Hi, I'm Jenna from Tiny House, GiantJourney.
So, little over four years ago I was working at a job that I wasn'tpassionate about.
I had gone to school for film-making and I was working at amovie studio in Hollywood, but I felt stuck as I think a lot of people feelstuck in a job after they've gone to college for and gone into a lot of debt.
My partner and I at the time we decided to live a more minimalistic lifestylesomething that would free up our finances and with the savings that wehad, we decided to build a tiny house, and spend one year traveling on the roaddoing photojournalism and blogging.
We were just in way over our heads andit took us a year.
I was working on it mostly only on weekends for the firstsix months and then I quit my job and started helping him full-time.
So Itraveled for one year with this tiny house and we went about 25, 000 mileswhich is huge in one year.
We went all the way up to the Arctic Circle inAlaska and all the way down to Florida Keys at Key West.
♫Music Playing♫ So this is the hitch end of my tiny house.
It's been raining here a lot in Oregon so you can see that my reclaimed siding, it's75 year old wood siding from an old barn in Wisconsin, is looking really dark right now.
It probably weighs twice as much as it normally does because it'sjust soaking up all that rain.
Where I keep my propane tanks so I have two 15pound propane tanks.
In the winter I like to use this heat blanket becausehelps with efficiency I also had trouble with when I was staying in Colorado notgetting enough propane pressure to my water heater and it actually broke downso this was a must.
I've also put on a winter skirt this year.
Just learningfrom my time in Colorado.
I'm in Oregon now so it's not quite as cold.
Itdefinitely has made the floor a lot warmer in my tiny house.
It's the coldestpart of the tiny house, heat rises, and with all the wind and cold air comingunderneath the tiny house this is definitely made it so I don't alwayshave to wear slippers.
So this is the front or the license plate end of the tiny house.
We found this on the side of the road.
At the time we just thoughtwow this looks really cool with the old reclaimed wood so it's not structural.
It's kind of a nice handrail in a way because we don't have a handrail.
It'sjust been aging with the tiny house it's been on here for about two years now andevery day it looks a little different and I really like it.
I'm parked at an RVpark in Oregon and this is my setup.
I have my electricity here, it has a littlemeter on it.
I just plug in right here as you do.
This is my sewer line but since I don't have a black water system, I have a composting toilet, it's really just forgrey water.
Hello Oregon *laughter* and this is my fresh water line so this is going inwith an RV hose and a filter into my fresh water system.
I also have a 46gallon I think freshwater tank in here so when I am off-grid I can just filland I have a portable gray water tank as well that I hook up right where thesewer hose is hooked up when I'm off-grid and then I can dispose of that, however.
I also do movie nights out here so Ihave a projection screen inside the tiny house and it can hang right here, that'swhat these cooks are for.
I bring my projector out here, it's battery-powered, and everything works off my Wi-Fi.
“It's hailing now” *laughter*.
♫Music Playing♫ So, now we're inside my tiny house! This first little area is just like this tiny little mudroom area whereI put my boots.
It's also where I keep my dogs dishes.
Directly to my right in thebump-out area so because we have the porch it creates this little bump out isthe living room slash office slash spare bedroom.
So I spend a lot of time herecuz I work from home.
It's constantly evolving.
Have outlets back here cuz thisis where I work a lot of the time.
There's USB plugs everywhere throughoutthis tiny house.
The whole motif of the inside is very rustic using reclaimedmaterials, like this is all reclaimed wood that's exposed here from a barn inCalifornia that I was able to get on Craigslist.
This is sort of my desk area.
I'll sit here if it's just me having coffee in this morning to maybe movethis ottoman out and do some work or if I have people over.
this is the full table so when I move these Ottomans, which of course has storage inside.
So right now I have my snow gear cuz it'sstill winter and I go snowboarding just up the street.
You can have seating forfour comfortably.
I've had actually six people, just really close together, three back here three there.
And since this is a pretty thin table I reallyhave to think hard about what I want to cook if I'm gonna have a dinner party.
Idon't want everyone to have a big plate so I mostly do like chili night.
Chili isa great tiny house food because you can make it all in one pot and they go inlittle bowls or mugs or whatever cuz I don't have six, I don't have six bowls.
Underside and bottom side is painted with chalkboard paint.
This also turnsinto a spare bedroom this is a futon mattress that fits perfectly I was ableto find it on Amazon.
I flipped this piece of plywood over and then thiswould be like a full-size bed I call it.
Everything fits perfectly.
It is a Kimberleywood stove you can cook on top of it it's stainless steel so it's lighterthan a cast iron and is a double combustion system so really, reallyefficient.
