The Tiny House Blog has featured the dynamo Misty Tosh and her travel trailer before, but now the intrepid TV producer and traveler has a new home and project — a three-story houseboat in Marina del Rey named Flo. While the boat is not necessarily tiny (for tiny, check out her other boat, Enola) Misty has remodeled the derelict houseboat into a work of art.
All the renovations for her houseboat had to be done on the water and she documented the process and houseboat living on her blog, Big Sweet Tooth. The renovation was recently featured in the L.A. Times. When Misty bought the boat, it was a dark mass of junk and tiny rooms connected by ladders. Misty worked with Refinding Design, a local design firm that scours junk yards, flea markets and roadsides for building materials. Salvaged items like a hatch door from a WWII supply ship covers a wine rack under the floor with a peekaboo view of the water, the metal ring of a wine barrel was turned into a chandelier, and the breakfast counter is a slab of wood with a base of plumbing pipes.
The bottom floor is a living and dining area, the second floor is a master bedroom, bathroom and guest area. Nautical rope is a reccurring theme throughout the boat and also acts as a banister railing for the staircase up to the bedroom. The top deck has a small office, a “garden” with artificial turf and a bar.
Misty does have to pump out the sewage holding tank twice a week, but she told the L.A. Times, “We wanted to come home to something like a vacation spa, where we can hide away all our gear and feel like we’re on vacation,” she said. “And when the windows are open and the wind and sun plow through here, we can say: What the heck kind of holy paradise is this?”
Photos by Misty Tosh and the L.A. Times
by Will Sirotak
I have been building the ARC for the last four years, starting as an eighteen foot flat bed trailer. It boasts a true radius roof line with a copper top, leaded glass windows and an old tudor door. It’s built on a 10K flat bed trailer I purchased new. I cantilevered the back 18″ and 24″ out the front for the loft.
The floor is 2 x 6 with R19 insulation, the walls 2 x 4 with R13. The sheathing is 1/4″ plywood, glued and stapled. I laminated 14 layers of 1/4″ plywood for each rafter, ripped to 3″, built a radius jig and glued and clamped.
The interior walls are 1/4″ hickory plywood. The ceiling is 1/2 x 4 t&g pine. Two 35 gallon water tanks are placed along side the wheel wells and are under the cabinets (still in production)
I’m currently building the boat style stairs with drawers underneath the treads and risers. Windows are mixture of antique English leaded glass and salvaged wood windows from a local center.
The door is an old tudor stile and rail, salvaged as well from a local center. Substantial completion, stairs and cabinets, should be don in about another month or so and I will send an update when completed.
Aaron Castle sent this unusual Tiny House in a Landscape. Aaron says, “I thought you might like this picture of our tiny house project, with business as usual “people-barns” being built in the background.
The owner of Whole House Building Supply let us build our house there for free as a demonstration item for salvage and re-use.”
Photo Credit: Candace Anderson www.canander.com
Here’s a little bit of my tiny house building story and some of the things I learned in the process. I hope this information will help or possibly inspire a few future tiny house builders, in the same way I was greatly supported by all you guys who shared your stories before me. The best things about this project were the support I received from friends and family, and getting to learn so many new things this year.
Before I started I had a little bit of experience building. I’d built a shed or two and some homemade plywood furniture. Until a year ago, the stuff I built was almost totally designed from a functional perspective. But a few months before I started my project I had the good fortune to work on a backyard shed with my friend Steve, who taught me all about using salvaged and old materials. Continue Reading »