Tiny House Technique: Making Room For Recreation

A year ago when passing through Ft. Myers, FL my wife decided on a whim to rent a paddleboard to take advantage of the glassy water and beautiful sun overhead at Lover’s Key State Park. All through the fall and winter she talked about that experience and how she loved it. By early 2015 she was looking at SUPs on the Internet and talking about investing in one. Truth be told I wasn’t all that game as my first experience was less than stellar and about all I did was entertain the observers on the beach as I sort of stood up, wobbled, and fell. I think I even did ‘the Running Man’ at some point that cause the 10′ board to shoot up into the air and right out from under me.

When we passed through Ft. Myers this past snowbird season though we came across the notion of inflatable SUPs and realized something like that would be perfect for her and our tiny house lifestyle. Minimum space yet maximum fun. This time I was (pardon the pun) on board and we found a well-reviewed board at Costco. For less than $400 we were well on our way to becoming complete beach bums without sacrificing our much coveted space in our tiny house.

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So in putting togethers blog post I had an idea. Why not show other tiny housers how much fun SUPing can be and how an inflatable SUP (as well as other toys like inflatable kayaks, frisbee golf, geo-caching, etc) can be perfect recreational activities for the tiny house lifestyle. To watch the video just hover over the image below and click on the red, centrally located, standard YouTube play button.

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

The Tiny House: Planing Your Reclaimed Lumber

There is something to be said for revisiting experiences. No matter how much progression the tiny house movement makes there are still some fundamental lessons to be learned. One of those lessons is how to properly salvage wood. There is some misconception in just pilfering wood from an old barn and tacking it right up as an interior wall. That very wood has typically been exposed to the elements including mold, mildew, animal effluvium, and the like. It needs to be cared for including a round of planing.

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Over at Tiny r(E)volution we covered the process as it happened in our build. No time like the present to revisit that classic and see how a light round of planing can turn leftover lumber into its own work of art! To watch the video just hover over the image below and click on the red, centrally located, standard YouTube play button.

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

Small is Beautiful – Released Today!

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It’s been two years in the making, but Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary is finally here! I had the opportunity to view this a couple of weeks ago and also many of you saw a premier of it at the Portland Tiny House Conference. This is a great documentary and I highly recommend it!

Small is Beautiful – A Tiny House Documentary [TRAILER] from Jeremy Beasley on Vimeo.

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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]