Posts Tagged ‘Large Kitchen’

You Like? | Could You See Yourself?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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I like the french doors and deck.  Love the windows at the top.  This design as a nice look and feel inside.  I actually like the look and the feel of this one.  Love the kitchen.

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Sustainable Business Oregon: What was your motivation for living in a tiny house?

Mike Mercer: Our motivation had a number of factors — financial (and with the rental of the home we own, we have great cash flow), quality of life experiment (could our lives be just as meaningful and happy living in a small space?…so far the answer is yes) and design (Laura is a designer and had the opportunity to design our home).

SBO: What do you miss, if anything, about living in a larger space?

Mercer: We haven’t missed much at all. That said, we don’t have a place to hang art and it is hard to have more than two over for dinner, at least in the rainy season. We do have the garage of the rental house, so our bikes, art supplies, camping equipment and yard tools have a place to live.

 

SBO: What’s the most challenging part about living in a tiny house?

Mercer: For us, the most challenging part was moving in; figuring out what to bring in and what to sell. Honestly, the upsides have been significantly greater than any of the challenges. Well, OK, making the bed in the loft is a little tough on my knees.

SBO: What piece of advice would you give to others considering tiny living?

Mercer: Probably the greatest advice is to not do it on a whim. We didn’t make this choice out of necessity, it was a result of many factors: the strength of Laura’s and my relationship, our comfort with having less of our stuff around us and a desire for an adventure.

Boneyard Studios | The Minim | Sweet Design | Tied With My 2nd Choice

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

In my search to find the design of the Tiny House that I would like to build… I come across this one.  It matches the style of my #2 choice.  It’s modern and unique.  I wanted to take some time and show you some images and talk about it some more.  The plans for this can be purchased here… but it could be designed myself & with the help to draw up the plans.  To learn more about this home as well as the super cool site it’s built on with some others… click here.

Here is the “Minim”:

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    • Easy pull out floor bed with full mattress (no loft to crawl up, cooler in the summer, simple bed-making).

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    • 60% more window area compared to leading plans
    • No walls to diminish sense of space.

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    • Just a little more space (210 ft2) for full 1-2 person living and entertaining: a 10′ kitchen, a 5′ closet, 8′ sofa/guest bed, dedicated office area, 4′ dining table, comfortable seating for 7, and a 7′ projection screen.
    • Innovative table system that may be raised/lowered/swiveled in 4 floor sockets to function as kitchen island/bar, second desk, coffee table, dining table, and bedside table. (notice the round sockets in the floor that the table can connect to)

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    • Greatly streamlined framing and insulation with standardized SIPs panels (shipped nationwide).
    • Easier finishing: just 3 windows and 1 door to install; no window/door trim work on exterior or interior.

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    • 2-3x insulation levels for better energy efficiency and soundproofing.
    • Health and safety improved with ERV fan systems for improved air quality.
    • Detachable design (house may be undocked from trailer with 15 bolts).
    • Off-grid design for areas without water/sewer/electric hookups.
    • Integrated rain catchment/storage with no visible gutters.

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I really like how the bed comes out.  I love the 10 foot wide counter in the kitchen for two people cooking and how the table can be moved to the different sockets and lowered to make into a coffee table.  It’s a very open design.  Cool little tour and walk through of the home below.

Minim House features off grid rainwater collection system with seamless roof gutters. On board and under trailer tanks may store up to 290 gallons of water. A through-the-wall a/c unit on the back eliminates any unsightly HVAC equipment- only the vent plate is visible.

Minim House features off grid rainwater collection system with seamless roof gutters. On board and under trailer tanks may store up to 290 gallons of water. A through-the-wall a/c unit on the back eliminates any unsightly HVAC equipment- only the vent plate is visible.

Minim House features off grid rainwater collection system with seamless roof gutters. On board and under trailer tanks may store up to 290 gallons of water. A through-the-wall a/c unit on the back eliminates any unsightly HVAC equipment- only the vent plate is visible.

Couple Builds Own Tiny House on Wheels in 4 Months for $22,744.06 | Full Tour | Could You Live Tiny?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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This is the 3rd option of what I like.  I’m impressed with the large kitchen.  It’s better to keep looking and find the type that I like.  This one has stairs.  Watch the video.  It’s pretty clever in the design.  While you watch it… what do you think?  They have a great blog with the link below.

http://tinyhousebuild.com/ presents the “hOMe” tour. Our 221 SF (+128SF in lofts) was self designed and built tiny house on a 28′ trailer. Built for $22k ($33k including all cabinets and appliances), our tiny house feels spacious, roomy and totally livable. BEST house we’ve ever lived in! :) During this video we take you through the entire tiny house, showing each nook and cranny and design features that are working so well. Unlike most cottagey tiny houses, hOMe has a clean, modern feel.

