Are Tiny Home and Zero Waste Lifestyles Compatible?

I moved from an 825 square foot apartment in the city to a tiny home 10 miles from the closest town and the nearest gas station is 4.3 miles away.  That might not seem like much of a distance, but when you’re used to walking to the corner, it’s a bit of a hike.  The landfill is 10.5 miles away.  I don’t have garbage pickup, either.

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Starbucks Themed Tiny Home Decor

Starbucks.  It’s iconic.  You see it in movies like The Devil Wears Prada, You’ve Got MailThe Proposal and about 40 more.  With coffee bars and stations being the hot thing for 2018, Starbucks themes are perfect for tiny homes.

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Design Your Personal Tiny Home Experience

I’m an experiential designer.  What that means is that I design complete experiences rather than simply picking a theme and putting that skin on whatever I’m designing.  There’s a difference between decorating a house in a country style and designing every element in the house to embody a rustic Northwoods look or give the house the feel of a summer beach cabin in the woods or a French Country Cottage in the countryside.  The idea is to create an aesthetic; a feel.  It’s not just a look; we want people to feel something.  We want to immerse them in the experience we’re trying to create.

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Surviving Winter In A Tiny Home

As I sit down to write this, it’s -15 degrees F outside.  It got down to -24 degrees F during the night, but when I got up my tiny house was sitting at 47 degrees according to the weather station in my kitchen.

I live in a 1972 Wilderness trailer, 24′.  The walls and ceiling are two and a half inches thick which doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for insulation!  So, 47 degrees in -24 weather is pretty good!  I couldn’t see my breath and it’s hard to describe that the house is still pretty comfortable at that.  Also, I have a lot of bedding–my bed is super warm.  It was great sleeping weather.

But, you can’t keep your house that low.  It’s bad for electronics, bad for furnishings and most flooring, and you won’t feel comfortable in those low temps for very long.  Eventually, I plan to write more about how I chose my heating and insulation options, but for now, I’d just like to talk about what I’m doing to keep warm this winter.

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A Few of My Favorite {Tiny Home} Things

 

It’s that time of year when we’re all looking for things to get for the loved ones on our holiday shopping list.  People with tiny homes can be harder to shop for because they have so little space and such specific needs. Here’s a list of the things I use in my house everyday.  Continue reading “A Few of My Favorite {Tiny Home} Things”

Tiny Home Toilet Options

Going tiny often means going off-grid or, at the very least, being portable.  When designing your tiny home, this means you’ll have to consider how you’re handling the systems of your home, including water storage and black and gray water.  Choosing the right toilet system for you can make the other decisions easier.

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Buy a Tiny House On Amazon?!

You really can buy anything on Amazon, but I was shocked to find turn-key homes and kits on there.  You can literally purchase your new tiny home on your phone during your lunch break.

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