Stairs to loft – integrated into kitchen

I’m super excited that we finally got our loft stairs built. The stairs essentially replace a cabinet and then use another cabinet and the top of the fridge to get up to the loft. Should make sense when you see the pictures and video.

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Before
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We installed our cooktop
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Adding extra support for the cabinet… since we will be stepping on it.
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Fun math figuring our how to cut our angled stair. Turns out things like inverse Sin and Pythagorean’s theorem really are useful.
 

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There they are!
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Admiring the work.
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Nice top view.

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A super mega-update! Lights, bathroom, kitchen, and more.

So much has happened over the last couple months to make the tiny house really feel like it’s coming together. I’ve been bad about documenting it (too busy actually working on it) but here’s a recap:

Lights:
All LED bulbs (expensive but low energy and last forever) and we just got the fixtures/sconces from Home Depot and we did some flush mount LED lights in the kitchen (almost like a recessed light).

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Outlets/Switches:
Went with the fancy ones that hide the screws. Also we put dimmers on all the light switches.

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Heat:
Installed a low energy (400 watt) ceramic wall heater with a thermostat that should help us maintain the temp pretty well during most months. These work by having a big 2×2 ceramic surface that gets hot and it sits about an inch off the wall so cool air comes in between the panel and the wall at the bottom and then heats up and rises out the top as warm air.

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Then we also installed the classic Dickinson Newport P900 propane fireplace that should provide some extra heat during the coldest months. I say should because currently it’s not actually working (bad thermocoupler). So I will either have to replace or repair it.IMG_2064.JPG

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Bathroom:

Put up white tile board. Went with tile board because it was easy. It looks better in real life than it does in the photo.IMG_1960.JPG

Got some caulking help on the tub from my sister-in-law and father-in-law. Thanks Kim and Ken!IMG_2081.JPG

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Splendide vented washer and dryer combo unit. These are big in Europe and this kind has very good reviews so we are excited to try it. We found it in great condition on Craigslist.IMG_2103.JPG

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Went with a vinyl fake wood floor for the kitchen and bathroom. These floors are very water resistant and easy to clean.IMG_2049-0.JPG

Kitchen:

Ordered white cabinets through a company called Waypoint. We were lucky enough to have a connection and were able to get them wholesale. Otherwise we probably would have gone with IKEA. We were surprised but it actually makes the space feel bigger. I think the tall cabinets draw your eyes up.IMG_2089.JPG

Went with European style handle pulls and butcher block countertop (still needs to be installed).IMG_2092.JPG

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My wishlist

Been looking at cool space saving items that should work well in a Tiny House. This is my current wishlist.

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The to-do list

Here’s everything I can think of that we have left to do (it’s not very fun to think about):

EVERYWHERE:
-finish electrical
-finish gas line
-trim

BATHROOM:
-finish walls & ceiling
-install instant hot water heater + vent
-build shelves above hot water heater
-install W/D + vent
-install toilet

KITCHEN:
-install kitchenette
-buy and install cabinets & countertop
-custom build “stair cabinet”
-install propane cooktop
-make trap door to space below

LIVING ROOM:
-build built-in bookshelf
-build half bookshelf that will house TV
-build 2-stair

EXTERIOR:
-trailer lights
-secure underbelly to trailer
-emergency brake + battery
-propane hookup

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The latest tiny house updates

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For those checking in, here’s everything that has happened lately!

ELECTRICAL ROUGHED IN

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PROPANE ROUGHED IN

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WALLS FINISHED WITH KNOTTY PINE T&G

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KITCHENETTE REFINISHED

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BATHTUB INSTALLED (still in progress)

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Tiny House Table Design

We finally got the wood (knotty pine tongue and groove) for our walls and ceiling. It needs to spend a few days acclimating to the humidity levels here before we can install it. This is so that it doesn’t shrink or expand too much after it’s already on the wall.

In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about the living room layout. Specifically lounging and dining comfortably for at least 4. My original plan was to utilize an Ikea Norden gateleg table which has storage built into it and can open up into a variety of sizes.
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However after experimenting more with the space I have realized the shape and size of the table doesn’t really work very well in the space. After some research, brainstorming, and drawing I came to a new plan: a longer, more narrow table that can work like a bar for the two of us, but can also be moved to the center of the room to accommodate more people. Then ideally it can fold up and be put out of the way if we need to make space for lounging.

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The best news is our friends at Creoworks Design and Fabrication are building this table for us. They even had the idea to make it height adjustable so that it could serve as a coffee table. We are so excited to see what they come up with.

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Big update (plumbing, insulation and more)

I’ve been working on a lot of fun stuff worth the tiny house this summer. Roughing in all the systems: plumbing, electrical, propane.

In this post I’ll cover plumbing and insulation.

As far as plumbing waste we opted to use an rv blackwater tank under our floor instead of any dry toilet options. We figured the RVers have been doing it that way for years and so we could learn from them. Grey water will just drain into a bucket or a garden. Fresh water was done with all pex tubing.

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We used these cool hepvo valves instead of a p-trap:IMG_1708.JPG

We also put in insulation. Got a good deal on some used insulation from Craigslist.
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We also put in 2x6s for the loft:
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Finally: some shots of buster sleeping on the job.

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Next post will cover electrical and gas.

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More floor!

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Part of our plan for the tiny house was to raise the floor above the wheel wells to provide storage under the floor.

We started off but putting down a subfloor along the whole house so that the storage area under the floor would be smooth and easy to use. Then we built the second floor and laid down some plywood on top. We won’t permanently install the plywood however until we finish the rough plumbing.

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tiny house sink

Searching Craigslist last weekend we found a 1950s metal sink kitchenette thing that caught our interest. We thought it was unique and interesting, and it would also save us some money so we decided to go for it. It is a metal base with an enamel sink, which is definitely different than anything we had thought of, but we are excited to see what we can do with it. We plan to refinish it and repaint it soon.
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Painted exterior

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After finishing the roof we were finally ready to paint the house to more-or-less finish up the exterior. We were shooting for a grayish blue, and decided on “thistle blue” with “dove white” for the trim. When we got to painting the house we realized the thistle blue was much more blue than we anticipated. But the color has been growing on us and we decided to stick with it.

In the future I might add some more white trim around the bottom edge of the house.

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