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What 15 Tiny House Experts Would Change About Their Tiny Houses

I sat down with the top tiny house experts to ask them a bunch of questions, today I am sharing their responses to the question: “If you could go back and change one thing about your tiny house, what would it be?”  The folks in this post have built tiny houses, live in tiny houses and teach folks from all over the world about tiny houses, so we are lucky to be able to tap into their brains on these questions.

kristie-wolfe

I wish I would have bought land originally and built on a foundation instead of converting it a year later.

steven-harrell

I would make it even smaller. I currently live in a 590 square feet home and I see lots of opportunity to reduce space throughout the home.

alek-lisefski

Now that I’m in Texas with a hotter climate than I ever anticipated living in, I could really use a nice mini-split system instead of the window AC unit I am currently using.

ryan-mitchell

I would go from an 18 foot trailer to a 20 foot trailer. I think the extra length would be a real sweet spot for me.

andrew-odom

I could have made a more interesting and more useful house if I had explored a rising roof, dormers, or even a shed roof.

dan-and-jess-sullivan

The kitchen cabinets! We approached them the same way we approached building the shell of the house, which is overkill! We were facing a time crunch and didn’t take the time to review some basic cabinetry tutorials.

deek-diedricksen

I often wonder what a newer, better insulated, better laid-out, design would be like to live in. I wanted to be “Green” by saving an existing “beater” of a house though, and don’t really have any regrets.

ella-jenkins

I would use better quality windows. In my climate aluminum windows are a mistake, would use wood or aluminum clad in a do over. I would also vent my roof.

ethan-waldman

I’d incorporate a compact staircase with storage built in rather than a ladder.

gabirella-morrisson

Now that both of our teenage kids are living on our land with us full time, a larger dining room table would be great.

jenna-spesard

Choose a design with a full porch! I wish I had a covered place to sit outside with my coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night.

laura-lavoie

I might raise the roof line (we’re on a foundation) or do bump-outs to have windows in the loft walls.

macy-miller

Anything I wanted to change I have, it’s a flexible thing. I suppose one thing that is harder to change is my window to wall ratio, I don’t really have room to hang a picture.

vina-lustado

I would make the horizontal window by the stove operable.  In retrospect, I would have been able to make it work with an awning window.

kent-griswold

I would try to have all the money saved to get the all the projects done before moving in. It is more fun to save then to pay off the debt after the fact.

 

A very special thanks to the folks who participated:

Your Turn!

  • What would you change about your tiny house?
  • What tips have you learned from others?

10 Posts Every Tiny House Person Should Read

Over the years I’ve written a lot about tiny houses, over 1,000 posts in fact, and I thought it would be good to share some of the best posts for you today.  These are our most popular “how to” posts from over the years

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1. Welcome To The Tiny Life

Ryan’s tiny house FAQ

2. Tiny House Plans Review page

Helping you choose the best tiny house for you

3. Setting Up Your Land For A Tiny House

All the things that you need to think about

4. Solar For A Tiny House

How I live 100% off the grid with solar power in a tiny house

5. Moving A Tiny House

My experience moving my tiny house for the first time

6. Tiny House Building Checklist

A master checklist of every building step

7. Tiny Houses For Families

A run down on options for families wanting to go tiny

8. Top 5 barriers To Tiny Houses

Also includes solutions

9. What Do We Really Need?

A post that asks the important questions

10. Three Tips To Finding Land

How to find land for a tiny house

Tree Falling On A Tiny House

This summer has been filled with a slew of crazy storms; the storms have been extremely windy, heavy rain and overall, very intense.  Much of my city has been without power for days because of fallen trees.  The upside of living off the grid is I have full control over my entire power system, I can inspect and fix anything that breaks.

One decision I made when going off grid was to park my house in the woods where I have tree cover for shade during the summer and in the winter (when the leaves fall), solar exposure.  But the last few months have called into question the wisdom of that decision.

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This summer alone I’ve had two huge trees (75+ foot) fall perilously close to my house.  Last week I was standing in my kitchen cooking dinner when I didn’t just see lightning, I felt my entire floor flex beneath my feet as the bolt struck a tree only 15 feet from my house.  To put it mildly, it scared me.  I felt the floor flex and then all a sudden my windows were covered by tree branches and leaves.

The tree that fell had a huge “Y” fork in it and my house miraculously fell right between that fork as the tree hurtled towards my house.  The large trunk landed on both sides of my tiny house.  I’m not one that stresses out easily, gets on edge or prone to freak outs, but I was seriously on edge after this.

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I’ve talk a lot about setting up your land, this might be another consideration to take into account.

Some practical tips on building a strong house

  • Make sure you use rafter hurricane ties for your roof
  • Collar ties in your roof help prevent roofs folding in on itself
  • Opt for a thicker roof deck if you can afford the extra weight
  • Consider removing trees that pose a danger

Off Grid Q&A Video

Recently shot this video on a Q&A session about off grid living.

 

 

Your Turn!

  • What should our next Q&A Video be on?

Minimalist Kitchen Podcast Episode

minimalist-kitchen

This week I talk about a minimalist kitchen in my tiny house.

Listen in by clicking here

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