The “whys”

The past couple weeks have been slow in the progress department due to our trip to Indiana and some necessary overtime at The Mr’s 9-5 job, so I don’t have any big reveals for ya today. Instead, let’s take a few minutes to unpack the reasons behind why we are going from an average family to a SpartanFamily: Continue reading


Spartan Honeyhole

For those of you reading who are part of the vintage trailer world: you have probably heard of Dan Piper from Because, seriously, Dan IS the man.

For those of you who are from my hometown in north central Indiana: I am about to blow your minds by showing you something that you never knew was in your own backyard.

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You Can Stop Holding Your Breath Now….Or Maybe You Shouldn’t

The results are in and the news ain’t good, folks. If you’ve been following along with us, you know that we sent off a sample of our beloved floor tile to be tested, and it turns out our atomic tile is 4% asbestos. Though it isn’t the news we were hoping for, we aren’t giving up hope of salvaging our master bedroom floor. This just means the process to get there is going to be a bit more involved than we originally planned. Continue reading

My Kind of Art

Before we start any more demo. Before we figure out how we’re going to actually live in this tiny house. Before we make any of the thousands of decisions that lie ahead on this journey, I thought I would take the evening to honor all of the craftsmen and craftswomen who engineered, machined, wired, stained, trimmed, plumbed, sawed and poured their lives and imagination into this amazing piece of art. Continue reading

All By Myselllellelf

The Mr and SpartanKiddo took off for a 24 hr trip to visit SpartanGranny & SpartanPapaw, leaving me and SpartanDog to fend for ourselves. Before they left, Kiddo and I took the pup for a ride to TSC (that’s Tractor Supply Company for all y’all Northerners), a nail trimming and then gave him a bath in the backyard. All of which completely exhausted SpartanDog, so he has basically slept the rest of the day away. (Which is basically just like every other day, but I was trying to make him feel better with the excuse.) Continue reading

What’s in a Floor?

I’m feeling a little Shakespearean today, and had trouble landing on the right title for this post. It was a toss up between “What’s in a Floor?” and “Asbestos? or Not Asbestos? That is the Question”. If you read my first post, you know how much I love the original flooring in the Spartan. I mean, it’s REALLY cool. Here’s a close up of a few tiles I cleaned up in the bedroom:

The colors were probably brighter in '56, but I dig the soft hues.
The colors were probably brighter in ’56, but I dig the soft hues. They look even better in person!

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She’s hoooo-oooome!!

This is the day that our nerves have been preparing for: moving day! But this wasn’t your typical “moving day”. There were no boxes marked KITCHEN, nor a Uhaul in sight. No, this was the day that we moved our new house to our old house. We’ve decided that the easiest (and cheapest) way for us to do this renovation is to stick the Spartan in our backyard – no lot fee or second mortgage, no worry about maintaining property elsewhere, and daily access for completing tasks big or small. It just makes sense! Continue reading

Spartan Day One!

Yesterday marked Day 1 of a new adventure for our family. We purchased a 1956 Spartan Imperial Mansion – with full intentions to renovate it for daily living. That’s right, we bought a 59 year old trailer for our family of 3, and we are ECSTATIC!! Actually, right now we’re just anxious to get her moved home because, well, she needs some work.

We don’t have a good pic of the outside because she’s still in storage, but here’s a crappy pic in case you have no concept of what a Spartan is.

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