Where on earth have we been?
So a lot of people ask us, "Hey, Bernice & Walt, how's that tiny house build going? You must be almost done by now, right?" We've had to dodge the question a bit because frankly, not a whole lot was happening to bring our little house into the real world. We got mixed up with a shady contractor last winter. Trusting souls that we are, it took us a while to realize they weren't producing anything but aggravation. They cost us a little money and a lot of time, the bottom line is we're about 5 months behind our original schedule getting started.
But don't despair...
nomadiCasita: Episode III A New Hope
The nomadiCasita project is back on track! Maybe it's living so near to Phoenix that's allowed us to rise repeatedly from our ashes.
Our original designer, Lina Menard of Niche Consulting was wonderful to work with and really helped us refine our design, but she was unable to continue and do the build of the house due to schedule constraints. Our second designer/builders were the aforementioned shady characters, so now we're doing another reboot for Episode III. If at first you don't succeed...
We've teamed up with designer and architect Michael Pearce of Carbon Vudu (also see him on Facebook). He's been a breath of fresh air, moving the project further in a few short weeks than it had gone all year. Michael has taken our preliminary design drawings and worked with us to make many of the final decisions and define details of placement of everything -- doors, windows, furniture, storage, all the pieces that make up the whole house. This was then turned into a set of engineering drawings -- Trailer Plan, Floor Plan, and Right & Left Elevations, and also Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Plans. We're now putting these schematic drawings out for bid to builders. In the next two weeks we'll make decisions on who'll work with us for the build and what the schedule will be. Our current target is to complete the build by Halloween — trick or treat!