A Huge Update

5:20 PM Jackie Be 3 Comments

So much has happened! But due to the chaos of transitioning into 192 square feet, I haven't been able to update you all on what is going on soooo...

We live in a tiny house!!

Here's a breakdown of what we have been doing, I'll follow up with more detailed posts shortly but I wanted everyone to know where we are and how we got here:

Homeless
We had a brief period of technical homelessness as we moved out of our home in Aurora, CO. We moved to Wisconsin for a visit for a couple weeks. Here's Fermi visiting her BFFs Abby and puppy Jasmine:


Lived in an Air B&B in Conifer, CO to see how we'd like living in the low mountains. Here's Fermi trying out the sun on our porch at 9,000 feet:


Lived in a hotel near Castle Rock, CO for a few days while we secured a truck to haul the house and checked into land to buy in Larkspur (this particular piece of land fell through):


And then moved into a hotel near Salt Lake City as a base for our trip to Idaho to pick up the house:


It was an exciting few weeks and was a great crash course in living simple! When we finally got into the tiny house, it was a step up :)

Got the house
On June 22nd, we made the trip to Idaho to pick up our tiny house from Tiny Idahomes! (Isn't that name adorable?) We met the couple who we had been working with for months and they were wonderful. The builder, Jesse, was amazing. He showed us his works in progress, showed us everything in the house, even gave us tips on towing and the best setting to use in our truck since we were new to that too. He drove us around with the trailer to get us comfortable and his passion for trailers and building them made us feel very confident in our house "foundation". Anca, the office manager and our main point person there, was lovely and so helpful with the paperwork and making sure we were comfortable. Here we are picking it up:

More photos
Our builder posted tons of photos of the ins and outs of our house on their site:



I'll post pics of our finished interior when its more put together and personalized :) Here it is back in Salt Lake City ready to head back to Colorado:


Wandering
Once we got the house there was the tricky question of where to put it? We found a beautiful RV Park in Loveland, CO where we could stay right on the river as we found a more permanent place to stay and figure out the ins and outs of how our house worked! Unfortunately the advertised wi-fi was not quite up to par and there was zero cell coverage. So we were off the grid, driving into town every day to work from coffee shops and the library.

An Address
We eventually found a woman who was building a tiny house parking area on her lot with electrical hookups and everything! Located in Fort Collins, the city will allow us to stay up to six months. Bonus: she turned out to be a realtor who is helping us find permanent land. So we're living a short walk from the Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins now with a month-to-month lease. The next hopeful step is our own land in Colorado (followed by some lake land in Wisconsin!) but there may be one more rental location between there. Here's some photos!

This is the basic spot (chickens on the right!):

Several deer and their babies walk through our yard daily:


Fermi keeps close watch on them:

The stars out here are amazing and we finally have internet figured out so no more working in the car:

And we're right on the reservoir and by the Poudre River so that means kayaking and whitewater rafting! Oh, and early morning fetch for Fermi before work:

And Fermi currently loves her perch in the loft:


I'll post more updates soon and expand a bit on our living situation but for now, you can find us in Fort Collins!

Thank you to EVERYONE who has helped us along the way. We couldn't have done this without you!

xoxo
Jackie

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