Tiny houses is a one of the few right step in world of globalization. Even if the space is tight, tiny houses are comparatively more flexible and customizable. And the idea of designing everything on your own may seem overwhelming and exciting at the same time, and with little patience and research will make this entire process a lot easier. The reason of this change can be anything from off-the-grid retreat or trying minimalistic approach to finding your true self. Here is how to build you DIY tiny house, explained step-by-step.
Why’s are as important as How’s
The vision of the space help you in deciding the core principle of the area. That benefits you to make choices that are complementing to your vision or inspiration. For example, the purpose of your tiny house is to reduce your carbon footprint, that is your ultimate goal so few things like solar panel or wind turbine becomes a necessary part of the house. The same vision will also help you determine other things like location and material. It acts as a guiding point in your research while surfing through Pinterest and Instagram.
Slowly you will start realizing what style and preferences work for you, take notes to keep track of your pattern. It will be easier if you categorize the house in different zones like room wise or it can also be public, semi-public and personal space. This will assist you to determine the square footage of area required per zone and by ultimately of the house.
Here are few more things to ponder upon while surfing:
- Natural Lighting – Areas where you would like natural lighting you need to think source of it like, ceiling height windows or skylights. It will also benefit in the placement of the house according to wind direction and sun path. If the directions are right, use of artificial lighting and AC can be reduced significantly.
- Height of the space – The height of the space is also a great way to make the area look spacious and less claustrophobic. The decision of height is also governed if you are looking for loft, which can be used as bedroom or extra storage space.
- Storage and appliances – Thinking about necessary things like kitchen appliances or storage is vital. You need to understand even if the area is shrinking the normal things are not shrinking and they are going to take same amount of space. The best option you can explore is multifunctionality, for as many things as possible.
- Outdoor space – The surrounding area of the house will also play role in the house, as the inside area is tight; you may prefer sitting outside sometimes. If you find good location for the house, half work will be done with that.
- Décor – Furniture style, colour scheme and type of flooring are small aspects but affect the house hugely. The main objective is to make you feel open and comfortable every time you look around.
Determining area of the space
The next best step would be to finalize areas of the space. Considering physical and financial challenges during this step is important. The first thing you can do is go around your current house and make a list of things you will definitely need and measure them for as a reference. If the idea is to put your house on the wheels measure weight as well. And if you are planning to not take things from current house you can always check measurements of things on Google. Other than things there are few more things to consider while thinking about area of the space, as follows:
- Number of people sharing the house.
- Thinking financially, not only how much you are going to spend but also return of investment (ROI). Which will make the future plans clearer.
- If you are planning to put your house on wheels, you should consider the weight of the structure.
- There are many options of using recycled material like storage containers or old train cars and so on.
- Checking out zoning and construction of laws of the region in necessary specially if you are planning expansion in foreseeable future.
Don’t be afraid to reconsider things or sizes, nothing is set in stone until the construction has started. The key is to be flexible and minimalistic. Try drawing out some simple plans of the space, try to visualize it in 3D. See for options that can be adaptable to make most use of the space.
House on Wheels
As most people opt for tiny houses as they are looking to explore the world and at the same time looking for way they don’t need to pack and stay in expensive hotels again and again.
So here are some ways to above problem;
- Converting bus or gypsy wagon into mini house. Suitable for single person.
- If there is more than one person you can try trailer homes. They are most popular used.
- Other option can be houseboat, it sounds crazy but some people prefer water than lands.
Eco-Friendly Tiny Houses
Tiny houses are effortlessly eco-friendly spaces compared to conventional houses. With addition to that, there are some other things that you can adopt. The first and basic thing you can do is while choosing material. Using techniques like cob houses or rammed earth houses with basic natural materials like mixture of clay, sand and straws. Using recyclable materials is also a thoughtful way to be eco-friendly. While thinking about material consideration of climate is very vital, as the maximum household energy is consumed for heating or cooling, it can reduce energy cost significantly. Other sustainability options are to use natural resources to generate electricity like, solar panels or wind turbine.
Be completely sure about your plan and ideas, because errors can affect your financial and mental energy during the construction time. For further assurance you can take help from former tiny house community and friends. And if budget permits you can also consult experts of the subject like architects or designers even it is just for a review. Once all factors are taken care of you are all set for the change!
Read our other articles to see case studies of designer tiny houses!