This 176 sq. ft. sustainable tiny house is a guest post by Kristen Edge – share yours!
This is the tiny house my husband, and somewhat myself, built. We used a 32′ trailer we bought from someone who was tearing down a mobile home park and put our house on it. The house is about 22′ x 8′, the deck is 9′ (still on the trailer), and the rest of the length is the tongue and our little shed in the back.
We used primarily reused materials including redwood from an old deck (which we sanded and refinished to become our deck) that we got off Craigslist. Some free old barn wood from Craigslist, the engineered, maple hardwood floor was project leftovers that we got on Craigslist, an old cedar fence from Phoenix as our siding, and most of our fixtures and other odds and ends from Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
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Couple Build 176 Sq. Ft. Sustainable Tiny House
Images © Kristen Edge
We also tried to limit our use of chemicals. So the only chemical in the house is Polyurethane which we put on the wood in the shower, the counter tops, and the cabinet doors. Other than that, we have natural stain on the deck and outside of the house and everything else is chemical free. We even had to get a doctor’s note to get an organic futon mattress for the living area (because it doesn’t have flame retardants in it).
The house has R23 insulation in the floor and walls and R25 in the ceiling. We used rock wool in the walls, cellulose in the floor, and a mixture of rock wool and foam board in the ceiling.
We will also be using passive solar to heat the house during the winter, while the mounted solar panels function as awnings to keep the sun out of the house during the summer.
We started work on the house in August of 2014 and are just now almost finished a year later. It took much longer than we thought it would because my husband, with little to no experience, did everything from drafting and framing, to carpentry, electric and plumbing as well as our solar array.
And the entire house was built with our solar. We started the house using battery-operated tools but ended with more power tools, all run off our solar grid.
We are completely off-grid regarding electricity; we have 4 panels with 1120 watts of solar, which can last us 3 days without any sun, and 8 batteries that provide 10.8 kilowatt hours. For the bathroom, we have a sun-mar excel non-electric composting toilet, which has probably had the biggest learning curve, but it is worth it because we use zero water. Especially in Northern Arizona, that is a big deal.
We run on a typical 120 volt AC. For water, we hook up every couple of days and store the water in our Well-Trol tank that pressurizes our water supply and holds about 10-15 gallons when we aren’t plugged in.
Images © Kristen Edge
VIDEO: The Edges’ Sustainable Tiny House Video
VIDEO: The Edges’ Sustainable Tiny House Video: Part II
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