Victor's Tiny Home
We're building a tiny home on wheels for our friend and neighbor Victor, master orchardist and Veteran. His current camper trailer has no electricity and no functional kitchen. Cardboard lines broken windows to keep wind out and tarps cover holes in the roof. Buckets are a necessity during the rainy months. He's made do for 12 years, but we can't imagine it serving him much longer, especially with another wet, cold La Nina winter on it's way. We also question the effects of the trailer's condition on his health, which is already yielding to the effects of Agent Orange exposure from Vietnam.
After returning from Vietnam in the early '70's, Victor worked 80 hrs a week for decades making ends meet. Eventually the effects of AO exposure caught up to him and working a regular job proved impossible. Later he moved into a free trailer and began his dream to plant an orchard on a little corner of land he rents. It's been slow going beating back the blackberries and clearing old mill refuse there, as Victor can't be on his feet long due to affected nerves and circulation. It's also been slow because many of his trees, including an apricot, were grown from seed! Though living in his camper is becoming less feasible and appealing, his dream has been very fruitfull! Victor shares his plums, peaches, apricots, quince, and rare beach plums, along with his orcharding skills, with the neighborhood. He is respected and cherished by many.
Only two years ago did he begin receiving nominal social security - not enough to call an income. Victor has never asked for anything of anyone, be it an individual, organization or agency. Not ever. He's made do, living day to day. At 67 and in his condition, Victor could really use a simple, comfortable, warm, dry & safe home.
A tiny home would be perfect but attaining this goal on limited resources would be nearly impossible for him, so we're helping. Can you help us reach our goal and get Victor's home built before his birthday at the end of November?
We already aquired a ruined '04 trailer and demolished the shell to provide a frame on wheels. It's ready! We're ready, with the design nearly complete and being printed out by Patrick at A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design, my fellow teammate on this project. But we need funds for materials such as insulation, siding, roofing, appliances and more. We have some framing materials and windows already.
It will be so wonderful to see Victor living in a simple comfortable home he, like all of us, deserves. My heart is already full of gratitude for the support we have received thus far. I can only imagine what it will mean to Victor when he lights his first fire in a tiny wood stove in his tiny home, or bakes a pie in his own oven with fruit from his trees, or that first rainstorm he sleeps through without having to check buckets. Thank you!
P.S. We will be putting this home in Trust so that it may always serve someone like Victor, who gives so generously, but needs a place to call home.
We've got materials for the roof left over, but need 4x4 posts, cattle fencing and some other finishing stuff. I'm guessing $300-400 in materials.
A little update about Victor & his tiny home: We have come upon a year since we (in community) started tearing apart a ruined rv & building him a home on those wheels, all with volunteers & donations of $ & materials. Thank you! Despite physical discomfort caused by agent orange poisoning from Vietnam, Victor is happy and comfortable after years of living in undesirable conditions. We moved it to his orchard on land he rents last April, but we still had a porch to build and some water system troubleshooting to do. This is the time it's coming into fruition and that's not only ok, it's wonderful!
This week Gary's Plumbing will be coming to install a filter, pump & pressure system researched by Patrick Martin of A-1 Design Build,who co-designed with me & led the building & completion of this THOW. The generous Bellingham Lions purchased the materials needed for that system. Now the on demand hot water heater will kick into gear again. He didn't have the water pressure needed, so hot water hasn't been much of a thing for Vic...yet.
Victor has firewood for winter and will be cozy and safe! He can cook & do dishes, store food, get clean, read by light, and listen to music. He can even host a guest or two. He is so very grateful.
Next Saturday we intend to relocate it.