I’m shopping for trailer quotes from manufacturers in Iowa, and realizing it’s somewhat difficult to convey exactly what I need. For anyone interested, here’s my list of desires in a custom trailer. Dual-axel, flatbed Total width (including wheels) of 8 feet – frame/deck width approx 82″ 20 foot long deck (or 22′ or 24′) 10,000 or more GVWR (2 5k+ axles) Electric breaks and lights Drop-axel for approx. 18″ deck height (instead of standard 20″-24″) No dovetail, ramps, side rails, or any other features (wood decking is even optional) Now here’s the tricky part, something I realize I may have […]
In planning my tiny house, another issue I am facing is how to deal with moisture control. The biggest moisture source will be hot showers, but cooking (especially with a propane stove) can also add moisture to the air in the house. Not knowing where my final destination/climate will be, I need to make precautions to avoid future mold/mildew problems. In the mild seasons I can prevent too much moisture build-up by simply cracking a window or two (always a good idea when cooking with propane, anyway). I plan to get as much light and air into the house as […]
Going to a tiny house workshop is the best way to learn all of the ins and outs of tiny houses, the problems you may face when building/living in one, and options for construction and systems design. Last fall, I had the pleasure of attending a workshop lead by Dee Williams of Portland Alternative Dwellings. I plan to attend more if I can. Maybe you’ll see me at one of the events below! Here are some upcoming tiny house workshops and events in 2013: Portland Alternative Dwellings February 23th & 24th (stats in just a few days!) April 27th & […]
Maybe I’ll start a weekly link list…we shall see. Here’s a roundup of some great tiny house links from this week (or so). Vincent at TinyHouseTalk gives a fantastic overview of the design process. Colin’s Coastal Cabin is a big hit! So many beautiful tiny homes on Tiny House Swoon Absolutely brilliant tiny house solar roof. Great space-saving ladder and stair designs. Brand new tiny house for sale.
On my daily dog walk, I see some fantastic examples of modern architecture here is the Newlands neighborhood of Boulder. Within just 4 or 5 blocks are countless inspirations made with wood and aluminum, clean lines and eye-catching angles, interesting materials and impeccable details. Below is a sampling of what I see on a regular basis. With all of this great design to draw on, I’m aiming high with my own plans — seeking a modern yet cozy appearance for my tiny home-to-be. Do you have a favorite source of inspiration? Share it in the comments below!
Just started a funding campaign. Generous sponsors will receive on-site demos or even a 3-night stay in the completed house! Check it out!
If you’re like me, you’ve already committed to building one of these tiny little home-like-things. But for most, I’m sure there is a little hesitancy about the lack of space afforded by tiny house living. Well, for those who want to “try before they buy” — there’s an option for that. Check out the Bayside Bungalow – at $70/night, it’s not only a great alternative to a hotel room, but it’s first-hand tiny house experience that can’t be beat. I wish I could check it out myself. If you find yourself in Washington, wanting a night or two in Olympia, […]
Wanted: Any and all barnwood, reclaimed flooring, left-over 2-by’s, plywood, wood beams, decking, or any other usable wood that you would like removed. Do you have a old barn on your property? I’d be happy to help demolish the thing and clean up the area in exchange for the usable wood remains. Are you a contractor? If you have leftovers from a recent contraction project that you’d have to pay to dispose of, I’ll gladly haul them away at no cost. Are you a homeowner/remodeler? Do you have scraps from a recent remodeling project? Avoid disposal hassles and fees, and […]
I’ve been having an internal debate over whether I want the purity of all natural wood walls, or if that amount of wood will overwhelming and make me sick after a while. Paint fumes may make me sick in another way, but I’m leaning more and more towards a cleaner white look for the walls, though I don’t know how best to achieve it. Carrie and Shane Caverly of Clothesline Tiny Homes did a great job using drywall. They seem to have some tricks up there sleeves involving flexible mud and tape to prevent cracking during travel. I’m not sure […]
As I continue to refine my plans and attempt to think of all problems before they arise, and am left with a few hang-ups. One being: How do I winterize my exterior plumbing? And: How should I design to reduce the need/headache for winterization, if I end up living in a climate where cold winters are a reality? I’m still seeking answers to these questions, and would love your input. One thing I am considering is to keep as much of the graywater drainage within the insulated walls, only exiting in the house in one, or maybe two spots. This is […]