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Father Daughter team build a Tiny House RV to spend time together

Happy Father's Day! Today we're highlighting a father-daughter team who decided to build a Tiny House RV to spend more time together. 

Father Daughter Tiny House

Randy & Nicki rocking out while working on their Tiny House RV roof

Back in October 2014, Nicki received a call from her father, Randy, who had a wild idea to build a pirate ship on top of a trailer. "That sounds cool," Nicki told her father, "but why don't we build something more practical, like a house?" That very weekend Nicki and Randy attended a Tumbleweed workshop that was serendipitously happening in nearby Boulder, Colorado. 

Randy and Nicki's Tiny House RV

"I thought there would hardly be anyone at the workshop, but it turns out there were over 75 people!" Randy recalled with amazement. "And Meg, the presenter, was very informative, rational and helpful. The dream (to build something with his daughter) became a reality almost immediately after this weekend."

Randy, who has always regretted not building a tree house as a teenager, wanted to teach his daughter about carpentry. With his 40 years of experience and Nicki's eagerness to learn, construction of their Tiny House RV began almost one year ago.

Randy and Nicki's Tiny House

"The best gift has been the mentorship and bonding (my dad) has offered." - Nicki  

Randy and Nicki are building on a Tumbleweed trailer and using modified Tumbleweed Cypress plans. They have chosen to name their tiny in memory of a dear friend, Uncle Paul. "Paulie" is being constructed with Uncle Paul's tools and his passion for reclaimed materials. 

The round window, front door, siding, window trim and greenhouse window are examples of salvage finds being used on Randy and Nicki's Tiny House RV. However, as with many resourced materials, these items have taken a lot of extra labor to re-claim, store and install.

Randy and Nicki's tiny house

"This experience is simply a gift," says Nicki. "It's been an incredible opportunity to spend so much time together."

Close friends, Al and Nancy, offered Randy and Nicki their barn and property as a build site. Because of this, construction was able to continue throughout the winter season in Colorado. Nicki's mother, Donna, has been tracking the father-daughter team's work hours so that they can accurately recall this data after construction is complete. They hope to be finished this summer.

Randy and Nicki's Tiny House

"As a father, to be able to teach and learn with my daughter the basic skill of shelter, is exciting," Randy explains. "Nicki has been learning life skills that will serve her forever."  

Randy and Nicki's story encompasses so much of the spirit and community behind the tiny house movement. How many people can say they built a shelter with their father or daughter? It's wonderful to see people coming together, accomplishing their dreams and learning/teaching life skills through Tiny House RV projects.

Click here to read a similar Tiny House RV story with a Mother/Daughter team. 

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*To follow Randy and Nicki's build, check out their website.

*All photos provided by Randy & Nicki

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Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress. She writes about Tiny Homes and travel on her informative blog: "Tiny House Giant Journey."

 

Written by Jenna Spesard — June 19, 2016

Filed under: a secret you and me   colorado   cypress   daughter   father   home   house   materials   reclaimed   resourced   salvage   salvaged   shelter   tiny home   tiny house   Tumbleweed   workshop  

Erin & Pete's Tiny Farm House RV

Meet Erin and Pete, with their training in wildlife biology and forestry, this duo spent several years traveling and living on the road. The couple had been considering a Tiny House RV for years, so when they returned to Michigan, they finally decided to make their dream a reality.

In May 2012 Erin and Pete bought Tumbleweed Fencl plans (now known as Cypress) and began their build with little to no experience. Two years later, the build continues at Erin’s mother’s house, over an hour drive from their apartment.

“We make the trip almost every weekend to work on the house,” says Erin, “But we have to be done by winter.” With the exterior complete, the tiny house just received a heavy dose of wool insulation - a necessity for Michigan winters. Erin hopes to have their interior cedar panelling up in the next few weeks, as long as the weather is compliant. 

Erin & Pete with their tiny house after a snowstorm. Photo credit: Big Lake Tiny House

But what the twosome is really excited for, is the next big move. Recently Erin and Pete purchased 40 acres in Chatham, Michigan. The property features a pole barn with a one bedroom / one bathroom living space. The plan is to move their half-finished Tiny House RV onto the property this summer and continue construction.

The ultimate goal for their property? A fully operational farm complete with: dairy cows, chickens, pigs, bees, a veggie garden and sugar maple trees!

The couple also aspires to build a barn for the animals and a structural bath house. “We love to cook.” Erin explained, “A separate bath house will free up space to accommodate a large kitchen (in their Tiny House RV).” Plumbing will be minimal, the stove and heater will be propane, and electricity will run off solar power.  

Look for updates on Erin and Pete’s tiny house here.

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Jenna Spesard is currently traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting Tumbleweed workshops and open houses. Be sure to follow their tiny house and giant journey.

Written by Jenna Spesard — May 05, 2014

Filed under: Farm   Forestry   House   house plans   Lifestyle   Michigan   Sustainable   Tiny   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tiny Houses   tiny kitchen   Tumbleweed Cypress   Wildlife  

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