Tiny House Giant Journey
It may be a line from a movie that refers to a baseball field. It may have been how Jenna and Guillaume felt when they began their tiny house journey.
I’ve been following their dream to travel North America in their tiny house while pursuing a career in journalism – writing and photography So far they have had some awesome experiences. It’s interesting to read about someone that is doing it similar but slightly better than we are.
The best of both worlds – having the ability to live in your home, traveling and working wherever you happen to be.
Along the way people come to their place out of curiosity and stay to take a free tour.
Their mission was threefold:
Step 1: Build a tiny house on wheels with their own hands.
Step 2: Travel for one year seeing all the sights that North America has to offer.
Step 3: Find a place to settle and at the same time be able to make North America their own backyard.
At present they have completed step 1 and are enjoying step 2.
The journey began in Los Angeles where the couple was living and working.
Both had full-time jobs. Neither was living their dream. For Jenna it is travel writing and for Guillaume it is landscape photography.
Being an adventurous couple the tiny house movement appealed to them. They believed their tiny home would allow them to live minimally, be debt free and pursue their dreams. So the couple along with their dog Salies, began a life changing adventure.
Their Building Process
The building of their dream began September 2, 2013 in Los Angeles and was completed exactly a year later September 2, 2014 in Illinois.
September 2014 was the beginning of phase 2. Since that time they have been enjoying touring North America while living in their tiny home.
Their lifestyle allows them to travel the country while developing their dream jobs, working independently.
Along the way their door is always open to visitors interested in the tiny house movement or anyone just curious to take a look at a different way of life.
On Sundays while they were building their home, the couple would host a BBBBQ – Build, Beer, Barbecue for anyone interested in assisting with the construction. No experience was required. They supplied the tools. Once the day’s work was completed then came the beer and BBQ and lots and lots of thank you’s. This event not only gave much appreciated assistance but also gave anyone else that is interested in tiny house a chance to get close and personal with the building process.
The end result? A Tumbleweed home that is built on a 20 ft trailer with an approximate living area of 135 sq. ft.
Now that the home is complete and they are traveling, there are two things they say they would have done differently.
1. Build the porch on the sidewalk side of the home instead of the street side. The way it is now, when they walk out onto the porch they are on the street or business side.
2. The other is they would build a little lighter than their current tow weight of approximately 9800 lbs.
At present, the couple is not only enjoying tiny house living, but also embracing the nomadic lifestyle. Along their travels they are staying at RV Parks, overnight locations, and taking up on offers to park in driveways of new friends.
You can’t miss their home, especially in an RV Park. In most cases it will probably be the only temporary wooden structure there.
You can follow their journey via their blog and their Facebook page to see where they were and where they are headed. If they happen to be in your area, you are always welcome to stop for a visit and chat with them.