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We want to live life intentionally, define simple and enjoy what is out our front door. For us it starts with living in a tiny house.

3 MUST HAVES

3 MUST HAVES

Two weeks have past since my last blog. Summertime makes the days fly by so quickly and when I realized that it was only 30 days till fall I had to... 

Smelll the wild flower fields on Mt. Rainier. 

Garbage bag sled down from hiking Camp Muir, Mt Rainier.

Climb at Exit 31

Three MUST HAVE's in a tiny house that you never thought of - at least I didn't .

1. Gutters

 It hasn't rained in a few weeks so I illustrated the problem of not having a gutter system.  

It hasn't rained in a few weeks so I illustrated the problem of not having a gutter system.  

Having a gutter system on the house never crossed my mind in the design plan. Well, it's a must when you live in the greater Seattle area. Otherwise, it's like standing in a high pressure shower while you unlock your French doors. 

2. Stairs

I have a mother-in-law door :( I was raised in Newfoundland, Canada and to say that one has a mother-law-door means that you have built or added to your house the front door far above the ground (sometimes 10ft or more) with no access point from the ground and no intention of putting access (google it - mother-in-law door, Newfoundland) .  A mother-in-law door means your mother-in-law is not welcome, but if she happens to find a way into your house you'll promptly show her the way out the front door - ouch!. Pam, I hope you know you are welcome. 

 My little stair. 

My little stair. 

Ok, stairs should have been rather obvious to include in our design, but I guess I assumed a stair was included in my package. Since neither of us build this is my stair. 

And if your brow is still furrowed as to why Newfoundlanders would have front doors with no stairs here's a quick possible history. When Newfoundland joined Canada, Ottawa put a new law that each house had to have a front and back door for fire safety. Newfoundlanders added the required front doors, but no stairs because they never intended to use them, but had to follow the laws. But really everyone still has their brow furrowed as to why these front doors exist and the mother-in-law explanation is what every Newfie kid is told. 

3. Air Conditioning

I live in a green house.

 The plants do well. I on the other hand... 

The plants do well. I on the other hand... 

I opted not to have a wall A/C unit installed during the build of my house. Living in the PNW I've lived without A/C in most of my apartments so I thought I'd be just fine. False! Have you ever slept in a green house? Well, I haven't either, but I have a feeling that an insulated, 10 windowed tiny house at 90 plus degrees outside starts to feel like a green house. 

 

BONUS MUST HAVE

Main entrance door always on the RIGHT. Why? If you ever plan to vacation or live in an RV park having your tiny house built with the door on the right allows you to open your door to your spot instead of straight into your neighbors RV and yard. RV's and RV parks are ALL designed this way. 

 

 Yep, trailer and RV doors have and are always on the RIGHT! And isn't it just adorable? 

Yep, trailer and RV doors have and are always on the RIGHT! And isn't it just adorable? 

Tiny House Tour III - The Outside

Tiny House Tour III - The Outside

Tiny House Tour II - How We Live Tiny

Tiny House Tour II - How We Live Tiny