It’s been three weeks since my last post, My Tiny House Starts with a Window, but it feels like it’s been ages. What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been! And, as is my way when I’m life switches from full to busy, I’ve written more posts than I’ve posted. Fortunately, Laura Klement has already posted about three of the big events in her post Tiny Chairs, Houses, and a Mixer, which leaves me to write about other exciting events from the past few weeks.
And what a perfect day to do it. Today is a snow day! The Snowpocalypse has gone so far as to drop several inches of snow here in Portland, OR of all places. So I have the perfect excuse to snuggle up on my window seat with hot cocoa and catch up on Little Life posts.
Two weeks ago I began working as the Living Building Challenge Assistant for the Breathe Building. I’ll be doing material research and tracking as this community wellness center pursues the world’s most rigorous green building standard. I’m looking forward to being part of the challenge.
Speaking of material research, the week I started up with the Breathe Building I also made a trip to Cotton Cloud to investigate options for my bi-fold mattress and I began researching my tiny appliance options in earnest. I’ve enjoyed swapping notes with Ben Campbell of Ben Builds a Tiny House. (It’s amazing how much appliance options have changed since I first began exploring them four years ago!)
Last weekend I co-taught a Tiny House Basics Workshop with Dee Williams and Joan Grimm of Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD). The workshop drew 22 people who are exploring everything they need to consider as they decide whether or not to create a tiny home of their own. It was fun to have them explore Sweet Pea through interactive activities. And, of course, I enjoyed talking with them about everything from applicable building, zoning, and RV regulations to electrical systems and community building. Their tiny house dreams were contagious and I can’t wait to see the tiny homes they create! (I’m especially eager to watch Jeannie’s house plans evolve since she’s basing her wee abode on Baba Yaga’s! Hopefully she’ll keep me posted and I can keep you updated, too!)
Finally, Niche Consulting LLC now has a logo, thanks to my incredibly talented friend Jeanne McMenemy of Calligraphica – who was able to extract the idea from my brain and put it to paper – only better than I imagined!