tiny house with stairs

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Floating loft stairs in the Rook, by Wind River Tiny Homes.

Quite the opposite of the typical built-in storage type stairway.

You can see that below each step is an I-beam as there would need to be significant horizontal structural support with a design like this. There would be additional steel structure built into the wall as well.

I would like to see a wall mounted handrail though.

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Stairs, stairs, stairs.

A handful of unique offerings that you might not have seen before, whether in whole or small detail.

#1 - be damn sure you have used the right hardware for mounting those steps.

#2 - you don’t often see a true stair system in a TH that is perpendicular to the long sides of home. I kinda like this.

#3 (and 4) - pull tabs that are top mounted to the drawer face, tucked under the next stair step, making them minimally visible and removing any chance of them creating a trip hazard while going up or down. I really like this design. They have also routed two parallel lines into each step for traction. Well done.

#5 - I would estimate this system takes up less than a 30 x 30 in. area of floor.

#6 - minimalistic approach to stairs. If it were to indeed be installed into the corner as shown (requiring an access hole to the loft), it would make sense to rotate the 4 x 4 in. riser post 45 degrees to the stairs - it would be most secure that way being easier to attach to both walls.

#7 - minimalist design with alternating steps. This allows maximum rise in a minimal run space.

#8 - a combination of several of the above elements, here with a 90 degree turn. If replicating this particular layout, make sure that window glass is tempered!!

The abandoned tiny square beneath the stairs
houses a box of olden prayers. Though impotent now,
the prayers still fit my mouth:
a Salvo to the mystery of my childhood.
I hadn’t the heart to bury them when they stopped working
perhaps in fear of my grandmother’s wrath, perhaps
because I was waiting. Maybe even now.
It’s a Saturday, a collection is nearing,
an attempt to call my sister creates a lump on my throat.
Maybe when I clean the house again, maybe then
you’ll finally join the trash.
—  Agnos, allofthehousethatstood
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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!

This image is from the Sing Core 24 ft. THOW by Upper Valley Tiny Homes. This is the first time that I’ve seen a double stair system, particularly connected with a bench.

This house sits atop a flatbed trailer (the tires are below the surface of the trailer deck) but this stair arrangement would be suitable for a drop deck trailer where the wheel well often becomes a design obstacle.

The kids will be relegated to the two upper lofts, the wife insisting on a main floor bedroom for us. I like this stair solution but would rather a central kitchen fill this area.

Iwami and Free! Cultural Notes

I went to visit Iwami (the model town that Iwatobi was based off) back in March and promised to make a list of references about the place, but I never got around to it. This post will address places and buildings that Free! chose to use in the show.

Since it’s been three months, I can’t guarantee that everything is absolutely spot-on, but I did my best to burn everything into my mind, so here goes! Feel free to use this as reference for your fanfiction or other works!

By the way, this is only about Iwami and Free!, but if you want some general information on the Tokyo/Osaka/Kyoto area, I have another reference list here!

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