I’ve been obsessively thinking and planning this home for about 2 years now. I’ve thought out every inch. I want everything to have a personalized space. I want it to be open, light and airy. I want it to be beautiful. Some of the early drawings and models can be seen below. I’ve thought over everything I own, what I would like to own, and where I would put it in my tiny home. I started drawing sketches on scraps of paper then moved up to grid paper. Then I attempted a model of the house but it was really premature, long before I understood the height and size restrictions. Now I’ve discovered free software that miraculously allows anyone to design anything in 3-D. It was so much fun to use I developed a little addiction to it. Much more fun than video games.
Google Sketchup allows you to walk into your house and look around 360 degrees. You can zoom in to see every nail if you want to get that detailed about it.
I’ve never had so much fun! I’ve gone from crayons and paper to a professional looking architectural rendering in just one year. Ah the wonders of modern technology! I’m currently working on the framing model which will help me to determine lumber needs and cost.
Here’s what my plans look like now:
I’ve taken a quantum leap in my design capabilities thanks to modern technology. I’ve been inside and walked around my new home and it isn’t even built yet. This is helping me fine tune the design and really feel what it’s like to live in this space. Virtually speaking of course.
The covered patio will double the space and the South facing wall mostly opens up to make the space feel larger. The patio can also serve as an atrium/greenhouse in the winter to warm the tiny home. It will be warmed with a gasifier stove and will house the outdoor shower/bath and toilet area. This home is designed to travel only when relocation is necessary. Everything will be able to fold up and store for transporting.
I’m currently working on the framing plans in the same software. Not being a builders the plan will be approximate. I’m doing it to get an idea of wood cost and to better understand the plan I’ve designed to see if it will work.
My first experience with living small was 35 feet
When I went back to college I bought an old airstream for $3000 dollars which allowed me to live with only $150 a month rent (including utilities). This in turn helped reduce my student loan debt. It was lovely. I called my toaster oven on wheels, my UFO and my wingless plane. I figured when I grew some wings I would be able to move on.
I lived in it for 3 years and had lots of time to think about what I would do differently if I was to design my own little home on wheels. This usually had a lot to do with storage needs and practical function. Airstream is great, don’t get me wrong, but for long term, full time living I wanted something more organic, roomier, and that opened up more to the outside. So here it is finally. My version of an organic, airstream. Off the grid, no off gassing, compost toilet etc.
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We have landed and after all the struggle, adventure, drama etc it all seems so worthwhile. We are now parked in a lovely and peaceful place just north of Santa Rosa. Bucolic bliss has become a reality. I got everything on my list: well water, garden, wildlife, quiet (can't even hear airplanes!) and lovely neighbors. Thanks to everyone for the prayers, help, moral support, and patience during this challenging project. About another year and we should be finished.... Ha : )