posted by Joe Anaya on March 2nd, 2015

If you’ve read our blog, you know I’m a little handy around the house. But here’s the problem — I get bored.

I’ve tiled a bathroom and after the first few tiles, I felt like I got the hang of it. Then the next challenge was laying an entire room at a diagonal, then it was making the odd cuts around the toilet. That was fun for a bit. Then I was bored by the process.

Fortunately for me, well let’s admit it, fortunately for my wife and therefore fortunately for me, the bathroom was small enough that I was able to push through my wandering thoughts and had a newly tiled bathroom that was the product of my handy work. Pretty nice.

I built a waist-high fence in our front yard. 25 feet long with a nice Asian design of my own making. A day to plan and buy materials and a day to build, viola. Done. Next thing you know, I’m standing on my porch taking compliments from my neighbors.

Our unnecessarily long back yard needed a fence. I took a look at how many fence posts I’d need to dig and how many planks I’d need to nail up and said, “Let’s hire someone.”

I love the idea of building an entire house. The idea. I’d design it; build the foundation, put up the wall studs, etc. etc. Well, maybe not the electricity. I don’t want my house to burn down because I used aluminum connection caps instead of copper or whatever. Other than that, I’d love to do it all.

However, I know after the first few drywall tapings or after the first cabinet, or really probably both at the same time because I would have started one project, gotten bored, then moved to the next, leaving a wake of half finished projects, I’d get bored and lose interest.

Then I discovered the world of tiny houses. They are similar to houses; the way slot cars are similar to cars.

They are loosely defined as houses smaller than 500 square feet (a lot of them are barely over 100 square feet) often built on a trailer frame. Typically, a loft bed, double duty kitchen table/office, ultra-efficiently laid out and designed for maximum living in a minimum space. Usually inhabited by young DINKs trying to leave a smaller footprint or empty nesters exaggerating the idea of downsizing. Perfect for A.D.D. wanna-be builders like me.

Just after I get good at welding the plumbing and just before I get bored, the plumping will be done. And so on with the roofing, the siding, heck I may try my hand at electrical. Now I just have to find a place to put this house.

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