2016 Recap and 2017 News!

2016 Recap and 2017 News!

Happy New Year! 2016 is over and 2017 is a fresh start ahead. I've been feeling like I haven't accomplished much in 2016, but, on reflection, that's not factually true. I might not have made much money in 2016 but I have certainly pounded through some major construction.  

Primer, Primer everywhere! This was what the interior of the Lucky Linden looked like at the start of 2016.

Primer, Primer everywhere! This was what the interior of the Lucky Linden looked like at the start of 2016.

The Linden was just an empty shell at the end of 2015 and going into early 2016. She was still parked at my first Salt Lake build site in Sugarhouse, which was a good site but presented some challenges, which led to tiny house move #1 of 3 in March of 2016. The interior was pretty much finished on Lucky Linden by the end of April, when I had to stop work to go to Indiana to work on Heartland House. 

Typical for me in May/June/July of 2016 - covered in paint but happy as a clam.

Typical for me in May/June/July of 2016 - covered in paint but happy as a clam.

Heartland House needed a kick in the rear to get finished after spending 3 years basically empty and untouched. I committed to spending 4 weeks in Indiana working on the house during the week and spending the weekend with my family, including my sister's graduation from medical school! Well that 4 weeks stretched to 5, and then I ended up spending another week and a half in July also working on Heartland House. My dad, mom, and my grandpa came to help along with local volunteers. But we did it, and that month of 9 to 10 hour days paid off. Heartland House was on the market by the end of July!  

Heartland House before and after - the top is June of 2012, when I purchased the house for just $7,000. Bottom is July 2016, when the house went on the market for $79,900. 

Heartland House before and after - the top is June of 2012, when I purchased the house for just $7,000. Bottom is July 2016, when the house went on the market for $79,900. 

The end of August found me completing tiny house move #2 of 3: We rented a Uhaul and took it to Liberty Park on a Sunday afternoon to host an open house and try to find parking. We did end the day with several offers but went with a property in Murray, about 20 minutes south of where we had been living in Salt Lake. The property is gorgeous, and we moved Lucky Linden there in early September. 

I'm advocating for tiny house codes in Kansas City!

I'm advocating for tiny house codes in Kansas City!

In October I got the opportunity to join some brilliant and passionate tiny house folks in Kansas City, where we advocated for an appendix to the building code for tiny houses. Well, we made history and actually got a brand new appendix passed on the first round of voting - code officials are notoriously conservative at adopting new codes (for good reason) and it often takes a long time to make major changes. Defining a whole new type of building in the codes is certainly a major change! Andrew Morrison took the lead on this process, and I'm humbled that I was included in such an important landmark for tiny houses. 

It's a miracle! Becky got a picture of ALL 4 OF US looking at the camera!

It's a miracle! Becky got a picture of ALL 4 OF US looking at the camera!

November we hosted a tiny tea party and open house at the Lucky Linden, and our good friend Becky came and took some absolutely gorgeous pictures of the tiny house. We got them back from her just in time to include pictures in our annual Holiday Card!

Squid-Dan at the Salt Lake Aquarium on Christmas Eve.

Squid-Dan at the Salt Lake Aquarium on Christmas Eve.

Christmas has been quiet but fun, especially since we have some friends in town (Hi Robb Family!) and we spent Christmas Eve morning at the Salt Lake Aquarium. So what's the plan for 2017? I've been itching to start another house project since the moment the tiny house was finished in August/September. Unusually for me (and with a lot of credit going to Dan) I have shown great restraint and not just leapt into another project. I'm signed up for real estate license classes in January, and I hope to have my license by February/March. I'm also taking some business counseling and I'm planning to flip at least one house in 2017. The business counseling should be great for making a plan to include investors (psst - if you know anyone who wants to invest with me, send them to my contact page! Small or large investments welcome).

I have a list of outdoor living projects that I'll be tackling when the snow starts melting. The list includes an 8' x 8' storage shed/micro workshop; outdoor patio and living room with a grilling area and an outdoor bread oven, a tiny dog house to match the "big" tiny house (!), and a full garden where I hope I can produce quite a bit of food in 2017. It's been a long time since we have had space for a garden, and I am so ridiculously excited about fresh tomatoes and veggies. I'll hopefully also be producing plans for each of the projects listed above, so if you want to follow along or make it yourself I can help!

Are there any projects you would like to see featured here in 2017? If so, drop me a comment below and who knows! It might make the list. Have a safe and happy new year, everyone!

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