Adam and Chelsea:
Some may wonder what sort of people live in tiny houses and we wonder the same thing. Apart from ourselves we have never met anyone who does. Naturally it creates a bit of curiosity – if you are curious, here is a little about us: We met in a class at the University of Oregon. I was an art major, Adam was studying Human Physiology. I wasn’t too sure about him at first but he wasn’t worried about that little detail. We have been married for four years and live in Portland, OR. Our third partner in crime is our Coonhound, Jesse. We adopted her six years ago, as I’m sure you’ll discover, she has a pretty plush life – despite the fact that she seems a bit less excited about the tiny house concept than we are.
Adam is probably the most positive person I have ever met. He is also extremely capable. I am spontaneous and always full of new ideas and visions. I have realized throughout our marriage how lucky I am to be part of this equation. Though many of my ideas don’t stick the ones that do are sure to happen if Adam is involved. We make a good team. Adam is a Firefighter/Paramedic and I work for the best Running brand out there. We are fortunate to have jobs we love. We are also fortunate that this season in our lives is conducive to living in such a small space without going crazy. We love spending time together but any couple in-touch with reality knows that living in a house this size with another person could potentially have its challenges. I travel often for my job and Adam has long days. We love it when we are both in the house together but the majority of the time that is not the case. We have never been homebodies and much of what we enjoy doing is outside of the house anyway. The most exciting thing about our decision to build and live in a tiny house is that it was our choice. I think some people feel sorry for us when they hear we live in a tiny house, maybe they think we had no other option and can’t seem to wrap their head around why we would voluntarily live in a place that is “the size of their closet.” This reaction happens fairly often, but far more often we are met with enthusiasm and admiration. It is becoming rare to meet someone who has not heard about tiny houses. This makes the whole thing easier to explain, and for that I am grateful! Though I love a good challenge and often make it my mission to generate so much excitement about our house that even the Debbiest of Downers has to get on board I am also learning to become ok with those occasional negative reactions. This choice is allowing us to focus on the things that really matter to us in life and revealing how simple and beautiful life can be when you live without extra space, extra stuff or excess bills.
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Love the house and enjoyed the tour on youtube very much! Yellow fridge and upper deck rock!! Could you by any chance tell me a little bit about the cement/fiber board you used on the exterior? It looks so modern and sleek! Is there a brand name or a website you could point me in the direction of and is the weight of it a factor of any kind? I’m starting my own tiny house build very soon and would love to maybe break up the cedar siding I’m planning on using with that same material. If you have a moment I’d sure love to know! Thanks very much!
Thanks for the nice comments!
There weren’t many options that we found to achieve the smooth modern look for siding, we used James Hardie Smooth fiber/cement siding. The benefit is its durability, low maintenance, fire resistance, weather resistance and appearance. The drawbacks are definitely the weight, its about 3 times the weight of vinyl. That also makes it challenging to install, and requires a few people to help get it up and in place. I think using it to break up wood siding is perfect, we did metal siding along back-side.
Hi Chelsea & Adam,
My name is Heather Briggs and I’m a Casting Producer with Loud TV (a Leftfield Entertainment company, http://leftfield-entertainment.com/). We’re a full-scale television production company that creates a number of programs (Pawn Stars, Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Hunting, American Restoration) for a variety of networks including The History Channel, Discovery, A&E and National Geographic, to name a few.
We’re currently casting a holiday special of FYI’s hit show, Tiny House Nation, set to air in December 2015. As part of that special, we’re looking for four tiny house-friendly families in the Pacific Northwest who each have unique space and/or storage challenges with their current space. Each of these families will receive a visit from one of our Tiny House Nation hosts, who will then create and build a solution to their problem. This is a chance to bring the innovative space-saving solutions that are showcased on Tiny House Nation to houses and spaces that already exist, all with the fun of the holidays as a backdrop!
I was wondering if you might be interested in this opportunity? I would love to give you more information if you’re interested!
Hope to hear from you soon.
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