The McTiny Home and Homestead, Est. 2017

We moved the house!!!!! It is out of Mark’s parents backyard, and on our land! I have never been more scared in my entire life. Watching the literal embodiment of 15 months worth of blood sweat and tears, travel the mile and a quarter to its destination, was excruciating! I am happy to report that it rode like a champ! We owe Uncle Ron the world right now! He hooked McTiny up, drove off, and got her in place before Mark or I even had a chance to have a panic attack! 

We had quite the caravan for our short travel. Jeff drove pilot, with Mark and his “wire lifting pole”, then Ron and McTiny, me in the Journey, Aunt Connie and Maelyn, with Gene in the tractor as caboose. About halfway, my mom and dad had parked on the side of the road to watch the journey. It took a while to get her lined up with the systems, and even longer to level! 

The electricity is officially hooked up! Of course with all this good, you know something bad would have to happen. The well pump is shot, so after we replace that we should have water. Mark will start living in it after this week, the kids and I will wait till it’s actually habitable. (And make sure it doesn’t burn down 😬)

Tiny house parties coming soon!

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Looky Looky Loo, We Found Poo!

How Many Men Does It Take To Find a Septic System?


Well for us, it took about 6 men and 6 hours, but thank goodness it was found! This past weekend the burned down trailer was removed and dirt brought in to level the site. 

Mark finally borrowed a metal detector, and we finally found the septic tank. I’m pretty sure he and Jeff had dug holes all around it the other day without striking black gold. Now we hope it’s still in decent shape, I really don’t want to buy a new septic tank 😤! Gravel will be coming this week, we need to get the electric company to reroute some wires, get the supply lines in place, then we can move the house! 

Oh, and we report back to school in like 3 weeks…

Burn Baby, Burn!

Really exciting progress happened today at the homestead! It only took about an hour to complete, but it is huge! The trashed out mobile home is just a smoldering frame! 


We have a guy that is going to dismantle it, bury the rest of it, and we’ve been told that it will officially be gone by next Sunday. That means we will be clear for site prep, systems placement, and then house. It feels like it might actually really happen now! I have been gone quite a bit this summer doing professional development (I don’t know how many hours I have to have, but Mark says I’m already good for the next five years!) but Mark has been working really really hard by himself. I’m so proud and thankful for him and his knowledge and ability. If I would remember to take pictures of the house, you would be really impressed with it! I’ll work on that! 

So It’s Been a Year…

And where are we exactly?????

For this anniversary post, I would like to inform you all that we have land!  That’s right, we have 2.5 acres to start our tiny homestead!  Like everything that the Monteith’s purchase, it is going to take time and a lot of work to get it where we want it!  First thing that must be done, remove a trashed out double wide that is already there.  Mark had been in contact with a person that removes them, but pretty sure that fell through (since we haven’t heard from them since the day they were supposed to show up but did not.)  So looks like plan B, burn that mother to the ground!  Once we get it cleared, we can have a real idea of where everything will go and start prepping the site!  Mark says we have about one good, hard, whole week’s worth of work and the tiny house will be ready to move.  So multiply what Mark says by about 5, and the tiny house may be ready with 5 weeks of good, hard work!

 
We took a weekend off, and did our second annual Cooper/Monteith Earth Day and IKEA adventure.  It was very much needed!  We love getting to spend any time with the Cooper’s, but really enjoy spending laid back adult time!  Mark and I spent a small fortune, that we don’t actually have :(, at IKEA.  We purchased a car load of shelves, bathroom stuff, and kids items.  We’ve kind of ran out of storage room at the build site, so all that small IKEA stuff is tucked away in so many places, we may never find it again!  Then it was off to the Earth Day Expo.  We didn’t spend much time there last year, just looking at the tiny house village.  This year, they had 3 separate villages, with DIY and commercial builds.  The goal for next year is to have one of ours there!  (Mark and Jeff are crying laughing at this I’m sure!)  But really, Mark and Jeff’s work is pretty top notch from what we’ve seen, I would put them up against any of the ones there!


So yes, we would like to turn this adventure into a business someday!  I have a name for our future business, just need to get it registered!  Oh, I should probably also learn how to actually start a business, insurance, licenses, all that stuff… eh, details schmetails.   If you know of anyone looking for someone to build them a custom tiny house, keep us in mind!!!

Not a real exciting post, I know, I’m sorry!  The next few weekends are tied up with family and school stuff so I’m not expecting a lot of progress either. Stick with us, summer is almost here!!!!