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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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The best tiny house trailer manufacturers & how to choose

Choosing the right trailer to start your tiny house build is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. When I started my house there was no such thing as a tiny house trailer. I had to design my own modification to a traditional flatbed trailer. However, that’s not the case anymore. Countless trailer manufacturers have started making tiny house trailers, hoping to make a buck or two off the tiny house craze. But not all tiny house trailers are created equally! Make sure you get a trailer by a manufacturer who has been building tiny house trailers for years, […]

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Book Review: Tiny House Design & Construction Guide

Dan Louche’s Tiny House Design & Construction Guide is truly one of the most important tiny house resources you can buy. From my personal experience, I can say it’s the best “how to build a tiny house” book I know of, and one that I referenced a lot when building my tiny house. (I’d say my house turned out really well, thanks in part to this book!) I’m writing this review because Dan has recently released an updated 2nd edition of the book that contains 50% more content including 38 more images and illustrations! The book was great before, and […]

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 […]

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Choosing a tiny house building plan

Choosing a tiny house building plan is a big part of your journey toward living in a tiny house. But how do you pick one? Ryan and Amy at The Tiny Life just created an awesome resource to help make the process of choosing a tiny house plan much easier. They only reviewed tried and true plans for houses that have been built and lived in, and mine is among the plans they reviewed! Ryan and Amy laid out 16 criteria for what to look for in different tiny house plans, from road height to roof type to number of […]

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Film Review: “Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary”

My partner, Anjali, and I recently had the honor of pre-screening the much-anticipated Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary by Jeremy Beasley. I loved it so much that I HAD to write a review and share this all with you! First off, if you haven’t see the trailer yet, take a peek below. [social_share] My review: 5 stars! After seeing the film myself, I can say with certainty that it’s the best tiny house documentary to date! It’s beautifully filmed and edited, but that’s not what makes it special. What got me is that the characters are REAL, their […]

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 […]

Envi convection panel heater

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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