Anna’s Tiny House

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Member, Anna Seltzer, has been working on a Tiny House since November at the DIYcave, and the transformation has been fun to watch. We decided to do a Q&A with Anna about her experience on the build and using the tools available at DIYcave.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself:
A: I’m a native Oregonian, born and raised (though due to propensity for adventuring,
My home state has become more of a home base). I grew up in Portland, got educated in Corvallis, and finished up my undergraduate degree here in Bend. After graduation, I stayed. I work in education and am working towards a second degree. In a few weeks, I’ll be moving to Washington to take a job with STEM curriculum design.

Q: Why did you decide to build a tiny house? What inspired you?
A: Last year while living in China, I made a list. Things I wanted to accomplish before the age of thirty. Why was I in China? Because I figured if I didn’t go, I might always regret it. The same philosophy applies to my adventure in house building. At some point, you’ve got to s$%t or get off the pot.

Aside for that, I spent the last four or five years doodling floor plans and dreaming of this build. I find many aspects of tiny house living to be cohesive with my lifestyle. I’ve always lived simply but also like to nest. I thrive off of the unknown, settling down in the typical sense is likely not on the agenda anytime soon. I appreciate aesthetically pleasing places. I enjoy creating. If it were up to me, I’d spend all summer in a tent, in the woods.

What did you do to prepare to build your tiny house?
I dreamt, I researched, I sleuthed on websites, read books, and watched youtube videos. I never watched a single episode of Tiny House Hunters or the like. I prepared to be discouraged. I knew it would be difficult. I built up a support network of friends near and far who I could turn to for advice. Then I bought a trailer.

Q: What’s been the easiest part of building your tiny house?
A: Nothing has been easy. I began this build armed with the knowledge that a screw and a nail were somehow different. My baseline knowledge was next to nothing. I’ve learned so much and come so far.

Q: What’s been the hardest part?
A: Finding the balance between motivation and practicality. I’ve learned that sometimes it’s best to take a moment to climb in my loft or tinker with my wood stove. Or visit the IKEA website. In reality, anything I did at the beginning of the build was the hardest. This was when my experience and knowledge was next to zilch.

Q: If you could give advice to someone building a tiny house, what would it be?
A: Start in the spring/summer (I started in November and fought weather). Do your homework. Make time and overestimate the amount of time you’ll need for just about everything. Take the plunge.

Q: How was it working on the project at DIYcave?

A: Working at the DIYcave has been spectacular. I’m honestly not sure how else I would have gotten to where I am. If someone who works there doesn’t have an answer to a question, there is a good chance that someone there does. This house has been built with all kinds of help from Cave member, stewards, and owners. I’ve also had a lot more freedom in materials I could use, primarily due to the tools (belt sander, planer, table saw, etc.) available to me at the Cave.

Join us on May 22 from 10am – 6 pm as Anna show’s off her Tiny House! If you can’t make it in person, join us for our Facebook Live Event at 1 pm as she gives us a tour.

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