Friday, May 27, 2016

Tiny House Project

So yeah, I'm obsessed with the Tiny House trend. What is a Tiny House? Not all the TH innovations are for me, but certain ones really appeal to me. The idea of a small, affordable home, that's easy(ish) to build, and doesn't excessively tax natural resources or the environment is right up my alley.

Obviously I'm not a Tiny guy. So any TH I would consider habitable requires #1: Sturdiness and #2: Relative Roominess. Obviously my tastes and needs change over time (as do those of my family's), but as of this exact moment in time, I have a list of requirements and features for any TH we would consider building.

Here is a quick run down (not in order of importance) and I will expand on each of these:

  • -Sturdy stairs or ladder to any loft area.
  • -Mobility of TH unit.
  • -Energy Efficient Insulation & Appliances*
  • -Primary Solar Power/Generator/LP/Off-Grid
  • -Alternative waste disposal (i.e. not a typical flush toilet)
  • -Enough storage for some books
  • -As low an overall weight as possible
  • -Shower unit
  • -Separate sleeping quarters for Parents & Child 

*I'll elaborate on some of these in separate posts, but for starters I'll mention some key points to our needs. 

I know some of these requirements are a lot to ask for, but I have figured out plans for most of the needs to be met with relative ease. The balance of sturdiness vs. mobility/overall-weight is probably going to end up being one of my main challenges. The actual biggest challenge is probably going to be convincing my wife to let us use a non-flush toilet in our home. (Humanure Handbook)

This is a crude example of a homemade system.

I am planning on a gray water tank of some sort, as well as a potable water tank of some sort, and the placement of these could be a little issue as well depending on size etc. My end-goal is to be hooked up to a water source, but not to waste our gray water if possible. If we Do move into this TH, and we Do move out west, and we Happen to live remotely at some point, then the potable water tank will be essential so I am going to figure a way to integrate it from the beginning just in case.

So most first questions asked about a TH would be concerning size probably. How big or small are you planning to go? As of right now, unless something changes drastically, we are building in the 8'x35' range (400-450 sq. ft. including loft space/ 280 sq. ft. without loft space included). Why this size? Well the universe (or God) works in mysterious ways. To learn how we came by this trailer check out the Sustainability page. But for now, here is a picture of it before we clean it up.

Yes. It was involved in a combustible experience.

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