Traveling Tiny Homes Collide
Often people ask us if we’ve ever seen another traveling tiny home on the road? Sadly, the answer is no. Well, actually the answer WAS no! Somewhere in Arizona we realized we were about to cross paths with another tiny house blogger – B.A. Norrgard from “A Bed Over My Head.”
She was traveling east and we were headed west along the same highway. I imagined us holding our arms out the window and high-fiving as we passed each other! Instead we pulled over, toured each other’s tiny homes and chatted about life on the road. Which was fun, but imagine the photo of that high five…
B.A. upended her career and her life to live in a tiny house.
She plans to travel around the United States, following “good weather.” On her travels, she often parks for free in home improvement store parking lots. B.A. told us that they are usually very welcoming, as long as she gives a tour to their customers. After all, many of the materials she used on her tiny home can be purchased in their store!
We move our home, on average, every three days. Because of that, our house is designed to hold our belongings in place. B.A. has some of that going on as well, even though she tends to stay in each location for a longer period of time. Her bookshelves are protected by a piece of plexiglass, which keeps her belongings in place as well as creates a display that’s pleasing to the eye. What a brilliant idea!
As I entered B.A.’s 112 square foot home, I realized it is the smallest house I’ve ever stood inside. Probably the smallest house I’ve ever seen! B.A.’s house is only sixteen feet long, which is four feet shorter than our own tiny home. It also doesn’t have dormers in the loft. I imagine that, because of the size, her tiny home is better suited for the road than my own. It’s most likely easier to maneuver and more aerodynamic.
Sometimes Guillaume and I feel our house is too big. Shocking, I know!
But the more we travel with our tiny home, the more we wish it was smaller. This is a common reaction for many tiny housers. Once you realize you CAN live tiny, you become “tiny-curious.” You ask yourself: Can I live even smaller??
Aside from travel, our house and B.A’s tiny house share another defining factor: the designer. Jay Shafer designed the Tumbleweed “Fencl“. We purchased those plans three years ago and modified them, but we still consider it a Fencl design. Jay now has a company called Four Lights Houses, and it’s from there that B.A. purchased plans for “the Gifford.”
Safe travels B.A! Hope you meet you on the road again someday! Maybe we can master that high five…