tiny house blogs

im trying to decide exactly how much electricity the village has in LWDTM

i think the watchtower has a complement of solar panels, as does the ‘community center’, but that maybe only a third or so of the houses have any sort of electricity

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Tiny House Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

Finally got all our tiny house kitchen knobs installed. Woo-hoo!  

We started with river rocks that we liked, found some nice super strong stainless steal socket screws added a Loctite Epoxy glue (from lowes) and we were off to the races.  

The trick is to work quickly and to have a nice level surface for your rocks to lay on and dry thoroughly.  Of course no natural rock is actually flat or level, so I used regular baking flour in a bowl (you could use rice, grits, beans too), then put a little sheet of saran wrap to cover my dish and the flour (this stuff is no joke so you don’t want it getting on any surface you care about).  We then drilled holes through our cabinet, and made the wholes wider on the back side so the nut would end up flush with the cabinet.   I think they turned out nice, and cost about $15.00 total compared to the $48 for 3 knobs for sale in various knob stores.  My only suggestion would be to not use stainless steel bolts if you want to cut them down, they are seriously hard to cut down!  You will burn through hack saw blades!!!!    I went with longer bolts because I wanted the diameter of the socket portion on the outside of the cabinet to be visible and enough of the cabinet door to allow your fingers to get behind the pulls, but of course that meant longer bolts than we needed.  Just something to think about if you should decide to make your own cabinet hardware. 

All in all this was a super easy project, and we ended up with hardware that we made, wasn’t expensive and has meaning to us… Oh yea, and they open our cabinets!

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Someone asked last night if the tiny hall house has a bathroom, yes indeed! There haven’t been a lot of pictures of it, since it is the last part of the house that isn’t completed.  We have saved the plumbing for last since all our our plumbing will be inside the house (no lines in the walls).  Our only exterior piping will be inlets and outlets.  We are planning on using PEX to connect our 42 gallons on board water tank to our RV-550 water heater, and then on to the sink and shower.  The shower and kitchen share a wall, and we made that wall extra wide so we could get all our plumbing inside the house and try to save our selves from New England frozen pipe disasters.

Inside the bathroom we are using a: Airhead composting toilet, a Ikea medicine cabinet that is mirrored (it has a TON of storage). Panasonic whisper fan and an Aquatica 4 piece 32x32 shower system that will install directly to our studs.  

As you can see the shower and ceiling haven’t been installed yet, as we are waiting for all the plumbing to be done and tested before we close it up for good.  Both the shower and the sink wiil drain into the same portable gray water tank under the house.  The plumbing is the last bit of actual work we have left on the house other than little things, like painting dormer windows, and curtains, etc.   

We’ve also started a Flickr account for photo streams, since we were getting a lot of request for more detailed photos.  Flickr, allows you to really zoom in and take a closer look.  Thanks for all  your positive feedback and questions.  Over the next few weeks, we will continue to tag all the photos and blog post so it’s more searchable.  In the meantime, keep your questions coming.  We are happy to share our information with other tiny housers…  Have a great day.