Good day to you!
How is spring treating you? Have you been watching (and perhaps enjoying….) some wild leeks (aka ramps, spring onions)? Here bellworts and spring beauties are out, trout lilies are saying hi, Dutchman’s breeches are rocking. I wouldn’t be surprised if I get into the woods on this fine day that I would see my first trillium of the year. Two new plants I’ve learned this year so far are Cutleaf Toothwort and Blood Root. (Note: I wrote this a few days before I sent it and trilliums are out!!)
We had an adventure and got a lot of wood milled from that maple tree (see photo at the top of the email) I showed you last month. To watch the chainsaw mill and the portable sawmill work is pretty amazing. It is quite easy to look track of where things come from and it was humbling to watch this tree be turned into lumber.
This past month, I finalized a business loan for For Now Tiny Homes through an inspiring local group committed to local investing. I'm super grateful to our friends at As Local As Possible and Common Cents Capital for believing in our work! Their support allows us to finish this current build. On June 6, they will be a part of a community forum on how and why to invest locally.
I’m excited to announce that I am going to manage one of our local farmers’ markets this summer-the Grow Benzie Market on Mondays beginning June 5. I’d love to make it work to bring our tiny house on tour. It would be fun to have it at local farmers’ markets and art fairs. I continue to explore how tiny houses and agri-tourism can become a match made in heaven! I’ve heard there is a new trend on the west coast where people are using tiny houses as pop-up shops for art, clothing, prepared foods, etc. It would be fun to see some tiny houses in Traverse City (or in Benzie County!) as such! If you have any ideas of what tour stops you think a tiny house on tour should make, do let me know! I’m not promising anything but just exploring!
It won’t be too long until we can reclaim our living room and turn it back into a …living room. Jon built this awesome drying rack that we have used for all the exterior boards and interior boards. When I first saw it, I thought it was way overkill..but it has been perfect. Yesterday, I finished the last of the interior paneling boards (we used Rubio Monocoat in super white) and I was prematurely ready to celebrate and take the rack down! We still have trim boards and other interior boards to do so I need to hold my horses (something I am not good at…).
At the post office this morning, a builder friend told me that Trump announced a 20% tariff on softwood coming from Canada, which makes up over 30% of our country’s lumber according to one site. I felt grateful we have been able to highlight so much Northern Michigan wood in this build and I am motivated to continue to do so. In addition to the local basswood and ash on the walls and floors, we are planning to use local maple and ash for our trim, countertops, and shelves! If you want to watch it come along, check out our Facebook and Instagram(or email me to set up a visit!!).
Last month I said I would address the topic of RVIA certification so here's a start:
Some tiny house builders are now certified by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Some of the benefits of this include increased flexibility of where you can park the tiny house, more options for financing, and greater ease with insuring the unit. Some drawbacks include increased cost and limited use of the unit as a permanent dwelling. I've covered this issue more in depth on our website.
Let's close with a couple mindful breaths. Inhaling. Exhaling. Inhaling. Exhaling. (If you really joined me in that, you rock!)
Lisa (& Jon)
For Now Tiny Homes
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