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I’m Tammy Strobel. Thanks for visiting my digital home!

I write about creativity, living simply, everyday adventures, digital minimalism, and more. Hope you have a nice stay!

Building Smalltopia: We’ve got a roof!

We only have 8 more days until the little house rolls into Portland! It’s hard to believe we’re going to move in so soon! Last weekend we got to hang out with Dee and Katy and while Katy was in town she had a chance to pick up our roof (pictured below) and kitchen counter.

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In the meantime, we’ve been boxing up our stuff and donating odds and ends to Goodwill. We gave our futon frame to a Freecycle member last week and we're taking our kitchen table to Goodwill this afternoon.

Our Rock Soft Futon mattress and Ikea Poang chair are the few pieces of furniture coming to the little house. The chair should fit snugly into the great room and shouldn’t take up too much space. It’s a cozy reading chair and we don’t want to give it up.

In addition, I had a minor meltdown over a last minute cost that came up. We knew getting the little house into the backyard would be difficult because the yard entrance has an awkward angle. The truck won’t fit, so Logan has been looking into solutions. Rather than renting a forklift, we decided to buy an electric trailer dolly that will enable us to get the little house into the yard at a very tight angle. We decided to buy because the rental would have been more expensive in the long-run. In addition, a forklift would have torn up the backyard and that’s not an option. With Dee’s help, we purchased the dolly and will rent it to other tiny housers in the future, likely through a tool library in Olympia, WA.

The building process has been awesome. However, the biggest lesson I learned this week is this: Any house, big or small, comes with unexpected costs.

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