Of course, the decision to build a Tiny House was not just the one day talk. We’ve been thinking about it for almost a year. I (Barbora)was in my last year of studies to become a master of architecture. In the last year of studies, one really starts to think about the future, career and of coarse, the main thing: Where the hell am I going to live? : D. Rent is crazy high and we didn´t have much money saved.
And so we (me and Tibor (Bogy)) started to think of an alternative. We did not even dare to think about purchasing our own house or flat. We were not sure whether we want to settle in Martin, where we currently live, or Zilina, where I work, or if we want to move to Bratislava or abroad.
We considered buying a cottage at first, but we couldn´t find one that would actually meet our requirements. The second idea was to buy a mobile home. They say one does not need a building permit for a mobile home. What they don´t say is, that if you want to connect to the water, sewage and electricity, you really need a building permit. Even the transport of the mobile home is very expensive.
The most extraordinary option was to buy a caravan. We found the perfect old caravan from Germany for 1,700 euros. It had a separate bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen with a living room. It was really strange looking from the outside, but once you were inside it was so cozy. 🙂 The question was where we could park it. While we were looking for a land, the caravan had been sold to somebody else. 🙁
That’s when we realized that we can build our own house on the wheels. We started browsing the internet and were really surprised how many such mini-houses exist. They are called Tiny House in the USA , and they are mostly wooden construction houses on the trailer. There is even a Tiny House movement, which represents the idea that we need a very little to live a perfect life.
And so we´ve begun the endless internet searches, interviews about what it should look like, design solutions, etc.
We´ve known we had to design it the way we could build it easily. We´ve been watching the youtube tutorials how to build a tiny house (there is so many of them ) Instead of some movies and tv shows.
After about twenty changes, we created the concept that has changed only a little since.
You can read about the final design and the whole process of building it in our next posts. 🙂