Monday, October 22, 2012

Our panoramic life...

So these are not by any means super high-quality photos, but I was playing around with the settings on my phone's camera to see if I could show ya'll a better view of the house interior as a whole. This is what I came up with:

This first picture is the view from inside the kitchen area (front hitch-side of the trailer) facing toward the "great room," where Jeff is sitting in the breakfast nook reading some thing on the computer. To the left of him is the front door to our house. The purple tapestry to the left of him is the draped cover of our closet area (it's huge--we know). To the right of Jeff you can see our bookshelf and our little fireplace. On either side of the picture in the area closest to the viewer are our butcherblock kitchen countertops. On the right hand side of the photo you can see where the ladder to the loft rests when it is not in use. 

This second picture is taken from where Jeff is sitting in the breakfast nook (which is in the back of the trailer) facing up towards the kitchen and bathroom. The doorway in the center of the photo leads to the bathroom, which has gorgeous turquoise walls with board and batten trim. On either side of the photo you can see that we have hung paintings collected throughout our travels. The countertop on the left-hand side has our double-basin sink, and the countertop on the right has the cooktop, underneath of which is our refrigerator. 

Some fun shots that capture all the tiny goodness in one frame! Hope you enjoy!

J & M.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fall fun....

We spent the past weekend in beautiful, sunny Leavenworth, WA enjoying time with friends and running a half marathon. For how little we trained, I'm amazed at how well we did and how minimal our aches and injuries were.

We're enjoying the fall in our tiny casa. I'm working right now on our couch cushion cover, busting out the ol' sewing machine, so I'll post about that after it's finished. Wish me luck!

Be well,


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A day in the life


The sun comes beautifully through the windows in the mid-morning in the tiny house. This baby Dahlia was appreciative of the sunlight. We enjoy warming bricks over the tiny fireplace, they tend to help retain extra heat inside the house. Our bamboo sushi rollers are doubling as place mats these days--everything must have at least two uses in the tiny house!

Hope you're enjoying some lovely fall weather as you crunch some leaves beneath your feet. I know we are!


J & M

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

It's really starting to SINK in

Well we're still recovering from a wonderful housewarming party last weekend, but have worked up enough energy for a process post for you. First up, details on how we installed our stainless steel kitchen sink into our gorgeous, refinished butcher-block countertops. (yes, the gorgeous part is a matter of opinion, but we think they are)

How to install a stainless steel kitchen sink into butcherblock countertops

Step 1: Purchase your sink. We found our lovely double-basin stainless steel sink on craigslist for only $30. The brand is Kindred--you may not have heard of it because it's made in Canada. This posed a few problems in finding hardware to go with it, which I'll get to later. The picture below was taken shortly after we bought it, when we were testing to be sure it would fit in the sink hole we had cut. And yes, that was way back when our countertops were water-stained and unfinished, and the bathroom had no walls.

Step 2: Purchase and install faucet and strainer baskets. We chose to do this before the sink was in place, for a few reasons. First, we were excited to get the faucet installed and have that ready to go. Secondly, the space between the faucet and the back wall is very tight, so it left an extremely small amount of space for tightening sharkbites and other plumbing necessities. So, we did this before the sink was place in the countertops.

Step 3: Purchase sink clips. These come along with a brand-new sink standard, but since we repurposed an old sink we had to buy these ourselves. This was the most difficult thing about the whole project--as this is a Canadian brand, we would have had to pay exorbitant shipping costs to have the manufacturer's version shipped to us from Canada. Also, our countertops are 1 3/4" thick, which is thicker than the max size for the standard size sink clips. Solution: use a store-brand version of sink clips from Ace hardware, but replace the screws with longer ones.  The clips come in many different types, as you can see from the picture below. The ones we used are most similar to those you see at the bottom left of the photo.


Step 4: Clean and prep sink. I had to scrape off old, crusty plumber's putty and caulk off of the edges of the sink with a utility knife, then dust off the edges to be sure there was no residue left behind. 

Step 5: Attach sink clips to the runners on all edges of the sink.

Step 6: Apply silicone caulk (ONLY silicone, not acrylic/silicone mix!) around the underside edge of the sink, all the way around. We also applied it to the butcherblock countertops, right where the edge of the sink would sit, because we're paranoid and wanted to ensure a good seal. 

Step 7: Set the basin of the sink into place. Yes, the silicone will spill out of the edges more than you want--LEAVE IT ALONE. Do not touch it or it will leave unsightly silicone smudges on your lovely wood counters. Instead, don't touch it now, wait for it to dry, and when it is you can cut off the extra caulk precisely using a sharp utility knife.

Step 8: While you have someone else pressing down on the top of the sink (or place a weight in each basin), tighten each of the hold down screws until the sink is securely fastened. For ours, Jeff added a tiny bit of extra caulk around the edge of the sink in places that seemed they hadn't gotten enough, just to be sure.

Now that we are living in the house and using the sink daily, I am SO thankful we went with a double-basin sink! Even though it takes up more "counter space" than a single-basin would, it allows us to dedicate one whole basin to a drainer for dish drying, while the other one is used for day-to-day washing and use. We love it! 

Soon to come is a post on how we refinished our butcherblock countertops.

Thanks for reading,


Sunday, September 30, 2012

House warming!

Thanks so much to everyone for all of your support and help throughout the entire process! We never could have done this alone! Don't worry, more process posts to come!

Friday, September 14, 2012

That lived-in feeling

We're loving living in the tiny so far. The beauty of a small space is that the things we once thought were so "necessary" really get annoying when they're stacked up in the way, and you realize they're just not that important anyways. And of course, there are things we've accumulated since moving in that are truly needed, like a tiny shower curtain, biodegradable dish soap, and other whatnots.

We've been bike-commuting from the new location to our work, Jeff every day and me a few days a week. It's nice to have a long enough ride that you get actual exercise out of the bargain and get your heart rate up. It's a great way to clear your head after the workday, too!

It is truly rewarding to bike home to our Tiny House amongst its little grove of cedar trees, walk in and cook up some dinner and snuggle into our cozy couch.

Over the past few weeks we've been adding a lot of needed trim and molding, caulking edges, installing the sink, completing the soffits, doing lots of cleaning/organizing, adding "faux rafters" to the ceiling (a post on that to come later), and enjoying settling into our new space! It's starting to get that lived-in feeling that just makes you say: "YES. This is what I hoped it would feel like."

Crackling fires in the wood stove...

Decorations up on the walls...

Our beautiful ceiling with it's varying types of woods...

View of the trees outside our window...