Tiny Home Update

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by Audrey Michelle
www.foodandfoto.com

It’s been far too long since I posted an update on my tiny home… like, four months too long! ๐Ÿ˜‰

It really amazes me how much this “movement” has taken off!

I’ve made quite a few changes around the tiny home, and I’m rather happy with the way things look, now. I feel like it’s finally coming together. My next project is working on the upstairs bedroom/loft area. I need to maximize space and upgrade the whole “college dorm room” feel currently happening. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Upon entering my tiny home, you first see my personalized dresser from the Target Closetmaid collection. It’s actually two pieces stacked on top of each other, and I’ve managed to fit most of my clothing inside! Just to the left of the dresser, I keep the ladder to my loft propped against the wall. As you may recall, this attaches to that black beam for easy access to the loft, and quick removal when not in use!

On the right is the kitchen table, which is where my desk used to be. I just felt like it opened up the house more with the setup this way.

 

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The tiny house layout is basically a square, so along the same wall as the kitchen table is where my sewing machine and computer now reside. As well as a mirror I swapped from my bathroom. My landlord told me that a mirror makes a space appear larger, so I was all over that! I also love how Callee posed for some of these pics ๐Ÿ˜‰

The “main room” is more open now with the table in a different place, and I like that!

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So when I’m sitting on the couch, this is what I now see:

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The view from the other side of the room. It’s amazing how that mirror trick really works!

I still need to consider some curtains, but what for, really?!?!! ๐Ÿ˜›

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The kitchen and my now-complete water heater/table combo which is perfect for housing the Vitamix and this funky little lamp I got at a second-hand store.

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And then there’s the viking. The personalized, one-of-a-kind viking oven/microwave/steamer combo. Apparently viking is kind of a big deal. Every one of my foodie friends that sees it is like, “daaaannng, you have a VIKING?!?!” My landlord told me he had to custom-design the structure around this “mini-viking.” It is sui generis and I may be the only person in the world with a mini-viking in my mini-house!

So, seriously – thanks again, Jeff! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And so I took out the mirror in the bathroom and hung it in the living room. I replaced it with this cute little mirror I also found at the second-hand store. And my landlord installed this sweet medicine cabinet for extra storage space. I love how it fit right into the wall!

And who doesn’t love a clawfoot tub?! It could be my favorite part of the house. ๐Ÿ˜‰

PS – A few people commented on the toilet last time I posted. I do have a fully functional and practical commode which only uses 1.3 gallons of water per flush!

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Marsha Cowan - May 16, 2014 Reply

Really cute house! Looks very cozy and livable. I have never seen an oven like that. Pretty cool! The sofa looks extra comfortable, too. Can’t wait to see the loft. Thanks for sharing!

    audrey michelle - May 16, 2014 Reply

    thanks for the comment, marsha! my landlord/the builder of this home has great taste and found much of my furniture online! the loft is slowing coming together… ๐Ÿ™‚

    audrey michelle - May 16, 2014 Reply

    oh, and the oven is truly one of a kind. i had never seen one either and i still have yet to use it as a “steamer”… which it is capable of being/doing. what i love about it is the thought my landlord/builder put into it – in a house this small with low ceilings, his idea was to avoid having an open flame for safety and being able to use the stove itself as counter space if necessary. this viking completely fits the bill and i’m very grateful!
    thanks again for your comment!

Nissa - May 16, 2014 Reply

I absolutely **LOVE** your house!!!

Lizzie - May 16, 2014 Reply

I would love to live in a “tiny house” but I feel as if I’d need the whole house for my sewing…..so what make and model is your machine, and what do you sew? Oh and I love the decorated bath!

    audrey michelle - May 16, 2014 Reply

    haha, i hear ya lizzie! i actually have not used that machine ONCE yet… and it makes me sad. it was a hand-me-down from my late grandmother. it is a mission of mine to learn how to use it! i would sew all kinds of stuff if i could! the decorated bath is thanks to my landlord’s wife, she is a great painter! thanks for the comment!

