I’m Chris. I’m a 30-year-old who has always resisted being “tied down,” and has had a tendency to make snap decisions whenever I feel the weight of conformity on my shoulders. I have tried to avoid living situations which cause me to feel like I can’t quit a job or start an adventure. I spent my 20’s horsing around as much as possible. I’ve lived in a van for periods of time, and I’ve traveled cross-country by van and by bicycle. I once bought a box truck with a credit card and moved to Key West to live in it. I usually live in Pennsylvania. This is home base.
Kristin is my artistic and creative girlfriend, and Daisy is her small-dog sidekick and our little buddy. Kristin teaches private lessons for piano and voice and will be returning to West Chester University in the fall to get a teaching degree. Eliminating rent payments will make that goal easier.
I have no prior housebuilding experience, but I am comfortable with tools and I can follow instruction. I’ve been researching building techniques and following the progress of others’ projects, with a special focus on tiny houses and the “tiny house movement.”
I left my job as a bicycle mechanic in Philadelphia, and I am now a full-time coffee drinker who is chipping away at a modest savings to build a house. I don’t know what is next, but I have faith that creating a rent-free scenario will open up opportunities to turn goofy ideas into reality. I privately hope that one of those ideas might generate money, but I’m not breaking a sweat about it. Worry guides people into boring situations. My goal is to survive with a smile – as much as possible.
My folks are the ones who have a modest-sized piece of land. On this property of less than one acre, I have commandeered the little section next to the woods, and so far they’re going along with it. I’m trying to keep the big house clean and put the dishes where they belong so I don’t outstay my welcome before the tiny house is complete. We all watch tv and eat together frequently. It’s been nice.
My sister and Karl and my 8-month-old nephew, Benjamin, are in the area frequently. Benjamin learned to crawl yesterday, and keeping tabs on his progress is a major factor in my decision to leave Philadelphia sooner rather than later.
The words and photos here are my document of this project.