Things are really gearing up for the Tiny House Conference, in a short time people will be converging from all over! Today I wanted to let you know about an exciting announcement. Lina Menard will be joining us at the conference as one of our expert speakers. We are very excited to have her!
Come meet Lina and Many others! Early bird tickets end on the 1st of Oct.
Lina is a tiny house designer, builder, blogger, dweller, and advocate. She keeps a blog called This Is The Little Life, featuring vignettes about simple living in small spaces. Lina holds a Sustainable Building & Design Certification from Yestermorrow, a Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University, and certificates in Urban Design and Sustainable Building Advising. Lina has been featured in the Portland Tribune, OR Magazine, Vermont Public Radio, and Portlandia.
One area of my tiny house that I have come to think about a lot is the bathroom. Now of course you need a bathroom, a place to use the restroom, a place to shower, etc. It can range from in your tiny house flush toilet or composting, to an “outhouse” style with a properly designed system or even a flush toilet; But I am beginning to wonder if a bathroom should be outside the tiny home. It might be using the extra bathroom of the house you’re parked in the back yard of or it might be like Drew over at Tiny R(e)volution who build his “shower shack” photos at bottom of post. I’m not saying you should do this, but I think it warrants discussion.
The reason I’ve been thinking this is because while a bathroom of some form is a necessity, as it is in a tiny house, it takes up so much space and is used so little. This is a really important factor when it comes to small spaces. The amount of square footage should be directly proportional to the amount you use it. So for example your mattress takes up about 30 square feet if you have a queen size bed, which is a lot of space, but you use it for 8 hours every day. Compare that to the bathroom, about 22 square feet, I use it for maybe 30 or less minutes a day for showering, shaving, brushing teeth and going to the bathroom. If you simply look at it like a return on investment a bathroom is not that great use of space.
Now you can reduce your space by building a wet bath (frankly I’m not keen on that idea). You could also setup bathroom and shower outside, using an outdoor shower and bathroom, but there are a few months a year this wouldn’t work well. You also could arrange for whoever house you park your tiny house behind that you can use their bathroom. Obviously nothing will beat the convenience of having a shower and toilet in the actual tiny house, but I still struggle with how much space it uses versus how much I use it.
I found a new Vardo built by a archeologist. He didn’t have a name anywhere on his site, but his website can be found at the bottom at the “via” link. He wanted to have a small place that he could stay as he went to the various event and camping trips, torn between a vardo and a tear drop, he decided to go for this type. After about fifty iteration on paper, he finally came up with the design that you see here today.
I can’t believe how close we are getting to the conference, this is something that we have been working on for so long and in a few short months we’ll be gathering in Charlotte.
Last week for our Early Bird Tickets – sign up before October 1st and save $50!
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For those of you who haven’t heard about the conference we are gathering in Charlotte for what will be the biggest gathering of tiny house folks and tiny houses to date. So far we have 6 tiny houses going to be at the event with more to come, we have 12 speakers and a lot of exciting talks and hands on sessions.
I have always thought it would be funny to do one of these and I’m surprised it hasn’t been done before. So I put a what I do meme graphic for tiny house people.
Larger version can be seen here