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The tiny house trend
Teacher decides to follow tiny home craze and builds one of her own in her backyard
February 7, 2019
Although at face value French Teacher, Lynne Guerne’s new house may seem small, but the journey to build it has been anything but that.
After watching “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” and seeing the new tiny house trend take over HGTV, Guerne first got the idea of building her future home.
“I was watching the tiny house shows and I was really fascinated by them,” Guerne said, “part of it was the trend of minimizing, it was at the same time the movie minimalism came out and I went and saw minimalism and I was fascinated by that too so there were a bunch of things that happened at the same time.”
After talking with her son who lives in Colorado, Guerne decided to build a tiny home of her own.
“I can move it to Colorado if I wanted to, my mom lives in Washington, so I could move it to Washington,” Guerne said, “there were a lot of things in my mind when I was thinking about it.”
The next step in her process was to figure out how to even build a home.
Prior to doing this I had never used a saw before, I had never used a nail gun, I had never of done any of those things,”
— Lynne Guerne
“Prior to doing this I had never used a saw before, I had never used a nail gun, I had never of done any of those things,” Guerne said.
In need of inspiration, Guerne looked for a workshop to help her learn how to build a tiny house.
She ended up attending a weekend workshop out of curiosity and “there were all these people at the workshop who had built their own tiny houses and I thought well if they can do it, so can I,” Guerne said.
With the help of friends, Guerne has been able to build her tiny home.
“I was one of the first people who would go to Home Depot with her and we would pick up lumber,” said Spanish teacher Jill Cova.
Spanish teacher Ben Soper also helped Guerne with the foundation of her home.
“I helped her a lot at the beginning to get her trailer frame set up correctly and basically the foundation started,” Soper said.
Guerne has had lots of help throughout the whole experience.
“I’ve had one of my students’ moms volunteer a friend of theirs and he has come to help me,” Guerne said.
For the more important and crucial aspects of her home, she has hired contractors to ensure the job was done correctly.
“I’ve hired out a couple of things, so I’ve hired somebody to do the sighting and the roofing for me and I’ve hired somebody to put in all the kitchen cabinets for me to make sure those are all done correctly,” Guerne said.
Guerne has had some complications during the time she has spent building her future home.
“I’ve had walls fall down, I’ve had plumbing that didn’t go right,” Guerne said.
However, all of these obstacles are going to pay off very soon.
Guerne says she believes her tiny home will be done this spring, there are just a few more pieces to finish.
“I have some electrical to do and I have my drains to figure out, so the water from the shower or the vanity and the kitchen sink, I have to figure out where it is going to go,” Guerne said, “I have a few more pieces of furniture to build.”