I know I push the envelope with my size requirements, it was a first project, there are SURE to be more :). Thank you for taking the time to write me, it means a lot! Best wishes to you and yours, happy holidays!

  • Amber August says:

    I am a 33 year old single mom. I am in college full time and I work full time. I will have my bachelors degree in one more semester. Sometimes, this much hard work gets depressing and as weird as this sounds, tiny houses are what gets me motivated and something about thinking about building one for myself gets me in the mental place where I am happy thinking about my future and my tiny house that I will have someday. When my friends and family come across tiny houses in the news they get sent to me, and yours was one that I got emailed to me today. I must say, yours has been one of my favorites. I don’t really know that much about construction but I remodeled my kitchen in my old home by myself using DIY websites on the internet. This included moving the entire kitchen sink to another wall and replacing sheetrock and plumbing etc. I loved that your story included you doing your own work, along with the fact that you had a little knowledge of how to do this, but no real construction experience. You’re a lot like me, and a huge inspiration. I don’t have a lot of money to work with, so I am hoping I will be able to gather materials as I go along. Thank you for putting yourself out there. It is wonderful to have someone like you to inspire me. I also had a beloved Great Dane who lived to be 11 and I lost her 6 months ago to cancer. She would have done wonderfully in a tiny house. She was also wonderful with my kids. Thank you going public, and making this blog! I am planning to build and then move to Austin, Texas for my career. On a side note, they just started with a community of tiny houses that will house homeless people who are trying to not be homeless anymore. Here is a news story about it. Many of the homes they have there are “tiny homes” and it is actually very exciting. http://www.kvue.com/news/local/First-look-at-new-community-for-Austins–231502631.html Anyway, Thank you for sharing your project and putting yourself out there. I am so excited about my tiny house project. I bookmarked your blog to hopefully get back to and I am excited to see all the ideas come out.

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you Amber, I know EXACTLY what you mean, its the same way I think! I am glad you find some inspiration in my home and my story. I love the sound of your story, I think it’s great! Austin is in my top favorite places in the world and they do have quite the tiny world there! I wish you the best of luck, please, stay in touch, if I can help you in any way I would love to! Take care!

    • Macy M says:

      FYI, if you did a kitchen remodel a tiny house is WELL within your realm, that was the hardest part and it is TOTALLY doable if you break it down into pieces! You’re set! πŸ™‚

  • R. Bautista, MD says:

    I live in a 6500 sq ft home with a separate guesthouse, a pool and quarters for the live – in driver and 4 full time maids including the cook. But I love this for reasons too many to state. Good work. Congratulations

  • Diana says:

    Hi Macy,

    I am Diana from Nairobi, Kenya

    I am SOO IMPRESSED with your home. I love it and personally would live in it forever if it was mine. I have been trying to figure out just how to build something like this for the longest time.

    I would like to adapt your plan for my own shipping container version, and would so appreciate it if you would be willing to share with me any part or all of the plans you developed for your home to help me get mine started.

    One your biggest fans!

  • Joy says:

    I think you are amazing and your life as it is unfolding demonstrates that God is using you to help others. I have a piece of property and I would not even know where to start with a tiny house project but I am soooo interested.

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you Joy, I appreciate your words a lot, I will be putting out a ‘where to start’ post as soon as I can, I have heard that a few times, I have a couple ideas a floating around to share my experience and where I would suggest starting, stay tuned! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa says:

    Hello Macy,
    First of all I would like to say that you are Amazing! Secondly, I posted a comment on Yahoo before diving deeper, however I love everything that you represent. I would like to apologize if my post offends you in any way that was not my intentions at all. Actually is to the total opposite of that in sincere defense to what I thought was one of the harsher comments. I say this because after reading the article it said keywords like foreclosure, savings/cost of living, etc. Again, if I said anything out of context I apologize for that. Also concerning “if you don’t have anything good to say don’t say anything at all”, you said it right, so many people are rude and don’t consider other’s feelings when they open their mouths or in this example commenting.You are an inspiration to many simply because you are a “go getter” and you GOT IT DONE!! Congratulations! Regardless of the reasons behind whatever you do, Do it heartily and God will Bless You because you are a kind and considerate person! God Bless You in ALL that YOU DO!!!

