This is a short post to tell you that I haven't decided whether to go with a truck or a bus yet but leaning more to the truck at the moment. To be honest it is likely that could change 27 times before I actually get the vehicle. I want to find a place to store/work on it before I get the vehicle so I am not left in a lurch when I do buy it with nowhere to build it. I might have a lead on a place to store it but I have to wait and see, in the meantime, if you know of any place I might be able to store it in the Calgary, preferable South Calgary area, please get in touch with me.
I am guessing you're wondering what this post is about if I haven't decided on what type of vehicle I am getting. Well, that's a good question. I was hoping to provide a clear answer about what type of vehicle I was going with in this post. Then I realised I won't actually need the vehicle to plan it out. Whether I go with a truck or a bus, the majority of the systems will be the same. I still want to have a 100 gal potable water tank, I still want to have the same insulation, and a shower that reuses the water while you shower to make sure you don't go through the reserve water too quickly. I also want to get the same wood stove regardless of which vehicle I purchase. The main differences between a bus and a truck would be the amount of wood required for the walls and cabinetry and likely some differences in the windows because they would need to be replaced in the bus and added in to the box truck if I go that way.
So, even though I don't have the vehicle, I can still plan my systems out and get a ball park idea of how much the tiny house would cost. The way I plan to do that is by creating a spreadsheet of each area of the house and adding the various components that will go into that area. I have created a blank basic template to do and if you sign up for the newsletter I will send it over.
It is currently broken down in the General plans, insulation, plumbing, electrical, interior and heating. As I work on planning each system out or even each major component of the system, I will make sure I post my findings and ideas on the blog here. That way hopefully someone can be aware or any mistakes I may make and learn from them.
Anyway, I think that's it for this post. Check back soon to see my updates on the planning process including my attempt at finding a place to build the tiny house, or feel free to sign up for my newsletter so you can get the posts delivered to your mailbox. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.
P.S. I am working on a way to help fund the tiny house if you are interested, so stay tuned for that too.