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Nature's Head composting toilet for tiny house

The best composting toilets for tiny houses

Waste disposal seems to be a very hot topic in the tiny house world, and I just want to weigh in on what I believe to be the best toilet options. Some people may prefer a traditional flush toilet if they can park where they will have a sewage or septic connection (usually an RV park).  But flush toilets use a lot of water and most tiny housers won’t find parking where sewage disposal is easy or possible. For that reason, the #1 solution for a tiny houses toilet (by far!) is a composting toilet. Incinerating toilets and toilets that shrink-wrap […]

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Tiny House Stoves, Cooktops & Ranges

There are many options for cooking in a tiny house. If you are not opposed to using propane in your house (and are already using it for an on-demand, tankless water heater) I highly recommend cooking with propane gas. Propane is far more efficient than electricity for any heating element and in most cases leads a better cooking experience. Propane can be used in smaller RV-style ranges, marine ranges (higher quality stainless steel), permanently installed stovetops and portable cooktops. If you prefer to use electricity, one efficient solution would be to use a portable induction cooktop, which can be stored […]

The Culer SOLO in use in the Tiny Project house

Product Review: Culer SOLO Flash-Evaporative Air Cooler

The kind folks at Culer recently sent me a SOLO Flash-Evaporative Air Cooler to test out in the tiny house environment. With the heat of summer quickly approaching here in Texas, this spring was the perfect time to test this personal cooler for its effectiveness. Here’s my review. Design The Culer SOLO is an attractive and solidly built little appliance. It comes in a cool white color and sports a clean design which I find attractive. It’s made of plastic, but seems robust. It’s designed with a wider base (also its water tank) which is great for stability but does […]

EdgeStar 2.0 Cu. Ft. FastDry Ventless Washer Dryer Combo

Tiny House Laundry: Edgestar washer/dryer combo review

When it comes to ideal use of my time, I think the last place I’d want to spend half a day is at the laundromat. That’s why we at the Tiny Project decided to squeeze a combo washer/dryer unit into our tiny house floorplans. I’ve talked before about tiny house laundry options, but now I’d like to go into more detail about the specific washer/dryer combo that we’ve now been using for almost a year: the Edgestar 2.0 Cu. Ft. FastDry Ventless Washer Dryer Combo (CWD1510) First, Cost This Edgestar unit is more expensive than the cheap and/or manual washing […]

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Tiny House Hot Water: On-demand propane water heaters and important lessons learned

I’ve talked about options for doing laundry in a tiny house, but what about some of the even more basic needs? For most of us (unless you are really roughing it), hot water is something very important. Many people don’t know what the best options are. Here’s my opinion… Benefits of a propane on-demand water heater When it comes to hot water in a tiny house, I’m convinced that a tankless, on-demand system is the best option. There are electric tankless heaters and propane/natural gas heaters. Both are great. Electric models tend to be a bit cheaper, but any electric […]

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Tiny House Appliances: Envi Flat Panel Heater Review

We’ve reviewed our cute stainless steel mini range and our fantastic Panasonic exhaust fan, but what about our other tiny house appliances? Well, those will be reviewed too! Don’t you worry! First let’s discuss our simple but effective Envi convection heater. Envi states that it’s “the world’s first and only 100% pure convection heater.” While this may be true, it’s not the only one of it’s kind. There are other very slim panel-style heaters, like this one sold at Home Depot. However, Envi wrote their own comparison, showing how their product is better. Some ways in which the Envi is […]

Panasonic FV-08WQ1 WhisperWall 70 CFM Wall Mounted Fan

Panasonic Whisperwall Exhaust Fan Product Review

First off, let me say that having an exhaust fan in your tiny house is a must! They are not at all expensive in the grand scheme of things, are fairly easy to install, and will help you in many ways: Reduce/eliminate any bathroom odor from composting toilet Reduce/eliminate any water vapor build-up in the bathroom/house during or after showing Exhaust cooking fumes (and water vapor) created by propane stove Help circulate air throughout the house (helps to cool down loft with loft window open) It is especially necessary to have a means of moisture control in a house like […]

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Product Review: Seaward Princess 2-burner stainless steel range

Now that I’ve lived in the tiny house for almost two months, I plan to begin posting reviews of the many appliances and products I chose to furnish our house with. One of my favorite things about my tiny house is our great little propane stove and oven. Many, many people have asked for details about what model it is and where to get it. So let’s get that done right off the bat! The stove (well, range really — it has an oven too!) is a Seaward Princess 2-burner model. It is a marine-style range, designed for use in […]

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How does one do laundry in tiny house?

In my current design, I have planned for an electric combo washer/dryer unit — that way I have the convenience of doing laundry at home (albeit small amounts at a time) instead of having to find a laundromat. There are many factors to this choice, and I now find myself thinking of simpler, more energy and water efficient options. Some things to consider about having and washer/dryer unit in a tiny house are: Space – unless you use a tiny, portable unit that can be placed in the shower (see below), is it worth using precious floor space for an […]

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