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Buckminster Fuller once said, "If you want to change how somone thinks, give up; you can not change how people think. Give them a tool, the use of which will cause them to think differently." The tiny house is just such a tool.

Friday, March 09, 2012

New Photos

These past couple of months I’ve been having a ton of fun designing and building furniture for the Tiny house . I have made a desk, which opens to become a table, A bench with built in clothing storage underneath, another bench with shoe storage underneath, a drain board which doubles as dish storage, cabinets, a cooking stove hood for ventilation, and a variety of shelving.
Creating the opportunity and time to build these details has not always been easy. It has delayed my moving in further, and is accompanied with a certain feeling of restlessness. None the less, I took the time. If I had no place to live during this very mild NY. winter, I would have made due with less and moved in earlier. I consider myself lucky to have had this time. 
The benefits of building furniture are also quite clear. On the one hand, designing and building furniture is tremendously satisfying for me. Further, the results are better suited to the tiny house, compared to what one can usually find on the market. I was able to think through each component, and build to maximize usefulness and space efficiency. Each piece of furniture has at least two or three practical uses, and carefully sized so as to leave as much open space in the center of the main room as possible. I will speak in a bit more detail below each photo.  

Bench, 18" tall 15" deep. Shelves run on wooden rails with no hardware. Bench provides seating for 2 when the table is open, as shown above. Table leaf can fold down to access draws or open up the floor. (for those large dance parties...) The removable third leg is connected with 1/4 inch wooden dowels that are glued to the leg and slip into and out of holes on the bottom of the table. The table is curly maple, beautiful, but challenging to work with, as the grain is unpredictable. I friend with a joiner helped me connect and glue the top of the table.
Here i am standing on the bench of the previous photo, and shooting back to the rest of the house. Above right is the closet with swinging shelving to maximize space. The closet space, determined to some degree by the width of the bathroom was deeper than necessary. The hinged shelving was an elegant solution. The Kitchen, above left, is almost complete. I will post some photos of the cabinets soon.
Some computer work at the table. The computer shelf is also visible directly to the left and below the computer. That is where the computer will live, protected, and hidden from view.

Tapering shelves to the side of the cooking stove. Used a branch to add an organic detail. The insulation around my wheel wells is waiting for some spray foam, and then a wooden cover.

Wooden bench by door with a lower shelf for larger shoes and a smaller shelf above for indoor slippers. An adult mans shoe is often longer than the bench is wide. Thus, I store them on the diagonal so they don't stick out into the room.

Here is a detail of the dish drainer/storage. I like this method as it requires less moving around of dishes. Dished are washed, placed on the shelf to dry, and there it stays until it is needed again. The silverware rack to the right is similarly for storage. I can place larger serving utensils up top and knives and forks in the slots below. This will free up valuable counter and drawer space elsewhere. I drilled small cherry slats and slipped dowels through to connect them. I drilled small holes vertically and slipped in copper wire (actually 7ply copper grounding wire available in all hardware stores. Just untwist them for the individual pieces).  It remains to be seen how well this holds up to rot and mildew. I will keep you posted. I will add a small copper plate below this unit to direct the dripping water into the sink.


  1. Pure art! LOVE this Aldo!

    Thanks for letting the Gold Thread Tiny House grace my pages for the time being!


  2. I encourage people to comment on what they see here. If you have more in-depth questions, please feel free to email me at the address at the top of this page. Thanks

  3. This is wonderful...you are really gifted with woodworking.

    You could do a wood stove in a tiny house- did you see the Godin stove in the http://espn.go.com/action/freeskiing/blog/_/post/7533219/a-tiny-house-made-skiing

  4. How will the bathroom be set up? As in how will the shower and toilet work? Fridge?

  5. The bathroom has a tiny shower, a composting toilet and some shelving. The stall shower is 24x26 and will initially be gravity fed, but have options for plumbing down the road. The black solar bag showers can use the suns energy to warm the water when conditions are right, but alternately can be heated with a kettle of boiling water. The toilet is a humanure style catchment system, making use of the famous 5 gal bucket with wooden lid. The actual composting happens outdoors. See the Humanure Handbook for more details. Also there are some slides, i believe, on the blog's slideshow. Hope that helps.

  6. Please keep the info coming. I was under the impression that this was a solar home also?

  7. This is a really fantastic Tiny House Arlo. Two questions:
    Are you panning on living there through the winter as well?
    Are you happy with your stove and what made you decide on this one instead of the standard Dickinson?
    All the best

  8. Thanks everyone for your comments and questions. Yes, I am planning on living in the house through the winter, here in upstate Ny. The Dickinson Heaters (often used in tumbleweed and other models) i felt would be insufficient for a northeast winter. I gathered this talking to others who have done it. So far i'm very happy with the Mini Franklin, though check back in a few months for a more informed answer.

  9. Looks great! How did you register the trailer? Do these things require any inspections for electrical or other building inspections?

  10. I am also a movie blogger and I like your blog too much the colors and themes are really nice.
    Do visit my blog buy woodworking projects

  11. I have wanted one of these homes since they started making them , but being disabled and not having a Job makes it hard to get a loan to buy one .so I guess I can only dream now ;(

  12. If you check back, would you let us know how the Franklin Stove worked out over the winter?