Add A Closet Office To Your Home

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Guest Post by John Miller

Having a home office to stay organized and focused is one of the many ideas that may have come to your mind, but many of us don’t have an extra room in our houses to convert into a dedicated office. If you are one of us with tiny house, I have a great idea for you – converting a closet into a home office can be your best solution.

Since we do not use many closets in our homes to their optimum level, converting one into your home office can help you in organizing your work, staying functional and properly managing your business from home. Now that you are thinking to convert that poorly utilized hall closet into a home office, we have some tips to help you. Continue reading

Using Wheel Chocks With Your Tiny House

I don’t quite know what there is to say about wheel chocks. They keep your trailer from rolling down a hill. Fact. Stick them in front of your wheel and behind your wheel, give them a little snugging, and that is it. Gravity does the rest.

Using Wheel Chocks With Your Tiny House

But it is important to note that there are several styles of chocks on the market ranging in price, weight, and material. Each one targets a different type of trailer and each one is better suited for one trailer over another. Don’t forget there are also a few cheaper and more atypical solutions to the problem of trailer rolling as well.

In today’s video I introduce you to several different styles of chocks that range in price and function.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

How To Level And Stabilize Your Tiny House

Perhaps there is nothing truly worse than sleeping in a sort of gravity inversion position wherein your feet are elevated far above your head. To put it more simply though…how you gonna sleep when your head is crunched up against the wall, your feet keep sliding towards your knees, and your head is pounding because every unit of blood in your body has found its way northward? And what makes matters worse is that morning in your tiny house on wheels or your travel trailer when you wake up to find that the fridge is warm because you chose a gas powered fridge that won’t operate when off kilter. Thus is the stress induced by not having a level tiny house.

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All Jacked Up or how to use stabilizer jacks to make your tiny house more steady

When we first moved into our tiny house trailer we almost immediately built a porch and stoop. Coupled with the piers and straps we had to install to be legal in our county we felt very little difference between our THOW and any sticks ‘n bricks we lived in. This was vastly different when we moved into our travel trailer.

Everytime I walked the length of the trailer or used the scissor stairs the trailer would react violently and disturb anyone inside. That is until we found out about good, ‘ol fashioned stabilizer jacks.

In this video I introduce you to stabilizer jacks which are widely available and help make your THOW as solid as a brick foundation.

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Before you watch the video though here are a couple of tips when using stabilizer or “stack” jacks:

  • Always carry with you a few six to eight inch long 2×6 blocks. The blocks are placed under the jacks to give them more support if you are parked on soft ground or if the jacks are too short.
  • Consider using plastic ‘blocks’ which are also easy to find and have some advantages over wood blocks. The biggest advantage is less weight to carry. They are also stackable and have a larger surface area.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

How To Build A Tiny House

Type the search phrase ‘how to build a tiny house’ into your favorite search engine and you’ll find no less than 9 blog posts with that direct phrase. You’ll then see somewhere around 37 with similar wording. How To Build A Tiny House. What a vague question. Wait! Is it even a question? What a very vague plea / request / solicitation / shot in the dark, etc. Building a tiny house is somewhat like posing the thought ‘how to play the mandolyn’. Is the question really about strumming or playing chords or reading music or playing by ear? Building a tiny house is not to be underestimated. Depending on the type of tiny house (on a trailer, on pontoons, on a foundation, out of canvas, out of a restored tug boat, etc) the method is vastly different.

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The project starts out innocently enough with perhaps a sketch on a napkin, an idea shared aloud, or even a SketchUp plan. But before the first nail is pulled (or hammered in) or the first coat of paint is laid on, plans have to be made. A method of attack is necessary along with a few other elements. But if you prepare and plan and organize, no matter how tough this new labor of love becomes, it holds the potential to becoming the most gratifying experience in life. Continue reading