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  • 20
    Jun

    TINY LIVING – AWARENESS

    AWARENESS. Imagine your own personal “dashboard” for running your life, and near the center is a half-circle dial that controls your awareness. On the left is zero, you’re asleep. In the right is 10, you’re enlightened. Our senses are capable of experiencing it all, but we have been trained to fear the expansion and experience […]

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  • 19
    Jun

    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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  • 19
    Jun

    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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  • 19
    Jun

    Development of Raw, Rural Land

    Each parcel in every county is zoned for a specific number of living units (most often defined by the presence of a kitchen). If you wish to exceed the allowed number, you will need a variance which is costly, time consuming and likely to be denied. Aside from the Planning Department, you will need to […]

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  • 19
    Jun

    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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  • 19
    Jun

    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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  • 19
    Jun

    Water-Resistive Barriers

    All houses need to keep water out of the wall cavity, and all codes require an exterior membrane over the sheathing and behind the siding to achieve this effect. The difference with Tiny Houses is that, because of the small spaces, sealed windows, and more intense human occupancy (breathing), as much or more moisture can […]

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  • 19
    Jun

    Wildland Urban Interface WUI

    This is a California Fire requirement that all structures built in or next to designated wild lands must have one hour fire resistive construction. Contact your local building department for WUI designated areas. Are you planning to park your tiny in the country? This will apply to you. This means that all the windows must […]

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  • 19
    Jun

    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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  • 19
    Jun

    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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