Our home was designed around our needs. I made a list of the functions our house served, then I combined as many as possible. Every space in our barn has at least 2 purposes, even the bathroom: It doubles as a hall way! Of course I fell in love with the exposed wood interiors some tiny houses have, and the crazy expensive propane heaters that others showcased, but ultimately, I decided to go with functionality over aesthetics.
The needs won.
Did we sacrifice our comfortability (trademark coming soon :) ) ? Hells no! We have all the comforts of the home we downsized from, minus 3 amenities: 1.) A covered patio deck, which is an easy addition if needed, 2.) A wood-burning fireplace, which will be comparably replaced with a gel fuel wall mount or freestanding fireplace, and 3.) A garbage disposal, but we were sure we could survive without it. Otherwise, our living situation is pretty standard:
|A dishwasher AND a gas range!|
- 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 8'x22' Park Model RV. 256 sq. ft. of heaven--176 sq. ft. PLUS 80 sq. ft. in lofted space (One 8'x8' lofted living space, one 2'x8' lofted storage/pantry/office)
- Master Suite with vaulted ceiling and walk in closet:
|Standing in the kitchen/ bathroom doorway looking towards the rear of the house.|
|The dresser is really an ottoman .|
|Great view of the emergency exit.|
|Lofted bed. Gotta love Ikea.|
|The bathroom is playing peek-a-boo.|
- Full kitchen: Midsize refrigerator, gas range and oven, sink and dishwasher, microwave
|The sink/counter/backsplash are getting swapped for Ikea. The microwave cart and fridge will also be swapping spots.|
- Full bathroom: Regular toilet, bath tub with shower head, sink and vanity, medicine cabinet, linen closet/water heater closet
|The bathtub is in the mirror.|
- Eat in kitchen that doubles as the living room
- Lofted storage or pantry. Dare I say office?
|Just in case of emergency. Mainly a zombie apocalypse.|
- Washer and Dryer hook-ups. I passed on the porch and opted for a laundry area that could double as a storage shed
|There's a capped gas line hook-up that you can't see. Which will come in handy should i go off-grid and need propane.|
- Outside living space: Fire pit, BBQ pit, and lounge seating. I even have a tiny corner for gardening!
|Who needs a porch when you have the ground?|
As for the floor plan, it's open to interpretation. I used the original 3d sketchup as a reference point, but the sketchup is based on a 10'x 12' floor plan. The real thing was designed around the upcycled 8'x22' trailer that it's built upon:
I'll start posting about the build soon. I know you're probably wondering why I didn't start there, but it's a long, tragic story. Two phones were hurt during the making of this tiny house.