    • Macy M says:

      Lisa, I am not even going to go back and dig around to see, it’s just better that I don’t do that but I DO appreciate your forthcoming attitude, my guess is that whatever you wrote wouldn’t offend me, I can’t see any personal attacks coming from someone who just wrote this! πŸ™‚ Thank you SO much for your comment, it is awesome to hear! Happy holidays!

  • Rebecca Sturgis says:

    Hi Macy,

    I just saw your blog on a yahoo article this morning here in Southern Indiana. You amaze me. You did a great job even with a severe injury. Perseverance does pay off. Unfortunately, as you have seen, people can be cruel. Do not let that upset you. Rise above it. People are cruel to bring you down to their level. Don’t let them do that to you. We can’t control other people but we can control how we react. Their loss not yours!
    I also believe that less is more. Lot less stress, lot less hassle, lot less debt. . . and more freedom to enjoy life. Life is too short as it is so enjoy each day to the fullest.
    I am a life, health and business coach here in Southern Indiana. I am also trying to help the homeless get back on their feet, have a skill, a home and hope! I may look into your idea to use to get these homeless people back on track to home ownership. I really like it!!!
    You never know what possibilities your one little idea could blossom into. Only God knows that one.
    I just want to thank you for posting this for others, like me, to see and admire. I hope to speak to you someday more about your project.
    I would also like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Be blessed to be a blessing to others,
    Rebecca Sturgis
    Georgetown, IN

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you very much Rebecca, I would love to talk to you more about any possibilities you can concieve of how this idea can help on a greater whole, I think that is an AMAZING idea! Thank you for you kind words and please, sty in touch, I am happy to help any way I can!

  • Dave says:

    I just saw your newly finished house and I think it looks great…my daughter posted it and said she wants me to help her build one…I said how bout at the beach!! Best of luck to you and such an inspiration to all.

    • Macy M says:

      Dave, that is awesome, do it! πŸ™‚ It was a great bonding project with my dad when we were able to work on it together, few and far between but it was awesome! I am happy to help however I can! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kindness!

  • Danielle B says:

    You are awesome! Just saw this.. from a link on an article. You ARE inspiring. I want to do this once my kids are out of the house and we are closer to retirement. Downsizing is key!
    And don’t pay any attention to the naysayers. They will always be there, getting their kick from tearing others down.

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you Danielle, I hope you are able to do this soon! It is a grand adventure! Thank you for your support and kindness, I wih you some very happy holidays!

  • Rebecca Horton says:

    Hi Macy! I love your little house! I have a nice 1700 square foot, mid-century (1961) home in Tucson Arizona with a two car garage and a workshop. I’m a photographer and a musician, and the need to be creative, but lately I have begun to feel that the things I own, including my home, have ended up owning me. The upkeep of it all has become a real drag. I want to join the your Tiny House revolution!! Thank you for making your process available for us to see here. I feel very inspired by what you’ve done. Maybe I can do it to!

    • Macy M says:

      I have no doubt you can do it! I know how you feel, thank you for your kind words, best of luck and let me know if there is ever anything I can do to help! πŸ™‚

  • rob borty says:

    Macy,
    Great little house. Are the plans for sale?

  • Andrea Rodriguez says:

    I just read this and I think it is great that you built your own house for your own reasons. I also had 2 Great Danes growing up and they were great city dogs who loved to be close to us.

  • bullie62 says:

    You mention no rent, no mortgage, etc…. but what about property taxes? Where did you find space, where you get away without paying for the property you’re on? Or I must have missed something said, in a blog. If so, my apologies!

    Yer living my dream!

  • Lori says:

    You are an inspiration – living on your own terms, without the big banks, looking at all the sustainable ways to make your life better, while helping save the environment. And of course congratulations on your pregnancy – motherhood, the most difficult job in the world, but at the same time the most gratifying. I love to read and have read so many great books – but as you have so honestly shared with the world that you are hurt by negative comments coming from judgmental people (and who wouldn’t be!!!) may I recommend Ekhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth” – especially, a New Earth will guide you through losing the ego (don’t take this the wrong way!! – everyone is born with an ego, I am talking about ego in the generic sense – but once you lose the ego, you see and interpret the world in a different light – and people and their comments can’t hurt you. I am 45 and read these books when I was 35 and it still took a few years after reading them for me to incorporate the ideas into may life, and I guess partially because I am just getting OLDER and care a lot less about what other people think, and take more time to listen to people rather than talk and to give more hugs, and just ignore what doesn’t suit me. Anyways, CATCH MY HUG and I wish you and your family the best in the new year. If you believe in God, then God Bless and God be with you.

