Who are you guys?
Hello! We’re Erin and Rob Hayward. We’re live on the Space Coast in Florida with our super cool dog, Proton.
Rob is a research physicist developing software for medical physics applications. Erin runs Proton Paperie & Press, a boutique printmaking studio (because her art degree was her backup plan in case physics didn’t work out).
Why are you doing this?
After graduating from Georgia Tech with our PhDs in nuclear engineering, we moved to France for a couple of years. There, we found that living in a 500 sq ft apartment gave us more than enough room… and Erin found out about the tiny house movement and quickly became obsessed. Now that we’re back in the US, we’re building a tiny house to master new skills and to bring us closer to our goals of financial independence and freedom.
Do you know what you’re doing?
Hmm… not really. We have no background in construction, but we know how to do our research! We’ll probably make a lot of mistakes, but hopefully we’ll have something resembling a house in the end.
Why put a house on a trailer?
The tiny house movement started to put houses on trailers as a way to get around building codes — many places around the US declare a space unfit for habitation if it’s less than several hundred (and in some cases, several thousand!) square feet. While there are some reasons behind these rules, the general premise that a house needs to be huge is just silly.
Additionally, the house can move!! Before our move to Florida, careers in academia seemed likely… and the life of an early-career academic can mean moving a lot, every couple of years. In the end, Rob got a permanent industry job, so we’ll be staying in Florida for quite a while. When we finish the house, we’ll probably find a place for it to live semi-permanently (and Florida is a pretty RV/travel trailer friendly place)… but I envision a huge long-term roadtrip sometime in the house’s future! 🙂