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  • 19
    Jun

    Exterior Paint & Stain

    Most tiny houses have wood exteriors. I recommend using treated or naturally resistant woods (with tannin) and back priming all exterior wood (painting the back side and edges) before installation. Exposed wood takes a beating from the elements but the back sides can only be protected BEFORE installation. Paints with their solid pigments protect better […]

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  • 19
    Jun

    Wheels To Foundation

    Conversion from wheels to foundation is simple. In most places six piers constitute a foundation. There is standard hardware in the modular/manufactured housing industry for this conversion. Place your piers in locations that will allow you to support the main frame members of your trailer and hopefully still be able to roll your trailer off […]

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  • 27
    Jul

    LIVING UNDER THE RADAR

    Building and/or parking without local approval is setting the Tiny House owner up for a version of living “under the radar”. It is not for the faint of heart as you could get a knock on the door at any moment. Most of you are investing a year if your life and your life savings […]

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  • 27
    Jul

    THE END OF CREATIVE DESIGN

    This is 46th year of practice. I have completed 202 projects. I have witnessed dramatic transitions both within and surrounding my profession, and I’m sad to share that what used to be known as “architecture” is coming to an end in our culture. I have a residential remodel project under construction in a local community […]

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  • 27
    Jul

    PARKING FIRST

    I’m reading more often, on other Tiny Community pages, posts and replies about the difficulty if finding legal parking that are a testament to the fact that going tiny is not simply a matter of plan and cost. So many newbies concentrate on the factors of creation or purchase. I must repeat over and over, […]

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  • 27
    Jul

    READY TO ROLL OR SITE-BUILT?

    As a tiny house designer, I enjoy pushing the edges of what is expected. My question now is: ” How much of your tiny life do you need to carry with you and how much will you create around your home when you park? The first challenge is the deck. When we create “outdoor rooms” […]

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  • 27
    Jul

    TINY HOUSES FOR THE HOMELESS

    With the catastrophic wildfires in Northern Cal, we have a unique opportunity to advance the value of tiny housing. While “the homeless” were previously limited to the socio-economic class of “powerless”, we now have 6000 new members who represent the full range of power, mobility and political connection. It’s true that tiny houses could be […]

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  • 27
    Jul

    TINY HOUSE HOLIDAYS

    Ever wonder what to give your friends who are living tiny? NOTHING! But you could offer to take something away for them. Tiny living means no single use (or non-use) objects in the home. The holidays are already hard with expectations of decorating and magical lighting. Tiny begets tiny on every level. I decorate with […]

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  • 27
    Jul

    COMPOSTING vs SEPTIC. Things to consider.

    Both composting and septic systems are intended to convert the deadly ecoli bacteria to safe compost. Both systems have very specific requirements. Both must raise the temperature of the compost to 65 deg C for 15 days and composting systems require turning the mixture every day. The individual toilets require individual users to be focused […]

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  • 27
    Jul

    TINY HOUSE CODES

    Last week there was a meeting with principals of two leading Tiny House inspection companies, Alex Ontiveros from Pacific West Tiny House and Barbara Reilly from Bildsworth International. They were able to get to know each other personally, and to discuss the state of tiny homes, development of a uniform construction code, and ways/means for […]

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