Category Archives: Building

Happy Monday of Christmas week!

Hello and welcome back!  Did you have a fabulous weekend?  Mine was good.  I have some photos to share with you all from a trip to Portland, Oregon.  Portland is a great city in that not only does it have great artwork and fun crazy things going on but also good food and drinks. It’s also a fairly progressive city with it’s zoning codes.  One of the downsides of this really super cool city is that there is a large homeless population in which some initiatives are in place to help with.

My last trip to Portland included a walk around the Pearl District.  This part of town is known for it’s artsy hip vibe with great mom & pop restaurants and breweries.  This also happens to be where the Portland Art Institute is located, which might have nothing to do with this post but I should note it because I *think* the students there designed and/or built some micro housing which was on display (not sure if that was intended as we couldn’t walk inside and no one was around) in a big lot beside their school.  There were probably about 10 tiny houses located in this lot. As there was no signage, and it was 7 am on a Saturday morning, we didn’t know why or what they were for, hence they may be from the Art Institute or they may have nothing to do with it.

Portland tiny houses

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Happy Friday to you all!  Hope your staying nice and warm with this cold front that’s hitting the US right now.   I’m nice and toasty with the heaters as well as the fireplace on. =)

I was reading another blog this morning that suggests using a heated blanked around your propane tank to keep it from freezing – I think.

propane blanket

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Humpty dumpty day

Hello!  Happy Wednesday!  How are you all doing this week?  It’s finals week here and all my classes have finished so all I have left to do is a ton – and I mean ton – of grading.  I’ve gotten several e-mails from students about 1 hour AFTER their final projects were due asking if it was graded yet. ha!  It takes quite a few hours of grading dear students so no, an hour after a project is due it is not graded. =)

Today I’m going to discuss the newest development in that ICC (International Code Council) ruling of the tiny house construction appendix….

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Happy Wednesday!  How are you all doing today?  We made it to the hump. =)

Today I’m going to talk about my heater.  If you recall, I purchased this

convection heater
convection wall heater

Envi heater in October (I think – it might have been September but either way it doesn’t matter because..) I didn’t have the chance to use it till a few weeks ago since it was still rather warm where I am located.  =(  It also doesn’t help my situation that my house gets direct sun – now that the leaves are off the trees –  and really warms up inside during the day.  However, now that it’s fall the nights are getting a bit chilly.  I think last night was down in the 30’s even though during the day it’ll get up to 65-70.  Ok, now that I’ve shared the weather patterns for where I’m located, let’s get back on topic…heaters!

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Tiny House community…say what?

Hello, hello!  Welcome back and happy Tuesday my friends!  I finally feel like I’m back in the groove after taking almost a week off for Thanksgiving.  It’s good to be back to normal. If you know me in person you know I like routines. =)

I’ve mentioned this before on here but in case you forgot (take notes because there may be a test on this…just kidding!) I am part of a Tiny House facebook group.  Most of the time they post things about building and materials and supplies such as: “what type of on demand propane hot water do you all have  and does it work?”   As someone who lives in one (and didn’t actually build it myself) I don’t often contribute to the conversation as it is mainly for those DIY builders, unless it’s a student doing a research project then I try to help out as I know how hard it is to get participants. =)

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Roommate or kids in a tiny house?

Hello and welcome back! Happy Hump Day! How’d your week going so far? Mine is going pretty well! It’s been busy as this is just a busy time of the semester with trying to wrap things up and the holidays approaching. Anyways, I went to a tailgate this weekend and during half time we were flipping through channels and a tiny house show came on tv. The group stopped for a few and watched this episode. It was the one on the FYI channel with Zack Giffin (who I met at the Tiny House Jamboree this summer!). Anyways, on this show they highlight a late 20 – 30 year old couple with a young daughter who currently live in a 1800 sq ft townhouse and downsizing into a (I forget the size) tiny house.

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Open house…again

Happy Hump Day!  Welcome back!

So I had another open house last night…for my students.  I teach a senior level diversity class and one of the topics we cover is “alternative housing” situations…which I am a prime example of.  (another topic included sustainability so we hit on that too!) and well, what better way to show an example of an alternative housing situation than a real life example? The students were super excited and we had a lesson around all things tiny house prior to their visit.   I presented the design process of building a tiny house at a conference last month so i also presented that to my class which opened up discussion around zoning ordinances, code compliance, and sustainability.  Which, as interior designers, regardless if we work on residential or commercial projects, are important components to any project.

***We also discussed HUD and multifamily housing and diversity within other housing situations too such as multi-generational housing situations and alternative dwelling units (ADU’s) so it wasn’t just on my tiny house!***

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Next project…

Hey, hey!  Happy Tuesday!  Can you believe it’s already November?!  Where did October go!  Did you all have fun on Halloween?  Are you in a sugar coma now?  Luckily, I live in the middle of no where so I didn’t get any trick or treaters.  This means that I didn’t have to buy any candy this year.  I’m really bad around sugar and if I have it in the house – I WILL eat it.  No doubt about it! It’s best for me to avoid it and not having any little kids knocking on my door helps with this. =)  This is a blog about my house and not my sugar addiction so here you go…. today I’m discussing my solar panels again. Or more along the lines of how to get to my solar panels.

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Hello, hello!  happy Thursday friends!  Over this past weekend, I hosted a little party for some Crossfit friends.  Actually, I had a Paleo Potluck. ha!  Unfortunately, no one took any pictures (bummer!) but we had quite the spread of delicious paleo foods.  I think there were around 8-9 people there.  I asked everyone to bring a paleo dish to share and a lawn chair.  Everyone got a tour, we sat outside and ate, and it worked out really really well.  there’s a bit of pressure in hosting something like this with a house that’s a bit out of the normal.  But everyone wanted to see my house and seemed to be ok with how it all worked out. However, if the weather wasn’t cooperative, I’m not sure we all would’ve fit inside.  Someone brought a folding table and we placed all the food on the table outside and then just ate in our chairs.   If we couldn’t have done that, then the food would’ve been on the peninsula in the kitchen and we all would’ve been hoovering around holding our plates.  I just don’t think it would’ve been as nice.  I need to remember this when the weather turns crappy and not invite a big group over.  I think 3-4 people would’ve been fine but the 8-9 is pushing the limits inside.  Although someone did make the comment to “see how many crossfitters can fit into a tiny house”.  One day we’ll try!