Mia - May 16, 2014 Reply

Your house is absolutely lovely ๐Ÿ™‚
May I ask where you got your kitchen table? I’ve been looking for one just like that for ages.

    audrey michelle - May 16, 2014 Reply

    hi mia! i am so lucky – my landlord found this cool table on craigslist, actually. it was kind of falling apart, but he gave it a makeover and i just LOVE how practical it is! i hope you can find one you like, also. i suggest craigslist or backpage in your local area… and thrift stores are often full of good finds!

Wendy - May 16, 2014 Reply

Not a tiny house dweller but I am fascinated by the movement and by how people problem-solve in order to adjust to their new lifestyle. Your house looks wonderful and your kitty very cooperative, lol.
If it were me, I think I would simply paint that Target dresser and swap out the handles. Since you have a mid-century kitchen table and chairs (fabulous), maybe a mid-century color like aqua or yellow? Minor detail, though.
It looks really cozy and amazingly spacious.

    audrey michelle - May 16, 2014 Reply

    hi wendy, thanks for your comment! great suggestions for adding more flare to the dresser, etc. i will have to consider that! right now, all the pieces match so i’d have to paint them all… it’s funny to me how eclectic my “stuff” is – it speaks true of my character, as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    and i agree, i’m fascinated by the movement, as well! it feels nice to be a part of something so unique and “big” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Susan - May 16, 2014 Reply

Very cute house. Your house looks very comfy. Is that a house for 1 or do 2 people live in it (besides the cat)? Love the Viking stove/oven unit.

    audrey michelle - May 16, 2014 Reply

    hi susan, thanks for the comment! i try to keep this tiny dwelling very comfortable, indeed. my landlord/the builder is always commenting “it’s so cozy in here” – ๐Ÿ™‚

    i live alone with my kitty callee, but two people could live here… as long as you were REALLY CLOSE and comfortable with each other ๐Ÿ˜‰ it’s about 250 square feet, including the loft – which is large enough for a king size bed plus some!

Tabitha - May 16, 2014 Reply

I really like your dining room table and chairs. Where did you get them from? -Tabitha

    audrey michelle - May 18, 2014 Reply

    hi tabitha!

    i get so many compliments on the table and chairs. my landlord/the builder found them on craigslist in denver. he is like the best when it comes to hunting for stuff like this. i am super blessed and thankful.

Robin - May 16, 2014 Reply

Awesome. You have everything you need to be comfortable. Congratulations on a job well done. It sure feels good I bet.

audrey michelle - May 16, 2014 Reply

hi tabitha!

i get so many compliments on the table and chairs. my landlord/the builder found them on craigslist in denver. he is like the best when it comes to hunting for stuff like this. i am super blessed and thankful. ๐Ÿ™‚

sc - May 16, 2014 Reply

very nice! how much is the rent?

Teena - May 16, 2014 Reply

I am a tiny house dweller, and will take some pictures for you to look at! I am quite comfortable in my 1 bedroom home and even have a deck out the front!

Scott - May 16, 2014 Reply

Great house. Love the inside pics… I’ve seen the outside pics before but missed the interior ones. The sunflowers painted on the tub are awesome! Great way to really liven up a small space in an unique way. Your cover to the small cylinder water heater is a super idea also. Hiding in plain sight making it look like a quaint little table. Very clever! (by the way… my wife has a sewing machine she hardly ever uses also; I ask every now and then what she has made lately. Only to get a roll of the eyes) ๐Ÿ™‚

    audrey michelle - May 18, 2014 Reply

    hi scott, thanks for reading and for your comment!
    the wife of my landlord/builder of this home is the one that painted the sweet sunflower tub – and the painting on the wall in the bathroom! ๐Ÿ™‚ i feel this place really reflects who i am and is cozy and i appreciate your kind words about the decorating! it’s fun how even in a small space like this, one does have many options! and the water heater table wasn’t my idea – that’s all jeff, the builder… he really knows his stuff! i’m very grateful and blessed!
    do you live in a tiny home also?

