Keep on the Sunny Side
An 8×24 ft. “ladder living” home with comfy furniture, a fantastic pantry, and a bright interior and exterior!
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There is ample headroom in the tiny loft.
Each of the three loft windows are sliders, and we have outlets on either side of the back window for electronics.
The view from our bed loft. The slightly raised wooden shelves on either side cover the area for the trailer wheels.
Our other loft stores all of our winter gear and other miscellaneous items. The window added a nice cross-breeze in the summer.
The bed loft also discretely houses the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
The loft is very light!
Our seating area is really comfortable!
Natural light is a huge feature of this house!
Our custom closet has a raised bar for hanging clothes to make the most of the space. We also have a hastily-constructed laundry basket shelf, made by A, for bulkier pants and jackets. Hidden by the closet curtain is a hanging shoe rack.
With a mini ceiling fan and the windows, there was no need for air conditioning!
The toilet has a powerful vent fan! No smells in this house!
The entryway doubles as a dressing room (now that the door has a curtain, not pictured).
With the closet curtain pulled, clutter is removed!
We made our pantry shelves to fit the kitchen items we have.
Our slide-out Breville Smart Toaster Oven bakes, reheats, toasts and covers all our kitchen needs. We have made casseroles, pies, cookies, and toast in this oven!
We also have a slide-out stove. Both the oven and stove plug into an outlet hidden by the knives, and have been run together at high temperatures with no problems!
The kitchen also has a vent fan for when steamy pots bubble on the stove.
Our combination washer-dryer is vented and dries well.
Under the sink houses various utensils, the trash, the mixer, and the on-demand water heater. We also have a comfortable eating area which doubles as a desk.
The pantry houses all our kitchen needs
We brush our teeth, wash our hands, and wash our dishes at the kitchen sink.
With the slight bump-out, the kitchen has plenty of workspace even when we bring out the dish rack.
Rich made the countertop.
Surprisingly the fridge, with an icebox freezer, has always provided enough space for cold food!
A view from the storage loft. Our next mini-project is a curtain for under the sink.
With so many windows on every wall, the house is lit without lights. The snow provides a blueish glow today.
When we are climbing to the loft, the ladder fits nicely. When we are not using it, it is stored away near the closet.
There is room for one person to sit at the table while the other is working in the kitchen, or for both to sit down for a meal!
The windows make it feel like you are outdoors even when you are inside. Its a great feeling, especially when you want to experience a blustery fall day or a snowy winter one without freezing!
Our tiny bathroom! Just right for us!
Just enough space for our needs.
A clear shower curtain makes the space feel bigger.
A regular space heater keeps the house at a snug temperature. Some of us prefer it hot, and the tiny house has managed to keep us at a steady 70 degrees even when outside temperatures are in the single digits.
Cozy and warm in the winter wonderland!
Rearranging the Tiny House:
Living tiny doesn’t mean that you can’t rearrange the furniture when you need to spice up your space. In the spirit of spring cleaning we rearranged our living area twice! Here are the results:
Here is a view from above!
It would still be easy to talk from the couch and the chair, but now the table is more included.
The floorspace from the door to the sink is streamlined.
A view from the door.
Jake was doing our mountain of dishes!
This time we flipped the couch to the other side.
There is a lot of space in front of the couch.
The couch is centered below the window, but there is still enough room for the table and space to open the washer.
The couch and chair feel like they are in their own space once more.
Building The Keep on the Sunny Side
After many days of waiting on rain, the house finally gets a coat of sunny yellow paint!
The roof pitch changes over the bed loft to accommodate more headroom without compromising the overall “cute factor” of the tiny cottage!
The construction process is just like a regular house on a smaller scale.
We used smart-side for the exterior walls.
The trailer was custom built with boxed out wheel-wells and two 7,000 pound axles with trailer brakes.
The walls went up quickly!
Tiny house in the night.
Painting the trim.
The door has gone in.
We tested our paint color.
Protection from overnight moisture.
Leaving before dawn.
The tiny house in its new location! Thanks Adam and Erin!
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