Very delayed update!

Wow! I can’t believe its’ been since late June that I’ve last updated on progress.

Here’s a short overview of what’s been happening:

  • I got a job! I work for a small marketing company in downtown Greenville. It’s really the best thing ever, I do magazines, ads, and websites. I love my job!
  • I’ve been squirreling away building supplies, my proudest purchase has been 7 (and a half) double paned windows for $75. Such a good deal!
  • And the biggest news is that I recently bought a small plat of land in Greenville! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to afford to own land yet, which was a basis in building on a trailer. But now, I’m re-thinking all of my plans and considering building a permanent tiny house structure.

So yeah, it feels like I’m basically starting from scratch…

Whatev, no big deal.

But I’m not really starting from scratch. A lot of the things I’ve learned can apply to both a tiny house on wheels and permanent foundation.

Some things I’ve been considering:

Figuring out if I want to be on the grid or not. Is it worth the money to get a pole and meter put on the land? The downside to getting on the grid, is I have to turn in permits and plans. I was hoping to do everything under the radar, as far as the county zone codes goes.

This isn’t too problematic, because like many other tiny house builders, I’ve found that my tiny house can be permitted within local code. It’s called a “Temporary Accessory Dwelling” and it works perfectly with your land’s zone class (R-10). Greenville County does not have a specific definition for “temporary,” therefore I could live in my tiny house every day of the year, except for one day, and it still be deemed “temporary.” The only code requirement being that it does not have “kitchen facilities,” which consists of a range top, refrigerator, and piped water sink. And I think if I only have 2 out of 3 of those things, it doesn’t count as a full “kitchen facility.” Which is perfect, since I wasn’t planning on having a refrigerator ASAP.

So, right now, I’m considering going ahead and investing in an off grid solar panel and battery system. Because I’ve got to have some way to run my power tools for building.

And on that note, I’ve been considering either buying a pre-fab shed, or paying someone to do the foundation and basic framing. The downside to those two options are numerous: the builder requires a solid power grid for tools, and pre-fab structures are usually cheaply built.

My absolute favorite option of a pre-fab is the Summer Wind model by Classic Manor Builders. It has an upstairs (yes, with actual stairs!). It’s actually the shed I walked into at Home Depot, and envisioned making it a house. Most Home Depots I’ve seen have this model on display, so it’s pretty rad.

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll update soon on progress and what I decide on.
Thanks for reading!

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Fundraising Fun

As of 30 seconds ago, I’m venturing into my first fundraising for Reclaimed Roost, a T-shirt Campaign!

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The T-shirt was designed by me! And I chose Fabrily because they are perfect for raising funds, without the risk of losing money.

Basically, if the goal of 50 people is met, then the shirt goes into production and is shipped. If the goal is not met, there is no harm or no foal. The people who signed up for the t-shirt are not charged, and everyone still has their money in hand! If the goal is met/exceeded, the shirts are made, and sent out and everyone is happily clad in a wicked Tiny House t-shirt.

Also, Fabrily takes care of shipping, and production, which is amazing because it means t-shirts are shipped directly to who buys them, meaning they get there faster, and leaves me time to work on my house!

I’m super excited though!
Here’s the link to the campaign!

I’m hoping to use this as a bit of hype, as well as a trial run before I launch my IndieGoGo.
So keep your fingers crossed this campaign is successful, and buy a shirt if you like!

Thanks for reading! (:

Catching Up & Moldy Pallets

So far, I’ve been quite busy catching up on life.
I just finished the busiest semester of my life (finished with all A’s though), and haven’t had much time to do work on my tiny house. I have been gathering and gathering supplies though! That’s gotten WAY easier, because of my new (to me) truck.

ford-ranger

Isn’t she a beaut?

 

I figured out how much it would cost me to rent a truck, or pay someone to haul all the supplies I need to get, and decided that it’d just be easier and cheaper to buy my own old truck.
This also means I’m more independent, and reliable about picking up supplies. There’s only so many times I can beg the same people to drive all the way out to my house.

I’ve been collecting as many pallets as I can and in any shape, so if you see or know of any in the Greenville/Anderson area, please let me know!

truck-hauling

 

 

The one issue I’m having though, is some of the pallets that are handed down to me are a bit moldy.
Does anyone have any experience with this?
I know that mold can damage the structural integrity of wood sometimes, but I think/hope my mold is just on the surface.

 

 

moldy-pallets

Close up shot of my moldy pallets.

 

 

I was thinking of trying a white vinegar solution, because that kills mold naturally. Then possibly sanding down the surface just to see if that helps.

That won’t be done though for a little while. My next step is to sand down my trailer frame, test for structural integrity, and re-paint it with rust-proof paint.
I’ve got plenty of sandpaper and (I think) paint, but I just need to schedule myself the time to do this between job hunting, taking care of my grand parents, and freelance work.
It’s always like finishing one thing doesn’t free up my time, it just get’s taken up by more things to do!
Any tiny house people have prioritization advice? (:

General opinions, or thoughts are also really great too!

