We’re in the Tinyhouse. And it is awesome.

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What can I say. It took over 5 years to build, but we’re finally in. I am so happy that the thrown-together interior decor, yes even that lampshade, doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

Would we do it all again? Heck no. Was it all worth it? You know what, I’m going to surprise myself here, and say yes. Our tinyhouse rocks.

Our first ‘come over for lunch’, attended by Michael and Stephen.

Our Rayburn woodstove; frying, boiling, burning and baking, all at once! And heating our bath water at the same time.
Midday in late winter, with the sun warming up the slab floor

Upstairs in the bedroom, with Ashar’s stand-in bed, which will do until we make him a tree-house bed to give him his own cubby within the room

Ok so we’re yet to sort out things like curtains, bookshelves, a pantry, cabinetry, wardrobes, a real couch, a non-hideous lampshade for the dining table and all that sort of thing, but we’re in. And it is so lovely.

The passive solar and thermal mass aspects of the house (in concert with the woodstove) are doing us proud despite our lack of curtains, and we’re nice and warm day and night, even with sub-zero nights.

The mud walls make the house feel amazing, there’s textured light every where you look, a shimmering pool of water outside our door, chooks just up the slope past a forest garden, and a bath.

Thank you to everyone who helped, built, rendered, cheered, wired, advised, encouraged, cooked, babysat and otherwise supported us to get here. We promise we’ll never do anything like this ever again.

We’ve learned a lot, and we will build more structures on Milkwood Farm, but they will be simple post-and-beam strawbale boxes with good aspect from here on in, promise.

But now ‘the build’ is done, and all tweaks and finishings must be relegated to weekend projects. We’ve moved onto Milkwood Farm for good, after 5 years of living in an assortment of caravans and sheds next door, and we sleep under Milkwood skies as a family in a warm and cosy tinyhouse. Yay.

>> all about the glorious saga of building this tinyhouse from scratch is here…

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0 responses to “We’re in the Tinyhouse. And it is awesome.

  1. A most lovely post K. And can I say, as one who did a tiny bit from time to time, that it is a real pleasure seeing you all there and makes me happy that you are all so happy. And, by the way, your bath surely rocks (or ‘waters’ we might say … can you ‘rock’ about water ? But I digress). Hooray. Congeratulations. May you be happy there forever. x

  2. Well done, the true rewards and pleasure will really come in 5 or 6 months time when the pain of building disapates and only the good bits remain. I know after 5 years building our place I could barely stand to be in it, 9 months later it is the most wonderful place on earth, it is truely Home 🙂

  3. You are inspirational, you lot. Not just for building the tinyhouse; also for doing all the rest of what you’re doing while it was on the go. Here at OzEarth HQ we face pretty similar challenges, and you guys give us hope. xox, Kudos, congratulations.

  4. I can feel the vibes from your lovely new HOME coming through the screen and it’s a warm and welcoming sensation. Enjoy your well-deserved reward for all your hard work and may you all live long and happy lives at ‘Milkwood Manor.’

  5. I just absolutely love the wonderful job you all have done! Would love to see photos of the outside when you maybe have some time to post it. Awesome & Enjoy!!!!

  6. Lots of congratulations. You must be so happy to be there. And Ashar Fox, for whom lots of hugs.
    Say more about the slab floor.
    Just about to get a cob blanket built around my house here for insulation and beauty.

  7. Very inspirational home. I too want to build my own Tinyhouse some day.

    You say you wouldn’t do it all again…So what would you do differently? Any pitfalls to avoid? Simplifications you would recommend?

  8. Well done! We are almost 2 years into our build, such a big undertaking isn’t it! I love how your place has come out, it looks like a home. I think woodstoves are awesome, you can do so much with the one lot of wood, I know when I first started to use ours I was just in love with it.

  9. Congrats! Thank you for being honest about the challenges/and time it took to build Kirsten. We’re planning a small rammed earth solar passive home – but we know we don’t have the energy to face another big project (we’ve been owner building an extension for the past 5 years) so have decided instead to make the shed comfy and to park a shipping container in front for the next year or so. We’ll insulate the shipping container (rather than the entire shed) add a few windows and hope we survive the hot summers and cold winters.

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