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Family of Four’s Retro Tiny House

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This is the Retro Tiny House on Wheels for a military family of four.

It was built by Tiny Heirloom in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Brandi
    September 7, 2016, 5:04 pm

    Why do people insist on having their stove and fridge right next to each other? It makes the fridge work sooooo much harder, therefore burn out sooner. (That fridge is awful cute.)

    • Suejanuary
      September 7, 2016, 5:53 pm

      Brandi, I agree with you on both points. I also thought the chair sitting to the right of the sink was wasted space. Why not put the stove there and use the space where the stove was as added cabinet/storage space.?

    • Wendy
      January 17, 2017, 11:58 pm

      Agree, I’ve seen this design mistake over and over.

  • Dick
    September 7, 2016, 6:06 pm

    First, what I *really* like–the retro look. Great! Reminds me of when I was growing up. And Brandi, I imagine it wouldn’t be that difficult to move the sink area down next to the fridge and put the stove on the other side.

    Question about the fridge: Does it actually latch or are those handles for decoration only? I ask because I remember issues of children playing in abandoned refrigerators, the fridge doors closing and latching, and the kids suffocating. One of my childhood memories is of being warned–strongly!–about playing in them. This was, of course, before magnetic closures.

    This is one post where I’ve had difficulty figuring out the layout of the house from looking at the pics, and even the linked site doesn’t help much. Wish there were a floor plan and dimensions. I really like what I see so far, but I’d like to know a bit more.

    • Kay W
      September 9, 2016, 10:00 pm

      In New Zealand, the fridges with latches (rather than magnets) also have a release lever on the inside.

  • Debra
    September 7, 2016, 6:44 pm

    Family of four, but table for two! Do they eat in shifts?

    • Eric
      January 18, 2017, 2:51 pm

      Probably for mum and dad. Kids tend to scarf down on the go or in their bedrooms… in my experience anyway.

  • Sammilamb
    September 7, 2016, 7:37 pm

    The first thing I was thinking was the fridge next to the stove…haha! Anyhoo, this is my absolutely new fave tiny home. Love the retro look and feel, cozy and fabulous???

    September 7, 2016, 7:41 pm

    Very nice house , but I noticed one thing these bright new developers didn’t know, judging from what I just saw, who puts a refrigerator right next to the stove.. That’s a big no, no, that refrigerator should be far away from the stove and with air able to get around to the back where the coils are so the heat can dissipate or draw out from the fridge, so the air inside can stay cool… Now they will be installing a new one yearly .. Lmao…! Nice house though…! And these houses start a $139,000.00 , for what..? They didn’t even know not to put the fridge next to the stove… What do bleeding hearts have to say about that, I know I’m just to critical…!

    • Eric
      January 18, 2017, 2:45 pm

      Zac you are NOT being too critical. You make a valid point. But, don’t know about in the States, but in New Zealand the fridges we commonly have here the coils are not exposed, if they actually have coils anymore. They are smooth at the back so sit flush against the wall and you don’t ever have to worry about cleaning coils.

      But disagree with you that the refrigerator needs to be far away from the stove. Only needs to be about 6 inches max. Got that info from one of the manufacturers.

      From a personal perspective though I’d rather have the refrigerator behind me so I can turn around, grab what I need and work with either on the stove or the workbench, which “for me” should abut the stove.

      Oh look down there on my floor… who’d a thunk, my lost bleeding heart… LOL

        January 18, 2017, 4:06 pm

        I’m sure the manufacturers of the fridge would love that you respond to their suggestions so well, I think I should come to New Zealand to you very friendly folk to sell refrigerators as well… I think it maybe very profitable… And just think I spent all those years in school for nothing, when you had the secret to refrigeration..

  • Patrick Mcvey
    September 7, 2016, 9:47 pm

    I like the whole aspect and to be quite frank, Who cares about the stove being next to the fridge. The aspect of Tiny Homes is to be creative and make what works for you. To be exact, we do not use our stoves to cook that much and when we do we know to use the outside burners. Furthermore the insulated fridge is a surface easily cleaned and is not an issue other than those who have a comment and do not actually live in a tiny home. Thank you for your post. Your home is right on.

  • Lorraine
    September 8, 2016, 10:51 pm

    Oh my gosh, do my eyes deceive me, or are those lofts actually enclosed?? I KNEW I couldn’t be the only shy person out there who would like a closed (or at least partially closed) loft space! Really like this one.

  • jm
    September 10, 2016, 7:11 am

    It is always a good idea to have some counter space on both side of the stove for safety reasons. Sometime you have to get a burning pot off fast, or you’re burning your hands…I’m not sure if the building code requires this–it should.
    So, if someone is in the loft and someone else has to go to the bathroom (is it?) the ladder has to be physically moved, and then back again. Haven’t seen that before.
    If someone has the refrig door open and someone exits the bathroom the door hits the refrig door. I think door clearances should be considered.

  • keepyourpower
    January 17, 2017, 10:41 pm

    Also, I notice many homes, even this company’s homes, do not have a vent hood, or other vent. If you use gas, it would be safer to have some way to vent that gas! And what about the odors. and grease, that fill the air. Don’t you want that to go outside?
    Also, in the bathrooms, you need a vent to get the dampness out..or pay the consequences. I understand a lot of tiny homes have condensation problems.

    And I never seem to see storage for mops, and brooms, and ironing boards. I use these. Don’t they?

    • Natalie
      January 19, 2017, 7:08 am

      All things you should put in your own tiny some day!

    • Michael L
      February 8, 2017, 2:58 pm

      Did you happen to notice… it’s an electric range? No gas fumes to vent!

      • keepyourpower
        February 8, 2017, 8:21 pm

        Thank you Eric!

    January 18, 2017, 5:30 pm

    I really have to say, “it’s different”. Nice, but not my style!

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