I’ve been working on my plans, and I’m almost to the point where I’m comfortable showing those off publicly…
As always, my Instagram and Twitter are more active, and have more sneak peaks of projects as I work on them.

Thanks for reading! Look forward to things picking back up, and becoming more active now that I’ve graduated!
Oh yeah… I forgot to mention that. I totally graduated everyone! I’m looking for a REAL job in Graphic or Web Design, so let me know if you hear anything on that end too!
Here’s my Portfolio & Resume just in case!

Update You Bookmarks!

If you have this WordPress bookmarked, be sure to change the link to ReclaimedRoost.com

I’m going to attempt to move this blog off of the limited hosted version of wordpress.com to an Open Source self-hosted version. Hopefully this integration will be simple and clean, and if you follow me via the WordPress network (I think) nothing will change for you.

The only thing that will change is my web address! So update those bookmarks to ReclaimedRoost.com !

Additionally I’ve been working on a Reclaimed Roost Logo, of sorts. I’ve designed and ordered “business cards” to hand out as I try to spread the word about my project. Here’s my design below…

Reclaimed Roost Business Card Front and Back

Reclaimed Roost Business Card – Front and Back

I also designed a matching letterhead set for future “Thank you” letters!

Stationery-Set-Mockup-1

Letterhead, Envelope, and Business Card Designs

I’ve already implemented my Design into my Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Twitter Screen Capture

Twitter Screen Capture

I want to integrate this logo and design into my blog when I switch over to the Open Source WordPress. So don’t be freaked out if you come to my blog one day and there’s no more camper to be seen! That thing is long gone, and I need to move forward with my tiny house design instead of just showing that old rotten camper.

Thanks so much to everyone who’s been keeping up! Things are picking up now that I can go outside and not feel like an ice cube! Yay for Spring!

More soon on Recycling in Greenville, and trailer frame work.

Deconstruction Mega Post

Just for reference, this is what I started with…

My previous post goes into more detail of what was there to start with, so do take a look at that for more info.

And this is what we ended with…

So, altogether, even though the camper was junky, it was very much so intact. Most people I’ve seen dismantle campers start from the inside and go out, which is pretty smart. But for me, that was not an option. I was very concerned about snakes, since I had already spotted one snake skin during my first inspection. I really didn’t want to meet the snake that belonged to that skin, so I decided to work from the outside, in.

Logically, that meant taking out every single bolt that held the outside of the camper together. Here’s  a short Time Lapse I made of taking down ONE window.

The problem with this logic is that it took wayyyy too long. Every other bolt was completely rusted out, and the whole thing would just fight me.

One of the rusted out bolts on my camper

So as I’m sure you’ve figured out, I got very frustrated. I decided that it wasn’t worth the time taking this thing apart carefully, and I wanted to get done with it asap. Everyone kept saying the “fun” part was the deconstruction, but really the “fun” part to me, as an artist, is creation. I wanted to get to construction.

The next process was using a crowbar, which worked fairly well. I got some major arm muscles in a short time, just pushing around on the camper. This part was more satisfying, because I was actually getting results. I started to peel back the camper like a tin can, basically.

Then I found this…

And this sums up my reaction:

SNAKE?!

RUN AWAY

NOPE/DONE

So that slowed me down a bit…

But thankfully my Pops came to the rescue. We went outside and started punching holes anywhere and everywhere we could, trying to get sunlight into the camper because I read that snakes like dark and damp places to stay. We were also trying to make as much noise as possible, hopefully to scare anything away.

Pops getting out some pent up anger (lol)

Our sledgehammer handy work

After this, I gave the critters a couple of days to get the heck out of Dodge. Then I continued with my crowbar deconstruction. But since the snake scare, I figured out using a sledgehammer was quite fun. So I started adding that to the mix. One day, I got really frustrated because I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere.

So this is the camper at the beginning of the day…

And this is the camper at the end of the day…

HULK SMASH CAMPER

Finally, I called for a Deconstruction Barbeque and Bonfire day with my friends. This is the beardly crew that showed up…

Left to Right: Hannah, Me, Jennifer, and Jason

I had no idea we could accomplish so much in one day. My friends KILLED IT. Literally. That camper was gone by the end of the day.
What made the biggest difference here is the power of a Sawzall! Jason brought his work van with tool in tow, and he used his Sawzall to basically cut apart the remainder of the camper. We went through, cut in big squares, and all of us would haul that off the camper and get started on the next square. It was like slicing up a camper shaped cake. Except cake would have been nicer…

Jason using the Sawzall

After hauling stuff off the camper, making a huge woodpile, and get as much safely apart as we could, the back end of this thing was somehow still standing. But Jeniffer and Jason quickly took care of it…

Definitely watch that video. It’s well worth it.

