Couple built tiny house entirely from scratch – even milling their own lumber
Clara and Edwin Bobrycki were starting to miss the wilderness of California. They had been living in a small bedroom in the concrete jungles of San Diego, slowly burning themselves out with work and study. With high rent costs and even higher student loan debt headed their way, they both separately started to wonder if this way of life was really for them.
Little did they know that they were both having these secret thoughts. It wasn’t until they shared their dreams of tiny home living away from the hustle and bustle of city life that they realised they were on the same wavelength.
And this is where their journey began. They gave themselves two months to quit school, leave their jobs, move to Northern California, and start their tiny home adventure. Over the next two and a half years, they would craft their tiny timber-framed home on wheels – even going so far as to mill the timber themselves, courtesy of a friend who owned a mill.
Clara and Edwin purchased a trailer in Southern California and towed it to North Carolina, setting it up on a friend’s 27-acre piece of land in Mountain Ranch, California. Here, they would live with their Labrador, Whiskey, with more time for adventures and a far better work-life balance.
Clara started working part-time as a server while studying to become a registered nurse, while Edwin launched a tiny home business with some of his carpenter friends. It, of course, helped that they had just built their own home from the ground up.
Clara and Edwin not only milled their own timber to create their home, but they also did all of the stud framing, windows, flooring, plumbing, electrics, and sheetrock themselves. By the time they had completed their home, they had spent $30,000, not including labour. Now, they are almost a year into living their ultimate tiny home dream, and they couldn’t have asked for a better way of life.