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22 Tiny House Questions Answered in 22 Days With A Builder – Day 7

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Aldo Lavaggi's Tiny House And It's Off-Grid Capabilities

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22 Tiny House Questions Answered in 22 Days With A Builder – Day 7

Alex: Would you consider your tiny house to be off-grid capable? If so, what features did you include to make it so?

Aldo: At this point, I do not consider it to be fully off-grid because I’m heating and cooking with propane.

I’ll have solar electricity which will make me “part” off-grid.

Also, I have great spray foam insulation and good windows, so in general the home is very well insulated.

When it’s hot outside, it stays cool longer in here and when it’s cool outside, it keeps warm surprisingly well.

This reduces the heating and cooling needs. But if push came to shove, and for whatever reason, the “grid” was not available, or if it were not reliable I would still have solar electricity and be able to survive off-grid.

I would need to resort to cooking with wood fire, and that would need to be done outside in such a tiny place.

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  • Avatar Greg March 15, 2012, 9:02 pm

    Hey Alex,

    I’m really liking this format. Short and informative. It also gives me time to reflect on some of the dialogue between you two.

    I’ve been designing and building large custom homes for going on 25 years now and while it certainly pays the bills (just finishing up a 3 year, million dollar reno project for a client) I have recently come to recognize that I have never valued the size and scope of these types of projects.

    A modest home in this neck of the woods seems to be in the 1200 sq ft range and I have only had one client buy into my arguments for looking to build smaller in 25 years. (if you can call 1200 sq ft small)

    I’ve been studying Industrial Design at University for the last few years in my spare time and for my final project I intend to design, if not build a tiny house on wheels. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I have yet to see executed well, (though I continue to keep my eye out for other builders that are innovative) so I’m going to see if I can’t offer up a design style that I think is underrepresented in the market place.

    I really liked hearing about Aldo’s underlying thoughts on building small.

    Think I’ll check out his blog and see whats up over there.

    Thanks for the work you are doing. I think it is fair to say that those of us who are small house enthusiasts are not always understood by our loved ones so it is great to have a place to hang with like minded souls.

    Cheers G

    • Avatar Alex March 15, 2012, 10:40 pm

      Hey Greg, thanks, I’m really glad you like this format.

      Definitely keep me updated on your project I’m looking forward to learning more about it.

      Talk to you soon!


  • Avatar Jill March 16, 2012, 12:44 am

    Hi Alex,
    I really like Aldo’s design for tiny house. I hope we get to see the inside as well. I love the dormers on the roof for added loft space and I am planning to have dormers as well when I start to build…. still waiting on a trailer. Can’t wait to see the rest of his story here.

    • Avatar Alex March 16, 2012, 9:18 am

      Thanks Jill glad that you liked it. I like the dormers too for the more spacious feeling it gives up there plus it just looks great too. See ya later Jill!


  • Avatar Alex March 16, 2012, 9:50 am

    Hey guys- Aldo put together a post a few days ago where you can see the interior a little bit more. He’s not finished yet as he has been designing and building everything from scratch. Here’s his latest update on the interior though. He’s doing a really awesome job, isn’t he?


  • Avatar mike welsh March 16, 2012, 5:49 pm

    i beg to differ on the point .. using propane.you are indeed living off the grid if u are using propane .. granted u have to go back into civilization to refill ur tank … but you can can get several large tanks filled and go a very long time on that .. going off grid means not using any municiple – township utilities .. ie water , electric and gas lines .. yes cooking on a fireplace is off the grid too.id say that house is set to live off the grid .. but thats just my opinion lol love this feature … keep up the awesome work Alex

  • Avatar Charlie March 19, 2012, 1:56 am

    Mike, I don’t disagree with your point of view but some of the “purists” think otherwise. Personally, I don’t give a darn. I’d go with propane and cook out every time weather and location permitted.

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