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Sneak a Peek: The Inside of La Casita

After last week’s post, Ryan asked me to provide a peek of the inside of our tiny house and I was delighted to do so! As of today, Cedric and I consider La Casita at 85% completion for the interior. It has taken us much longer to complete the finishing work, which seems is the case with any building project! When we began construction we promised ourselves from day 1 we wouldn’t move in until the house was completely finished, however, fate wasn’t going to let us keep our promise.

It was right around Thanksgiving when we came home to the rental property we shared with a couple of friends to find an eviction notice on our door! We had 30 days to leave the premises and Cedric and I had a tough choice to make. La Casita was roughly 90% complete on the outside. It was water proof, we had a mattress and our electricity worked although there was no running water and out bathroom was incomplete. In the end we made the choice to move in starting in January rather than try to find another lease.

After months of designing we finally installed bench seating in our living/dining room and it has had a huge impact on our space! Now not only do we have custom seating but we acquired an incredible amount of storage space! Our biggest challenge throughout the house is definitely storage and in retrospect we should have considered building more in for upstairs as well as downstairs. As we continue to tackle that challenge throughout the house we learn more about how to design small spaces for maximum comfort and convenience.

 

Our bathroom is another challenging aspect of the house. It was originally a foot longer than it’s current size but we realized it would eat up too much of the downstairs floor space so we downsized. I also wanted a bathtub and researched Japanese Omnitubs but between the weight and the size we couldn’t compromise our trailer or our living space. We ended up with a stainless steel floor pan and re-purposed corrugated tin for the walls making it a bona fide wet room!  As for our toilet we have a composting bucket system although we are considering switching to an Ecovita design for a more comfortable and classic look. Our favorite part about our bathroom is the window over the shower with a view of the garden!

Upstairs we are always on the look out for storage ideas! Between clothes, books, bed sheets and bags we have had a lot of reducing to do in terms of material goods. I try to keep things organized with plastic storage bins, dresser drawers and lots of up-cycled ideas! It’s a challenge in the loft due to the pitch of the roof. We wanted La Casita to look like a house, not a mobile home, but with the pitch of the roof, along with 7 foot ceilings downstairs to accommodate Cedric’s height, we lost space in the loft. It can make it difficult to find storage solutions for all our stuff. I think between under the bed storage containers and assorted drawers and baskets we’ve finally found a way to make it work.
No matter the challenges we continue to enjoy working on La Casita and improving upon it every day. The great thing about a tiny house is that a tiny adjustment can make all the difference in the use and comfort of the space and that’s how you begin to make a house a home.