Thinking Tiny | Living Without Sacrifice: Solutions to the Top 5 Tiny House Limitations

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Just wanted to pin this here. So many great Tiny House Blogs for inspiration and reference. Cheers! Dan

by Gabriella Morrison (from Tiny House Blog)

Do you want to live tiny but are worried about having to make too many sacrifices in space and comfort? We were too but can say with total confidence and from experience that with the right design and house size choice, you can go tiny and still live extremely comfortably. We will assume DSC_0131that if you are reading this article on TinyHouseBlog.com that you share some (if not all) of the same dreams, goals, and values that we do. Living a life that is mortgage/rent inexpensive or free, that is abundant in time for travel, hobbies, family and friends, that is peaceful and harmonious is what we have been working towards for decades. We were so committed to creating that lifestyle for ourselves that we took a risk and built a tiny house (221 SF on a 28′ trailer + 128 SF in lofts) rather than a more conventionally sized home. We were prepared (and willing!) to make significant sacrifices in square footage to achieve our life goals.

DSC_0159Here’s the kicker: to our surprise we have not felt, at any point, that we have had to make any compromises or sacrifices in our self designed and built home. Not once have we felt that our space was too small, that our needs weren’t luxuriously met, or that we didn’t have enough space to run our home business, entertain, cook, bathe, watch movies, play guitar, wrestle with our dog, or store our clothes and belongings. Not once have we been uncomfortable, hurt our backs in the lofts, struggled on our stairs, felt like our fridge or kitchen sink was too small, or felt that we didn’t have enough space for an item.

Here are the common areas in a conventional tiny house that typically pose significant compromises/sacrifice and how we found a solution for each:

Tiny StairsSTAIRS: I would venture to guess that this is one of the top 3 reasons that someone would not build tiny. We’re youngish, strong and healthy but we don’t want to haul our bodies up and down dinky ladders to get to our bedroom each day. And what if we have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom? Not only do ladders to bedrooms sound miserable but they also seem like a bad idea for someone like me who fumbles to the bathroom with eyes nearly shut at night. We designed our house, which we loving named “hOMe,” specifically to accommodate Andrew’s modular stair system. The ratio between the treads and risers is set up so that going up is as easy and comfortable as coming down (even with my middle of the night fumbling). Further, there is 25 SF of storage space beneath the stairs and even enough space for a washer/dryer combo unit. Personally, we are using that large washer space as our hanging closet as it can easily hang 20 items of clothing. We also store all of our shoes, hats, winter apparel, dog accoutrements, keys, and purse in the modular system. It is a treasure trove of storage.

Tiny Kitchen 1KITCHEN: We are all for rustic living and have certainly done our share over the years including living in an 80 SF historic, off grid log cabin in the Colorado Rockies, tons of long term back country camping and spending 5 months traveling in a pop-up tent trailer in Baja with our 12 year old daughter. We know we CAN cook in a tiny kitchen with two burners, wash dishes in a tiny sink, and cram all of our food into a dorm sized fridge, but we don’t WANT to. Not in our home that we plan on spending many, many years in. In order for a space to feel like a home to us, there has to be a spacious kitchen. Ours is 56 SF and it is perfect. Andrew and I can easily cook together without bumping into each other. Our propane range/oven is a standard, full size unit which has 5 burners including the center griddle component. Our fridge is a super energy efficient, 18 CF model which we have yet to really fill up, and our sink is a standard, deep, single bowl with a built-in drying rack.

Tiny Kitchen 2We have lots of cabinets and storage galore: frankly, too much of it. More than half of our cabinets and drawers are empty because we have gotten really clear on what is necessary in our kitchen and eliminated unnecessary gadgets. I wouldn’t trade in that extra cabinet storage because we love how much counter space it provides. It also makes for excellent overflow storage should we need some extra space for a special occasion. Further, creating a U shaped kitchen was one of the best decisions we made in our house design as the work triangle is just the right size.

Tiny Bathroom SinkBATHROOM: Again, I know that we CAN brush our teeth in a mini-sink and shower in an 18″ x 18″ stall, but in our home, we really don’t want to. During our build we made a significant and vital design change that increased our bathroom length by 2′. This extra space allowed us to install a regular sized sinkand shower unit. Now the bathroom feels spacious, even with our giant Sun-Mar composting toilet. I mean, that thing is obscenely large and easily twice the size of a regular toilet.

Tiny bathroomWe have an abundance of storage space in two full drawers under our sink as well as a floor to ceiling storage cabinet. All of our toiletries, first aid supplies, vitamins and supplements (yes, we are those types that take about 20 natural supplements per day, so room for all that is no small thing), soaps/shampoos, cleaning and laundry supplies only use up about half of our available storage space. I should mention as a side note (read EXTRA benefit) that both the kitchen and bathroom, which are located beneath the lofts, have ample head room and do not feel cramped at all. That’s easy for me to say, but Andrew feels the same way and he is 6′ tall. Furthermore, our bedroom loft and our secondary loft both have great headroom as well.

