Science Friday did an awesome video about Christopher and Malissa Tack and their tiny house. What I really like about this video is that they show a lot of the details of the power, water, and greywater. It was a great to see some of the house, how they live and some of the things not often covered elsewhere.
Malissa and Christopher are coming to the Tiny House Conference. Christopher will be our photographer and Malissa will be presenting about organizing small spaces in a tiny house. Check out the video and see how amazing their tiny home is. Meet them and many others at the Tiny House Conference; more info here
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’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.
So found this gem the other night, struck a certain cord with me so I thought I’d share. It shows their house boat a bit, but also the guys are not only really funny, but can play some killer bluegrass!
Some of you have seen this cabin on the water, but its really amazing. They rent this shore for pretty cheap in BC Canada. Its very beautiful county, I’d love to just spend a month with some books and my camera. Here is the description from Trendir.com
Canada’s beautiful British Columbia is home to majestic mountains, endless forest and wonderful lakes – a nature-lovers paradise indeed. So the opportunity to incorporate sustainable housing into these surroundings has led to the awesome innovation of the floating house. Gently bobbing atop Powell Lake in Coastal B.C. is the Lutz’s own floating cabin, which they’ve happily made their retirement home. The wonderfully rustic cabin sits on a 40-by-40-ft. cedar float. The cozy 20-by-21-ft. water-top retreat boasts a main floor with two bedrooms, a kitchen, and dining and living areas. Upstairs, a spacious loft houses the master bedroom. In addition to the main float, a series of smaller floats accommodate a boat dock, a floating woodshed, and a floating vegetable garden. In order to help keep these surroundings beautiful, the home’s power comes via off-the-grid sources – solar and wind power, and propane for cooking, refrigeration and additional lights.