The resources/links that follow have inspired us in the building of VardoForTwo. As a special note to my MCS tribe, the materials and processes used in the building of the vardo and tiny homes are NOT NECESSARILY MCS-safe. We used the inspiration from these builders to craft our version of a safe home, the work of turning inspiration into real time mcs-sweat equity is the stuff of this blog.
Jay Shafer is the founder of Tumbleweed Tiny Houses. He's become a very visible and influential force for the creation of purposefully built tiny homes. I first learned of Tumbleweed in the Summer of 2007. I was living alone in Anacortes, Wa ... life was getting more and more unstable and yet I was sharing living space with a wonderful earth angel, Lizzie,who took me in, offered me friendship, respect, affordable arrangements and access to the internet. I offered my knowledge of Feng Shui, the teachings of Hawai`i as Makua o`o and read more than two dozen books in the span of two months. Those books would be the last books I read before sensitivity to inks, paper and whatever else goes into book-binding made holding books difficult.
By late summer of 2007 Pete and I were back together and were signed up for one of Jay Shafer's early build-your own tiny home workshops. Pete wasn't sure of the whole thing. But the entire road trip from Anacortes, Wa. to Bodega Bay, Ca and Jay's workshop lay the foundation for building VardoForTwo. Link to Jay Shafer's website for floor plans you can buy to build your tiny or not so tiny house. The site has a blog that includes others interested in tiny homes.