Tiny House OfficeHOME OFFICE: I have worked from home full-time since 2004 and Andrew since 2007. We are both self motivated, passionate about what we do, and wouldn’t trade our jobs for anything. We have tried working outside of our home but have found that we are most productive and love our jobs best when we are working from within our own walls. No commute, we create our own hours, and pay no rent for an office space. Creating a functional office area in hOMe was a necessity and we feel we accomplished that. By creating a Tiny House Office 2paperless office (you can watch a short video on how we did that here), we eliminated 75% of the space we used to require to run our business. We found two folding desks that do double duty between office/work desk and eating table. Our printer and scanner are stored in our cabinets and all of our office supplies fit in just one tall cabinet unit. We also have overflow work space in three other areas in hOMe: our bedroom loft (we bought two bed loungers so that we can comfortably sit up in our bed), our TV/hang out lounge (lots of pillows create a wonderful cradle to prop us up) and the built in sofa. So if one of us is working on something that requires a lot of concentration without disruption, there are choices of work spaces.

Tiny House StorageSTORAGE: The hOMe design centers around a long and tall series of cabinets from Ikea. Even though we have freed ourselves from about 90% of our belongings over our last 3 year downsizing process (you can read more about that here), we still own some material objects. Again, we know that we can live with nothing more than 4 changes of clothes, a couple books, a laptop, toothbrush/floss, and a set of very basic cooking essentials, but in our own home, we need space to store some of the items and heirlooms that we don’t want to part with. Our cabinets provide us with 82 SF of storage shelving surface area, more than enough for our belongings and to house our favorite books, camping supplies, linens, etc.

Tiny Privacy WallPRIVACY: Andrew and I are super compatible. We have been partners in life since 1993, still love each other’s company, and are glad that we don’t work separate jobs in different places only to see each other for a few hours in the evening. That said, I don’t want to hear or see him every single Tiny House Privacysecond of my day (and I’m sure he feels the same about me!). So, we have been happily surprised and delighted at how much privacy we can find in hOMe. Because our bedroom loft is pretty large and has a wall that separates it from the open area below, it really feels like a separate bedroom. When one of us is up here, it feels like we are in totally different rooms. Perfect!

In sum, we have been ecstatic with hOMe and living tiny. Truly it is beyond expectation and our wildest dreams. The months of planning and design paid off and at this point there isn’t a thing we would change. By identifying and addressing each of the common tiny house limitations that we weren’t personally willing to live with, we were able to find solutions that are working. Because we chose to build tiny rather than a larger house, we were able to pay for the materials in cash and now have the security of knowing that we will always have a place on this planet that we can live for free. And being that it’s off grid, we aren’t bound to utility bills and the system. If you are considering making the move to tiny, we highly recommend it. If we can do it, so can you!

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Tiny Home For Sale | $25k | What Do You Think Of It?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The house is 10 feet wide, 25 feet long = 250 square feet of living space. Even more if you include the sleeping loft space.  This one was listed for $25,000 USD furnished.  The owners had to sell.  Seems like a pretty good deal.  I just wanted to share the photos of the inside.  I like the size of the bathroom as well as the kitchen.  What do you think?

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Cool Little Tumbleweed Cottage | 600 Sq. Ft. | Could You Live In This?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Taken from the Tumbleweed Blog:

Take a tour of this adorable 600 square foot home in Little Rock, customized from Tumbleweed Whidbey plans.

Video courtesy of P. Allen Smith Garden Home

They might have the smallest house on the block, but one thing’s for sure: Lyndsey and Tom’s tiny cottage packs a lot of punch! As you float through the entrance, prepare yourself to be enthralled by a plethora of eclectic decor. From the vibrant couch pillows to the cozy lofted workspace, these tiny housers have created a feast for the eyes in this lovable little shelter.

Notice how the white paneling elongates the room, while a clever use of storage gives the couple’s home a wide open feel. “Little House in Little Rock” is colorful, quirky, and classy all at the same time. As Lyndsey describes her house in detail, with materials partly coming from salvaged resources, it’s obvious that this tiny houser has a special connection with her abode. A bond that only few home owners will ever know. That’s truly the spirit of tiny living!

The house glows as sunlight beams through a multitude of windows and skylights. Storage was a priority for the couple, and the house has no shortage of cubbies and shelves. But the space that really steals the show, is the couple’s gorgeous open kitchen.

At Tumbleweed we’re always amazed at what “build-it-yourselfers” can do with our plans.

Our homes come in two categories:

  1. Our “House To Go” is on wheels and range from 117 to 172 square feet. 
  2. Our “Cottages” (shown here) are built on foundations and range from 261 to 884 square feet

After seeing Lyndsey and Tom’s customizations, we felt inspired! One of our Whidbey layouts now reflects their idea of an open kitchen, which we absolutely adore!

While the average home is triple its size, “Little House in Little Rock ” perhaps has the bigger heart. Thanks to Lyndsey and Tom for inviting us into their charming home and for inspiring us with their tremendous creativity.

Tour | The Inaugural | Tiny House Inspiration

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

 

A 160 square feet tiny house on wheels in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Designed and built by East Coast Tiny Homes.  This one has some clever storage in the Kitchen as well as some other ideas to consider for mine.