If you have a nice piece of hardwood it can burn up to eight hours.
Ihave a stove plate here for the bottom.
We decided to raise it up instead ofjust having it flat on the floor because we wanted it to be counter height andso that we could get some extra storage space underneath.
Probably the next thing everybody noticed this when they first come into my tiny house is my staircase.
I call it a hidden staircase because a lot of times people come in here andthey'll ask me how do you get up into the loft? It's my closet, it's my pantry, and it's also my staircase.
This is my closet.
It is a lotsmaller than most women's closets.
I think that it's plenty though.
Everything I own I care about is one thing I tell people.
I like havingstories around everything.
I love to travel so even when I'm wearing rightnow like I bought this in Peru.
I got this in Alaska, my trip up to Alaska, it'sa piece of jade.
This is actually Mount Hood, which is just down the street.
Thisis from Taiwan, this is from El Salvador.
So all of my clothing items oraccessories are from stories and experiences and they make me think ofthose things and makes me care about each item in here.
♫Music Playing♫ Plates, bowls, this is my water tank so yeah.
And then if you look under the sink over here, you will see my water heater.
It's a tiny water heater.
It's propane, it's instant.
This is for burnable trash I live in acampground I have campfires often.
Keep burnable trash in there.
I have acomposting pile and system outside, this is my indoor compost.
Over here I have my regular trash can and my recycle bin Over here is my refrigerator.
It's a Dometic RV refrigerator.
It's a three-way so it works off a propane orDC or AC.
Spent a long time finishing these countertops they were just bigpieces of alligator juniper wood.
We actually routed them out so they lookreally thick and so that keeps it lightweight it's actually hollow behindhere too.
So it gives the facade of having a thick wood slab countertopwithout having the weight.
I found this at the restore recently and it's just acloset door, an antique closet door, so it can fold away.
It snaps into place withmagnet so just like that.
It can actually open up, felt like my house got reallydark when this was closed.
So when nobody's using it I keep thoseventilated.
I have a composting toilet, the Nature's Head composting toilet, it'spretty popular in the tiny house world.
This is my shower it's 24 by 32 inchesso 32 by 32 is a standard shower.
I think the smallest you can normally put in aregular-sized house.
Mine's a little smaller than that butbecause I've extended out this curtain rod and one bonus about having a metalshower is you can use magnets so I'll magnetize things like even all the wayout to here so really the only part that small is down by my feet.
I decidedto go with a tub for a couple of reasons.
The dog, mostly.
I can't really bathe in there, it's for her.
It's really nice for givingdog baths.
Plenty of headroom for me I'm five footfour.
I have a five inch mattress it's a Japanese-style mattress so it hasnetting underneath it, which is great, means I don't have to flip it.
I wasworried about moisture getting underneath it and getting mold and withthat netting it sort of has alleviated that problem.
This is my dog Solis shehas been part of the tiny house the entire project.
Got her when we werebuilding and so she's more comfortable in the tiny house than any other house Iwould say.
Five windows they all open so great ventilation, I don't have airconditioning.
So I actually have a third floor, I liketo say.
This opens up completely and I can sit on the roof.
It's really nice andon a clear night to watch the stars up here and when I want darkness I havethis little shade so if I'm sleeping in or something like that.
If you're lookinginto downsizing or building a tiny house there's lots of resources out there nowthat were not available when I was building.
There's obviously some greatYouTube channels as you're watching right now.
I would say going to a buildworkshop is not a bad idea.
I went to a Tumbleweed Build workshop at the time itwas the only kind of build workshops available and it taught me a lot becauseI had zero experience.
I used to teach them actually later on after we finishedbuilding the tiny house they hired me to teach those workshops.
I'm a big advocate for them because I know what goes into designing those workshops and what they actually mean and there's plenty of them out there now.
What can a tiny house do for you youknow? For me I have always been a wanderlust kind of person.
I like totravel and I loved traveling with the tiny house, but now that it's parked Isave so much money that I'm able to travel abroad.
I travel three months outof the year.
I visit five new countries a year as a minimum.
And my goal is tovisit every country before I die.
This is a house that facilitates my life and mypassions, not the other way around.
I don't work for my house it works for me.
Thanks for watching guys! If you enjoyed this episode be sure to hit the likebutton and subscribe, if you're new to the channel.
Be sure to check out Jenna'schannel Tiny House Giant Journey linked up in the description.
We did a video onher channel about my van as well so be sure to check that out and, until nexttime guys, we will see you later.