Beautiful New Mexico Tiny Home on 62 Acres!

This meticulously handcrafted tiny house sits on a brand new 8’x20’ flatbed trailer, secured to a block foundation per mobile home placement specs, and is fully skirted. There is a matching 8’x12’ insulated and heated studio/storage space, as well as a 16 ft. tipi on the homesite. Power is provided by solar with generator, and the house is hooked up to water and septic. The price includes the 8,000 sq.ft. deeded homesite, sharing 62 acres of a small community village. The property is surrounded by wild land in all directions, yet provides a strong signal for cell phone and internet. There is plenty of room for creativity and building a larger house, if desired.

All of the finest components have been installed, including a variety of beautiful wood types. The interior is designed with efficiency of space and comfort, with a bedroom loft and storage loft, a beautifully functional kitchen with pantry, and a fiberglass shower enclosure in the bathroom with lots of shelving. A charming great room features a writer’s nook with bookcase, fold-away dining table, ample closet with drawers, easy moveable loft ladder, and a coat rack with lower shelving. Insulation has been maximized throughout the house. Efficient heating is provided by passive solar windows and a propane heater. Cooling is achieved using custom double honeycomb black-out blinds and casement windows. The blinds double as insulation for the windows in winter. Energy efficient appliances include LED lighting, refrigerator, and bathroom fan. The stucco exterior is a state-of-the-art system that is flexible, waterproof, and adds an additional layer of insulation. There is a covered, Spanish Ramada patio on the north side for shade and shelter, and an open winter patio on the south side for winter sun. The house is fully furnished and turn-key ready for your living enjoyment.

According to the article, Design for Climate, "approximately 40% of household energy is used for heating and cooling to achieve thermal comfort. This rate could be cut to almost zero in new housing through sound climate responsive design." While written for Australia, the tips and different climate types are easily translatable to other regions of the world.

Keeping warm in cold weather (tips for tiny houses on wheels)

If your tiny house is on wheels, the floor can get very cold if you haven't insulated. Radiant heating can be installed in the floor.

Be sure to purchase a heating system (propane, wood, or electric) suited to your climate. A propane stove built for a small boat (e.g. the Dickinson marine stove) may work well in a moderate climate but be inadequate for the harsh winters of northern states, as the insulative quality of water surrounding a boat is absent in a tiny house. Consider propane direct vent wall heaters, from Empire or Rinai. Some are available with thermostats and blowers (a blower requires electricity).

Protect the area underneath the house with hay bales around the periphery or by installing mobile home skirting.

To prevent pipes from freezing, they can be wrapped with coil heat tape, then glass insulation wrap followed by plastic overwrap. Then encase all inside a larger diameter pipe, creating a dead air space and wind block.

Much of the heat from a tiny house occurs through windows. Consider installing heavy-duty insulative curtains.

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