June 26, 2017
The month of June brought us two separate weekends where we were able to ride two different tandems up to the tiny house. Being able to ride our bikes to our own cabin in the woods has always been our dream and was the original motivation for building the tiny house. That dream has been many years in the making, but now that we have it, I have to say it’s everything I hoped for and more. It is so nice to be able to hop on our tandem with nothing but a couple of sausages for dinner in the pannier and be able to spend a whole weekend in the woods. Once we get to the tiny house, we have shelter, water, lights, a shower, a bed, clothing to change into and even pancake mix for breakfast. Everything we need is already there.
We have recently discovered that we don’t even have to carry dinner with us if we don’t want to. Our new favorite thing to do is to stop at Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub on the way in. They make some really delicious pizza and they even let us bring our tandem inside.
I don’t know what it is, but something about transporting yourself by bicycle where you are going for the night makes eating, relaxing and sleeping that much more enjoyable. When you’re eating, relaxing and sleeping at a piece of property you own in a tiny house you built … well, you can imagine how great that might be.
I think I first came up with this idea of having a small home in the woods somewhere we could get to on our bicycles maybe 10 years ago. For a long time, it was just a dream and then about 4 ½ years ago, I started actively looking for a simple structure that I could put on a piece of land somewhere. I first thought about modular housing, but was turned off immediately. Even the simplest modular housing seemed to cost $125K or more and didn’t seem very attractive. I looked at converted shipping containers but the expense to attractiveness ratio seemed even worse than modular houses. It wasn’t until late in 2012 that I finally stumbled across the Tumbleweed Tiny House web site where I discovered the Walden tiny house (now called the Elm). As soon as I saw the Walden design, I knew that was what I wanted to build. Tumbleweed said you could build it for only $20 – $25K and it was about the most attractive little cabin I had ever seen. It took me 4 more months to find a piece of land, a year to start building and another two years more to finish, but now I have what I have been dreaming of for the past 10 years: my own cabin on a piece of beautiful land that I can ride my bicycle to on the weekend and have everything I need waiting for me.