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Tiny House Weekend

So last week I had a crazy tiny house adventure.   It involved a potato, a few tiny houses, building codes and a lot of meeting tiny house folks.

I started off staying with Laura and Matt, two tiny housers in Asheville, Laura blogs at 120squarefeet.com (she also has a new book out – click here).   I have gotten to know them pretty well and always enjoy hanging out with them.  Not only do we talk about tiny houses, but we get to nerd-out too.

From there I met up with my brother and went to my favorite breakfast spot, Sunny Pointe.  After an amazing locally sourced organic breakfast we headed out.   From there we hit the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the fall colors.  I love driving the parkway, its winding roads and amazing views, it’s pretty hard to beat.  I dropped down from the parkway down into Brevard, saw looking glass falls and grabbed some lunch.

The next day I was off to Dan’s workshop where we talked about tiny houses.  I gave a talk on building codes and zoning.  After lunch Matt and Laura talked about their tiny house and living in it.  There were a lot of great questions for both presentations and the workshop allowed for us to chat with a lot of the folks.

 

Compact Appliances

Living the tiny life does not have to mean forgoing those modern comforts and conveniences. Today’s manufacturers are creating some incredibly small, dual-action appliances that can work in a small space and allow modernity and tiny living to go hand in hand. Here are some of my favorites!

The Summit 1.8 Cu. Ft. Combination Washer/Dryer is tiny! At 24″ it could fit right under a counter top, conveniently tucked away. Wherever I lived in my tiny house, I had friends and neighbors who would let me use their washers and dryers but it’s great to be more self-sufficient in your needs and not have to rely on anyone when it comes to doing your laundry. I don’t mind going to the laundry mat but for those folks who want the modern convenience this product could very well meet your needs!

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I really like the Eva-Dry Mini Dehumidifier for it’s compactness and very low use of electricity. It is practically maintenance free and easy to use. Living in a tiny space that is well-insulated can lead to mold issues, especially around windows, so anything you can do to reduce humidity is helpful to maintaining a healthy environment in your tiny space.

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The LG 9000 BTU Energy Star Single Zone Art Cool Mirror Mini-Split is one of many mini-splits out there. It’s boasts the ability to cool, as well as heat, up to 400 sq. feet. I feel that, after living in the South in a tiny house, it is well worth the investment in a mini-split that will save you space, be energy efficient and keep you comfy. This unit also features a dehumidifying mode that will shut off the system before a space gets too cold. Top that off with a built-in air purifier and you’ve got a unit that covers the gamut of air quality and temperature control in a small space.

minisplitairconditionerSo the Avanti 2 Mini Keg Portable Party Pub is not a necessary item by any means but I really want a kegerator at some point! They are just so fun and drinking beer is a totally different experience when you pull it from a tap! This one can fit 2 mini kegs and even has a shelf to cool your pint glasses! Some people want cappuccino machines, others can’t live without a dishwasher, but I have to admit that if I was going to splurge and get something I totally didn’t need it would be one of these!

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The Fagor Energy Star 24 Inch Fully Integrated Refrigerator has a unique system that reduces condensation helping to lower the humidity and eliminating the need to defrost! It’s also energy efficient and at 24″ wide has a neatly compact quality with tons of storage! For the size of the unit, it packs an organizational punch. My next tiny house may very well have one!

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Your Turn!

  • What appliances can’t you do without?
  • Have any favorite mini-appliances to recommend? Please share!

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How To Decorate A Tiny House

My buddy Andrew over at tinyrevolution.us has just announced a new ebook about decorating tiny houses.  I was able to check it out first hand and really liked it.  He has some guest contributors that many of you will recognize, all of which actually live in tiny houses.

The ebook is $4.95 and if you use this link (click here), its the same cost as on Andrew’s website, but you help support us too!

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What do people need to know about your new book?

This is our first book in what will be a series of books based on our experiences both during the build and after moving full time into our tiny house. It explores the part of tiny houses often overlooked; turning the house into a home.  The ebook features guest decorator tips by a few big name tiny house folk and is 48-pages long complete with narrative, color photos, links, etc   In the book we discuss everything from the use of natural light to paint selections to furniture placement to accessorizing. It also touches on the psychological and physiological effects of color in a home.  The best part is, it is only $4.95

Is designing and decorating a tiny house different from a traditional house?

Designing and decorating a tiny house is not unlike designing and decorating a traditional home….if the traditional home is a small space. The difference lies in the size of the space. You can’t expect the same furniture pieces, pieces of art, and even color selections to project the same in 2,000 sq.ft. as they would in 200 sq.ft.

What do you think is the biggest mistake people make when designing a small space?

Be careful in using the terms designing and decorating synonymously. They are not the same. Design kind of ends when the windows, doors, and walls are in place. Decorating picks up with furniture selection, wall color, storage options, etc. The biggest mistake people make is just that. They typically think that once the house is built the decisions (and budget) are over. But at that point what you have is a structure, not a home.

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Leviathan Table

I have always been interested in table ideas that I can pull out for a dinner party, but have tucked away when it is just me.  I usually will eat my meals watching a TV show (the only time I watch TV) if I’m alone, go out with friends, or go to my families house for dinner.  I like having people over for meals, but in the end it may happen one-two times a month.  Though that is the life of a bachelor I guess.

so this table breaks down to a smaller size.  While its a coffee table I like the concept and it could be done on a larger scale.

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Harbour Attic

Harbour Attic is an apartment located in the charming fishing village of Camogli, in the province of Genoa, Italy.  With a main bedroom and then a multifunctional space that has a hidden bed in the floor, this place can sleep quite a few people in it.

“The house is located in the old fishermen village of Camogli. The project aim was to build two bedrooms, a studio, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom, despite the gambrel roof and the very small floor surface. That led to a custom-cut apartment, where each room is a furniture: after you have used it, you can close it.”

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