Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tiny Houses, DC, and a Red Jay in West Virginia

What a wonderful last week of 2012 we had!

We were able to get someone to watch the farm for a week, and we piled into the Camry to head north - first to PA to visit Nana, then to Baltimore to visit an old friend, then to VA for my brother and his family, and finally to WV on our way home.

One of the best parts of the trip (other than just seeing our family) was our trip to Boneyard Studios in DC. I found out about them through a Washington Post article and contacted Lee Pera to see if they would be able to meet La Petite and I to tour their site (which shall remain unidentified for their privacy, except to say that if you wanted to build something convenient to pretty much everything in DC, this is where you'd build it!). We ended up bringing along a few more people than that: La Petite's dad, Uncle Sock and his three kids (Uncle Sock is an Executive Vice President at Orr Partners, a company that builds much larger structures but shares some similar green philosophies, and is on the board of HoneyFern).

The site was incredible, and Lee, Brian and Jay were generous with their time and space. I should have taken a zillion more pictures, but I was so interested in their stories and how they were doing what they were doing that time slipped past and I didn't end up with as many as I would have liked. Each house is different in style which was great to see all in one spot; we saw different roof options and interior configurations and two different sizes and door locations (and three diffferent porches!). Here are a few to illustrate the visit, including one where La Petite wields a flamethrower (Jay took that one!).

(tiny house view on one side)
(Lee's on the left, Brian's on the right. Lee's is a modified Tumbleweed Tiny House, and
Brian has opted to go wider with no loft).

(The inside of Brian's house.)
(Jay's house outside - love the tree!)
(and inside with a loft. Jay's roof design is a shed-style, slightly slanted)
(Lee and Brian; Lee's house has a dormer-style roof in the back, which I believe
La Petite is going to adopt)
(The still-productive raised-bed garden)
(La Petite enjoyed this...maybe too much...)
(A completed tiny house, unrelated to Boneyard Studios, parked in a nearby church driveway)
Our trip ended too soon in West Virginia, where we woke up to snow, 17 degrees, and nine fat cardinals sitting in the trees outside. Here is one of them.
Totally appropriate for a place named "Redwing Farm." We also managed to wrangle some construction books and a framing assistance commitment from Luke, the same person who donated La Petite's trailer. He has a million years of construction experience and was looking for an to escape West Virginia in February. We are happy he can make it!
Much love and gratitude to Boneyard for coming to show us around, and thanks to everyone who continues to inspire and motivate La Petite!

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