  • Tom says:

    Are planning to release e-Plans of this house via SketckUp or other means?

    • Macy M says:

      It’s always bee sitting on my to-do list with no real push behind it, I have received the nudging I need to move it to the top of the list :). I will be working on them right away, if you were to sign up here, http://eepurl.com/LeAUD I would make sure you got an email as soon as they were ready!

  • Levin Tang says:

    How many man hours in total, from designing to actual completion.
    I like to get a feel of a real market value for a house like that.

    The one shown in yahoo today is extremely nice. Great job.

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you Levin, as far as hours, oye, I really have no idea how to gauge that, I wish I had kept better track of that! A lot more than it would take a second time though, there was a large learning curve! I wish I had a better answer but I worked one full time job the whole way through, one half tie job and did a lot of volunteer work, at that rate it took me 18 months start to finish with about 6 weeks off completely for a broken back. If I throw a wild number at it I would say 15 hours a week on average for that time which puts me around 1200 hours??? total guess though! If i were to do it again I would say I could do it in 75% of that time based on the skills I learned… IDK if that is even close to helpful πŸ™‚ I think it’s pretty typical to consider labor at about half or just under the cost of a structure, Also take into account my budget, http://minimotives.com/budget/, includes considerable leg-work to get donations/deals, I estimate the actual sticker price of materials aound 25k, if that were to double it would make it 50k build… those reasons are why the tiny house movement is largely a DIY movement and why some companies have struggled to make it ‘profitable’, at least financially πŸ™‚

  • Peter says:

    I’ve got and idea. If you lift the roof above the bed and put a window in behind the “headboard” lying in bed will be like heaven. The beauty of it is the angle of the roof could be equal and opposite to the rest of the roof, pivoting at the front edge.

    • Macy M says:

      The ‘headboard’ is actually where the current window is so there is no rolling off the bed πŸ™‚ I see hat you’re saying and there is a house that is actually done like that! πŸ™‚

  • Evonne says:

    I think your tiny house is awesome and I am envious of your lifestyle! I have been trying to simplify my life over the last year, not an easy thing to do. I live in Canada and it baffles me the number of monster houses that are still being built.

    I can’t believe people would make comments about your dog, your pregnancy, your living situation, your relationship, etc…these must be people who are really unhappy in their own lives, seriously.
    I have a small piece of property and have wanted to build something on it but just don’t have the finances. Would love to build a small shed roof style cabin but I have to build a home that is a minimum width of 16 feet.

    So, I will continue to follow your blog in the hope you design a space that is 16 feet in width πŸ™‚

    Cheers,
    DS

  • Lisa Mae says:

    Property taxes are a drop in the bucket compared to having a mortgage, or worse yet what you get from the high cost of renting.

  • Deb Suzadail says:

    I raised 4 children in a home with less than 1,000sq. We entertained in our home. Except for the minor inconvenience of only one bathroom for 5 people, it worked well for us. I could manage the mortgage and take my family on vacations. I love your new home and admire your determination. Congratulations!

  • Hey Macy……. Stumbled across your posting on Yahoo yesterday. And just by chance ran across your blog here. I just read your very well written blog posting you made today. I do not blame you for getting upset.
    I made a comment or two also. (under the alias ID onecoolair) But mostly I directed my comments to the idiot haters. Boy what morons they are!…….. They are exactly why I do not do Facebook,twitter or Malls. Yes Malls !!! That’s even if I was asked to design one…..And I never publicly post my picture. The only public site I use is for business like LinkedIn and I only use an avatar there.
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    • Macy M says:

      Thank you for sticking up for me Robert! πŸ™‚ I TOTALLY get your reasons for avoiding such things! Its infuriating and depressing at the same time! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kindness, I wish you and yours happy holidays!

