Are you a Miny or a Piny?

Still consulting with a contractor on our foundation so we can get our plans submitted to the county for our permit. We’ve decided to go with a structure that is large enough to require a permit. It’ll be 18′ x 18′ and the second story will be a full height 18′ x 18′, too. So, total sq ft (minus the second floor space where the stairs will come up) will be about 600. (I guess I’ll have to update the header image, yet again!)

I had a contractor give me a quote for them to install a cement stem wall foundation. Came to about $6500. That was for just the concrete pour… no floor or anything above it. So, as that is out of my budget, I’ve reverted back to doing it myself (to which I’m sure most of this project will default), and doing the pier system instead of a full cement wall perimeter. That is what I am discussing with the guy that’s doing my permit write up, now. What structural requirements it’ll need to meet…etc.

Meantime, I’ve been doing a LOT of watching videos and reading up on different construction techniques. I think I have the cabin pretty well mapped out in my head as to what materials I want to use…etc. I just have to get the foundation done and I’ll be off to the races.

Side note… in my research, I’ve noticed two distinct themes among the Tiny House movement. You have the group that feels it’s a moral imperative that we (humans) reduce our footprint to the bare minimum and to live otherwise is an immoral choice. I call these folks the Minys (Going tiny because it’s morally superior to living otherwise.) Then there’s the folks that choose to live tiny ONLY because of it’s practicality. It’s cheap, cozy, cool, less hassle… whatever adjectives you want to use. But it’s from a practical perspective only. There is no moral implication from this person’s perspective. I call these people Pinys. (P for practical and M for moral… in case you didn’t catch the references.)

Which are you… a Piny or a Miny? (To clarify, most Minys ALSO are Pinys but Pinys can’t be Minys. Otherwise, they’d just be a Miny, not a Piny.)  Got that?  :-)

I’ll leave you with a picture of our dog, Phinny. Since I hate posting without having at least one picture in the post. Ha!

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13 thoughts on “Are you a Miny or a Piny?

  1. Me again….Allison told me to comment, so here you go. :) From 196 sq ft to 600 sq ft?? Why the change and the bigger size?

    And I am definitely a Piny. hee-hee

    • Well, it’s a very simple 600 (a square box) and it was mainly due to my changing it so that the entire upstairs is usable instead of a small sleeping loft (which I never counted in the original sq ft count, because of that.)

      But it’s still tiny. Don’t you worry. :-)

      Judging from your own home building project, I definitely knew you were a Piny. Ha!

  2. Most certainly a Piny.
    If you want any insider information about how to do a post and pier foundation, let me know. It was the single hardest thing we did in the whole build, but it was so worth it.

    • Thanks, Laura. Any information you can provide would be much appreciated. No sooner do I think I have a handle on the situation, that becomes evident I don’t. Ha!

      My biggest concerns have to do with the permit process and building everything to pass inspections. That is the wholly unpleasant part of this entire thing.

      • It’s not that we couldn’t feasibly pay rent. It’s that we are morally opposed to throwing money at something that we do not personally own. So it’s kind of a meld of the morality of money along with practical use of it.

      • I understand what you mean. My purpose for the Miny and Piny distinctions is to identify those that think that living in a large home is somehow morally inferior to living in a smaller footprint home. And “moral” being defined as “Concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character.” You don’t think someone else paying rent to have somewhere to live is necessarily wrong or bad behavior (at least I don’t think you are saying that.) It’s just for YOU, it’s not the right thing to do. Under my two distinctions, that would still be more of a Piny than a Miny. (If you watch a lot of Portlandia, you’ll see some perfect examples of a Miny… ha!)

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