A lot of questions are generated when you tell someone you are going to live in a 192 square foot tiny house on wheels. I thought I’d try to address some of them here…and maybe in doing so it will help me to clarify some of the decisions where I still feel some flux.
- Toilet – Always the first question. There is no septic so it will be a composting toilet. Depending on the route I choose to go, it can cost between $5 – $2,500! They have some fancy composting toilets that involve heat, fans and limited involvement in dealing with your poo. I’m not afraid of my poo…but I don’t want my house to smell. Some tiny housers use a simple 5 gallon bucket with sawdust…that’s the $5 option…there’s no limit to how involved you are with your waste on this option. But these days there are many options in between…I’m just not sure yet which option I want to go with…still in flux!
- Electric – I will be plugged in! In my ideal situation I would love to be 100% off grid but that will not happen anytime soon. I will run lights, fridge, stove top and heater all on electric. Yes we will have a TV, computer and internet…how can I not with a growing tech savvy boy who loves his Minecraft?!
- Heating – I’ve thought a lot about this one and I think I’m pretty set on my decision. There will be a small electric thermostat controlled wall panel to keep our house above freezing…then we will get it toasty with a small wood burning stove. We will burn all our burnables and experiment making newspaper bricks that burn for up to 4 hours…as well as wood.
- Water – This will be coming from a heated garden hose (to avoid freezing in the winter)…I will have a tankless hot water heater which I may either run on electric or propane. There will be a kitchen sink, bathroom sink and a shower with maybe a small tub. The gray water will be collected in a container under the house…since we will be using all natural and biodegradable products, we can then use the water for gardens.
- Sleeping – My sleeping loft will be 8×10 with steep narrow stairs leading up to it. I will have a queen size mattress on the floor, shelves with plants and books, and storage under the floor. The roof on this part of the house will be a dormer to give it more space and light…there will be 5 windows total in my loft. Sam’s loft will be 8×6 with a ladder to access it. He will have a twin mattress on the floor, a skylight that opens with his telescope set up, storage under the floor and a hanging net for his stuffed animals.
- Kitchen – The fridge will be apartment size…about 56″ tall. There will be a double cook top with electric burners. A small microwave. I’m not 100% on what appliances I might want in the kitchen…do I want an oven…or just a toaster oven with burners on top? For those that know me…I don’t like to cook…so the kitchen is going to be pretty small. We will have a counter that folds up and down to eat on. No dishwasher…but we will have an all in one Washer/Dryer under the kitchen counter.
- Moving – The house is going to be built on a trailer specifically designed to accommodate this kind of tiny house. Once the house is built upon it, it can be towed by a powerful truck of some sort…definitely not by my Prius! When I decide to move it, I will most likely hire a professional to make the move for me…I’m not trading in my Prius for a gas guzzler, and it’s not like I’m going to be travelling around in it like an RV…it’s a stationary home that has the ability to move locations.
- I have been continuing to downsize with great success (I’m down to 3 pairs of socks!). I have a giveaway table set up in my living room for all visitors to peruse and take from.
- I have the Millcreek Township Buy Nothing Project set up on Facebook but haven’t quite found the time yet to get that going…soon.
- Debt repayment is going well and I’m excited to see balances going down…I have a new timeline and debt schedule that I will post soon.
- Sam and I are going to Columbus, OH this weekend to see our friend Molly and son Drew…we are very excited!
- Read a Q&A I did for Eriesense.com here: http://www.eriesense.com/tiny-house-living/#.VGtfsfnF-HR
Heidi & Sam