Who Are We (And Why Are We Doing This?)


Operation: Off the Grid is our attempt to demonstrate the feasibility of a zero-impact life in an urban environment; to do so, we are attempting to construct a solar-powered tiny home with as many locally sourced materials as possible.

As you may or may not yet have gathered from our videos, we are far from experts in tiny home design…and have very minimal experience in construction…which makes us perfectly suited for this challenge?…

To get a sense of who we are and why we decided to embark on Operation: Off the Grid, check out our Introduction Video (because videos are more fun than text), or read on:

“We” are Reid Pletcher and Kae Fink, a goofy and fun-loving couple living who moved from Salt Lake City, Utah (where Operation: Off the Grid originated) to Lakewood, CO. We began this tiny house build journey as unashamed novices in the realm of design and build.

Reid is originally from Ketchum, ID, and graduated in 2012 from the University of Colorado. Following collegiate and professional successes in Nordic skiing, Reid moved on to the more prestigious realm of American Ninja Warrior athletics (you’ll find his run at the Oklahoma City Finals on Season 8!). While living in Salt Lake City, Reid worked part-time selling bicycles and training and competing with the speedskating team at the Utah Olympic Oval. Following 18 months at Invenergy, LLC in Denver working as a renewable energy developer, Reid is now pursuing custom vehicle conversions full-time at Titan Vans in Boulder. He enjoys diesel trucks and softshell pants and is strangely capable of unicycling while spinning fire.

Kae is originally from Bedford, NH, and graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 2016 with dual degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Economics. Following a year living in Idaho and training full-time for Nordic skiing, Kae moved to Utah to pursue a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and also worked as a part-time gardener. Since the summer of 2018, Kae has worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a lithium-ion battery researcher (which allows her to both build and destroy batteries on a daily basis). Kae loves getting lost in the woods, climbing (rocks are alright, but buildings and random objects are better), and snacks (preferably chocolate) at any and all times.

With the help of some amazing sponsors, we are tackling Operation: Off the Grid (albeit much slower than initially anticipated) and are psyched to share the process with you! We hope that aspiring tiny home dwellers, regardless of expertise, will find inspiration in our experience (and hopefully avoid some of our pitfalls : ) Please feel free to reach out to us with questions, comments, or suggestions – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

–Reid and Kae