When it comes to living in a tiny home, there’s a lot to take into consideration. It’s not always easy to create a comfortable environment when you have such a limited amount of space to work with. One important factor when it comes to your comfort is the temperature. So when it comes down to cooling your tiny house, what are your options? Here are some examples of systems to consider for your next tiny house air conditioner.
fEven in an everyday large home, storage can sometimes come at a premium. Things are ten times smaller and therefore ten times tougher to do in a tiny house. One of the great things to come out of the tiny house movement is the unique ways that people have come up to find more room in their tiny space. Here are some examples of brilliant tiny house storage ideas.
One of the questions I’m frequently asked when someone is building a tiny house and they make it to the interior is “where do I find the interior pine tongue and groove planking (siding)?” I had the same question when I built my first house. I remember wandering the lumber isles of Home Depot clueless. Even describing it to an associate didn’t help as they didn’t know what I was talking about. The problem is that it’s not a hot seller outside the tiny house crowd. There aren’t too many people covering their basement walls with this stuff like there once was. However, it’s great for tiny houses since it’s lightweight, durable against the vibrations encountered in a tiny house on the road, and installs easily.
I finally finished the roof last week as well as three more videos!
So I celebrated with a beer (or two, or…). I have a way of finding reasons to celebrate the smallest of achievements :)
I personally like the look of the metal roof, but I know it’s not for everyone. The problem is that there aren’t many alternatives that are as strong (for the high winds that are experienced while moving a house) and as lightweight as metal. The last time I was at my roofing supplier they had a brochure for a shake style metal roof that I thought looked pretty great. It has all the great qualities of a metal roof while also having a more natural appearance. I think I might use it on a house real soon. Below is a random image I found online so that you know what I’m talking about.
As I’ve said before, I still have a few miscellaneous items to finish on the exterior, but I think I am going to come back to those later and do some work on the interior now.
I picked up the remainder of the supplies I need to finish the interior. I do most of my shopping at Home Depot because I have found them to be cheaper overall than Lowes (which is actually closer to me). Lately though I have seen that Lowes is offering 5% off when you get one of their “membership rewards” card (like the cards at grocery stores). So when I was at Home Depot I asked the (really helpful) guy at the pro desk if they had something equivalent and low and behold they match the discount when asked. Pretty sweet! It’s like free money (that unfortunately you have to ask for). But now you know :)
My brother recently came back out to my dad’s and tried to finish the roof but we ended up being short two pieces of the gable rake and some screws. I put an order in for the last of it so that will only take a few hours to wrap up once it arrives (and my brother makes it back out there).
The windows were delivered and have been installed. They still have some protective wrapping on them which can be seen in some of the pictures if you were wondering.
The front door was just ordered so we are waiting on that. We won’t be able to finish any more siding on the back of the trailer (front of the house) until that gets installed.
About half of the interior siding has been installed. The Florida humidity is giving my dad a hard time right now as the wood that the siding is made from is very porous and thus easily grows and shrinks with the weather. Its tongue and groove so if it shrinks after it is installed it’s not that give of a deal (the tongue and groove prevent you from seeing any spaces between the boards when it shrinks), but if it grows after it is installed then it wants to pop off the walls (not good). So he is leaving some of the wood out in the open (in the house) to expand before he puts it up.
Both long sides of the house are practically done. He can’t begin on the short ends until the roof is done (in addition to the front door going in) since the scaffolding is attached to the house there. The siding is stained before it is installed so that you don’t see any unstained strips in the event that the wood contracts after being installed. I have only been able to see the house in pictures but my brother says he loves it and it feels really cozy.
I’m really looking forward to going back down there in a couple months.
I’ve just put the finishing touches on the plans and the wiring diagram for this house. I still need to complete the materials list and the build manual before I release them but I’m optimistically shooting for August 1st. Then I will start updating the first set of plans and materials list. I will also start selling the manual separately for people who want to see what goes into building a tiny house but haven’t quite decided on a set of plans.