Beautiful Blank Slate Tiny Home
Approximately 1.5 years ago I experienced the itch to start a new adventure, to try something daring. I had always dreamed of traveling the world and never settling into the typical mundane routine of work, sleep, repeat. When I came across the idea of a tiny house it was my chance to finally put that dream into action, to have a place to call home that didn’t put me in debt for the next 30 years and rob me of my joy of adventure. I knew that it was something I had to try. So in September of 2014 I bought a 1979 Nuwa Hitchiker travel trailer and ripped it off the frame. The entire trailer frame was reinforced, sanded, and painted. Eventually we installed new hubs, bearings, rims and tires but left the axles at the suggestion of a trailer mechanic that informed us the old travel trailers had substantial axles for their time. After flashing the bottom of the trailer with aluminum it was sealed with closed cell spray foam insulation at a depth of 3.5 inches. After “floor joists” where added we laid down the subfloor of 3/4″ pressure treated plywood and started to plan for the layout.
It was decided that the layout would be as open as possible and that while there would be a loft it would only be for storage as I did not want to climb a ladder to go to bed and the trailer was plenty long enough. I also wanted 10′ ceilings, lots of windows for light, all LED lighting inside, a flat roof for a possible roof deck and the rest would be left up to imagination as I went along. After framing the walls we ran all pex water lines and had an electrician run the power we needed and then sealed the trailer with 3″ of closed cell spray foam through the walls and ceiling. This gave the tiny house INCREDIBLE insulation as well as structural support for traveling. After wall coverings went up and flooring was in we were ready to move in…almost.
The siding was kind of a fun job, comprising of a mix of Metal siding and Shou Sugi Ban wood. It has held up wonderfully in the Colorado sun and weather. Inside, the bedroom was fitted with ship lap pine upto the loft where from that point up and over the ceiling we layered old pallets to give it a very rustic yet cozy feeling. The shower (which is open to the bedroom) was surrounded by galvanized aluminum and the shower floor was then made from cedar. The toilet area is a mixture of bead board on the bottom of the wall while the top of the wall and ceiling is a chalkboard wall. The kitchen and living room were fitted with plywood on the walls and galvanized aluminum on the ceiling and the wall where the front door is started out being blue stained plywood but has since been changed to a cedar accent wall. The floors throughout are a dark wide plank wood. The kitchen is outfitted with a small fridge, full size sink, electric 2 burner stove top and PLENTY of cabinet space. There is also a cabinet that is set up to accept a washer dryer combo should you choose to add one. A desk / counter space on the opposing wall gives you plenty of prep / cook or study space.
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