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

Quick Tips For Washing Clothes On The Go

In recent days I have heard several stories of freshly minted college kids and teenagers a like who – when tasked with it – have stared blankly at a washing machine. With detergent in hand, water running, and smelly, collegiate clothes piled at their feet, the youths have buckled under pressure turning to YouTube or their mommas for help! Truth is, the chore can be anything but glamorous and if not properly trained, a person can simply freeze without so much as dipping a pair of jeans that have eaten Mexican food, ridden the train…..four times, worked on a garage conversion, watched an all-day marathon of ‘Murder, She Wrote’, and washed the dog, into the sudsy. Throw in the challenge of a laundromat and chaos is sure to ensue!

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I invite you to watch and enjoy the following short video that dispenses a few oft-overlooked tips on washing clothes when on the road.

From stockpiling quarters to remembering the detergent the concept of staying fresh and clean can sometimes be taken for granted.  To watch just hover over the video image and click on the red, centrally located, standard YouTube play button to view.

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

How-To Create A Collapsible Countertop

Living in a tiny house is all about the exchange of space. You give a little. You get a little. However, one of the biggest sacrifices is found in the kitchen. There is never enough counter space in a tiny house kitchen. Whether it is at breakfast time or preparing a snack or even just drying dishes counter top space is important. Who wouldn’t want an extra 24″ – 48″ of working room?

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I invite you to watch and enjoy the following short video that shows the ease in building and expanding your working space in the tiny house kitchen while also giving storing ideas. Not only is this collapsible counter top easy to use but it is also easy to hide. To watch just hover over the video image and click on the red, centrally located, standard YouTube play button to view.

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

Even Ladders Can Be Tiny For A Tiny House

I simply can’t say it enough. Space is a constant concern for a tiny house of any sort. When living in a THOW a ladder of at least 10′ high can come in handy for a number of reasons: cleaning/clearing your roof, washing your skylight window, adjusting a solar panel, and more. When living in a travel trailer a ladder is used often for inspecting the seems of the roof, the wear and tear of the material, any possible mold buildup around the vents and air conditioning unit, and just general maintenance. On a yurt they make adjusting the framework and compression rings considerably easier. But in all of these situations what a ladder doesn’t do is hide very well. At even 6′ they have to either slide under something, lean against something, or get tucked away somewhere. Usually none of these options are very functional or pretty. But when considering a ladder that augments a tiny house life a telescoping ladder can be just the tool for you!

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Telescoping ladders are more versatile, portable, and convenient than the traditional aluminum or wooden ladder. Unlike a typical step ladder or extension ladder, telescoping ladders extend and lock by the foot to a user’s desired height, making them extremely functional. Made with aircraft grade aluminum alloy most units actually fold down small enough to fit in the trunk of a car. And even though they aren’t designed for commercial or heavy duty use they are perfect for home or recreation use on the occasion.

I invite you to watch and enjoy the following short video that shows the flexibility and usefulness of an affordable yet reliable telescoping ladder. To watch just hover over the video image and click on the red, centrally located, standard YouTube play button to view.

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

Pet Food Storage In Small Places

When moving aboard our 42′ sailboat almost a year and a half ago, it was critical to find a safe place to store dog food right away before we untied the lines and left the dock for good.

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With not one, but two large dogs, we go through a fair amount of dog food every month and we needed a creative storage solution. We searched high and low for air tight/water tight/bug tight containers. We searched even harder for containers that would fit in the odd-shaped storage areas we have on our boat. With roughly 360 square feet of living space, storage comes at a premium. Granted, every square inch of the design was carefully thought out, storage is still very limited. Continue reading