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!