nanostead

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Ahoj, jmenuji se Natálie a jsem Tiny House z Jižní Caroliny. 

Další Tiny House v pořadí u nás na blogu se jmenuje Natalie a je “zaparkován” v městečku Asheville v jižní Carolíně. Další důkaz toho, že i v malém prostoru si můžeme vytvořit příjemné a komfortní bydlení bez hypoték, zbytečně aktivních sousedů a ranních probuzení v rytmu dlažebních kostek na ulici před domem. 

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A few weeks ago we added a DECK!! It is 5 feet by 16 feet, with three wide steps that double as seating. The addition greatly adds to the living space and indoor/outdoor living I anticipate doing a whole lot of in this little house. I already spend a lot of time out there - eating meals, reading and visiting with friends. 

The deck was built on two 5’ x 8’ frames that can be easily disassembled, so that I can pack it along with the stairs into the house, to take with me whenever I move. The deck foundation will have to be rebuilt to suit the grade of the land wherever the home is parked.

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Today I drove along the French Broad River up to Marshall, to see the progress of the house and discuss some of the interior detailing with the builders. 

The roof is in place, and the exterior trim is nearly complete! All of the exterior wood is local pine from D.T. Ramsey’s, a family-run lumber mill located in Marshall. Using a sprayer, they are coating the wood with Lifetime, a non-toxic wood treatment that protects the wood from rotting, but does not seal it, allowing the wood to breathe and age naturally.

I crawled up into the loft to check out the parallelogram window that was recently installed. The space is interesting and has good light. There have been a few times that I questioned our choice for a shed roof and relatively confined sleeping loft, especially when I see more spacious loft designs with a traditional gabled roof. But what I like about the space up there is that it feels private, and separate from the rest of the home. I can imagine sleeping up there while someone else is downstairs cooking, reading, what have you, and I would feel removed from their activity. It feels like a nest, and a space that will encourage good sleep. 

My job over the next few weeks is to find and purchase the light fixtures, kitchen + bath hardware, kitchen sink + countertop, flooring, etc….the interior details. Typically a builder will have all of this pre-determined for their tiny home models, but because this is a prototype home, and I am choosing to pay extra for custom finishes, they are leaving it up to me to make the decisions. I had already picked out lighting fixtures, but today I realized that they are far too big for the space. 

I included a picture of myself, to say hello, and to say that I’m a happy camper, or will be soon enough. It feels right to have people I know and trust building a home for me, people who share similar values and ideals. I’m feeling lucky and inspired, and welcoming of the lifestyle shift that this home will impress upon me.

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Above are the conceptual drawings of the tiny home, designed by architect Kevin Ward of Southeast Ecological Design, Inc., who is part of the Nanostead team. The designer/builder team have built many homes in the area, but this will be their first official tiny home project. As their first client, I was fortunate to be able to contribute to the design process based on my personal needs and wants, and am so pleased with the results.

Unlike many tiny homes out there, the entrance is on the longer face of the building, and the sleeping loft is centered in the middle. From the above view, the living area is on the left, and the kitchen and bath to the right.

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Tiny home life is proving to be interesting beyond the expected nuances of living in such a small space. Yesterday a film crew from CNN came to document both my business, an urban homestead supply store called Villagers, as well as my Nanostead home. 

I was distracted and preoccupied, and therefore didn’t take many photos. But I love the one of the TV crew members jammed in my little house! At one point there were 9 of us in there, plus all of the film cameras and booms and lights.

The footage will be part of a new documentary series coming next year titled United Shades of America, hosted by W. Kamau Bell. The premise of the series, as I understand it, is to explore the far corners of our country in search of its diverse and layered subcultures. The crew were fun and smart and easy going. They asked good questions. Kamau was personable, and I appreciate him carefully bringing up the prevalent issue of racism that still exists in our country - that underlying tension that is still very strong and very real. 

Of course I don’t have a TV in my tiny home - haven’t owned one since the late 90s, when I literally threw my television out the window!! But I’m glad to know that this story will hit a broader audience, to continue the dialogue and possibly turn people’s fascination with the ‘tiny home movement’ towards more action and intention in evaluating how much is enough for us to be happy and secure.