Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I purchased my land !

I have spent the past year looking at various properties in NH on which to build my tiny house. I finally found a lot that I liked and was reasonably priced. It is in a small town and 10 minutes away from a fresh water lake. Town residents have lake access. I want to thank tiny house dweller Victoria Whitcher for pointing me in the right area to look for land.

My lot is a wooded 2.3 acres. The previous owner cleared an area for a house site and put in a dirt driveway, with a culvert installed at the street. The previous owner also had performed a percolation test and had a septic plan designed. These improvements will save me a lot of money and allow me to get started sooner. My first job is getting the septic design updated, since it was originally done 10 years ago. A septic permit is required by the state of NH for all new building.

This is going to be a long term project, most likely taking the next 5 years to complete, since I will be doing most of the work by myself (except for septic system). Since this will be a permanent home, I am thinking of building a 12' x 32' tiny house.  My current plan is: 2014 - install septic system and concrete pier foundation, 2015 - frame and enclose tiny house, 2016 - install 12 Volt electrical, plumbing, and insulation, 2017 - finish interior walls, 2018 - build exterior screened deck.

Looking up driveway

Site of future tiny house. Top of driveway is to the left of this picture.


  1. Congratulations on your purchase, Dave! Hope the land proves fruitful for you in the years to come!

    1. Thank, Steve. I have wanted a small, off-grid house in the country for a long time, since prior to Y2K. The tiny house movement has shown me that it can be done, and done nicely. Starting to turn my dream into a reality, step by step.

  2. congratulations! My name is Whitney, I am completing a Certificate at Yestermomrrow Design Build school in Warren, VT. For my project I am researching the availability of homeowners insurance for tiny homes. If you own a tiny home please take a few moments to fill out this survey. Thank you for your time! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DXXW3X3