What’s your name, age and what do you do? Ryen Froggatt, 43, semi-retired ex-musician, audio engineer, video shooter and editor. Now part-time landscaper.
Where do you live? Sechelt, BC.
When did you decide to take the plunge and go tiny? In November 2014.
Did you build your own tiny house or have it built for you? I built it myself. I never really used tools before. Okay, I’ve used drills and stuff, but never really had any experience with a chop saw, or even a circular saw. I really had no idea what I was doing when I started. But I think I’m a quick study and the internet was pretty helpful, especially Youtube. I made a blog of my adventure. Check it out!
How big is your tiny house and how long did it take to build? The tiny house is 160 square feet plus a loft. It’s built on a double-axle trailer rated for 10,000 pounds (8.5’ x 20’ long). I started building in April of 2015 and moved in in January 2016. There was still much to do when I moved in, but renting a place and building a place was too much, so I moved in early. I am still not done, and I don’t know if I ever will be, I’m now changing things and fixing things.
What’s in your house? Any unique features? A few: A wood stove, fir floors, propane range, outdoor shower!!!, Separett Villa toilet, hot water/on-demand propane heater. I also built the doors and all of the windows. I don’t know if I recommend that, but it works for me, sorta….
Total cost? Trailer $7400 + Materials $22,600 = $30,000 total excluding labour
Where is it parked or do you plan to park it? Is it your full-time home? It’s parked on a five-acre property in Sechelt, BC. And as of right now, and hopefully for a long time to come, I hope it remains here; it is my only home.
Why did you go tiny? I never really could afford anything in the city, or in the country for that matter, and I am not really one to go into debt. I have always lived in small spaces and am comfortable in them so it was really just a way to maintain my lifestyle, but actually own my place! And the idea is to be outdoors more, not indoors (for me, anyway).
If you could sway NIMBers in one sentence, what would you say? I don’t know… I have never met anyone who thought it was a bad idea. And they are not! They’re wonderful!! I love mine.