Fisher, a German native who has spent the last 20 years living in the US, was a real estate agent in Vancouver, Washington, when the pandemic struck.
She made the decision to start a new project after her firm unexpectedly experienced a significant slowdown.
Her goal was to build a small mobile house that she could use to tour the nation.
“A people person, I am. I must be connecting with people, but due to my social withdrawal, I was unable to do so.
That’s why I decided to construct my ideal mobile house “Fisher spoke with Insider. Misty, my little wagon, was something I built to keep myself stable.
“My original plan was to construct a 200-square-foot tiny house, but I also wanted to go on another trip.
It doesn’t tow well with a tiny house that size, so I reduced it down to what you would call a “vardo,” “said Fisher.
A vardo is a classic Romani caravan house, usually dragged by horses and ornately adorned.
“I didn’t want to convert a school bus or anything like that.
I was looking for something I could tow behind my pickup truck, leave in an area I prefer, and yet go get groceries or water without losing my space “Added she.
To obtain a general understanding of the entire building process and to choose where I should start, Fisher stated, “I started conducting research online.”
Although she didn’t have a suitable design in mind for her little house, she claimed that making it as light as possible was her first concern.
“I only knew that I wanted it to be angled out and a little wider at the top than the bottom. I also wanted a sleeping loft and a circular roof there “Added she.
Fisher remarked, “I was fortunate enough to get the lumber shortly before COVID-19, or right about that time, before it became so expensive.
Although I made an effort to utilize as little plywood as possible to keep the structure light, I obtained a lot of cedar and birch plywood.
She added it was important to take special care to select the appropriate materials for the environment.
For her project, cedar is a good building material because it does well in the damp climate of the Pacific Northwest.
Every piece of wood that Fisher used, according to her, was meticulously sawed, sanded, and assembled by hand using either glue or screws.
“I believe I used two liters of glue even though I simply used screws. Besides the windows, I didn’t use any nails “Added she.
Fisher constructed one little window on each side of the tiny house, creating a total of four tiny windows.
She also bought a portable solar panel to power devices like her rechargeable LED lightbulbs because she wanted the house to be completely off the grid.
It was quite difficult to locate competent advice, so I ended up simplifying a lot of things, Fisher said.
“I went with a portable solar panel instead because I had two people bail out on me to install the solar panels and all that stuff.”
When I was younger, I drove a little Dodge van up and down the west coast, so I am aware of how constrained space can be.
She claimed that when she built the tiny home’s cabinets, she concentrated on making sure there was enough room for all of her belongings, including a spice rack.
There is no bathroom in the house thanks to Fisher. She didn’t want the moisture in the house, so she opted to use a flushable camping toilet instead.
Additionally, she uses an outdoor shower setup that consists of a portable water heater to which she can attach a shower head, according to her.
Fisher stated that she wanted something low-maintenance and didn’t want to paint the outside because it constantly peels.
Despite this, she still found that constructing the mobile home’s exterior and seeing it come together from virtually nothing to be her favorite part of the building process.
“Compared to the interiors, I made a lot more progress more quickly outside. The highlight, in my opinion, was just building the structure itself, though it was also enjoyable “Added she.
Fisher claimed that she could only work on the house for about three hours per day due to carpel tunnel syndrome.
I actually completed it the day before I left for a vacation to a tiny house festival in San Diego, according to Fisher.
It was my first journey, and it was about 1,500 miles long, which is crazy for a first trip.
Additionally, Fisher has a YouTube channel where she posts videos about her travels. As of right now, the channel has more than 2,200 subscribers.
She built a pull-out countertop where she can eat her meals and concealed cabinets into her built-in bench seats.
She also stores her clothing in the crawl space under the sleeping loft.
She keeps her water containers underneath the sink, including one five-gallon container for household wastewater and ten gallons of freshwater.
Fisher offers this advice to those who want to follow in her footsteps after reflecting on her experience building a tiny mobile home: Don’t worry about making mistakes.
“Wood construction is very forgiving. Anything can be fixed, after all “Added she.
Because of the high cost of gas, Fisher remarked, “I’ve been staying closer to home rather than touring the entire country.”
Fisher claims she hasn’t visited Vancouver much this year despite living there with five other people.
“I felt like being really social after the social distancing measures were lifted, so I attended a lot of events and volunteered a lot,” Fisher said.
“I meet up with some other van dwellers and am then invited to stay with them. They’ll announce, “Oh, we’re going camping.” Would you like to come? And I simply go with the flow.”