Scott - May 16, 2014 Reply

One question… what is the unique wall decor thing by your front door that has the kitty brush and keys hanging on it? It looks like a piece of crown molding and a door knob. Is it?

    audrey michelle - May 18, 2014 Reply

    i found that little thing at my favourite second-hand store – which, at this point, has been responsible for at least 3 decorative additions to my tiny home… and you were close! it’s just a piece of wood and a door knob. in fact, it may even be from an actual door, i can’t tell. but i have an obsession with doors as a fotographer, so i super stoked to snag up this great find!

    thanks again for your comment/question!

Kirie - May 16, 2014 Reply

I want to know about the NewYorkNewYork “wallpaper.” Where did that come from? I love the idea of NY wallpaper in a tiny home because so many there live in tiny apartments and call it a kingdom. Callie’s gorgeous.

    audrey michelle - May 18, 2014 Reply

    hi kirie – thanks for the comment!
    that new york “wallpaper” is actually a scarf i bought in soho and i just hung it up against the purple wall since it matched oh-so-perfectly to that colour. it is my nod to my days living in the city, and i’m glad you liked it!! funny thing is, my bedroom in new york was actually bigger than this house! haha! ๐Ÿ˜€

Kari - May 17, 2014 Reply

Hi Audrey! You are the bomb diggity! I love your home and your style. What a classy chic. Can’t wait for your next update. K

    audrey michelle - May 18, 2014 Reply

    hi kari – thanks for your awesome comment!
    that made me smile so big! ๐Ÿ˜€ i like to think i’m a classy broad with an eclectic edge which keeps me young at heart. ๐Ÿ˜‰ i feel this tiny home has truly become a reflection of who i am, so thanks again!!

Adina Hirschmann - May 20, 2014 Reply

Your arrangement with the landlord is most unusual—he’s so cooperative! So cute how Callie photobombed many of the shots. Looking on Craigslist NY/NJ for bargains on appliances. I prefer my own over what the landlord here provides—black and stainless over plain white and sealed burners with self-cleaning oven. I like the tub paint job. On mine, I plan to do racing stripes with portholes, suggesting a nautical theme. I already have fish decals, purchased from Staples, on the shower doors (below the handle/towel bars) and rainbows with butterflies above. I also “glazed” the sink a shiny black.

teresa - May 21, 2014 Reply

It is just beautiful. been working on my dream of a tiny home. Spring of 15 is my goal. How many sq feet is this tiny home.

    audrey michelle - May 23, 2014 Reply

    hi teresa! this home is about 200 square feet with the loft included… i believe it is about 12 x 14 or something close… thank you for the comment! best wishes on your tiny home adventure!!

Nancy - May 25, 2014 Reply

So you keep mentioning your “landlord”. Are you renting to buy or? Most tiny homes seem to be owner built/occupied….

joey broe - June 11, 2014 Reply

where did you get the plans for this house? Also is there a link to the rest of this build?

Pat - June 14, 2014 Reply

Oh Audrey, your tiny home is gorgeous! And your photography skills are fantastic too (particularly the one with your furball on the window sill!). While I am not a tiny house dweller myself I cannot begin to describe how much I have learned from those who are. My house is 1,157 square feet with four tiny bedrooms. And, trust me when I say this, it was crammed full of stuff (most of which I never needed). For decades (literally) I was searching for that magic list of things I should have. I read many books and looked through equally many web sites for information on what I needed to keep. I found my answer when I read Tammy Strobel’s book You Can Buy Happiness – And It’s Cheap abd two books by Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus (The Minimalists). The answer is not a list of items but rather a state of mind concerning stuff. So far I have given away or donated 100 boxes/bags of stuff and don’t miss any of it. I now have a spare room where I make pet collars for donation to rescue groups and shelters. Long term I would like to foster senior cats for our local shelter where I volunteer in the cat room. In the meantime the decluttering continues. My goal is to have the rest of the house and garage cleaned out as a 25th anniversary present (late July) for my incredibly patient husband who has never once asked when I would send all the extra stuff to their new homes. He is such a blessing!

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with all of us.

Pat

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