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My Window Saga

So it has been a long time since I’ve updated you all on my tiny house because of what I am dubbing “The Great Window Saga”.  It all started last spring when I made the decision to widen the door from my existing plans.   The door of the Fencl is only 22 inches wide and after I framed it, I realized that I couldn’t walk straight through my door, because – after measuring – my shoulders are 27 inches across.  So doing that math I knew it didn’t add up.  So I re-engineered the whole front wall.

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I had designed this to widen the door, but I was still able to use the three windows my plans recommends in the front bay.  Everything was good and I wouldn’t have changed a thing about that.  Fast forward to installing the windows.  The plans recommended to have 3 window sashes that you can integrate together by making your own window frame.  So I thought about it a long time and came up with the best way to do this.  I then fabricated all the wooden pieces I’d need to make the frame and got assembling.  photo

I decided at that point that I wanted to have my windows at this point be able to open, because I wanted the air circulation and its also the area that I’m going to be looking out the most as it is my desk space.

sdfsd What I ended up with was a double casement window that matched the rest of the windows.  This window opens up really wide so I can let a ton of air in if I want and it also looks really nice because it will be the window I look out most as it is where my desk will be.  So I bit the bullet, ordered it and waited.

downloadHere’s where the real saga began.  Since it was a custom ordered window, it took 4 weeks to get in.  The window finally came in – yeah! – then I realized something…. They had made the window the wrong size!  So we reordered it.  A month later the window came in – yeah! –   and at the store I asked to inspect it before I signed for it.   We’ll I’m glad I did because they sent the window with the wrong grill pattern!  So we reordered it, waited a month, the next new window came in – yeah! – oh wait… what’s that a crack?  Is that corner bashed in?  yup!  So we reordered it again!!!!  Wait a month!

Now at this point what I decided to do was because the issue was with the casement, not the actual frame, they told me I could install it and they would come out and replace just the casement/sash part when it gets in.  So that’s where I am now.

All in all this one window has held me up 4 months!  Which meant I had to extend my rent 4 times!!!  All of which culminated into the worlds most expensive tiny house window and killed my timeline.  Since I didn’t have the window in, I couldn’t finish the siding, which meant that I couldn’t really start doing interior finish work.   Now I am finally back at work on the tiny house after this saga.

I’ll post more photos when I get a chance.

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I’m a nerd at heart, its true, I have no shame in that fact.  So two things that I’ve always looked to pare down are my wallet and my key chain; I’ve done my best in reducing what I have in both, but at some point you can only get so small. The simplest way pare down even more is with some technology.   So I found this today and thought it was really awesome!

 

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Tiny House Chat – Future Of Tiny Houses 11/19

Tomorrow we have another Tiny House Chat which will be on computer generated tiny houses. Its a fascinating topic and totally free.   Come out and hear from Macy and I, plus three awesome guests.  We will talk about CNC machines, tiny houses, wiki house and found house.

All the details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/617711134935049/

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Tiny House Magazine

My good friend Kent over at Tiny House Blog has been working on a neat project for a while now: Tiny House Magazine.  I’ve heard rave reviews about it and everything I’ve seen has been really amazing looking.  Each month Kent puts out an electronic magazine that covers some really awesome tiny houses and other neat topics.

Each Issue is $2.99 and if you use this link you also support The Tiny Life

 

Here is a few shots from this month’s edition:

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Each Issue is $2.99 and if you use this link you also support The Tiny Life

 

 

Latest Favorite Space Saving Ideas

I’m always on the lookout for those space saving solutions that will making tiny living that much more enjoyable. After my first tiny house experience I ultimately realized that the biggest error in the design was lack of storage space. My next living space will definitely have better fold out tablethought out arrangements especially around clothing storage and kitchen/entertainment space.  First, and most important criteria in my book, is that everything does double duty!

Several of the following ideas cover plenty more than that! My magical mathematical formula for this goes as follows: space saving + storage space/innovation= Desirable. So here a few designs that have lately met with success in this equation!

Tables are a real focus for me when it come to saving space but also making the most of the tablespace you have. Tables need to perform a multitude of functions without wasting valuable space and since I love anything that folds in to a wall these tables makes my list! Plus they feature innovative hidden storage solutions. Bonus!  Fairly unique tables with straightforward designs-attributes I can always appreciate.

A modern looking option with this transformative bench provides an eastern flair with low to the floor eating/seating, making this an attractive option for any tiny dweller. I truly love the simplicity of this design as well as its versatile, space saving solution. Having multiple options is an advantage in a small space where you make the most of every corner!

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sink drawerWasted space is to be avoided at all costs when designing a tiny living space and one spot that always seems to be neglected is around the sink. It’s hard to come up with creative ideas for those gaps where your kitchen or bathroom sink sit which is why I love this drawer design! You can really make use of all the nooks and crannies with this one piece of cabinetry. Definitely innovative!

The toilet below totally appeals to my renewable resource bent that I search for in any appliance. This one solves the problem of where to put a sink in the bathroom and uses the greywater to flush the black. I really wanted a small sink in the bathroom of La Casita but it proved an obstacle in the design and it was decided that particular element would have to be ditched. If I only I had seen this toilet sooner!

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Las but certainly not least is this nifty built-in extension cord! Details, dear reader, it’s all in the details! This is just way to convenient not to consider in my next tiny house build! Now how in the world do you roll it back in there?
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Your Turn!

  • What are your latest faves in the world of organization and small space solutions?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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