Short Book Review and Tiny Home Goal Update

Hi All! It’s been a while, yet again, but I found a snippet of time just now to write :-)! I finished the book, The Beginner’s Guide to Tiny Houses, over a month ago now and have been meaning to get on here to provide a review about it while it was still fresh in my mind. Overall, it was a truly informative book in which I highly recommend to anyone looking to embark on tiny home living. On a rating of 5 being the best to 1 being poorly done, I give this book a 4 1/2. The 1/2 star is because I wanted the whole thing to be strictly about tiny homes, but they added a ton of information about schoolies (converting a school bus into a home) and other tiny-homes…such as yurts. I have mentioned this before: nothing at all against schoolie or yurts, I think they are both rad, it’s just that I have no interest in living in either of those types of homes so I ended up just having to skip through those parts.

Took me a minute (if a minute equals 3 months) to finish this book, but alas, I finally finished reading it!

The book had a lot of great information about possible places to live with a tiny home and provided many outlets in which to look for land to either rent or buy for tiny home living. There were many resources listed (especially in the back of the book) of different websites or avenues to look for where it’s possible to place your tiny home. There was also great information about what to look for in companies that build tiny homes if you are having yours built for you (which I am because let’s face it folks, if I tried to build it myself it would probably take over a decade and even then, the big bad wolf would probably still be able to blow it down).

The Beginner’s Guide to Tiny Houses also provided different ideas to consider when having your tiny home built for you, including important financial decisions to consider such as what appliances the company provides in the total price of the tiny house and what extra amenities you might need to consider buying yourself. There was also a fun quiz to take in the beginning of the book to guide you in how ready you might be to live in a tiny home, my result was “Tiny All the Way!” I’d say that was a pretty accurate result 😅.

☝️Part of the quiz that is in the book The Beginner’s Guide to Tiny Houses. It was a pretty intensive quiz (11 pages long). I felt it was very accurate if you answered the questions truthfully 😁

This is a book that I am definitely keeping on hand for the rest of my tiny home journey as I feel I’ll reference it a lot for different decisions I’ll be making along the way. I am more than halfway to my savings goal of buying my tiny house🙌and I have gotten incredibly diligent in my monthly budgeting so that if I stay the course and stick with it, I can reach my goal of buying a tiny home at some point in 2023, which is literally just around the corner.

Despite having a really strict budget in order to save up to buy a tiny home, I managed to put away a savings fund for vacations and am planning to attend a friend’s wedding on the West Coast this summer. I had an amazing coincidence come up where one of the air bnb’s that I picked out to stay at in Oregon just so happens to be a tiny home constructed by the same company that I am planning to have build mine. The owner of the Airbnb has been actively communicating with me all about her experiences with them and is super open about me asking her tons of questions, she also said she’d be happy to meet up with me when I arrive to show me the four different tiny homes she has had built by them. I’ll definitely have updates for you all after that trip and thanks for following along with me on my journey so far!🙏☺️

Suncoast Tiny House Festival Review

Hi All! Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their week 🙂 I just wanted to pop on here quickly to share with you guys how my experience was going to the Suncoast Tiny House Festival in Pinellas Park, FL a few weeks ago. I had been looking forward to this event for months! I had seen an ad for it when I was really starting to get into tiny house researching back last autumn. In the ad, it showed a bunch of tiny houses in the 20’-32’ range. I thought of it as a way to really get up close and personal with my tiny home vision since I still had yet to see a real one, I have only seen them on websites and videos.

This was one of the 16-20’ tiny homes you could check out at the fest.

The morning I left to head down south (the festival was about an hour and a half away from where I’m living) it was beautiful and sunny out. I was feeling ecstatic. It felt like I had been waiting to go to this festival for eons, it had been a few months since I got tickets for the event and the months seemed to drag on. My mom and son came along too, I’m really thankful she was able to help watch him because it would have been a lot of work if I had gone alone with him and try to see all that I wanted to. Although…as it turned out, there wasn’t that much to see!

Right before we got to the parking area for the event, my gas light came on so I stopped to get gas, but as we drove by the event on the way to the gas station, all I could see was school buses. If you didn’t know, there is another alternative lifestyle with tiny home living where people live on school buses by transforming them into a “schoolie.” It has more of an RV or fifth-wheel feel to them and while they’re super neat, it’s not what I’m into at all. As I drove by though, that is literally all I could see and then I saw a couple small 16-foot tiny homes, also though…not what I am not into. I felt a sinking feeling of disappointment, but my mom kept things positive by pointing out at least we were checking out a new area of Florida and it was a gorgeous day.

After fueling up and heading back to the event, I thought…maybe there are more tiny homes on the other side of the field that I hadn’t noticed before during the quick drive-by. But, that soon dissipated as we got closer and closer to the staff that took our tickets, they stood next to a giant chalkboard that stated “There are 40 school buses and 4 tiny homes at today’s event.” I kept thinking what a sham it was that they named it a “Tiny Home” fest, why not name it a “Schoolie” fest, which it actually was!

I’m a complete YouTube novice, but this video has more about my tiny house festival experience and I hope you enjoy!

Despite the crushing disappointment of not getting to see a 24’-30’ size tiny home, which is what I’m actually looking for, there were some silver linings in getting some more information about tiny homes. I met a couple of inspiring women who shared their stories of their tiny home journeys. One of them had her 16’ tiny home available for us to walk through and the other one was selling her book about her and her partner’s tiny home journey (see photo below), which I will write a book review on soon…along with another tiny home book I’m reading at the moment! So not all was lost and my tiny home journey will go on 🙂

Purchased this book from an inspiring lady at the festival and will write a review on it soon…stay posted!