The Little House On The Driveway



My personal motto is, “Live all the way.” And, girl, do I ever.

I have made it my mission to live a life that is full and adventurous and BIG. I scrape together enough money to travel whenever possible. I take on hundreds (okay, maybe only dozens) of projects at a time. I explore new foods and meet new people and attempt to experience as much as I can of the world around me.

But I also live a life that is small—I try not to collect too many things. I have an old beat-up car that might not make it much longer, but I don’t really have the heart or the finances to replace her. I have repainted and repurposed all kinds of things rather than collecting something new. I am trying to slow down more and gather moments to rest and pray and be still.

My latest endeavour is both my BIGGEST and also my littlest project to date. It is grand, noisy, ambitious … and it’s parked in my sister’s driveway.

At 98 square feet, it is a huge under-taking that will result in a very, very, very tiny house on wheels. (Imagine if an RV and a log cabin had a baby.)

I dare you to Google “tiny house images.” It’s okay, I can wait for you to come back.

As of right now I have a nearly completed exterior, lights, outlets and running water (even hot water). But I’m still walking around on a subfloor and staring at insulation instead of interior walls.

I don’t always know how to talk about my tiny house in the making. The only time I know what to say is when I talk about the incredible people who have helped along the way.

I can sit at the edge of my wine barrel shower basin and talk about Janet and Todd, my café regulars who gave me the barrel and all the electrical wire I needed to power my house. They brought over a tiny bottle of wine to celebrate when I do move into my home.

I could jump up and down on the sturdy frame and brag about my not-so-little brother who spent a whole weekend teaching me how to frame in windows and doors and roofing beams.

I have stories from the edges of construction site dumpsters that provided studs and wall panels and trim and insulation.

There is a skylight that lets me see the sun and the rain above my future kitchen sink. A stranger named Ben gave me the skylight and my new friend Jeff came over a few weeks ago to install it on a much-too-cold day.

Oh, and that spot where the sink is going to go? That sink—that glorious, white, farmhouse sink—was sold to me for $40 by a cabinet-maker a couple miles from my house.

I can look at nearly every corner of this absurd little house and tell you about how much my sister, Adina, loves me. She is not only letting me build a house in her driveway, but she is helping me every step of the way. She has solved plumbing puzzles and read electrical books and wielded a left-handed saw, all on my behalf.

My teeny tiny space is quickly filling up with all kinds of treasured tales. And I think I finally figured out how my need to live BIG and my desire to minimize can work together to make something new and grand and quiet and quaint, all at once.



Pssssssttt. Lovelys, want to be part of showing Sarah some Big LOVE? We do. Check out what we have up our sleeve. Today only.

[Don’t tell Sarah. ;)]


Sarah Joslyn
I’m more likely to answer to Sars than Sarah. That’s because years ago my brothers started calling me Sars and, as the name implies, it was infectious. I’m a self-proclaimed writer-photographer-Jesuslover-painter-adventurer-foodie. I have a near obsession with ending injustice and I’m a sucker for a good cause. I blog about life and building a tiny house at
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  1. So excited that instead of just following your tiny house project on Facebook that we could read more of your heart and get to participate in real time from afar. How wonderful! Yay #tinyjoslynhouse!

  2. What a fun project! And YES — more pictures, please. Where will this lovely small house be planted, once it’s done??

    • Sarah Joslyn Sarah Joslyn says:

      It’s on wheels, so I have time to figure it out. For a couple years I’ll probably stay in the driveway. I post photos on my Instagram @sarsjoslyn and also on my blog. 🙂

  3. Megan Gahan says:

    I wanted, like, a trillion more photos of the house! But, as always, your words paint their own gorgeous picture. Your tiny house is a BIG accomplishment, and such a testament to your creativity and tenacity. Proud of you friend. Hope you’re insanely proud of you too.

  4. Sarah, I just love you. You and your tiny house are a huge inspiration.

    • Sarah Joslyn Sarah Joslyn says:


      Thank you for helping me with my stove. You are totally part of the stories I’m collecting.

  5. Every time I think about your tiny house, or see a photo of it, I’m just in awe. It’s like a 3D-representation of your big, wild, brave imagination. Can’t wait to stand inside it once it’s done. I’m so proud to know you, friend. <3

  6. I saw a discussion of tiny houses a few years ago and it captured my heart. and I LOVE knowing someone who is doing it! Praise be for the people who have helped, and for all of us affirming our sacred, mustard-seed dreams of beauty!

  7. Leah Kostamo says:

    Very cool! In the wee hours of the night, when I can’t sleep I often google tiny homes and spend an hour drooling over these little masterpieces. I actually have a secret (or not so, now) dream to have a little village of tiny houses on our community farm. 🙂 Keep up the great work!

    • Sarah Joslyn Sarah Joslyn says:

      That is my life goal, Leah! A community of tiny houses. Maybe I need to move north and help you start building!!

  8. I love everything about this. And you, right in the middle of this.

  9. Sherry Naron says:

    You are my hero! LOVE your tiny house!

  10. Bev Murrill says:

    You.Are.One.Amazing.Woman, Sars. There’s no stopping you. Today, a tiny house. Tomorrow… the bloomin’ world! Kudos!

  11. Saskia Wishart says:

    I am estatic about you and your tiny house. You inspire me Sarah Joslyn to live both small (in my already tiny European house), and large with experiences! Lots of love to you wild girl!


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