I receive a lot of inquiries about our little house. To avoid responding to the same questions, I created a brief Q & A. Please read through this before you email me inquiries! Thanks in advance.
About 128 square-feet. It was built on a 8 x 16 foot trailer.
Dee Williams designed the house and Katy Anderson built it. For more information, visit Portland Alternative Dwellings.
At this time, I'm not aware of many companies that offer insurance for tiny homes on wheels. When we tow our house down the road, our car insurance company covers us. If you decide to build a tiny house on wheels, do your research. It's a fun living experiment, but there are risks.
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We didn't go through zoning and permitting because the house is on wheels. The house was inspected by licensed contractors and built to the international building code. If you want to build a little house, check in with your local city planning department because building codes vary from city to city. Some cities are more flexible than others.
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The stove/oven is an Origo 6000 and its used on boats. It uses alcohol as fuel so its safe to burn indoors with minimal ventilation and its free standing (no pipes or wires it just sits in the counter). The purchase was inspired by 2cycle2gether.
We used wool insulation. It's awesome because it’s local, non-toxic, and a wonderful alternative to plastic or fiberglass.
We decided on a free standing radiant electric-oil heater.
I have a simple plumbing set-up in the little house; one pipe goes into the house and one goes out. A garden hose attaches to a valve on the exterior of the house and it runs to a kitchen faucet that is used to do dishes. Gray water from the kitchen sink and wet-bath drains flow together into a single pipe out to under the house and is currently caught in a five gallon container under the house. We use the grey water to irrigate ornamental trees and shrubbery and so far we have been producing about 1.5 gallons of grey water per day (or less).
Black water isn’t an issue because I have a composting toilet. The composting toilet is based off the model in the Humanure Handbook. Learn more here Tiny House Details: Composting Commode – Questions Answered.
The folks at Wholesale Solar gifted us solar panels for our tiny house. Logan and I are extremely grateful for the gift! Check out Wholesale Solar's website to learn what it takes to get a tiny house set up with solar power. Watch the video below, too:
Tiny house illustration by Kristin Noelle.