the walls

framing

Here's the first glimpse at the basic framing with temporary braces. Notice how they're flush with the edge of the trailer and right over the wheel wells.  This way, we claim each inch of interior width. Plus, the trailer is actually a couple inches shy of the 8' 6" road legal limit to leave room for the slight overhang of the exterior wall panels.

taking shape

Now we have the roof structure. The angles and perspectives in these pictures can be a bit deceptive, but there are basically three triangles that make up the roof over the main living area. The left side has been left open for the floor-to-ceiling windows. The window on the right will be above the kitchen sink. The small window at the back offers a through sightline and will be right above the washer/dryer unit in the bathroom. 

*click to enlarge

Looking inside, we can see how the floor will be raised above the wheels wells in the main kitchen and living area, rather than sitting between them. We'll also have the option of creating some accessible storage compartments in the floor. But towards the back, the floor will step down to the top of the trailer, therefore maximizing headspace in both the bathroom and sleeping loft. 

3D Update

As a refresher, below 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. 

  • The front windows have been reduced from 4 panels to 3. Only the middle one will slide open. 
  • Rather than a backsplash full of windows, there will be a single window above the sink and a stainless steel backsplash. 
  • A railing has been added to the ladder providing easier access (especially on the descent). 
  • Cabinetry in the sleeping loft has been removed. This was to mainly to cut costs, but also to provide more flexibility for storage solutions to evolve as needed. 

Next steps

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we poured over appliance options so we can solidify the cabinet layout and design to get those ordered, since the production time will likely be several weeks. We went back and forth over a larger 24" fridge and narrower pull-out table, or a narrower fridge and wider table. Ultimately, we decided to consider the pull-out peninsula as more of a kitchen prep or desk space, rather than a dining table for two. We figured most people may enjoy eating outside with more room, or we could come up with a coffee table solution.

Regardless, it's been quite difficult to select a compact fridge. The type that vent in the front so they can be built into an existing counter are also quite expensive (many are $800+!).  Here are some we considered: 

Many of the higher quality versions that I've been able to find at outlet stores do not have a freezer section, which led to the heated discussion: "How important is ice to short-term guests?"

"But this fridge is just so... pretty!"

"What if I just bring them ice every morning?"  – "That would be weird." 

"What if we just had a counter-top ice maker?" – "That would clutter up the counter."

Right now we're mostly trying to decide if it's worth it to spend twice as much on a fridge that mostly just looks a lot nicer. (Option #2 vs. option #4) Which would you choose? Let us know in the comments. 

I've also started the fun part of selecting items to furnish the tiny house. If you have any ideas for space-saving kitchen items, minimalistic accessories, or hosting necessities, please let us know! I'll continue to post my findings on our Instagram feed. We'll also do another Facebook Live post when we get to visit the house in person. Stay tuned, and thanks for following!