When Megan and Jeff decided to downsize, their initial thought was to live in a house with a more efficient floor plan. But as they started researching small living spaces, they became more attracted to the idea of a tiny house.
Last February, Jeff and Megan attended a Tumbleweed Tiny House Company workshop and began their journey to build a tiny house of their own. A friend invited them to build the home in his backyard and they slowly started putting everything together, piece by piece.
Megan and Jeff describes the project as a mental break that helps them turn off work mode on days they don’t have to go to work. “We consider ourselves handy people,” said Jeff. “The opportunity to construct our own home is a fun adventure.”
Their selected building plan has an 18-ft long living space with a 2-ft front porch. It has a loft that holds a queen size bed, a complete bathroom with a composting toilet, and a kitchen. For now it is fully grid dependent, but they want to install solar panels in the future.
The couple treated the house as a long-term investment and carefully selected quality materials for peace of mind. They learned about fiberglass windows through Master Craftsman. ”It was our first exposure to fiberglass,” said Megan. “We were impressed by the thermal transfer and it was lighter than the window material we were originally considering.”
Megan and Jeff installed 9 Milgard® Essence Series® windows in the home. The windows have a fiberglass exterior frame with a solid wood interior. The couple knew they may move the home from place to place and having windows that will remain dimensionally stable in different environments was crucial.
“Fiberglass can withstand changing heat and humidity,” said Megan. “We didn’t want to worry about the windows.”
Once the home is complete, Jeff and Megan plan to move in and try living minimal for at least six months. “We don’t want to go in for a week and then decide it’s not for us,” said Jeff. “We told ourselves we need to give this a real chance.”
Along the way, they donated most of their belongings to charities and friends to create a simpler life for themselves. Megan describes the process of cleaning up her life as a fresh start. “What I realized is there’s nothing I miss after I gave it away,” she explains.
Jeff credits the project for helping improve the way the couple communicates. “We are both working towards the same goal, every decision is up to us and we discuss it.”
All that remains is to find a place in Las Vegas to put their tiny home. Currently, the couple is building on a friend’s backyard, but they hope to find a piece of land to park their finished home.