  • David Cooprider says:

    Never Give UP … Never Give IN … Never SERENDER !!!
    You believe in what you are doing and that is all that matters.
    Merry Christmas
    -David

  • mike says:

    thanks for sharing. i’m inspired

  • Macy,
    I was checking my email today and I came across a story on Yahoo about your tiny house. I think it’s adorable and if I didn’t have two kids I would totally live in it. Then I found your blog and I read your post about all the negative comments people were leaving about you. I also write a blog it’s call The World As I See It. I call it that because it’s how I see things and how I feel about things. I also write that in my bio, so if people don’t like what I have too say then they don’t have too read it. No one ever leaves comments usually and if they do I leave them and then I address them each. The only two people who have left comments are also my ex husband and his new wife. They were expecting me too delete them however, I copied them and put them in my own post and wrote back so the whole world could see them. I got 200 hits in 2 days so there plan backfired and they have not written anything since. While I know that are blogs are different we both started them too share our experiences for the rest of the world. Don’t forget that and don’t stop being the person you are. I have had over 4,000 hits and it’s being read in 10 different countries. When I post I share it on Facebook, Twitter, & Goggle +. The reason people read what I write is because I am not famous, I have no degree’s, I am just being me. Someone people can relate too in one way or another. I know the things people have said about you are horrible and mean. I also know that it’s not always easy too be strong but, it’s part of being human. I also know it’s hard not too take things personally. If you quit your letting those people win and you have come too far too give up. Think of the hardest things you have overcome in your life those were so much harder but, you overcame them! Now look where your at! I understand about going through divorce, I have been twice. I understand being hurt, I have several rare autoimmune diseases, I have had 4 hand surgeries, 2 spine fusions that left me with 2 rods and 6 screws in my spine. I know about people calling you a bad mother and my kids are 13 and 11. I lost all my hair last march because of my diseases. I have been through hell & when I think about all the things I have been through too get me too where I am now! I am proud of myself & you should be too! So, don’t stop being who you are or writing about your experiences because people are assholes! I tell my kids that failure is my favorite word because every time I here it and I have heard it allot! It just makes me try harder and harder until I do get it wright!

  • Jennifer J says:

    I think what you’ve done is amazing and I would like to get to that place at some point. I just sold my house and I am renting and think mortgages are ridiculous! When are you going to start a business to sell these to other folks! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you Jennifer! Congrats on selling your house, I am happy that it is bouncing back enough for people to be able to get out if they’d like! I am not sure I am up for actually building anymore but I will have plans soon so others can pick up the ball and run with their own ideas, if you wanted to be notified when plans come out feel free to sign up here and I’ll send out an email! http://eepurl.com/LeAUD, thank you for your kindness!

  • Maria Vought says:

    I am just so impressed with your ability to keep your head up through this whole process!! It was a tremendous project that you put your heart and mind into. It’s too bad for the folks that had negative comments. I read your story and I know that you are inspiring far more people than you know and I hope those folks eventually are convicted in their hearts of what they have done to you! You just keep your head up and don’t let negative comments nag on you…truthfully they are jealous of you and don’t like to see anyone living life better than themselves!! Merry Christmas and Happy Debt Free New Year!!!

  • lisa cherry says:

    Great great idea! I have multiple chemical sensitivities and lots of people like me need this–with lots of ventilation!! Want to build me one in Ontario or BC?!! Lisa πŸ™‚ http://www.lisacherry.ca

  • Your home is both beautiful and inspiring. The design and execution of your small house is first class. I have always had a mental block about ladders to reach the sleeping area, your stair design solves that problem perfectly. Are there built-in drawers in the stairs? I see the advantage of the gooseneck design now, allowing the overall towing length to be shorter by using the overhang as the bedroom. Good idea. My house on wheels will probably be traveling aboard the Alaska Ferry system often, so each foot saved is a major savings in ferry cost. Thank you for sharing your adventure.
    Shelley Stallings in Alaska

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you Shelley! The stairs just have open storage under them for now but I may be adding some baskets because Denny Dog seems to like to take the blankets and shoes I keep there out at will πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind words! Happy holidays!

  • Zack Mobley says:

    Macy-
    Don’t listen to all of those damned idiots. Your place is great! As a U of Idaho architecture grad, I would say if you want to relocate, we have got PLENTY of space here. Check out my website at mobleyarchitecture.com.

