The idea: meeting people during my visit to the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs to see if I can visit them in their Tiny Houses on my way back. So… I rented a car. I had a tent in the back of the trunk and a few days ahead of the Jamboree I checked the Tiny House Map. Is there anyone on my route? Yes, a builder, Greg Parham. Who knows… Let’s talk at the Jamboree and we’ll see if this works out. It did and I got the chance to be in a Tiny House for a couple of days. A unique, inspiring and valuable experience!
Where did I stay? With Greg in Durango, Colorado. I hit a Jackpot here. An architect, a builder. Several, in my opinion, very nice Tiny Houses on his portfolio. Mostly entirely customized, which means that almost every house is a unique design. He himself lives in his first built, the Durango Tiny House. On arrival I stumbled into two almost finished Tiny Houses in the pole barns. Another trailer is waiting to get started as well. Five employees around the place, an inbox packed with requests for plans and builds, and Tiny House Builder of the Month in Tiny House Magazine (no. 32). A thriving company that is!
His company is only 2,5 years old and his own wants and needs for a different lifestyle, his love for building and his architect university degree all combined together, created Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses.
His own Tiny House, The Durango, was the kick off of his company. And it’s this home where I was able to stay for a couple of days. It’s cute! A tour around the house:
Trailer size: 82″ x 16′ (or 2,1 by 5,6 meter). At the back a fold up porch with the only entrance to the house in the middle. Let’s step inside. On the left hand side a cabinet and a desk throughout the entire length with three big windows above it. Light and a nice sense of space that is! On the right, also lengthwise, a small couch and a wood stove in the corner. Above your head, a small storage loft. Okay, to the front. In the right corner a L-shaped kitchen with on both sides an outside view (I like that!). Left is where you will find the bathroom with a shower and composting toilet, and some storage space for clothes, jackets and shoes. The bedroom is the loft on top of this area which can be reached by a ladder. What Greg did is storing his water tank on the side of the loft. Not a bad idea! The other side of the loft has a small wardrobe.
On the outside the house is finished with rusty corrugated wainscot, rough sawn pine board, and cedar lap siding in the gables. This combination makes it a both rough, robust and playful Tiny House.
First of all, how cool to be and stay in an actual Tiny House! Do I really like it? Yes! I even enjoy staying in there very much. All you need is within reach. From milk for your morning coffee to the toothbrush in the shower to getting back your lost sock in a second. And like on a vacation, where you live with just a suitcase for a while and find out that that is also basically all you need, it’s such a simple way of living. It’s like camping XXL. Camping with your own home. I had the same feeling and and sense of freedom but now with a more solid surrounding. No wobbly gas stove in the grass, no, a kitchen. No moist tent cloth but a warm and cosy environment. Need to clean it? Done in a sec! And everything in the Tiny House is yours. Not as a temporarily trimmed solution, no, it’s your home! You have everything you need. I’m very much looking forward to owning one myself!
It’s quite clear that how you experience the space around you and how you feel and move in it, is very personal. What works for me might be a total different story for you, and vice versa. Knowing what works for you is key with building your own home. In a Tiny House, where you have to decide on the interior in the very beginning, it’s even more important than in a regular sized home. You’re able to move some furniture in there to get a different feel. That’s somewhat trickier in a Tiny Home with limited space. You have to think this through, you have to know what suits you and take that with you and into your plans (in my opinion also thé advantage of building your own home). The upcoming weeks I will take all that I’ve learned on my trip to the drawing board, until I have my final plans. I feel I have a solid foundation now to do that. And that’s why this was such a good experience!