A light rain was falling early this morning as Joseph and I drove to the airport. He will be in New York until the end of the year, and I’ll be joining him there soon. We left our tiny house behind, parked snug in the barn on the sheep ranch. We had a lot of sheep-related work in the past few weeks, which probably slowed down our housebuilding. But it all feels like part of the same life-building.
Yesterday while we were fixing and clearing the electrical wire that runs all around the sheep pastures and protects the sheepies from coyotes, I made up a new phrase, which will be quite useful in ranch life and building life. We were looking at a little plastic piece which snaps onto a fence post and holds a groove for the electrical wire. This little piece is perfectly designed to attach to the fence and to hold the wire the right distance, the right height. It’s “Just Right Tech.” It’s not high tech; it’s a simple plastic piece. It’s not low tech; it’s been manufactured to snap onto a fence post in just the right way. We’re calling it Just Right Tech, and looking forward to opportunities for adding more Just Right Tech to our tiny house.
While we are away, we’ll be updating a little less frequently but we do have some build videos all set for you and ready to send out. Today’s video shows the process of building a header. The header is the structural piece which distributes the weight of the roof down the studs, rather than that weight resting on your window. We’ve built a number of headers (for just about each of our windows), and we’ve gotten pretty good at it. Check out the video for the step-by-step process and Joseph’s explanation of headers.
And if you’re wondering about the photo at the top of the post… yes, we did bring our Lambie over to visit. Lambs are pretty dirty, so she won’t be able to visit once we’re further along. But we wanted her lovely lambie-ness to have been inside our home!
I didn’t realize when we started planning for our tiny house that it would change the way that I look at the world. I hadn’t paid much attention to architecture before, besides an appreciation for Victorian houses (I grew up in San Francisco) and colonial/ Spanish-style architecture (lots of years in Latin America.)
Now when I look around me I notice dormers, asymmetrical roofs, cedar shake siding, and trim. Likewise, I’ve always had my preferences about interior decoration but now I am paying a lot more attention to functional details—does it fold away? Is there space for storage underneath? How heavy is it? Although we bought our plans from Tumbleweed, we also want to adjust them so that they are unique and serve our specific needs.
It’s fun to feel my eye develop. I’ve been keeping a file of some of my favorite design solutions – the ones that are beautiful but also extremely functional (there’s not much room for beauty and non-functionality in a tiny house) and I thought I’d share a few of them here.
Here are a few inspiring exteriors:
I’ve also been noticing all houses more, not just tiny ones, and paying attention to what I like. Here are some ideas from non-tiny houses that make me wonder how we can incorporate some of what they’ve done:
And here are few interior tiny space ideas that really catch my eye: