Tiny House Drafting

We just wanted to share this cool link we came across today. It is the Icovia Room Planner on the Urban Barn website: http://www.urbanbarn.com/the-make-room. Although we are not too familiar with the either company, the website room planner allows anyone to draft up a room, apartment, or even a tiny home for free!

You can choose the room dimensions and and features. The premade appliances, furniture, and structural elements can be dragged onto the layout using tabs in the sidebar. The dimensions and orientation of the items are easily adjusted, and everything can be dragged and rearranged.

We’ve been struggling with layouts and dimensions, so this was an easy tool to try a lot of different options. It also has a color feature with which we experimented in the second photo. Anyways, we thought this would be a fun tool to share with fellow tiny house enthusiasts!

-Kelsey and Tyler

Tiny Portable Dishwashers

A portable countertop dishwasher eliminates dirty plates while saving energy and a little of the environment, too. Plus if you have a tiny house space is very valuable so a small dishwasher is a must.

Wash up to four standard place settings (10.5″ max diameter) with the convenience of operating right on your countertop. At just over 17″ tall, this EdgeStar portable countertop dishwasher (model: DWP45ES) has a low profile that fits comfortably under most cabinetry—no permanent installation required.


ENERGY STAR certified, the DWP45ES dishwasher consumes a measly 200 kWh/Year, or approximately 61% less energy than similar countertop dishwashers. And in addition to saving energy, this model wastes very little water as well. The DWP45ES has been designed to use less water per load than hand washing.

Extremely easy to operate, the EdgeStar DWP45ES countertop portable dishwasher features full digital controls with delayed start option, a stainless steel interior, a powerful spray arm, an included silverware basket, a rinse agent dispenser to minimize water spotting on dishes, and an internal water heater with sanitary wash cycle that eliminates germs and bacteria by boosting water temperature up to 158°F. The included quick connect faucet adapter and five foot hose make hookup to almost any faucet simple.

To see a selection of tiny portable dishwashers starting at $239 and two different sizes go to Compact Appliances.



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Vintage Tiny House Kitchen on Ebay

Kim one of our readers noticed today that there’s a great kitchen unit on Ebay that would fit perfectly in a tiny house– it’s made by Dwyer, a US company who’s been building tiny kitchen equipment for decades.

They’re mighty expensive new, but old ones occasionally show up on Ebay for a song. Kim bought one for a mother-in-law’s apartment in their old house a few years ago- it worked perfectly despite being about 40 years old (cute and retro). This one’s much bigger but has a 4-burner gasstove and oven– all you’d need for actual living in a tiny house.

Retro Kitchen Unit

To check it out go to the Ebay listing here. The Ebay item #270277912624.