Posts in tiny living
Easy DIY Hanging Shelves

The space is so unique, and I'm not a designer, so how could I possibly do it justice? How could I commit to a large piece of art, let alone choose the right one?

But that's why these DIY Hanging Shelves are so great. You can change up their styling whenever and they only require a couple nail holes and a few dollars in materials. No buyer's remorse over spending a ton on something you don't actually like. And no worrying about making giant drywall anchor holes. They could also be really great for renters for the same reason! In fact, I made several holes when trying to find the best positioning but covered them up easily. Here's a little tutorial to get your own DIY on. 

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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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The Search

There are many ways to go about building a tiny house, and I'm pretty sure we considered most of them.  One popular way to is to purchase plans online and then build it yourself.  The kits come with detailed materials lists and instructions, but you source all the materials yourself.  Hello, endless hours scouring the internet, Craigslist, and dumpsters. We first seriously considered this option when we came across Shelterwise's Cider Box.

We were especially attracted to its shape, which we knew would fit well in our backyard. We liked that we could source our own materials and could modify the design according to what we could find via craigslist and other connections. This is a great lower-cost option, especially for those with prior construction skills, or the time to learn. Let's be honest. I'd like to say we're pretty handy but not that handy.  And we're new parents.

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The Mission

Last year, after moving into our first home in Central Phoenix, we decided to rent out our guest bedroom and bathroom on Airbnb. We had no idea how we would be inspired! What started out as a fairly simple way to make some extra income soon evolved into a tangible way to meet, serve, and love on people from all over the world. 

Alas, our circumstances have changed a bit, requiring us to re-think this little "business." We had a baby! This little girl has taken over the guest room as her own nursery, so we unfortunately are not be able to continue hosting in our home. However, we don't want to stop! 

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