Gnomadik Blog

From Trash to Treasure

I kept on hearing from people, ” You don’t realize what your getting yourself into with building this tiny home..”  How hard could it be? Four walls and a roof.  I just want a big box with a wood stove and a loft. The full reality of building this home is starting to dawn on me. As I learn more about building and what it takes to make a house- I am starting to realize that I want a little more then just a box.                 I would  like a kitchen with running water, and allot of natural light. Meaning many windows. I am even trying to figure out how to install a light weight skylight. I am also warming up to the idea of having electrical wiring in the walls rather then just an extension chord running through a hole somewhere.   I have lookied into solar panels- and am beginning to learn all the complications and other gadgets and expenses that go with those. So this project is turning out to be allot larger then I had originally anticipated. I had thought I would be spending next to no money on this home,  and to be fair- I’ve salvaged thousands of dollars worth of material. It’s blowing my mind how much free and cheap materials there are out there. Allot of which  people just throw away. So yes, though I’ve salvaged allot of free materials through Craigslist, demolition sites and word of mouth, I am starting to see I will have to invest allot more time and money into this home if I want it to be the...

Tiny Home epidemic

More and more I keep on hearing of this “tiny home” movement. I live at Green Haven Farm and at first I came here in my camper. Realizing that this would in no way be sufficient for winter living on the coast-having attempted it once before in the leaky, poorly insulated, fourteen foot camper- I set out to get a bigger trailer. One I could install a wood stove in and hunker down in, warm for the winter. Leak free. Being at the farm, surrounded by natural beauty is inspiration enough to create. Though being surrounded by the creative people that  reside and visit here, is an inspiration gold mine.  Adam, co-creator of Gnomadik homes has been so gracious as to agree to help support and plan my trailer renovations with me- as I have almost zero building experience.  He has a wealth of experience with building and has just recently shipped off Gnomadiks  gorgeous Tiny home to Orcas island. He is also helping to build other tiny dream homes – so I know I’m in good hands. Well, what started as a small trailer renovation, has now turned into a total demolition and journey into building my own tiny home on wheels. Turns out the $200 1974 travel  trailer was rotten through to the floor boards.  Adam informed me(while laughing) that I would have to build it from scratch. At first I was shocked and rather overwhelmed and dismayed. My building experience extends to a wooden box I built for my mum in middle school. Then I looked around, and thought about how this challenge could be looked...