At the end of the day, my friends helped me the most. I really appreciate them coming out and helping me. I really couldn’t have made it as far as I did without them.
Jennifer has an etsy store that’s listed in my Sponsors now, and Jason owns his own Heating and Air business – no website yet, but I can put you in contact with him if you need anything. Hannah is a freelance Photographer who excels at portraiture, so contact her for any of your photo needs. And each of these people are extremely knowledgeable and excellent in their field. So have no doubts with them.

This is what happens when you have awesome friends…

Up next: Removing the camper subfloor, and sanding & re-painting the frame.

Accidental Hiatus Apologies

I swear, I haven’t given up!
I have not abandoned this project!
I’m still here!
I’m still w o r k i n g !

Since classes started in the second week of January, it’s been difficult trying to find the balance between classes, my work, and Tiny House things.
Since my work right now coincides with my Final Portfolio class, Tiny House stuff has fallen to the waste-side.

However my busy schedule is just re-enforcing within myself even more that I need to move forward with my Tiny House.

One thing that makes my schedule so difficult is the amount of time spent on the road. From my house to campus can take anywhere between 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 mins. Doing that twice a day, 4 days a week really adds up not only with time, but also gas (but thankfully my little Honda gets an average of 45 mpg ).

My Honda Civic DX Hatchback

I do love my little Poké Ball Car <3

Just this week I experienced waking up, driving to class in the dark (before the sunrise), staying all day on campus, and driving back after the sun has already set. I really did not like that. Even though I got a lot done on campus, it just felt even more tiring not even *experiencing* the day. Especially when it was supposedly a nice, sunny day out.

So yeah. Tiny House is always close to my mind. Especially when I’m driving and imagining how nice it will be for my house to be based on my geographic travels, instead of my geographic travels being based on my house.

That being said, I’m going to start scheduling myself. Which feels like a silly and ridiculous ~adult~ thing to do, but it must be done so I don’t fall behind on every project. Anyone have suggestions for apps, calendars, or whatnot? How do you keep a schedule?

Oh and deconstruction mega post coming soon! I’ve been updating more on Instagram then anything, so look me up on there @ReclaimedRoost

The (First) Long Haul

First off, it took over 3 weeks of struggling through a million phone calls, quotes, arguments, disappointments, empty words, broken promises, and wasted time just to get the camper to my backyard. On the day I finally got the camper, I had completely given up hope and thought I’d never get the Prowler, and therefore I wouldn’t be able to start my project. I mean I had become so pessimistic about the situation that up until the camper was driven into my yard, I didn’t believe it was truly mine.

BUT, all of that is irrelevant because I pushed through and got the camper!

I was so happy!

Possibly as happy as this baby.

The Redneck Social Network really works miracles though.

My friend Stephanie contacted her niece, who contacted her father, who contacted some buddies, who then contacted the niece’s step-dad, who then contacted me. It was incredibly impressive that people I know were able to find a person with a 5th wheel hitch, who was willing to haul the camper at a drop of a hat, around 6 PM on a Monday. And I am truly grateful for the trouble they went through.

Just add some duct tape.

Actually getting the camper on the road was a little difficult, as it was at the bottom of a grassy hill, and it had rained the previous day. So everything was quite slippery, and it took the original owner chain pulling Bobby’s truck, which was attached to the camper, to get the camper on the road.
Just as a tip, I brought some old particle board with me (that was too bent up to use on anything else) and put that under the tires of Bobby’s truck. This worked great, and was almost like a ramp to get out of the deep end. If I had brought 4 pieces, instead of just 2, I could have put it under all 4 tires and we probably wouldn’t have needed the chain haul.

Bobby’s truck pulling the camper up the hill.

The first thing we did was go to the gas station a couple of blocks away to fill the tires up with air. That was an extremely important detail I almost forgot, so if anyone reading this is planning on doing the same – DON’T FORGET THE AIR COMPRESSOR.

Stephanie tagged along for funsies, and Bobby was on point about filling the tires.

People were giving us strange looks at the gas station. I’m not sure why…

Maybe it’s because Stephanie was trying to comfort the camper.

Seriously though, Bobby was the best. He was kind, knowledgeable, patient, and as stubborn as me about getting this old hunk of junk to my house. If you ever need anything hauled in the Greenville / Anderson area, let me know, and I can give you Bobby’s number!

The only other issue we had was that a couple of the back lights didn’t work on the camper. Bobby didn’t care about that so much, as we were already planning on taking back country roads to my house. At one point a cop did get behind Bobby, and I panicked and pulled over hoping the cop would leave us be… Turns out he was just hungry, because he immediately pulled in to McDonald’s and never gave us a second look.

Other than that, the tires held up, and the camper didn’t disintegrate on the road (yes, that was a legitimate fear).

We made it to my house late, but fine. The next morning was wondrous. I loved waking up to see my very own Tiny House foundation, just waiting on me to start working.

First good morning picture!

Next up: Beginning Deconstruction.