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20

Nov

Compact Kitchens for Tiny Houses

I’m sure many of you have seen some of the kitchens in tiny-small houses and thought “Can I really cook in that?” Most seem to be a hodge podge of toaster ovens, hot plates, microwaves, and a mini frig. While you can do most cooking and meet your food needs there seems to be aesthetic problems with many of theses solutions or there are space problems when people try to use FULL SIZE applications. It may take some getting use to but you will adapt to the space instead of trying to fit full house kitchen in a tiny house. As for me personally I use a 2 eye burner, convection oven, and microwave. I don’t own a conventional oven, not that I don’t have the space for it I do. But I found I don’t need it. Plus they waste more energy. Also try to think of this. Lots of people live full time in a extended stay hotel. At $200 wk its very costly but they may have no other choice and at that price they find no way out. These compact kitchens or some call them combo kitchens are all they have. For a prep area a idea I have seen used in RV’s is to put a cutting board over the sink. The kitchens shown are 30 inches wide but you can go bigger. So lets take a look at them and see what fits.

This compact kitchen has a sink, refrigerator, and a range. You can add a microwave range hood to finish it off. The price I have seen for this unit is $650. This is a Avanti Brand kitchen and they make many different Styles. More info on there products can be found at this link.
http://www.avantiproducts.com/products/cat/50

Another Brand of compact kitchens I have found is Summit Appliance. I seem to like there’s a little better since most of the friges have a freezer. All though for me personally I have a freezer on the back porch so it really don’t matter either way.But is is nice to have some type of freezer in the house to keep ice and maybe a frozen dinner or two. Anyway here is a few pics of there product.




This is the Summit model C301 and you can find it for about $938 with tax and shipping. For more info on Summit Appliance you can follow this link to see more of the combo kitchens.
http://www.summitappliance.com/combokitchens

11

Nov

After watch many video’s on youtube and hearing how much people were spending on there tiny house, I thought these people are spending way too much. The building materials don’t have to cost that much. You don’t have to use tounge and groove pine boards as your wall covering. You don’t have to go crazy with siding either. And if you don’t think you can build anything that well even after video instruction and buying plans, then you should simply buy this barn at Home Depot. For $7,500
they build the shell for you. My advise is turn it sideways ask for no door installed but one on the middle side, not a double shed door but a house door. From there things get alot more simple. Wire the electric. Buy a book on electric wiring or get help from a friend. Do the plumbing. Same advise as before. Install paneling, floor covering, insulation (maybe a foam soybean type), cabnets, and maybe a porch. You will still be under 10k and alot happier than the couple that spent 12k building a fancy shed. Here are some pics of the barn at Home Depot. Also if you go look at it there is a catalog with bigger buildings they build for you. One looks like a small house with a porch.

Tiny house plans. McG Loft

Have to say love what they have done in a small space. Could this be my winter project? Dunno yet!

Yet another video and link to the home owners blog. I really like this house.
http://www.320squarefoothome.com/

After wathching this many times on youtube I have finally found this familys website. Take a look at there whole story.
http://tinyhousefamily.com/

Tiny Home Builders Video Library
http://tinyhomebuilders.com/Videos
This looks like a must have for any new builder. I am buying these for sure.

What size can I build my tiny house on wheels?

So far I have found some information to answer this question. This is just a start to my findings. So at this time I would have to say my size limitations based on the information at hand are. No longer than 40ft. No wider than 8.5 ft to be safe but probably get away with 8.6 ft. And the height of 13.6 ft. So from there I will start my draft plans to build my house on wheels. I am still doing more research though because I have seen park model travel trailers at 12 ft wide. That is what I really desire but not if I cant move it to where and when I want to move it. Im not really into having to have a wide load sign and following car just to go on vacation.

Here is a link to the information I have found so far:
http://www.rvsafely.com/rvroadlaws.htm

Update:
You can build the house to be no more than 400 sq ft. Otherwise it will fall under HUD requirements. The loft does not count as a part of this. Also you can make it 12 ft wide but anything wider than 8.6 ft you will have to hire someone to move it. Or just build it on site where you want it if you own the land.

07

Nov

One way we can really save money is to use a solar furnace. As shown in the video this is a low cost way to offset our heating costs. I will be posting more on this in the future. And also completing a solar heater project. Maybe a hybrid air-water heater.

This is a guy I watched on Youtube. He has some interesting thoughts.