    Good luck!

    -Zack Mobley AIA

  • Nancy says:

    I saw the story about your tiny house at yahoo and commented on it. In case you did not see my comment (which was very positive), this is the gist of what I said. I think your tiny house is the best design I have seen yet. You have so much storage and a really functional kitchen, two things that seem to be missing from most tiny houses. You did a beautiful job on both the design and the interior finishing. It is very, very livable. Congratulations!

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you Nancy, those along with the shower were my priorities! I’ve actually got storage space I don’t even use still! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your support!

  • I’m sure you’ve been flooded since your story went web-bound. I have so many questions about how you pulled this off! Did you have to get local permits? Since i’m sure it’s considered an RV, or something like that, are there any regs in your community that say you can’t park in certain areas or live on them on property? I’m considering building something like this and am just wondering if i will run into those challenges. Also, are you connected to power grid and how?

    thanks!!!

    • Macy M says:

      I had to be inspected and permitted as an RV, no building permits. There are regulations that seem to be universally unenforced UNLESS there is a neighbor who takes issue, which does occur sometimes, I and others in the TH community try to just maintain the people factor and be a good neighbor. There are certain areas, rv parks and such where you can live full time, and some communities don’t have codes against it, it is very regional. I am going forward renting property and preparing to ask for forgiveness later if needed, so far my neighbors seem to love the house and what it brings to the area. There are definitely challenges, places like Portland and Seattle are pretty progressive and have started legally allowing tiny houses as accessory dwelling units to a larger house so there is a lot of movement that direction from tiny house people. I am connected to power just through an extension cord for now, i have designed it to be able to be connected to solar though for when I do take it off-grid. πŸ™‚ Hopefully that is helpful, please let me know if there are other questions, I am always happy to help if I can!

  • Paul James says:

    Are you tied into the electric grid? If so, where does the drop tie in? My niece has asked me to help her build one of there. Paul

    • Macy M says:

      I am currently tied to the grid via a standard electrical cord. I don’t use much power so it is more than sufficient so far! I hope you and your niece can go forward with the build, please let me know if I can help at all! Happy Holidays!

  • Margo Jellema says:

    Interesting to read!

  • Claudia Parisi says:

    You, my dear are a Wildnerness Woman! You are forging different pathways that others only dreamed of. Building your own home πŸ™‚ quite an achievement..and it works beautifully. Don’t worry about those nasty posters…stupid is as stupid does.
    A child will change your life in so many ways and it will be difficult at times but oh so worth it..in life’s grand schema..it is all that matters.
    And to raise a child with less stuff? And learn from the get go that it’s all stuff anyway..I’m all about less is more. Other things are far more important in life. I was one of nine raised in a 4room cape…talk about small…we did not have stuff..we had each other and that was what we needed. Blessings this holiday season.

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you Claudia! Your kind words are very much appreciated, I think people lose touch with where we used to come from and get trapped in the idea of consumerism, especially pertaining to babies, I can’t think of someone who could care less about having ‘stuff’ and it doesn’t seem to me to ba the convenience stuff they sell it as to me… I am open to that all being wrong and me just changing my mind completely but I just don’t think it will happen honestly… I’m positive my time spent with her will be far more valuable than my time spent working to buy her things, it’s been sad to hear so much that others don’t feel the same about time spent together being more important that ‘stuff’. Family connections are a constant item on the ‘checklist’ of a good portion of happy people, most of all I want her to be happy! Thank you SO much for your kindness!

  • Pradeep Kumar says:

    Let your Heart be as wide as the Universe. Let your thoughts arise unhindered from the Comforts of a Tiny Home

  • p.l says:

    i’d be interested in the blueprint and list of items where you bought ’em thanks. and congrats .

    house looks good

  • Norman Snead says:

    Is it possible to get a copy of the plans?

  • Sandra Napier says:

    I think what you have done and are doing is GREAT! I really mean it. You forget the negative and embrace the positive, and (thankfully) there is a lot more positive! I look forward to following you on your remarkable and precious journey, that of becoming a mother. Nothing is so amazing and wonderful. May you be blessed in you home, work and your future birth! Oh by the way Denny is so sweet!

