Shellie's Little House - Part 1

I've embarked on a new personal adventure that I'm very excited about.  I'm building my first home.  I've always been a renter - whether it be an apartment or a home, I've never owned a home of my own.  That's changing now.

That's the spot!  Day 1.

That's the spot!  Day 1.

Me and my parents are building a little house on the back of their property for me and McGee.  I can't call it a tiny home because technically a house has to be 450 square feet or smaller for it to be called a "tiny home."  Mine will be 750 square foot so I'm calling it the Little House. 

I know that it's small.  But I'm single and tend to be messy, so I think that 750 sq. ft. will be just enough for me and the pup and will be less for me to mess up and have to clean! 

My very own portable toilet.  Yes, I'm documenting it all.  :)

My very own portable toilet.  Yes, I'm documenting it all.  :)

We are doing a lot of the work ourselves so it's moving along at a slow but steady pace.  I've picked an arbitrary date to call move in date and I'm starting the count down today - I'm calling it 12 weeks.  I'm hoping this is reasonably close to the truth.  And even if it's not, it's better than not having an end date. 

IT LOOKS VER SMALLY HERE...  I MEAN IT IS VERY SMALL BUT IT LOOKS EVEN SMALLER.

IT LOOKS VER SMALLY HERE...  I MEAN IT IS VERY SMALL BUT IT LOOKS EVEN SMALLER.

In the meantime I'm living in my parent's guest bedroom and I have crammed so much stuff in there that it's always a mess and stressful.  This is where the 12 week countdown comes in.  It's only 12 weeks.  I can deal with the cramped space for 12 more weeks.  No problem.

I'm also getting to the exciting part where I get to start choosing what I want things to look like.  I'm working on a fairly strict budget so I can't be fancy or anything.  This isn't a no expense spared dream home, it's my first home (that I plan to live in a long time) and I really want to spend my money on other things, like travel, than I do on where I live.  So I'm going for cute and budget friendly.  Sometimes you have to think about what's important and choose accordingly.

I've been documenting the process as I go and I am going to make a book at the end that shows it beginning to end.  Currently we have all the walls up and just have to do some finishing up on hurricane straps etc.  The trusses are coming on Friday.  I can't wait until the roof is on.  It's SO HOT out there now.  It will still be hot under the roof, but it'll be shaded. 

I've learned that I'm a lot wimpier than I thought I was.  But I'm not afraid of power tools.

I am going to try to work on my instagramming.  I think that I post far more often than I actually do but I'm going to make a better effort there and will be adding house updates as we progress.

I'll let you know how things go!