Archive for 2015

Outdoor Shower I Think Is The Way To Go In The Summer ;)

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

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I think having a Tiny House… I need an outdoor shower for the summer.  Maybe collect some rainwater from the roof.  You can also get a tankless hot water heater that connects with a simple garden hose.  A rustic shower like this with reclaimed material would be a nice rustic touch for outdoors.  Portable camping showers using a large hanging water bag will heat up in the sun.  Perfect for a late afternoon shower before the evening to freshen up.  I guess if you are going to build it… you need to build it for two to save water.

Ryan’s Tiny House | No Loft

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

This week we’d like to feature Ryan Hoffmeyer’s unique Tiny House RV, featuring a one story floor plan.

Ryan began constructing his Tiny House RV during North Dakota’s 2014 winter season. He was completely isolated in a rural community, building in his neighbor’s garage. That is, until the project literally outgrew the space.

“I built at much as I could knowing I had a 12’ garage door and a 13’ Tiny House RV,” Ryan explains. “It wasn’t long before I had to move outside in the dead of the winter.”

Having strong knowledge of the construction process, Ryan built solo and was able to finish his Tiny House RV in just four months, despite the weather. In May 2015, he moved it to Colorado.

A one-story Tiny House RV design that works!

Ryan designed his Tiny House RV to have no loft, high ceilings, and a main floor sleeping space. He accomplished this by installing a murphy bed over a folding couch. The transforming furniture came from Italy and took 3 months to ship. In the meantime, Ryan continued to build.

Ryan can also relax in a hammock with his open floor plan!

Another innovative element in Ryan’s design is that he chose to elevate his kitchen and bathroom floor 15 inches to accommodate a space for mechanical storage. By doing this his batteries, piping, p-traps, fresh and greywater tanks are all located in the insulated area of his trailer. He never has to worry about winterizing his pipes for freezing temperatures.

“Being a DIYer, I could afford to build my house with nice things,” Ryan explains. “If I were to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

The average DIY Tiny House RV spends approximately $25-30k in materials, but Ryan opted for upgrades. The total costs for his 20′ Tiny House RV came to $35k.

Ryan’s Three Pieces of Advice:

1) Build as much as you are able to yourself. Sleeping in something you built with your own hands is the best feeling ever.
2) Watch youtube videos. Gather ideas, do’s and don’t. Just because it’s tiny, it doesn’t mean you don’t have all the building procedures of a normal home. Framing, plumbing, windows, roofing, siding, electrical, interior finish, etc. It can be overwhelming without the correct knowledge.
3) Take the Tumbleweed workshop. It’s pretty much is a live version of youtube. You get a booklet and step-by-step on every procedure. Plus the room is filled with enthusiasts who are planning to build, or have built, and are sharing about it. I was very impressed with the knowledge of the staff. Tumbleweed trains them properly before they send them off to start to train you. I give it a 10.