Potential Tiny House?

Yesterday, my wife and I took a picnic to the Helen Putnum Regional Park, located west of Petaluma, here in Northern California. We took a two mile hike through the oaks and along the way came to a pond that had this water tank beside it.

I think it has great potential for a tiny house or a retreat. It is between 10 and 12 feet across and with a floor and door and a couple of windows, I can imagine a perfect little home or getaway.

Water Tower

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TWB - February 1, 2009 Reply

If it has a roof, it has potential.

Kent - February 1, 2009 Reply

This did have some type of roof on it. Not designed to live in but kept the blowing dirt out etc.

Lance - February 11, 2009 Reply

I’ve had dreams of converting a water tower. They’re perfect, in that they are specifically designed to take a more than enough load.

some that I found:



    Kent - February 11, 2009 Reply

    Hi Lance – Yes, a water tower is a perfect alternative home. I’ll bookmark these and do some more research. If you find any others please send them my way. Thank you!

Jef Harris - December 2, 2009 Reply

Water tanks can make great tiny houses. I have done two for clients. The drawbacks are the thickness of the tank stock (Redwood, Cypress) is usually around 2.75 inches thick.If you want to place these in a cold climate there may be a heat issue.But the space is small and a decent woodburner or propane heater should handle the cold. Another consideration are the 5/8 or 3/4 inch steel round rod bands that bind the staves together and are placed every couple of feet up the tank. These bands get in the way of the door opening and require cutting and welding to a steel door frame. Window openings can be worked in the same manner.The conical roof is typically framed with cross members and a single king post with a roof pitch of 4/12 or greater.Jef

Jef Harris - December 2, 2009 Reply

I also forgot to mention that you should always try to find out the storage history of the tank. If it has always held only water then you are good to go. However alot of tanks in the salvage market held vinegar and are not suitable for living in. You can NEVER get the vinegar smell out and you will smell and feel like a pickle.Jef

Tina Loflin - March 17, 2012 Reply

Dear Everyone,
I’d love a small house–but what can I do to find/get/build one, when I am on disability and money is so tight it yells every time I gt some to go to the mall(just for fun) I am 60 years old, and along with that, I have accessibility problems: lofts won’t do for me, I am short(so any storage would have to fit my height(4’11”) and I would need at least one additional room to store my art supplies(I paint–!) and my book collection…can anyone offer me a solution to my dilemma?
Peace. Tina

jonnie hammon - May 11, 2014 Reply

I know how you feel, Tina, I also am disabled. I use a walker, at home, and a wheel chair, when I go places. As such, I am unable to take advantage of a loft. However, my adult children, and my grandchildren, would be able to use it, when they come to visit. My problem, would be, having room to use my walker. That is one of the reasons I haven’t allowed myself, to begin to build one for myself, as much as I would love one. The fact that it can be used, as a ‘camper’ is a plus it my book. It would allow me to travel at a slower pace, and always take the scenic route. I need to know what the maximum length, width, and height limits, are. Also the weight limits, as that goes in the the materials that can be used in it, and the sizes of the appliances, water tanks, etc…

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