I’m excited to bring you the story of Erika Guli. Erika is someone who purchased my guide, Tiny House Decisions way back in the day, and over the years I’ve followed her through Facebook as she designed and built a gorgeous and unique tiny house called the sun chaser. In this conversation, we talk about the design and build process, what Erika would do differently, and how living tiny has changed her life.
In This Episode:
- What happens when your dad tells you he'll build whatever you want?
- How a crazy idea turned into an awesome key feature
- Adding different textures, patterns, and colors to give some variety to a small space
- Using “liberated” materials and building around what Erika's dad had around the property
- Advice about trailers and what Erika would have done differently
- Living tiny allowed Erika to be able to pay off debts and work at a place she loves with people she's close to
- What do you keep in your loft?
- Creative storage solutions
- When you live in a tiny house you're always next to a window
Links and Resources:
- The Alpha Tiny Home by New Frontier Tiny Homes
- Tiny House Giant Journey
- Tiny Home Builders
- The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins
Erika first started thinking about building a tiny house 5 years ago after watching a Netflix documentary. Her sister was moving out of their shared apartment, and she wanted to quit her job in retail but she wasn’t sure how she’d be able to afford the cost of living on her own. Then she came across Ethan’s Tiny House Decisions workbook, and the rest is history 😉
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The infamous trailer
The round window frame
Exterior almost done
Building in winter
Custom-made front door made from walnut
The deck is a nice place to hang out
The roof lined in luan and whitewashed pine walls
Diagonal wood is the same wood as the exterior siding.
Erika's tiny house in winter
The map and whitewashed pine walls
Old ceiling boards that were slated to go in the burn pile
Some outside storage
The butternut from the barn lines the walls
Stained glass window ringed in lights
Erika's water heater is in her storage loft
Erika used old cedar for the window frames
In-floor storage system under the kitchen