Howdy Howdy AdVenturers! I am writing with great, grandiose news: we’re coming down the homestretch and it’s looking like we’re going to be practically finished in time! I know this seems expected, but sometimes the task is so daunting to us that we start to doubt the outcome’s timeliness. But the news is that there’s no reason to doubt in my mind! We are making quick progress and seeing amazing results! This is actually one of best parts of this project– it has seemed unmanageable at multiple points, but then when we make progress, it’s even more rewarding! So grand news on the progress front.
Now we have officially moved on to Milestone Three, the final stepping stone of Project Ventura. We’re writing a book! That’s right–not only do we have a functional basically-building, but we have an eBook! It just keeps getting more intense! Each group was assigned a chapter to write. Erf and I were really pressing for the Design Board, Interior, and Customer chapter, but we lost a “select a number between one and twenty” contest. We chose the number 14, Lula Design chose 10, and the number was 8. So sad. But all is well because we are in charge of the Electrical Systems and Tiny House Movement section. And by “all is well”, I mean that Erf is handling Electrical Systems and that I am in charge of Tiny House Movement, which includes our visit with Mariah and Matt.
I have started in on research and I’ve learned a lot about the Tiny House movement that I was entirely unaware of. It’s mostly relevant to our project, but we haven’t really talked about the Tiny House movement in class. I’m still trying to decide whether or not what we’re doing qualifies as part of the movement. Basically it does, but most of the reading I’m doing is about the benefits of living in a Tiny House, and no one is living in the Whale. At least as far as I know! The perks of Tiny Life that surprised me the most was the economic advantage of a Tiny House. I found a great graphic on the perks of TIny Life, which is below. I think the assumption that people make about Tiny Living (which may or may not be a a real term) is that people choose to do it for environmental reasons. They do, but also because paying for shelter is expensive!
On a separate economic chart, it shows that the cost of buying a house and maintaining said house over thirty years is over a million dollars. And that’s beginning with an average $290,000 home! I, as a teenager with no experience buying or paying for homes, had no idea! Those crazy values of upkeep, interest, taxes, repairs, and down-payments make living in a $23,000 dollar baby house seem charming, cozy, and very, very wise, especially if you want to have any money to spend on gourmet food habits. Which I do.
However, having learned about the Tiny Life, I don’t know that I could do it. I admire Mariah and Matt for keeping the planet that we share healthy, but it’s such a minuscule space! I suppose I would consider Tiny Living for a few years. Alone. Without anyone taking up precious space in a 186 sq. ft. home. We’ll see…
In closing, here are some pictures of some lovely, clever Tiny Houses:
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be back in a fortnight!