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you so much Sandra! Your kindness is VERY appreciated! I am excited for the journey ahead! Denny is going to be an excellant big brother! πŸ™‚

  • Karen R Schlueter says:

    Wow! I really am at a loss for words after reading about you new home. Isn’t it amazing what we really can live without. I really admire what you set out to accomplish and them actually did it – – it really is cut. the most amazing part to me is that you did it yourself. How does your dog like the new house? Being a Great Dane, he probably thought you were building the entire house for him. Good job!

    • Macy M says:

      Hahaha! Thank you Karen! He came after the house was done! He thinks he is the king of the castle just like most dogs πŸ™‚ He loves it though, we are out and about a lot but he is always jazzed to come home! He thinks the evening safety patrols are quick, just a quick lap around the place! He’s funny because he gets scared and will bark and then run as fast as he can to the door for safety! I think he gets along pretty well! πŸ™‚

  • Karen R Schlueter says:

    I meant “cute”

  • ucphotog says:

    People are calling you names? How about environmentalist? Minimalist? Conservator of the Earth? How about someone who lives within their means (I don’t have a name for it but I think there is one)?

    I like this home. Right out of high school I wanted to be an architect, but I had too many of my own ideas and could not do the traditional school route. Some of my ideas, back in 1984, were for micro homes. I lived in a small resort town where we had a lot of summer residences. I had thought for a long time that since these homes were mostly weekend homes, all they needed was a place to eat, sleep, and clean up. Then in 1997 I moved to a 350 square foot apartment. Not as small as a micro, but 1/3 the size I had moved from.

    This place looks great. As I was starting to write this I then looked through some photos and had wondered about the winterizing. What about the ability to move the home/trailer? How secure is it to move with regards to plumbing, fixtures, etc.?

    Have you made the building plans public or any plan to do so?

    I’ll probably come back with more, but for now, be well…

    Marc, UCPhotog

    • Macy M says:

      I do not yet have plans but with some nudging I have moved it to the top of my list and will get some drawn up! If you wanted to sign up here, http://eepurl.com/LeAUD I would be sure you got an email when they are ready! That is an interesting story you have, 350 s.f. is still pretty damn small! Impressive! Thanks for your kind words! The winterizing is critical in Idaho here, I just have a lawn hydrant that just needs to be wrapped with heat tape and insulation and it’s good to go. There is actually some insulate skirting that sits around the components under the trailer that need to be protected (the composting unit and grey water retention system). The toilet unit has a little heater that has been keeping everything warm enough under there not to freeze. It is able to move but it’s not ideal, it is a process, still, way easier than moving another home! The wheels are mostly work around to building codes, it is permitted and inspected as an RV to fit within the laws. Please, do stay in touch with any questions I am always ready to help if I can! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kindness and happy holidays!

  • bravokilotwo says:

    Macy, nice job. And I commend you on your determination to follow through on going after what you want. There will always be those who choose to see things negatively and that’s their weight to shoulder. There’s many more who applaud your effort and respect your accomplishments.

  • Lynn Barnett says:

    Hi Macy,
    I just read, Some Clarifications, for Friends. How sad that people are being hateful. It brought tears to my eyes. Mean people suck! You sound like a wonderful person, super creative, loving, and a great writer. Just like a program you don’t like on tv, change the channel. Personally I don’t see anything to be mean about. There is too much hate and negativity in the world. Those people are miserable and need to spread their misery. Don’t listen to them. You are doing an amazing job. I’m very impressed.
    I hope you have a Happy Holiday Season!
    Lynn Barnett

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you SO much Lynn, you are totally right about redirecting attention elsewhere! I appreciate your kind words and taking the time to write to me, thank YOU and Happy Holidays!

  • margherita maleti viggiano says:

    Dear Macy, congratulations on your wonderful achievements! The house is very high-end with luxury internal details, on top of being financially smart and environmentally friendly. And that is the problem. Lobbies. Therefore, be aware that absurd attacks ad personam have nothing to do with you. By showing that a different lifestyle is not only possible, but it would make people live a better life on this planet respecting the natural resources and limiting pollution, you interfere with their interests. My good advice: remove that crap altogether from your blog, as newspapers do. The message for trolls is: you don’t even exist. Again, congratulations for your intelligent choice, your excellent good taste and your outstanding skill! All the best

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you so much, you have a great point, I did see a lot of politically motivated hate, this was far from a political project πŸ™‚ Thank you SO much for your kindness! Wishing you the best new year!

