November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
Tonight I cut out some components to get a relative idea of the size of certain requirements in my tiny house’s program. One of the points of this tiny house it to have everything I need and nothing that I don’t I have determined the things that I do need are as follows:
- A toilet (composting, to try the system)
- A shower
- A small pantry/storage closet for food and jackets/blankets
- A bookshelf
- An over-sized chair to curl up in, preferably swiveling
- A heat source, I am thinking a wood stove for renewable fuel but I am also thinking gas/electric so that I dont have to wake up on cold mornings and start a fire just to get warm… Is there such a thing as a wood AND gas fireplace or a wood AND electric fireplace??
- A bed, I want a queen sized bed because school taught how to appreciate my sleep and I LOVE a comfortable bed!
- A storage space for my clothes, this is very flexible, under the bed or a standing dresser/shelves incorporated however will work just great
- A desk, most likely attached to my TV/Computer
- A kitchen with a sink, an oven/stovetop, a mini fridge and a mini freezer and possibly a microwave. My cupboards will be enclosed below and open shelving up above.
Along with this openly functional stuff I will need to find a space for
- A decent sized water tank
- Solar panel batteries
So, these are a few of the designs I came up with using my components. I would LOVE to hear feedback from anyone who has an opinion or who has gone through this process before…
I like this one because it has a lot of flexibility and a lot of storage space. The particular trailer I bought has an extra 5’-0” section on the end so it seemed fitting that that became a porch area, this plan also connects to that space.
This one I like because it seems much more open, it doesn’t really connect to any sort of ‘patio’ space, there are designable ways around that. I originally started with a side entry trailer but it does seem like it makes more sense with my specific trailer to connect out the back. This one does have a bigger bathroom but less storage. I like this bed layout because it can be used as a couch if needed also.
This one seems ‘alright to me, it connects to both the side and the back area, the storage space is limited though. it does have a pretty open plan which I like.
I think that this is my ‘favorite’ of the group. It has connections to both the side (where I plan to have an ‘L’ shaped porch) and remains pretty open. The bed is even able to stay a little private because it is separated from the space by the fireplace. There is also a bit more storage in this than the others and maybe most importantly the majority of the weight is situated a little better over the axles.
So, What do you think?
Once I can get a basic layout I can jump into drafting up some details and figuring out the specifics… More to come!