Category Archives: Build

What does a Tiny House Cost?

Why are tiny homes so expensive? Why do people go tiny? What does the average person spend building their tiny home? This article discusses all that, and more!

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Plumbing

Tiny House Plumbing

I lay out the plumbing in my Tiny House. It’s simple and has on-grid and off-grid capabilities.

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Front Door

How can you get a snazzy front door for your tiny house?? The majority of tiny house plans call for custom doorways. This is due to proportionality: tiny house = tiny door. The major hurdle being that custom doors are difficult to build and expensive to order. Is there any way around this? Of course there is! Try one of these two options:

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Siding

I know I say this in almost every post, but this is SUPER IMPORTANT. Siding is so important, in fact, that I might say it again… and again. We wanted our tiny house to be clothed in the finest, strongest, and most stylish materials before embarking on our adventure. Therefore, Guillaume and I spent countless days searching for siding that would reflect our personal style with the gusto to withstand a colossal journey.

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Roofing

roof: (noun) The structure forming the upper covering of a building or vehicle… or both!!! < p style=”text-align: justify;”> We’ve been struggling to find the right roofing material for our Tiny House. Conventional asphalt shingles aren’t very attractive or wind resistant; wood shingles and shakes are heavy and require care; ceramic tiles and slates are expensive and heavy; thatching will burn your house down; and finally, asbestos will give you cancer. Great… So what’s left? Metal roofing? This seems to be the go-to material for Tiny Houses out there. It’s readily available,…

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Insulation

A few fun facts you should know before embarking on your rigid insulation adventure: 1). It’s a sticky, disgusting, toxic mess that never ends. 2). I can’t even donate my clothes to Goodwill after using spray foam. They’re destroyed. 3). There’s always another gap or crack that needs foam. Have I mentioned it never ends? 4). If you screw it up, you’ll be shivering in your bed for years to come in between unpleasant nightmares about cracks and holes… 5). You WILL get it in…

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Roof Underlayment

Scenario: Water gets under your metal roof or shingles, finds its way to one of the nails holding your shingles, seeps through your plywood sheathing, and slowly waterboards you in your sleep… Doesn’t that sound like fun? No. That is why it’s important that you apply roof paper on top of your sheathing. And because a tiny house roof is so small, you should probably just buy the good stuff! We bit the bullet and purchased some Grace Ice & Water Shield roofing underlayment. You might only need…

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Wood Stain

It’s not easy to pick the perfect wood stain, particularly when you are “designing on the fly.” In fact we procrastinated for so long, we had to stain our window trim AFTER it was hung! Once again, defying gravity and making our build just a little more complicated.  Guillaume and I chose redwood for our trim, mostly because it’s a weather-friendly wood that is readily available at Home Depot. Redwood can come in a variety of grades, going from a solid heartwood to a swirly rustic…

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Window Trim

Welcome to the world of window trim! It’s a small house, yet somehow we managed to have 14 windows. 14 windows in 140 square feet! There’s a lot of opportunity for some casanova to toss pebbles at my window, or you know…for leaks. I can’t wait till there’s a thunderstorm so I can stick my head out the window and fulfill my life long dream of re-naming the Child Empress from NEVER ENDING STORY.  Bastian named her “Moon Child,”and everyone knows “Moon Child” is not a real name.…

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Skylights & Beer Brewing

We had almost as difficult a time installing our skylights as Salies did that time she ate leftover New Years Eve balloons. Which is why no skylight should ever be installed without a “hair of the dog” remedy – a beer brewing kit (unfortunately, sold separately). So, in a desperate effort to make this post more interesting, below we’ve detailed both processes: 1). Installing skylights, and 2). Brewing beer. Consider this a “choose your own adventure” post. Pick your poison, and tell us which you’d prefer to…

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