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But I wanted to remind you of his awesome tiny house podcast…
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Well, how topical to Alex’s question of yesterday, regarding “How much space…”.
I visited their Facebook page, looked at every single photo and watched the video (not sure on the purpose of that one?), and I came away confused. They mention POD construction of their home but I googled that term and only came away with searches for Trade-Marked sites.
The darling Tiny House is mobile but the Shower Shack looks permanent; I can’t tell from their F.B. page if this is all temporary housing for a more permanent Tiny House or not. Again, this begs the question of WHY would you chop up the needs of your house? Seems like extreme Compartmentalization, to me, but what do I know? I’m guessing they don’t experience any rain storms or snow storms where they live with the complete bathroom structure settled away from the primary residence.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our Facebook page. Let me first say that the FB page is a community built AROUND our home and life and is not a complete representation. Like many FB pages it is a “spinoff” if you will of our actual website – http://www.tinyrevolution.us. There you will find every thought we have had, every sketch we have made, and every nail we have hammered in complete detail since 2010. I wouldn’t expect you to understand much at all from just a FB glimpse.
Our home is, in fact, a tiny house trailer. It is built on a tandem axle trailer and while now sitting both on its wheels and cinder lock piers as well as having auger straps (needed by law in our county) it is still mobile should we elect to leave at any point.
In terms of it being a POD design…..well, you can google the term all day and night and will find nothing. It is a made up term that we have blogged about before. Pods are just little structures sometimes associated with modular living. It is like taking a house apart and putting each room in a pod. We like that idea and with our last name being Odom decided ur home would be a PODom design. That is as technical as it gets. If you also read back some on our website you will see that our permanent bathroom, our daughters bedroom as she grows up, and our “master” bedroom will be in the ANNEX that is part 2 of our PODom.
We believe a home should grow with a families needs and right now our home – shower shack and all – is exactly what we need and want.
As for weather…well, we live in the Southeast region and deal with all sorts of weather including rain and severe heat. We are fine going out to the restroom though. If we were to survey our life we would find that the 20 minutes per day we each spend in the bathroom is hardly a blip on our daily map and a walk outside is hardly an inconvenience.
The beauty of homes – no matter the size – is that they each are built for the people who live inside. If those folks are happy then the rest is likely immaterial.
Having said all that, we still thank you for your interest and support in tiny houses. We thank you for being part of the r(E) volution!
Andrew wrote: “We believe a home should grow with a families needs and right now our home – shower shack and all – is exactly what we need and want.”
And right you are, Andrew. You cleared up all the questions I had. My concern about “compartmentalization” comes from my being a builder/contractor and always trying to advise my clients to “build for future needs” to save on rising costs of materials/labor. For instance, one home we were gut-rehabbing for a client planned on having an addition bumped out from the second floor when future babies came along. I strongly advised having stub-outs for 100% of everything he needed: electric, gas and water, so that NONE of the original floor plan needed to be disrupted except the outer wall. It worked flawlessly, 4 years later, when we had all the lines already coiled and stored in the floor, and then just had to extend them to the additional bedrooms/bathrooms/furnace room. Hope that helps you understand where my questions were coming from.
It sure does. Great explanation. You will be happy to know then that the back window of our tiny house trailer is framed as a walkway would be and that the exterior siding is done so that I can cut, remove the window, and immediately fram the walkway into the Annex. Of course the Annex will have to have plumbing and electrical run but they will tie directly into our pre-existing system which is already designed to handle the additional pulls.
Andrew wrote: “You will be happy to know then that the back window of our tiny house trailer is framed as a walkway would be and that the exterior siding is done so that I can cut, remove the window, and immediately frame the walkway into the Annex.”
See my BIG smile, Andrew? 😀 That’s what I’m talking about: Measure/Plan Twice-Cut Once. Since you’re a builder, I KNOW you’ve seen wonky plans that if problems aren’t caught by the builder, heads roll later in the project. I’ve read blueprints where the architect has literally forgotten the frig in the kitchen, so if it wasn’t caught by a savvy contractor, the home owner would find out, after the fact. I’ve read blueprints where a pantry room door swung directly into the kitchen sink area, with so little clearance, the door couldn’t be extended fully. I’ve seen bathrooms designed with a windowless wall that faces frickin’ Lake Michigan, only to have it pointed out to the home owner AFTER the wall is framed, dry wall installed, and outside shingled! $8,000.00 extra to have a window facing Lake Michigan, after the fact; a couple of hundred bucks, if caught while the bathroom was being framed in. Oy!
It appears your head and future enjoyment of your home are right on track. 🙂
I have seen a lot. YIKES! Have I seen a lot.
Thank you so much for your support. I do appreciate it.
Before you ‘go off’ on the guy who writes these VERY INFORMATIVE AND HELPFUL pages for those of us who are interested in building tiny homes, you might want to try reading at least a page or two of his blogs, Facebook pages, and or any of his many online publications. And just a suggestion… try not being so snarky to people like Alex who are TRYING to help others by sharing their own experiences (and misfortunes!) so we don’t ALL have to re-invent the damned wheel. It takes a lot of personal time to write these guidelines… and to respond to all the questions and comments.
Thanks Jeannie I appreciate that!
Wow, Jeannie. Over-react much???!!!
If you’ve read even 1/10th of my posts on Alex’s blog, you know that I’m OVER-WHELMINGLY SUPPORTIVE to both his blog, his new foray into designing Tiny Homes, and the Tiny Home community. I’ve read comments on some of the tiny home emails where various responders SLAUGHTER a home’s design, using perjorative terms such as “stupid, radio-active, wasteful design, ditch the 1) stairs, 2) ladder, 3) extra door, etc.”
If my simple questions about Andrew’s project appear as “snark”, you are VERY thin skinned, indeed! Allow me to quote my own words: “The darling Tiny House is mobile but the Shower Shack looks permanent…” I simply questioned WHY rooms were separate and WHY an independent bathroom and Andrew answered my questions handedly.
If all comments on this site must now come from fawning sycophants, than expect 2-3 comments, if that. Or perhaps, I should copy and paste at least 10 links to past articles that you can read where people have very strong negative opinions about the designs featured? At least I didn’t get into an e-fight over conspiracy theories or bedroom antics. Pffffftttt…..
We shouldn’t be so quick to judge others. We all have unique needs/preferences. Take what you like, leave what you don’t. Please. 🙂
Alex: I’m quite surprised by your comment above. Having read over 100 of your blog posts and responded to many of them, you KNOW that for the most part, I’m largely supportive and complimentary of designs, including yours. I’ve seen judgemental, critical, and down-right MEAN comments on many many a tiny home, design, including designs that YOU have created! Yet, I sure didnt’ hear any words to other posters about “We shouldn’t be so quick to judge others.” As I mentioned above, perhaps I should post some links to past blogs where the commentors ripped apart the designs and didn’t mince their words? You can’t have a Comment section that’s 100% in favour of every design where a person can’t even write comments such as “Where’s the bathroom?” without it being viewed as “snarky” or “judgemental”.
Seems like everyone took a Sensitive Pill yesterday. ~eye roll~
I love tiny houses and I agree with you! Your house grows with the family leaving in it.It may not be for everybody but for those who are happy with it then it is right for you!