My Tiny House during construction in 2016

My Tiny House during construction in 2016

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Those who know me know that I've been interested in Tiny Houses for a long time. The idea of fully customizing an intentional home has always been appealing to me, but I've also always found the idea of fully customizing a standard-sized home to be a little too much. I would rather have a dozen smaller homes around the world than one large home in one place. Tiny Houses seem to be just the right fit for me.

In 2014 I heard about a little West Texas town called Spur. There was some excitement in the online Tiny House community as Spur had announced that they were welcoming Tiny Houses to come build within city limits. For those of you think that sounds like an odd thing to be excited about, google 'legal tiny house' and you'll find it's not as common as you'd expect. Most cities, and even counties, have adopted building codes which require minimum size rooms - effectively minimum size houses - and other items that have complicated the dreams of many fellow Tiny House enthusiasts. So I had recorded Spur as a place to check in on eventually.

In October 2015 I was on a drive from Los Angeles to Austin - where I was planning to ride out the winter - when I decided to adjust my route so I could finally stop in and see Spur for myself. I ended up buying land and returning to Spur a few weeks later to start fulfilling my Tiny House dreams. I became an organizer of the town's Tiny House movement for 6 months and lived in the area for a total of 18 months before deciding that the geographical location was just too far off from my ideal to be sustainable. The experience was incredibly valuable and I'm sure I will publish some of what I learned there in the coming months. You can find the site that I built for them on spur.lifeonthe.cloud.