The Walls

Here's the first glimpse at the basic framing with temporary braces. Notice how it goes all the way to the edge of the trailer and right over the wheel wells.  That way, we claim each inch of interior width. 

Looking inside, we can see how the floor will be raised to be flush with the wheels wells in the main kitchen and living area, rather than sitting between them.

3D Update

As a refresher, here are some updated 3D renderings of the finished product. These show some of the changes we discussed since the first look and value engineering (cost-reducing) posts. 

 

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The Trailer

Friends! I know it's been a while. It turns out that building a prototype tiny house also includes "prototype relationships" among the clients, the architects, the generous construction company, and several third-party suppliers that are all needed to bring this project to life. There were lots of details to iron out before we could get started. However, we are so exited to share that The Nest has officially begun construction. The custom-built trailer is finished! We'd like to give a big shout out to the guys at Rockland Trailers in Scottsdale who made it happen. Thanks guys! 

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The Reality Check

This was a new term for me. Do you know what it means? Here's a definition I have come up with. 

value engineering [val-yoo en-juh-neer-ing]: noun. A method of thought that makes you realize you can't afford what you want. Seeexpensive taste; soul crusher. "We need to consider some options for value engineering because what you want is actually completely out of your budget; you need to be realistic."

Ok, maybe that was a little dramatic. But if I'm being honest, our most recent meeting kind of bummed me out. It was as if Hilary from Love it or List it just revealed our asbestos invasion and scrapped the plans for the en suite, kitchen island, and home office in one fell swoop.

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The First Look: 3D

At our last meeting, Hunter and Damon were ready to show us the first 3D renderings of the tiny house. One of the big decisions to make at this point is what is this thing going to look like? What shape will it be? How can we maximize the space all around, but still give it some personality?  

If maximizing space all around were the only goal, we would most likely end up with a really cool looking box.  We also considered a sloped roof from front to back.

But what if we could still incorporate the gable of a typical home and nod to the original Cinder Box dwelling? 

 

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The Floorplan: Part 2

If we keep playing the House Hunters game, that means we have to cross one off the list. The first one we eliminated was... Option C!  

We were pretty set on having a lofted bedroom from the beginning, so this may have played a large part.  In such a small space, we like that a staircase or ladder leading to another level draws the eyes up. Furthermore, it was really important for us to maximize the main living space and have it feel as open as possible. We were pretty set on having a lofted bedroom from the beginning, so this may have played a large part. However, the accessibility factor presented a significant drawback. We ultimately figured we could include a sofabed on the main level to still accommodate everyone. Plus, Airbnb users are generally on the more adventurous side, with the most popular listings including treehouses, castles, yurts, and boats, so a ladder may even be kind of fun. There you have it. C is out.   

Now we are left with A or B. 

 

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The Floorplan

Designing a tiny house floorplan is no simple feat.  How can you fit a living space, full kitchen, full bathroom, closet, queen bed, and extra sleeping space in less than 200 square feet and still make it feel open and not cluttered? Oh, and what do you do with those wheel wells? We even took a "babymoon" to Portland, staying in a few different tiny houses to get the feel for different options. 

After perusing many different designs, we knew a few features were really important to us. You've seen House Hunters, right?  Well here's our wishlist: 

 

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