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the house that kimi built

tiny house sweet digz farm steveston richmond

Standing on the land just south of No. 2 and Moncton breathing in the fresh air and looking out on to the fields, it is easy to romanticize being a farmer. Ask any farmer though and they will tell you it’s hard work to make a profit these days. Many have taken on a second job to make ends meet or to bring in a little more income to make improvements to the infrastructure or to replace or add much needed equipment. Finding a source for off-farm income isn’t always easy but last year Kimi and Kareno decided while Kareno wrapped up things for the season on the farm, they could leverage Kimi’s trade as a carpenter and in the fall, work began on Sandra’s tiny house.

Tiny house living is a social movement to downsize living spaces out of environmental or financial concerns or for those who are simply seeking more time and freedom. It is an alternative to spending one third to one half of your income on your home and instead of living in a cycle of debt or in servitude to the roof over your head, living smaller.

Like any typical building project, the tiny house took much more time and resources than anticipated. Part way through the project, Kimi brought Paige on board and they both worked furiously but rather meticulously on the tiny house. Sandra was true to the environmentally conscious ideal and sought out reclaimed materials and recycled windows and skylights and Kimi figured out how to incorporate them in way that made sense. Plans were made and re-made; every day was an adventure. One of the main concerns was the weight of the added materials or any design change. A collective sigh of relief was heard when the tiny house was weighed at the dock before transporting it over to Vancouver Island and the total load weight including the truck was acceptable.

As the project wound down, Kimi was sure this would be the first and last tiny house she would take on but as with most things, the feeling of accomplishment and with so much positive feedback, Kimi and Paige have decided to build another tiny house. That’s a good thing. Kareno and Kimi still have to work hard but the pull of the land, the joy of watching things grow and the chance to make a difference makes it all worthwhile.

tiny house sweet digz farm steveston richmond

tiny house sweet digz farm steveston richmond

tiny house tools of the trade sweet digz farm steveston richmond

paige in the loft space of the tiny house sweet digz farm steveston richmond

Farmer Ray pops in to see the progress on the tiny house and to offer help sweet digz farm steveston richmond

kimi and paige being meticulous with the windows on the tiny house sweet digz farm richmond bc

kareno checks on the progress on the tiny house sweet digz farm steveston richmond

the sitting area that converts to a bed in the tiny house sweet digz farm richmond bc

kitchen in the tiny house sweet digz farm steveston richmond

bathroom in the tiny house sweet digz farm steveston richmond

sandra and kimi preparing to move the tiny house sweet digz farm steveston richmond

 

paige watches as the tiny house squeaks past the monster house sweet digz farm steveston richmond

paige and kimi say good bye to months of hard work on the tiny house sweet digz farm steveston richmond bc

sandra celebrates completion of the tiny house with kimi, kareno and other friends sweet digz farm steveston richmond

kareno waves goodbye to the tiny house as it makes its way down no. 2 road sweet digz farm steveston richmond bc

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4 Comments

  1. Dorothy Brown
    May 21, 2015

    What a great story, Sabrina! I am fascinated by tiny houses, and it is a treat to see this one come together. I love the details and the colors and the evident pride in a job well done. And it’s pretty cool that this tiny house was built by women.

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    • Sabrina Henry
      May 22, 2015

      Thank you Dorothy. Tiny houses are cool! I can’t wait to see the second house and how different it will be from this one. Kimi and Paige are dedicated craftspeople, perhaps I should have included more detailed pictures in story so you could see them? And yes pretty exciting with the sisterhood around this house 🙂

  2. Jarka Dvorakova
    March 23, 2016

    What is the approximate cost of such a house? Are you accepting orders?

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    • Sabrina
      April 3, 2016

      Jarka, I’ve passed on your request to Kimi, who built the house. I’d love to see her do another one!

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