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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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

Hanging Out On Google

As we continue to unlock the “secrets” of being a digital nomad or really just dissecting some of the elements of being one, we can’t go much deeper without first talking about basic video conferencing and screen sharing. It is so important to have the ability to share a screen with a teammate or client or even be able to “see” each other eye-to-eye. We introduced this option and the very notion of Google Hangout at any rate in a recent digital nomad video.

HangoutBundled into the FREE Google toolset Hangout allows you several opportunities to connect with your clients or colleagues and also allows you to do so on any computer, tablet, or handheld device via their robust Tools.

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Simple Stairs For The Tiny House

When we were building our tiny house I remember several sets of makeshift stairs. In fact, they were so makeshift I would hardly call them stairs (or steps). In fact, the first version was just some old cinderblocks stacked on top of each other. The first fall I took not only hurt my pride but also my shins as I stumbled and caught myself only by my shin skin. The second version involved an old set of mobile home steps that had no real cross-bracing and seemed like a state fair fun house if you didn’t walk up them at a very slow speed and in a straight line. Our travel trailer has proved no different.

Steps

The metal steps on this rig are literally suspended by four bolts. They are not at all designed for the wear and tear of a full time nomadic family. In fact, if I go outside before my wife and daughter wake up my subtle shaking will surely alert them of my absence. It is awful. That is why I decided to cobble together a set of steps that were affordable, easy to break down, and reliable.

I invite you to spend the next 3 minutes watching this short video on how to make a simple set of tiny house steps. Just click on the standard YouTube play button to view.

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