I need to learn sketchup as I don't know if I will buy autocad when I leave my architecture job and move to maine--sketchup advanced version is super cheap compared to autocad. This is a link that tinyhousebuild.com recommends:
all the Tiny Housers seem to design for these restrictions: maximum road width is 8'-6" and maximum height is 13'-6". if you go over those dimensions you need a permit.''
but in colorado the legal height max is 13'.
thinking about my water systems at my intended summer location. the municipal water available there is gross--very brown from what I recall and even with the filters used in my mom's cottage it is still not good to drink. but there is water available down the street at the state park which I think is decent/good so I could refill a water jug there to use for drinking & cooking. I wonder if a basic showerhead filter would be sufficient for filtering the shower water. seems like I might need to change the filters weekly, and I'm not sure how I could check for this to plan it in advance. I guess I could plan for a showerhead filter and if that doesn't work well maybe develop a better filtration system at that point? I want to get started building soon so this might be one shortcut I need to take and hopefully will not regret in the future. good news is the water at my intended winter location (which I may only be at for one or two winters max) is amazing and clear and delicious.
I guess I need to include a space for a big water jug in my design.
still no good plan for how to handle wastewater. I wonder if my best bet would be to tie into the septic systems at both locations, but that is really not a good
just came across this website with info that looks like it will be helpful for figuring out what my electrical needs will be and how to power this magnificent tiny house.
I don't fully understand the following directions but I think I will soon:
"To figure the watts you use, multiply the volts or each appliance used times the amps - so a 12 volt light that pulls 3 amps will use 36 watts per hour. A 12 volt battery that can supply 100 AH or (12 x 100) 1200 watts and power that 36 watt light for about 20 hours."
I also like this shaving mirror in front of the window, although I think I'd like if it could pull forward as well--helpful when plucking those tiny eyebrows.
source: wishbone tiny house
I've been thinking about lighting and had been thinking I'd use some inexpensive wall sconce lamps from IKEA I've used before but the problem with them is that the switch on the cord is not far enough from the lamp so you either need to mount the lamp super low to reach the switch (and you end up knocking into it in the middle of the night), or you mount them up high where it's nearly impossible to reach the switch. might be worth it to install hard-wired lights with an easily accessible switch.
source: Wishbone Tiny House
might be a good idea to include a big ceiling fan in the center of the tiny house to keep things cool in the summer and also warmer in the winter. although this will add to the electricity bill, but maybe the cost in the winter will be offset by heat
in the process of downsizing and leaning towards getting rid of all my shoes except flip flops and sneakers but realistically I should have at least one pair of cute shoes for: a wedding (currently no invitations except one in mexico on the beach), interior design meetings. that's about it. so what shoes do I NEED for my potential meetings with clients? and will I continue doing traditional interior design or will I focus solely on tiny house design? in the event I do traditional interior design I should keep a couple appropriate outfits. I'll keep my knee-high cute boots b/c I can't return them and also my architect loafers. should I get rid of all my other sandals and shoes? I want to return my dansko sandals and lands end cute linen w/ red trim sandals but am afraid I might want/need them.
Instead of the linen/red sandals (which I can return for $50) I could wear my dr. scholls sandals (which are not returnable). i'm feeling resistant to getting rid of the linen/red sandals but can't think of a great reason I need to keep them and I hardly wear them as it is. will have less reason to wear them moving forward. so I need to return those.
And instead of the dansko sandals what could I wear...flip flops, dr. scholls sandals or arch loafers I guess.
so I'm looking at keeping:
flip flops (2 pairs--1 beach (white hemp), 1 non-beach (grey leather)
brown knee-high boots (for when i want to look cute going out, or a professional-ish meeting)
dr. scholls sandals...I currently have 3 pairs: white, black, pink. I like them all but rarely wear them, prefering flip flops. for prof-mtgs I could wear: hipster sundress with white dr. scholls. lands end pretty dress with white dr scholls. Do I need to wear the black or pink for anything? I'm really not interested in going out at all right now but maybe that will change in the future.
do I need to keep my cute ugg boots? they, too, could be worn for professionalish meetings but not much else. they're not practical for wearing in the snow or mud. they're really just for show and I don't see much show in my future. also I honestly don't like that they are sheepskin and I try to just not think about it. so I think I need to return those too. I don't think I will need them anymore.
sneakers: Brooks for every day, walking, etc., one other pair for getting dirty (walking on beach, working, walking on muddy ground, gardening)...that should be enough.
hiking boots: love these and will probably wear them every time I leave the house from october to april.
dress shoes (1 pair...do I go with the black high heels which hurt and the strap which gets caught on long dresses or silver slightly less-high heels which are a little more comfy but silver not black)
navy espadrilles: good for casual but cute--summery
red silk wedges: good for less casual but still cute--summery
this list is getting long. 9 must-keeps so far, not including any high heels.
I'd heard some pretty negative reviews of these all-in-one washer/dryer's so I thought I might be better off using a tried and true stacked apartment style w/d. but reading through the reviews today they LG seems pretty good for what I need. I don't mind doing frequent small loads--in fact that's how I would realistically need to use this. The wash/dry cycle time does seem long, but I don't envision myself needing certain laundry done in a tight time frame often or at all. I would like to hang some/most laundry in the summertime anyways, and in the winter I'd like to design for a laundry line or two somewhere indoors, especially for "delicates" which I prefer to hangdry anyways.
One of the reviews mentioned buying the "drawer accessory" which I couldn't find anywhere but it sounded like it was one of those drawer stand things that go underneath the new fancy washers and he said it raised the height to almost eye level. seems like a good idea if I can find it. he said it reduced the vibration and noise. Some people did complain about noise so if possible I will design for it to go in a closet. alternative would be that I think this would fit under countertop level, but #1 I want the countertops a couple inches lower than this would allow and I think for noise having it built into a closet with door might be good. we'll see how the space and costs shake out. I also think I can put my tankless water heater in the closet above this and who knows maybe some more shelving too to make this my utility closet/pantry.
$1599 LG Electronics 2.3 cu. ft. Washer and Electric Ventless Dryer in White
spent some time chatting with a Home Depot rep and this seems like a good option for a tankless water heater. I thought it seemed too powerful, but for cold new england winters it needs to be powerful.
EcoSmart 27 kW Self Modulating 5.3 GPM Electric Tankless Water Heater
p.s. the Eco 24 kW would probably be more than enough but just in case 27 kW is top of the line.