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A Tiny Home Builder’s 2017 Wish List

Usually on Tiny House Talk we show you finished tiny homes, but today we wanted to share something different: A builder’s wish list!

What does this have to do with you? Well Full Moon Tiny Shelters shared a great blog post about the kind of homes they’d love to build for a client in 2017, and we thought you might be their dream client!

A Builder’s 2017 Wish List

Here’s the list:

  • A gooseneck/fifth wheel design

Image via Mini Motives/Macy Miller

  • A mobile sauna
  • A floating tiny house

Image via YouTube

  • A rustic house that looks like this:
  • A mobile solar station: “Something towable that can act as a rack for solar panels plus contain all the batteries, charge controllers etc and maybe even a back up generator. This could be towed in anywhere to produce power either short or long term. Maybe something narrow enough that it could be stored in a shipping container or even shipped somewhere.”
  • A meditation room

Image via Echo Living

Like any of those ideas? Check out their blog post first, and then get in touch. They have an opening in May 2017 for a potential buyer!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.
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  • Rick C February 11, 2017, 1:35 pm

    I’d love a floating house even if it wasn’t a tiny one. Moreso than even a THOW.

  • ROSEE February 11, 2017, 5:26 pm

    Love them all, they look great! But I am not a fan of floating TH, though they look good.

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN February 11, 2017, 6:57 pm

    And a partridge in a pear tree…! Lmao…!

  • Jack March 3, 2017, 1:03 am

    Additional wish list items:

    1: Tiny kitchens spanning width, instead of length of home (More livingroom/arm/music space)

    2: More dimmable LED lights

    3: More frosted or tinted Skylights (UVA/UVB protection)

    4: THOW with Altered Nozzle (98% less water use) for sink & shower. Because misting the water is so efficient, Water on Demand systems will need to be replaced with 10 Gallon Rheem water heater or similar, as the water flow rate will be so drastically reduced that water on demand systems will not switch on to heat the water. But the water you save will thank you!

    5: Glow-in-the-dark painted walls. Bathroom, maybe in the living room also? Glow-in-the-dark murals/paintings may also be used in the Living Room areas.

    6: 4 story tiny homes.

    1st floor 6.5 ft
    2cd floor 7 to 13 ft
    3rd floor (loft) 13.5 to 15 ft
    4th floor (roof) flat roof with gravity fed rain-water system, rooftop firepit/guest area, rooftop fake beach area with real beach sand surrounding tiny water area with tiny “house” in the center. Or, even a rooftop greenhouse gardening system. Could also create night star gazing/hammock setup.

    7: 4K 50/60in TV or projector entire wall TV setup.

    8: Recessed stairs, built into wall. Vertical stairs save space, leaving more room for living/art/music rooms (Can use large alternating wooden dowel tread design)

    9: Clear polycarbonate roof panels to protect outdoor solar panels.

    10: Vertical living room seating. Triple deck couches every 3 ft vertically or so, can triple the number of people you can squeeze into living room. Or, back to back couches facing opposite directions can create the illusion of 2 separate guest areas. Some even use a cross shaped sofa sectional, to panel a room into quarters, or 4 mini seating areas.

    11: More bunk beds for guests. Most cots are 6 ft long by 2 ft wide. You could easily squeeze 4, or even 8 built in sleeping quarters for guests. Make your bed as comfortable as you want, but guests are usually temporary. So, theirs doesn’t have to be as fancy. In this way, you can sleep more people without wasting space. If you design it so that the “cots” flip up on hinges, you could even only flip down the beds you are using, & use it the rest of the time for your extra sewing/art/music rooms.

    12: Vertical canned kitchen food storage that rotates itself. With shelves built into the wall so you put cans in at the top, & they slide to the bottom. Rotate themselves. And you know you will eat what you purchase. Without wondering what is almost out of date.

    13: Tiny fridge/freezer combo units for tiny houses. With all the tiny houses that try to be exactly like their larger cousins, it makes you wonder why they go small? Many people throw out bags of food they never use or that goes bad. Using a smaller fridge will eliminate this wasted food. You will be forced to only get what you need. And it will be easier to power a tinier unit.

    14: Better protection for anything electrically powered. I’ve seen many cases in the news where there were electrical fires from wires, fridges that short out, etc. While protecting stove area with brick or similar is a good idea, where are all the tiny house builders putting electrical wires inside fire resistant metal tubes, just in case of a short or similar? And why not also place fire resistant materials around anything electrical that may be at risk of fire, such as fridge?

    15: Turning kitchen width of house, instead of length, means bathroom can be directly behind Kitchen, reducing plumbing needed, which means less to break down & hot water reaches you faster so there is less hot water wasted. More reliable, with fewer parts, & cheaper to maintain.

    16: Better bathroom designs. Composting toilet could be on same wall as shower stall, right beside it with sink/vanity mirror somewhere above it. The opposite wall could be floor to ceiling shelves for towels, bath accessories, toilet paper, supplies. You could even split level behind the kitchen area & create 2 bath/shower areas side by side for very efficient use of space!

    17: Metal flash guards to protect house. While propane explosions may not be common, if they were to occur, it makes sense to place metal flashing next to house & surrounding the sides of the propane tanks. By leaving the front area away from the house open, if there ever were an explosion, the metal flashing would deflect the blast away from the house.

    18: Drain above sinks. Putting your dishes into cabinets over the sink, that drain into the sink as they dry would you dry & put away dishes with only a single motion. Saving time, money, energy.

    19: Foot pedal showers, where you can step on the shower so water only runs when you are using the water, saving money & water.

    20: Push to drink water fountain that eliminates wasting cups & dish washing liquid + water needed to clean them when all you need is a drink of water.

    21: Wiring generally follows straight lines. But if there is a problem, it can be hard to get to. Keep walls & wiring separate. Wiring can be vertical, horizontal, whatever. Create a narrow separate protected channel for wires & plumbing. With the easy access panels, you will make it easy to replace defective wires or shorts if anything goes wrong, while protecting your walls. No need to bust out a wall just to fix a problem. As a bonus, your walls can be 100% insulated without the wires hiding inside of them.

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