Building a house is like a roller coaster…

This summer, we’ve had a lot of people ask us, “Are you guys still working? I haven’t seen much progress.” So we have a little explanation via an analogy. (credit goes to Kyle, Zac and Brandon) 🙂

Building a house is like a roller coaster.

There’s lots of thrilling moments, twists and turns, as well as long hill-climbs. Since we got the trailer the first of May until about the end of June, there were lots of thrilling things going on and lots of visible progress. First a trailer appeared! Then, with one day and 5 strong helpers, BAM! the walls were up! Sheathing, roof framing, decking, and even a red roof made progress look impressive.

Then in July, there came a hill-climb. Lots of work was being done, it was just not near as visible from the glances of the passer-by. Kyle has been plugging away on finishing the trim of the roof for about a month now. You can’t tell anything is happening, but when you look closely, you see the progress.
Before long, viewers will have another thrill as we get the siding up. And then, I expect we’ll hear “You must be finished. When are you moving in?” Well, folks, there’s another LONG hill-climb ahead on the inside!

Another wonderful analogy from Kyle himself – “Building a house is also like reading Lord of the Rings. It’s really exciting until you get to the Counsel of Elrond. Then you have to force yourself to keep going and get through it until the next exciting part.”

The things we entertain ourselves with!

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One thought on “Building a house is like a roller coaster…

  1. Caitlin says:

    Hi Kyle and Danae,

    I am currently in the process of completing my Masters of Interior Architecture and Product Design degree at Kansas State University, and have decided to team up with a classmate of mine and undertake the research, design, and build of a tiny house for our thesis project. We would love to get in touch with you and further discuss your process and feelings on the tiny house movement. Please let me know if you have any interest in this, and I will be happy to share more information with you. I’m not sure if you can see my email or not–if you cannot, please comment back and I will send it to you. Thanks for writing such an inspiring blog! I hope to hear from you soon!

    Cailtin Molenaar (and Morgan Stafford)

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