Thursday, November 1, 2012
A closer look at my Tiny House series
I have three houses in the series completed so far. They are all for sale in our Etsy shop. Click on the houses to go to their listing.
Part of the reason I'm interested in tiny houses in craft is their cuteness and part of is the fact that I live in one. Actually our tiny house is smaller than the first two of these. Two years ago we ended up moving to a four room house in the middle of nowhere.
Trying to go from a two bedroom, reasonably small house with a garage to four tiny rooms was not easy. We still have boxes up against the walls because there is just nowhere to unpack to.
The bedroom and lounge room in the cottage are much older than the other two rooms. They date back to before the 1870s gold rush. In 1872 - 1874 it was used as the first police station in the village and at some point in 1874 to the mid 1880's it was a telegraph office.
In the 1930's it was bought, along with Hosie's Store (now Hosie's B&B) by Ruth's Great Grandfather and they built a kitchen on. In the 1970's the house was taken by National Parks and Wildlife and they added an indoor bathroom/laundry.
We're on tank water rather than town but at some point we'll have to get reconnected to town water again because the tanks just aren't big enough for people living here full time. We don't have a phone line and we had to get satellite internet installed when we moved in.
We don't have a postal delivery, we walk to the Post Office to pick it up and we have to take our own rubbish to the tip. The nearest shopping, doctors, hospital, chemist etc are an hour and a half drive away.
It's something we've managed to get used to but coming from Newcastle where everything was less than 20mins drive away it was a bit of a lifestyle change.
There are some fantastic benefits to living out here. The main one for us is the fact that it's cooler here than on the coast. We are over 800m above sea level and we are often 10c less than where we used to live.
Neither Ruth or I do well in the heat at all so it's lovely to not get above 30c often in summer and most nights have it actually cool down to about 12c.
We do get much colder winters but we have an open fire place, a small lounge room that we can shut off, walls that are about a foot thick in the front two rooms and an electric blanket so we keep pretty toasty.
Not to mention the fact that we both knit and have a lovely collection of wool hats, gloves, jumpers and socks to keep us warm.
So far though we've only seen it snow one day each year and not for very long. As much as I love the look of snow and it's a real novelty here in our part of Australia I really don't want to be driving on it.
(used one of the Pioneer Woman Actions on this)
Another benefit to living here is the amount of fruit trees in the village. Because the village used to be so much larger and it was at a time when people had to be as self sufficient as possible because the journey to Bathurst was incredibly slow and dangerous there are fruit trees all over the place.
We also have lots of Kangaroos that hang around the village
There's also silence. I've never lived somewhere so quiet most of the time and the stars are amazing but I don't have photos of those.
I think this one is my favourite. It is partly based on a Hobbit hole but also partly on the Nissan Hut we used to live in.
These two are based more on traditional simple drawings of houses.
Coming soon will be some more traditional cottage shapes along with some mushroom and toadstool houses and some more fairy tale based ones, even some tiny castles. I have some sketches for now. Just need to sit down and stitch some more and then wait until I can afford more hoops.