The Tiny House

The "Pequod" 

She has a subtle nautical theme throughout, and is named after the ship in Moby Dick.  Our big white whale (Ford F-350) that pulls her is named Moby.

DIY or Hire Builder?

It was a really hard decision about whether to build our tiny house ourselves, or have it built professionally (see F.A.Q. for further info).  So, I did a LOT of research, and ultimately decided to go with Greg Parham from Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, who builds custom tiny houses out in Colorado.

The Design:

The design phase started in early 2015, although I've been playing around with floor-plan layouts for years.  Seriously, I have a folder my mom kept of house plans I designed from when I was 12.  This is what Greg and I ended up with after a ton of design ideas, considerations and compromises...

We decided to go with a tiny house built on a custom 26'x8' drop axel trailer.  It is 13'6'' tall and 8'6'' wide (so no special permit needed for the road), and weighs 11,500lbs fully built.  Here is the floor plan, which has been only slightly modified since construction:

How We're Set Up:

We decided to use SIPS (structurally insulated panels) for the walls of the house, but the roof was stick built with spray foam insulation.  All lighting is LED.  We use propane for cooking & heating water.  We use electric for washer/dryer combo & refrigerator.  We are set up like an RV, and are wired for a 30 amp connection, but we are currently running on 15 amp, so we are using an extension cord out of a regular wall outlet.  We hook up our drinking hose to a regular garden hose spigot for water.  We use a Nature's Head composting toilet.  We have a grey water drain.  

Update: now that we're driving across the country and staying at RV parks, we have started using a 30amp connection and bought an RV sewage connector & hose to drain all of our grey water into the sewage facilities provided on site.