From day one the whole experience was an adventure for us.
Now, I am not saying that tiny house building or living isn't an adventure for everyone. It just happens to be a very different adventure for each person choosing to build their own home.
For us, our adventure involved living in a barn.
Yes, that is right, a barn.
When we found the land that would eventually be named Mt. Matt we were uncertain about the old barn filled with junk. It wasn't considered a usable building and didn't add any cost to our purchase price. Our only request was that the sellers clean all of the junk out of it before we took possession of the land.
Our first few trips to our own patch of the Smoky Mountains were camping trips. Sometimes a friend or two would come along. We didn't even know what we were going to build - except there was a perfect little clearing about half way up the mountain that needed something built there.
Once we decided that the thing we were going to build was a tiny house, we knew we would have to travel up to the mountain from Atlanta as often as we could. Our original time estimate was finishing the house in a year. Spoiler alert: it took us three years. It wasn't that we weren't capable of building a house by ourselves but rather all of the other things that happened along the way to halt our progress.
- One of the rainiest summers the region had ever seen...
- A freak snowstorm that took down over 100 trees on our land (directly in our path)...
- An unreliable ATV, which was the only way to get supplies up to our building site...
It wasn't glamorous. Sometimes it was too hot. Sometimes it was too cold. Once, there was a bat trapped in the room with us while we were trying to sleep.
But you know what? I kind of miss it sometimes.
I'm not saying I would abandon our cozy, well-built tiny house and go live in the barn again, but there was a real sense of adventure during those days. I also remember sleeping until noon one day. I never do that. Apparently I needed sleep and the quiet mountain and fresh air let me sleep soundly even in a barn.
So today, to celebrate the process and the adventure I wanted to take a walk down memory lane about the years I lived in a barn. Join me, if you like.
|The room we stayed in was behind those windows.|
|The finished insulation - before we put a double high queen sized air mattress in the room.|
|Sometimes there were snakes. He's just a rat snake - won't hurt anyone.|
|Barn Sweet Barn|
|And sometimes Canadians camped in the hayloft. (This is our friend Andrew)|