  • Monte and Elaine says:

    We applaud your efforts and persistance. Should you have interest or need we will design a solar PV (electric) system for you and create it from a DIY perspective. No cost for design.

    • Macy M says:

      Hi Monte and Elaine, I would love to chat about what you have in mind, I have always planned to go ‘off-grid’ with my home but have been pushing it off until it makes more sense financially (we have such cheap power and dense tree coverage that while I am downtown it just makes sense to tie to the grid). Do you have a website I can check out by chance?

  • Monte and Elaine says:

    website is: http://www.becklinintegratedenergy.com
    It has not been updated recently.

  • Alain says:

    Hey there,
    You did it to Hacker news top spot, a place for geeks to check… well, geek news.
    I would like to congratulate you on your project, you are obviously smart (as you clearly show it on learning the electrical how to by yourself), DIY and an entrepreneurial person.
    Consider making this a DIY kit, you can put everything in a box for every DIY around the world.
    Again congratulations.

  • Hi Macy..
    Just found your blog, and read your latest post. Honestly, you are on the right track. Minimalistic living is in my veiw the right and only way of living. So please dont listen to all those id…. out there. Let them be bitter. I think they are jealous because they are deeply indebted, and conformal.. :-). It’s allways hard to be an inspiration.. Keep cool, and i’m looking forward following you and reading your posts.

    Kind regards / Klaus

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you Klaus! I appreciate you taking the time to leave an encouraging note! Glad to have you following! πŸ™‚

      • pat delavega says:

        macy, i think it’s wonderful what you have accomplished! Most women wouldn’t even think of doing what you have done(building their own tiny house) I was intrigued when i saw this post as i have been wanting to downsize for a long time now! I don’t know what other’s problems are, but they are crazy not to see what you are doing & saying is possible. Thank you for posting this, i really enjoyed looking at the pictures you provided & the explanations!

        • Macy M says:

          Thanks so much Pat! I’m not sure that people don’t think of it as much as I am sure that there is a lot of human nature that dismisses and extinguishes other’s passions and possibilities! Sad as it is, it’s a hard force to fight against…

  • Hi Macy..
    Just found your blog, and read your latest post. Honestly, you are on the right track. Minimalistic living is in my veiw the right and only way of living. So please dont listen to all those id…. out there. Let them be bitter. I think they are jealous because they are deeply indebted, and conformal.. :-). It’s allways hard to be an inspiration, so keep cool. I for one is looking forward to following you, and reading your posts.

    Kind regards / Klaus

  • Pete says:

    Macy,

    I am heartened that you have bounced back from the hardships that you have been forced to endure. You are, no doubt, a much better person for having gone through it all. It saddens me that even one person has chosen to criticize or judge harshly either yourself, your project or your intentions. I can only imagine what life must be like for them – how sad they must really be to see negativity in everything they look at. I tend to agree with Margherita, they are probably banking, insurance or land developer lobbyists motivated by the fear of losing their control over those of us that have seen the light and want to explore more sustainable living options.

    Your project is amazing. I am impressed beyond belief. The house you live in is such a warm and inviting place. You are, no doubt, very happy there. It is absolutely lovely.

    I had some of the same questions as others have had regarding permits etc. I presume you are located on property where a building (with a residence permit) already exists, no? Where I am living, rv’s are allowed but only on property with currently existing primary buildings. No stand alone rv’s are allowed. It was the same in Calgary where I recently moved from. That whole idea rather obviates the need for a tiny home. I suppose an exception might be if you rent a small part of property from the landowner but that still has you ‘renting’. It is a shame that municipalities don’t allow tiny homes to reside independently on a private lot. Land taxes probably play a part in that decision but I am hopeful that in time, it will change.

    Macy, I have drawn up plans for a beautiful tiny home that is designed to be entirely off-grid. I wonder if I could impose on you for your opinion of it. I ask only because you have been through the process and you might be able to spot a potential pitfall that is not at all obvious to me. You are very busy right now so if you are able to take a look at my plans sometime, just email me and I will forward the pictures and plans to you. I don’t expect anything other than a quick comment regarding anything I may have not considered. I don’t want you to spend hours re-engineering it or anything like that…lol. I would value your opinion.

