Charlotte, NC: Open Houses & Burnt Ends

Charlotte, NC: Open Houses & Burnt Ends

We made it!!! We pulled into the hotel parking lot just in time for the Charlotte Tumbleweed workshop on November 7th. Whew, we could breathe easy.

Charlotte Tumbleweed Workshop, November 2014

Immediately after parking and setting up, Guillaume and I headed downtown with fellow workshop hosts Art and Eddie to feed our faces at Charlotte’s food truck Fridays. If you remember from our Washington D.C. post, Guillaume and I are big fans of food trucks.

The workshop went well, and a handful of the attendants stayed out late with Guillaume, Art, Eddie and I for dinner out and a few drinks in the tiny house.


While in Charlotte we met Rob and Kelly, a local couple in the midst of building their own tiny house AND renovating an old bus. Commence photoshoot with our new tiny house friends in 3…….. 2……. 1…. (for theme music click here).

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Did you notice Kelly and Rob’s joists and loft flooring? They are coated with tung oil, which protects and highlights the wood beautifully.

After the workshop ended, and we bid goodbye to Art, Eddie and the attendees, Kelly and Rob graciously offered us a parking spot at their auto business. So we stayed in Charlotte a few extra days.

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Our house, Kelly & Rob’s renovated bus, and Kelly & Rob’s tiny house (look inside the shop)

With all of these tiny house projects at our fingertips, we decided to have a SECOND OPEN HOUSE in Charlotte. Rob grilled delicious burgers and hot dogs, while interested tiny house hopefuls explored 1). our house, 2). Kelly and Rob’s partially renovated old bus, and 3). Kelly and Rob’s tiny house in construction. It was like going through three different exhibits at an alternative lifestyle museum!

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Charlotte, NC on November 11th, 2014
Charlotte open house at Kelly & Rob’s
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Charlotte open house at Kelly & Rob’s

The next few days in Charlotte are, admittedly, a bit of a blur. I remember we ate delicious BBQ at Midwood Smokehouse. The brisket and burnt ends were to die for!

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And we sampled french deserts at Amelies. The eclair and tarts impressed Guillaume (not an easy task when it comes to French food).

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And we relaxed. Sometimes we forget to do that: relax. Charlotte was our time to catch up and chill out.

Guillaume and I even went to a double-feature at the movies! We do not have a television in the tiny house, and being a movie-nut in my former life (as I tend to call it now), I was feeling a tad guilty about my lack of in-vogue film knowledge. But two movie screenings in one day!?! Aside from film festivals, I haven’t done that since I was an angsty teen! It’s amazing how much more time I have now that I live in a tiny house. My world has completely opened up for fun afternoons such as these.

Next up: The land of tiny homes…. can you guess where several tiny housers call home??

– Jenna



  1. December 19, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    Sending Love from Lexington, NC.

    -N.N. Team

  2. Sabine
    December 18, 2014 / 10:32 am

    Absolutely love your updates. Thanks so much!

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