Back from The Tiny House Conference (more on this in another blog), we came home to spring in all its glory. I've been reveling in the warmth as I wander our site—transplanting here, raking there; placing a few newly bought native plants, tearing out invasives. No-plan, no-goal puttering. But after a few wonderfully aimless days, I find myself asking the same question I was asked a few dozen times at the conference: What are you working on now?
Our house is built, but that doesn't mean my itch to build has gone away. In no particular order, these building projects come to mind:
1. Treehouse: I've scaled down my initial fantasy. Before I think about building a mansion in the trees, I'd like to try a modest raised room. Roofed, half wall with screens (rather than windows). No insulation. A seasonal lounge (for us) and playhouse (for the grandkids).
2. Outhouse: I'm thinking of another DIY composting toilet, this one down near the gardens. We have a pile of shutters that could work for three sides. The fourth side, I'd like to leave open, facing out to the woods.
3. Tool/garden shed: Currently, we haul tools up and down a slope everytime we work on a project. We have the good fortune of having space in our friend's garage, but building a shed on our site would not only move the shovel closer to the garden and the saw closer to the next build, it could give us a space to temporarily house our solar generator during the worst of storms.
4. Wood shed: We love the occasional campfire. Once we borrow the neighbor's splitter, the dying ash trees we had taken down will fire up many a campfire if we have a place to let the wood dry out. For this project, I'll love to salvage the materials.
5. Teeny, tiny house on wheels: I'm not looking to replace our house, or even to add more space for us. This would be a guest house and, ideally, a rental house. It would also be a great way to experiment with space-saving ideas. I'd also like to challenge ourselves by building it out of as many reclaimed materials as possible.
That should keep us busy, once we're done with our current gig—babysitting our wee granddaughter Margot for the first few months our daughter goes to work. Time to break out the graph paper and pencil and get sketching the plans...but which build to start first?