I know, I know, there haven't been any updates for a year on our tiny house living situation (and not many followers here seem interested, everyone else is rich, lol).
So here you go. First, the past posts on this topic were:
- Tiny Mobile Living with a German Shepherd Dog (how it all started, yeah)
- Tiny Mobile Living Update (interesting BIG Photo Story, yippee)
- Fridge or No fridge? (the challenges of starting out...)
- Going Shopping with Dog (GOING, because the truck is in repair!)
- Daily Dog Meal (the type of meal we currently eat everyday...)
And now, the UPDATE, yeah!
So this is the house how it looks right now, 15 months after starting out on this journey:
Three solar panels now, yippee!
For the (almost always) sunny south in Portugal that's plenty - I know already, as we arrived back there mid winter, the route you see next - but for the often rainy north (and all the more for the UK, all of Canada and two thirds of the USA) I am sure it will be insufficient...
As you can see, there's still no cash left for beauty.
Why the panels are at the back of the house?
We'll get back to that later.
As you can see, we still have no insulation (no funds). This allows a good view on how the house is built. What you see there are the metal sheet sandwich walls, metal studs, and diagonal wind braces - which by the way served us GREAT: In the kind of heavy storms on the coast I felt SO GLAD I had added them!
Wondering why the house is so empty suddenly?
Because most of the stuff is in storage in Lisbon, to have the house "empty" (sort of) to be able to work on the inside.
Well, soon, hopefully.
Why storage in Lisbon?
Because in the Algarve they wanted a minimum of €80 / $95 per month for just 3sqm / 32sqft (stacked high, it's enough), and I find that outrageous expensive. As we had to go north anyway, for truck inspection, I decided to rent storage space in Lisbon because, surprise, in Portugal's capital I got the same size of storage for just €27 / $32 per month. Not foreseeing how long we will stay up north (remember, last time the truck was in repair for 3 months, after inspection), this cost saving is crucial.
I am showing you the left side of the house because... what you see there is the life-saving benefit of having solar power. Look closer.