Why a tiny house?

Why build a tiny house?  Not sure really.  I want to see if I can do it.  Why run a marathon?  I'm trying to remember how I first heard of this or how it became a goal of mine to do this.  I guess it goes back a year or two when I heard of a tiny house movement.  I was intrigued by the concept of simplifying one's life.  I'm in my mid 40's and the notion of creating a simpler existence is appealing.  This notion is only amplified by living very close to NYC and having to deal with a daily commute into Manhattan.  There comes a point when the novelty of working in 'the city' wears off and start to question the sanity of squandering 3 hours of each weekday going from A --> B and from B--> A. 
If you have 20 minutes to spare, check out this TED talk on the subject of simplified living.  

I totally agree with it but also understand how hard it is to get off of the track that we are on...or believe to be on.  We create the 'track' I guess is the takeaway. 

Does this mean that I immediately intend to sell all my worldly goods and become a tiny house living hermit?  No...not yet.  It does however sound like a good path to go down though to see what it might be like to do so...and who knows, I have to start thinking of retirement at some point in my life.  This might be an option not to have to work until I'm 80 years old.  Anyway, I have a few years to figure it out.  The initial purpose of the house will be to serve as place to get away from the daily stresses of life and reconnect with nature a bit more than I have been over the last few years.

When looking into tiny dwellings and life simplification you will invariably come upon tumbleweedhouses.com.  They are a great company and without them I would likely not have gotten as far as I have (note: I haven't gotten very far).
Tumbleweed offer assistance and guidance in this process and instill a sense that anyone is able to build a house if they set their mind to it.  This kind of video is inspiring and makes me believe that I can do this.  I think that Kendall was a great inspiration for me as well.

So the bottom line is, this is an experiment for me and that if life no longer is an adventure of some kind then something must be missing.  I know that I am on the right path since most people that I tell about this plan either don't understand or scoff at the idea in some way. 

My goal is to complete the build over the next two years (low pressure goal).  The logistics are a bit daunting but I'll work it out and it will happen.  I'm actually already a couple steps down the path already to moving this along...


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