    Peace and love, Macy. Have a happy non-denominational celebratory holiday period *smile*

    • Macy M says:

      Hi Pete!
      Thank you so much for the kind words, I suppose there is a fair amount of that in others’ criticisms, based solely off of how many times politics has been brought into the debate of my side project (I can’t even count the number of times I have been called liberal trash!). As far as the parking I rent an empty lot which is owned by the adjacent owner, he has a house next door and utilities running to the site but essentially it is the situation you describe. That works in some areas and not others, there are some good reasons why RV’s are only allowed as Accessory Dwelling Units, most have to do with preserving the quality and safety of neighborhoods. I personally feel there should be some other levels of ‘code’ in there, that is what I am working toward.
      I would love to see and offer any feedback I may have on your design, that’s what I love! Feel free to email me at mizacy@gmail.com! Looking forward to it, once again, thank you for your kindness! Happy 2014!

  • judgejudy1 says:

    Hello Macy,
    I would absolutely LOVE to build a Tiny House myself. The entire concept really intrigues me and I want to learn as much as I possibly can. Please let me know where I can learn more.

  • Selena says:

    Hi my name is Selena Mattei. I am in the process of beginning to design a minihome and i came across yours and it is absolutely perfect. I would like to keep in contact for your advice. I have tons of questions on building.

  • pawel says:

    hello macy,

    very impressive. iΒ΄ve just seen a few photos of your self-designed “mini-home” and after iΒ΄ve read your blog i can retrace your motivations to create such a charming refugium. i believe your step into building your own “mini-home” shows the way to avoid expensive charges for land and property. something similar happens in middle-europe right now, because young people, or should i say our generation, sees no need anymore to build a big house and get into debt and realising afterwards that all this goes only hand in hand with a long-term dependency. your story is well worth reading and there ist only one thing left. so iΒ΄m sending you greetings from vienna, austria.

    pawel

  • Well I must say that I think you seem to have your s@!t together. AND I really think that it is absolutely fabulous!!! I wish you all the best!!!
    My husband & I are really looking into doing the same as you & others are doing. Like you we have had more problems with helping so many other people that financially we have been crippled for way to long & I too am sick & tired of being sick & tired of all the financial institutions. I really believe what you are doing IS an inspiration to others, (me included).
    I wish you & your fortunate daughter the best, but have no doubts that you will do very well. Can’t wait to see your next project…. πŸ˜‰

  • Jeanne says:

    Screw the people who put you down. You’re on the right track. I’m so in awe of you. Wish I had the courage to do what you have done.
    Kudo’s to you πŸ™‚

  • Karen Rogina says:

    Hi Macy: Was thinking about you today and wondering how you, your baby and dog are doing? Your can do spirit is an inspiration and what you are doing with your life is amazing. Hoping with these very cold temperatures of late that you are keeping safe and warm. I read your post about the mean people out there and I’m angry and sorry that they felt they had needed to be so nasty and negative. I often pray for you and your little one. Take care and keep your head up because I believe there are a lot more people that love, care and like you and what you are doing then the number of vile, mean people who post negative comments.

  • Teresa says:

    What a simply fabulous idea. I was divorced back in 2006 and have been jumping around ever since. What I would give to have a roof to call my own. Just not sure how to start the process.

  • Martha Chavis says:

    Love your tiny home. My husband raised our 3 children camping in a travel trailer during all holidays and vacations. They are grown and on their own now but we all still love camping in our various ” homes on wheels.” Go girl! You are a smart lady.

  • Murielle says:

    Hello Macy,
    I live on Prince Edward Island and LOVED your mini-house!
    Do you build for other people?I’d be interested!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Macy M says:

      Hi Murielle, I do not build for others though I will be putting out a set of construction documents so that any contractor could build this in your area, if you wanted to sign up to e notified when those are released you can do so here, http://eepurl.com/LeAUD Best of luck!

  • Janette says:

    Hi Macy, I love your tiny house. Could you tell me a little about your composting toilet? What brand is it and are you satisfied with its performance? Thanks!

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