To all our followers ~ You may have gotten the feeling that we have had an on-again, off-again thing ~ a love/hate relationship with blogging about Tiny Houses. My feelings were, and I’ll be brutally honest with you, if you want to live Tiny, Just Do It ~(as the Nike tag line says). You don’t need us or anyone else telling you how to do it because it’s an individual journey that’s always different for each of us. What I didn’t realize though – is that it can be really scary to downsize from a full size home to a Tiny. I think we can help take away some of the “scary” part of that.
Remember though, our story was different than most since we upsized to Shiny Tiny. For over 6 years we lived in a 196SF, 50 year old camper with single pain (sic) windows that didn’t seal, 1″ thick uninsulated walls, and our only door would drip moisture in the winter so badly, that it would freeze shut with a 2″ thick Ice dam every night. In the morning, we would need to use the blow dryer to unfreeze it and get out ~ but that’s for another post 😉
Things changed over the last couple weeks as we realized how interested folks are in how they can either make the transition to “Live Small to Have it All” or at least dream about it. Our story was picked up by several large websites, and Shiny Tiny Mansion was shared and liked around the world well over 10,000 times! That gave us the incentive to start taking this really seriously and turn it into a business ~ and therein lies the big news.
On May 29th, Sue will be leaving the library after 14 years to devote herself full time to Shiny Tiny Mansion and her writing. It’s a huge financial risk for us since we will be losing one income, but we strongly feel that with time, it will pay off. She has already started a book that has a working title of “The Smart Person’s Guide to Cooking in a Tiny Kitchen” complete with how to cook in 2SF and recipes from the Pescatarian-Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian diet that we follow. That means we eat fish, cheese, eggs, vegetables but no animals or fowl. I like to call us Hipocritatarians! Hehehehe! She is also working on 2 other young adult novels as well as her art. The idea of “The Smart Person’s Guide Books” comes from believing that how-to books should not talk down to the reader, yet be simple and understandable. Funny, but we find most of “The Dummie’s Guides” confusing and hard to follow! We want to be the antithesis of “The Dummies Guide”.
I will be cutting back on my custom furniture business to devote more time to STM and have already started working on “The Smart Person’s Guide to Building Your Own Tiny House.” I see a real need for a (kinda) serious “How-To” book on this topic. Most of the books out there have a lot of other Tiny’s stories told, but not a real, hands-on How-To. What I realize clearly as I am working on the book ~ building a Tiny home takes all the skills of building a large home, just less materials. Very few would look at a 2500SF home, have no experience in the building trades and say, “I’ll build my own.” But, when we look at a Tiny, it seems more manageable. I know I can’t give you 40 years of experience in one book, and I am no expert builder, but I think I can go over the basics with tools needed and construction techniques. With some practice, some learned skills, reading some of the other books I recommend, and a LOT of time, free beer, and friends, it may just be possible to build your own Tiny.
We will be posting our rough drafts of the books chapter by chapter as we go along. We will ask for real feedback and critiques on each chapter because you are the folks that matter the most to us. We are writing the books that we wish were there for us when we started our journey, so new and wanna-be Tiny’s can learn from our mistakes ~ real life stuff with hard learned lessons. We can only do that with your help, and for that, we will be giving a lot of e-books away for free when we are ready to launch the books. If we succeed, and the books are popular enough, we will go from e-book to real book. Regardless, though, you will be in on the ground floor, and we will always make sure that our followers get some invitation-only extras. Wink~Wink!
Our promise to you is: Starting right now (and going full time in June), we take Shiny Tiny Mansion very seriously and will treat it like a business with a huge heart. We will do our best to provide interesting relevant content through stories, pictures, and straight up How-To posts. We will add direct links to other great books and tools we have read and used. We will do all we can to show how a simpler existence, with less unimportant stuff, is better for our health, mind, and overall quality of life.
Leonardo da Vinci said it best ~ Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.