The Move

January 27, 2014

The City of Asheville has told us that we have to move our tiny home manufacturing process away from the shop that my dad has been renting for the last 18 years. We are in the Central Business District by a few feet (bottom right of light grey area on this map) and “light industrial” is not allowed. So, we are currently in the process of finding a new location for our operation. The house has been moved to a secure location for the time being. Zoning laws seem like a great idea sometimes, but once you become the target of them, they seem ridiculous. In the tiny house world there are many political battles to be had, but this is one we will pass on for now.

With an impending snow storm on our heels, move day was very exciting. After we scouted our route, hooked up the trailer, and adjusted the electronic brakes, we hit the road! I have to admit that I enjoyed this process. When I played in the band I drove the bus frequently and picked up some tricks for moving big rigs down the road: 1) watch your mirrors, 2) allow plenty of braking room, and 3) swing ‘er wide.

Here I am about to back the house into the driveway. I estimate the current weight of the house is around 6500-7000 lbs. By the time we finish the inside, an 8000 lb dry weight is a realistic. We had to trim the trees for this puppy to make it in, but it worked.

Big house, little house. Although this tiny house is in fact tiny, it is about the same height as the first floor of this big house. The snow was starting to pick up at this point. Below you can see the house in her new (temporary) spot. She fits in well here, but will be looking for a new home soon.

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