Tiny House Solutions

THE LIST

Here is a list of the steps in a tiny House build, in order.  Find parking. You’ll need legal parking that will allow you to have full hookups and live in your tiny house.  Having a destination will help you contact specific government agencies, planners and Building Officials and ask specific questions about legality.  You’ll …

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INVESTMENT IN THE TINY HOUSE COMMUNITY

What is the investment potential associated with Tiny Houses? The Market has created a “Perfect Storm” of socio-economic forces which are demanding and creating new alternative solutions to traditional housing problems. Availability: Back in 2008 when the housing market tanked, we were just shy of building enough housing to meet the demand of the ever-growing …

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Safety

I’m making the pitch for safety everywhere in your Tiny House. Build railings for your lofts and ladders and build them to code. I know the codes seem restrictive, and I know that as a Tiny House owner you are up for challenging the codes, but I want to share a down the road view …

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Toilets

Toilets are the most tricky adaptation to tiny house lifestyle because the building inspectors are governed by the environmental health codes and in many places cannot approve alternates to conventional toilets. This leads to issues regarding expensive utility connections etc. Composting and incinerating toilets are only approved in a few places. Be careful here. Going …

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Shower Construction

I recommend the creation of a one-piece full on waterproof membrane for your shower all the way from the ceiling to the floor, including the floor (if you’re not using a one-piece fiberglass pan) and carefully tieing everything into your drain. Water is the big destroyer of tiny houses. First from leaks in the roof …

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Windows

I’m recommending low e insulated fiberglass Milgard windows. Pay attention to code requirements for opening sizes (ventilation and egress). Recommend tempering all units. Egress is based on a fireman being able to get in wearing an oxygen pack. Ventilation is 20% of the floor area openable. Remember screens. (Zica). I prefer casements and awnings because …

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