I built this table for when guests come over. It can seat 4-5 people which is not something you often see in a Tiny House. The table conveniently folds up and can be moved out of the way when it’s not in use. We also have a smaller table for two that folds up against the wall of our tiny house which we use day-to-day. I will be doing another video, at some point, showing the two tables and how they can be set up into different configurations.
As I mentioned in the video, at this point we were getting anxious to move into the house and I was getting tired of building the tiny house with all my free time. It isn’t quite as nice as I wanted but it was an expedient solution for a larger table. We currently have it tucked away to the side of the lounge loft ladder.
In our tiny house we have a washer/dryer combo unit. Yes, it both washes and dries! See it during installation and after, while running. Also, another quick look at the shower.
Our washer/dryer combo is a Splendide 2100xc washer/dryer combo. It is smaller then a regular sized washer, about the size of a dish washer and runs on 110AC power. We will be doing a full review on this unit shortly so stay tuned!
In this episode we take a better look at our propane/electric refrigerator, the plumbing behind our washer/dryer combo, a sneak peak of our composting toilet and a bit more of the hot water tank.
I show the operation of our RV hot water tank and talk about why we went with a tank instead of an on demand heater and how well it works.
The model of our tank is an Atwood G10-2. It is a pilot ignition and does not require electricity to operate.
We decided to install LED lighting throughout the entire house, including the porch light. We are really amazed at how little energy LED lighting uses, about a tenth of the energy of the old incandescent bulbs.
While fluorescent bulbs were touted as an energy saving alternative to incandescent bulbs I wasn’t a huge fan of them because they have a few drawbacks that the LED’s don’t share. Fluorescent bulbs use about 3x the energy as LED’s and require time to reach their full light output while the LED bulbs are instant. Fluorescent also contain mercury and other toxins that end up in land fills or your home if you are unlucky enough to have one break.
One thing I like about the 12v LED’s vs 120 AC LED’s is that a lot of the AC (alternating current) LED’s have a 60 hertz flicker to them while the DC (direct current) ones do not.
In the video I talk about the 12v DC strip lighting we used in our lofts, under the shelves in the kitchen and in the bathroom.
At this point in the build I had just finished installing the majority of our off grid tiny house’s plumbing and was testing it for leaks. You also get a good look at our water storage bladder under the raised floor.
Our original plan was to have a hard sided water tank under the floor but when we went to buy it the company that sold the specific size and shape we needed was sold out. We didn’t want our progress to stall while we waited for the tank so we decided to switch to a water bladder instead. The benefit of the bladder was that we could install under the floor any time whereas the tank would need to have the floor built around it. One lesson to take from this is to purchase your materials ahead of time, if you can, to prevent unanticipated delays.
The bladder we purchased is a 150 gallon Aquatank 2. It is sold as an emergency water storage bladder but the reviews and torture test on YouTube convinced us to give it a try. So far, after 9 months of use, it has been holding up well. There is still some more room under the floor so we may upgrade to a custom sized tank in the future.
The last part in our Mega Update series. We use our hobbit stove for the first time in the tiny house. I discuss how our install varies from code and do a temperature safety check using an infrared thermometer. We also find out something unfortunate about our heat shield.
Here is a link to the paper I mentioned when talking about wood igniting at low temperatures.
More in this series:
Well this is what I was dealing with the evening of December 21st. Usually, our posts are composed of material from this passed year, while we were building the tiny house. Today’s video, however, is more current as we’ve been experiencing the ups and downs of tiny house living. I spent a significant amount of time on this repair after work and I was planning to put out some content for you guys anyway, so I figured why not publish this gong show as it’s happening.
These stairs were built from scratch out of finishing 1×6’s. One of the things we contemplated was how we would attach the stairs so they would be easy to remove if we needed to get under the floor to maintain the battery bank. The solution I can came up with was to use hinges to attach the top of the ladder. This is an inexpensive solution and much more stable then other methods I have seen. This ladder is still holding up well after 9 months.
During the build process we did our best to eliminate toxic materials where possible. One of the things we wanted to eliminate was a toxic mattress, especially since we would be sleeping on it for 7-8 hours every night. We ended up buying a natural latex mattress with an organic cotton cover. It doesn’t look like it but this is a 6″ thick queen size mattress
The second part of our tiny house Mega Update. I discuss our hand built ladder, alternating staircase, shower, bedroom loft, bathroom lighting and mattress.
Our original plan was to use spray foam under the trailer to seal up any remaining cracks where our foam insulation wasn’t able to reach. Unfortunately, winter crept up on us and before long we needed an alternate solution. As a temporary solution, we decided to skirt the house with UV protected foam insulation boards. Skirting the house would allow us to retain more heat under the house by blocking drifting snow and cold air. Our water bladder for the house sits under our center floor, just above the trailer and we wanted to take precautionary measures to ensure the water lines, and the bladder itself, didn’t freeze as the temperatures dropped. We’ve since encountered two back to back weeks of frigid temperatures and can say, with a sign of relief, that our lines have remained open and our water bladder has remained liquid. The extreme cold snap did bring us a few other challenges, but you’ll have to stay tuned to read about those.