After discussing the Tiny House movement back in June, let me bore you with my tiny house design!
(This is copy has been adjusted to proper measurements, as well as being much cleaner.)
This designed for a 24 by 8 foot trailer, however, trailer can possibly be made to 8 feet, 6 inches wide depending on state laws. The total height can only be 13 feet, 6 inches, but I am assuming that includes the trailer. I fully acknowledge the traffic choke point between the couch and the stairs. That’s why I am hoping I can build on an 8′ 6″ trailer.
Stairs my dogs could climb and a big comfy couch to read and watch TV on were two necessities. The couch fits over the wheel-well of the trailer and so can be built right into wall and have drawers underneath it for extra storage. On the opposite side, the wheel-well can provide the basis of a shelf for my Blu-Ray player, iPod dock, etc. The couch and folding coffee table designs I am working on. I have built furniture before, and fortunately I like Shaker design (Mission is about as elaborate as I can go), so it’s relatively easy. My desk (in the back) is portrayed as fully “deployed,” but it’s an antique flip-top desk (and I will be using on a laptop) so will be a space saver in the long run. All the clothes will be kept downstairs in the sideboard and under-stair closet. With the low ceiling, there really isn’t any room to dress in the sleeping loft.
I’m trying to figure out the windows in the sleeping loft. The common wisdom is “dormer windows” which would go over the head of the bed, but I have had skylights in my studio bedroom and they are a pain in the ass when you want to sleep in mornings. I think I would rather have a window in the back wall for airflow. Put LED sconce lighting in that wall at the head of the bed.
Everything is electric, and I would have solar panels separately mounted outside. There are some very safe and effective heating units, and compact A/C/ units as well. (A/C is a necessity in NC.) A tankless, on-demand, water heater would be housed outside at the “front” of the trailer (which is the end with the bathroom). In the kitchen, instead of a stove I would use portable induction burners which can be stored away (under the convection oven) when not in use.
Drawer refrigerators are hella expensive! But energy efficient.
My boss has a corner sink in her kitchen, it is an awesome space saver.
I don’t make much money beyond what I can subsist on, so this would be a very long term project. However, given how expensive it is becoming to live in some parts of the country, including Maine, having my own roof over my head is probably the wisest choice to make in the long run. Even if it is a tiny roof. So this is not only a good decision environmentally, but financially. I can’t keep spending 1/3 of my income on rent. I would have to take a second job to build it tho’, or move up the administrative chain (which I really do not want to move out of the department level). 😦
So that’s my “I swear, it’s not a pipe dream.”
P.S. Part of me feels like I’m 10 and dreaming of building a club house.