Amazing Washington State Tiny Cabin
Cute as a button cabin nestled in the woods with a warm & cozy wood stove & tongue & groove pine. Upstairs loft, lots of storage space built in to the sweet little cabin. Additional tiny bunkhouse (80 sq ft) sleeps 2. Dry sink & shower w/outside drainage in main cabin, outhouse, wood shed, fire pit for roasting s’mores & a rainwater harvesting system. Community features: 3 Skykomish river accesses; only 25 minutes to Stevens Pass ski resort; minutes to the famous Index Wall for rock climbing; fishing, hiking, & white water rafting/kayaking.
Smaller homes are less expensive than larger ones in terms of taxes and building, heating, maintenance, and repair costs. In addition to costing less, small houses may encourage a less cluttered and simpler lifestyle and reduce ecological impacts for their residents. The typical size of a small home seldom exceeds 500 square feet. The typical tiny house on wheels is usually less than 8 ft by 20 ft, with livable space totaling 120 square feet or less, for ease of towing and to exempt it from the need for a building permit.
Small houses may emphasize design over size, utilize dual purpose features and multi-functional furniture, and incorporate technological advances of space saving equipment and appliances. Vertical space optimization is also a common feature of small houses and apartments.
If you're planning on building your own tiny home we have some tips. If you're going to build a loft and want to utilize as much space as possible, a shed roof gives you the best option. It's a one side roof, allowing you to have the peak of your roof at the maximum height of the structure. It allows you to have additional lighting as you can place windows on the peak side in the loft area. Your pitch dictates how much space you have on the eave side of the structure. From a material aspect, you're saving as well, from roof materials to wall material. If you're going to rain harvest, this type of roof also has an optimal advantage in that all your rain only has to be collected on one side of the structure. One disadvantage, is if you live in a heavy snowfall area, you will have to compensate by increasing the pitch of your roof to help rid your structure of snow weight. With a metal roof, snow will come off pretty easily from the shed roof.
If you're blessed with more time and skill than money, building from salvage is a great choice. Not only can you get beautiful, sturdy materials, you also can avoid the excessive chemicals present in many new materials. Here's an example of a beautiful wood floor built from pallets. Old windows, doors, and panelling can be found at salvage stores, dumps, curbside on trash pick up day and through Craigslist and Freecycle. Keep in mind, however, that you may need to modify your design to work in the materials you're able to find. In addition, if you're trying to meet building codes, you'll want to document and take pictures of your materials, and perhaps even ask your building inspector to come out and take a look to be sure they're acceptable.
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