Posts Tagged With: interior

Beehive Tiny House: Interior Paneling, Flooring, and Trim

Well, here is a long overdue update on our progress building the Beehive Mobile Mini Mart for our client in Colorado.  The last post I wrote about it we were doing exterior siding, staining and painting and we’ve now finished out the interior.

Shane found beautiful beetle kill / blue-stain pine siding for the Tiny House interior walls at our local lumber yard.

Shane found beautiful beetle kill / blue-stain pine siding for the Tiny House interior walls at our local lumber yard.

We ended up using EcoTouch fiberglass insulation.  Zero voc's and almost the R-value of foam.  I went to a lecture on foam insulation and while it performs, it's hard to feel good about putting a chemical product into the world that will never go away...  Have you seen the film "Garbage Island"??  It's sad.  Plastic never goes away, it just gets smaller and smaller.

We ended up using EcoTouch fiberglass insulation. Zero voc’s and almost the R-value of foam. I went to a lecture on foam insulation and while it performs, it’s hard to feel good about putting a chemical product into the world that will never go away… Have you seen the film “Garbage Island”?? It’s sad. Plastic never goes away, it just gets smaller and smaller.

I can be such a bleeding environmentalist…  here’s a quote from Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold:

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Tiny House Furniture Inspiration

Thanks for everyone’s comments on the last blog I wrote about entitlement.  Fascinating stuff.  On a lighter note….

I saw a really cool custom cabinetry unit online yesterday.  It combines a fold-down table and a Murphy bed.  This would work great in a Tiny House that was intended for more of an art studio / guest house and didn’t have a loft.

designed by Sarah Zames of General Assembly

you can read the whole post about the custom casework and remodel project here at Design Sponge.

There’s another company that makes fold down furniture like this too: Resource Furniture and their line called Space Savers has a wealth of folding furniture.  Their site has cool little videos of the furniture in action.

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Tiny Hospitality, Podcasts, and Tiny House Furniture: a Swiveling Table

hello everyone!

well, it’s been three weeks of living in Santa Fe now, and we are loving it!  it’s great to have the house out on some land that provides some long views from the interior and a lot of exterior spaciousness.

Recent happs:

  • Shane spoke on Tiny r(E)volution’s podcast about Tiny Living yesterday… you can listen to the podcast by clicking this link.
  • My brother and his family visited us over the long weekend so we got to try out “Tiny Hospitality”…
  • And a recent addition to our tiny house was a swiveling table…

Swivel table in the living room.

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Tiny House Interior – Custom Upholstered Couch Cushions

Hello everyone!

I apologize, the blogs have been few and far between because… well, because we’re just living in the house now, and things are going smoothly.

I am excited because I finally made the custom cushions that I had been envisioning for our Tiny House couch.  You may have seen interior photos and noticed the hulking mass of a black futon mattress on our couch and wondered about my taste as a designer, and rightly so.  That was a temporary solution until I could venture to the fabric district in L.A. and procure upholstery materials.

BEFORE: The heeedeous black futon couch….

AFTER: lovely gray upholstered cushions

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Tiny House Interior: Finishing Touches

Hello there!  It has been a while since I’ve done a blog post and that is because … all is well!  We are loving living in our tiny house.

Highlights of the past few weeks:

1.  my friend Kat came to visit and stayed with us in our tiny house, sleeping on the couch.  three people and a dog all cozy inside!  It was great.  We made the couch 6′-0″ long so that a person can sleep on it, and it worked great!  (Kat tells me…)  And we went to the Prescott rodeo, which was a trip – another world out there on the rodeo circuit!  lots of rhinestones and cowboy hats and bowed legs.

2.  we went to our friends Tobias and Tania’s wedding July 7th in Ojai, CA at their family home.  so gorgeous!  and speaking of gorging… we ate so much fresh fruit from the orchard!  Shane joked with Tania’s father that we’d found a perfect spot to park our tiny house in his orchard.  And her father said that’s fine, but whatever comes into the orchard has to be left there…  haha.

TNT’s wedding site, Ojai, CA.

Chalkboard signs.

I had so much fun making chalkboard signs for all over the grounds.  I wish I had taken better photos!  In color this sign is red and turquoise and green.

3.  I went to the fabric district in Los Angeles (one of my favorite places in the WORLD) and bought all the upholstery fabric, foam, zippers, etc. for making custom cushions for our couch.  It all cost about $130 compared to the $480 I would have spent procuring supplies from a big box store.  This project would be difficult to accomplish IN the tiny house, so I brought all the supplies to Shane’s parents in Santa Fe to work on while we’re here working on a construction project of Shane’s.

Upholstery supplies. The fabric is a beautiful taupey gray. Using 4″ thick foam for the seat and 3″ thick for the back.

4.  monsoon finally came to Prescott last week and it was so wonderful to have rain!!!!  it’s been almost a hundred degrees and very dry every day of June so the rain was much appreciated.  inside the tiny house it was so cozy listening the the sound of the rain falling on the metal roof.  And the temperature dropped to the 60’s outside so it was nice and cool and we didn’t have to run the A/C.

Rainy day in our tiny house.

The doorstop Shane made out of galvanized pipe works great as a coat hook too!  (top left of photo above)  The rain has us thinking about how to adapt the house for rainy and snowy conditions.  Coat hooks… shoe racks… storage for all the winter gear.  It’s great to live in it and invent the perfect solutions as we need them.

5.  finishing touches on the interior: I finally finished making the bedside reading lamps.  there were many delays because I kept trying to order / find a metal reducer to attach a light bulb socket to an Ikea scissor mirror.  could not find said reducer (does not exist?)  so ended up just using rubber thread protectors to bridge the gap and fit the socket onto the scissor mirror screw.

Extending bedside reading lamp.

Bedside reading lamps.

this was not our original idea… like most good ideas, they’ve been done before: Daniel at Manhattan Nest has instructions in his blog post.

the bulbs are LED decorative bulbs which provide 95 lumens.  I don’t know the watt equivalent, because it’s not listed on the package, but they are VERY dim.  Like dimmer than a 25w bulb.  we tried them out at our old house (with two story vaulted ceilings in the great room) and you couldn’t even see the words on a page in front of you.  however, because of the high reflectance of the white walls and ceiling, they provide the perfect amount of light for reading in the tiny house, and use very little power.

well, that’s it for now….  hope all is well with everyone!


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Tiny House Progress: Moving Day, News Interview, and Interior Photos

Hello everyone!

Today has been a big day!  this morning we had an interview with the ABC channel 15 morning show from Phoenix.  It was very fun.  I’ll let you know when the segment airs and I’ll post it here too.

Also… we moved the house to our new site!  So exciting.  Feels quite surreal.  All the work, all the time, now it’s done and we can move in.

First, the interview photos: (I was going to film the anchorman filming us… but that seemed awkward.)

Getting interviewed by ABC channel 15 morning show.

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Tiny House Progress: Wood Flooring, Finish Plumbing, Finish Electrical

Well…  (I can’t seem to find another way to start a blog entry)  Good morning!

We’re wrapping stuff up on the Tiny House.  And we have an interview with a news crew on Wednesday, so that’s exciting.

I had a big shopping day on Wednesday and got all the rest of the little finishing touches: a ceiling fan, a futon mattress for the couch, a shower curtain, hanging rods for the closet curtain and shower curtain, the final light fixture components, and light bulbs!  Our plumber was out yesterday connecting all the plumbing for our kitchen sink, bathroom sink, propane cooktop, and propane wall heater / furnace.

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Tiny House Progress: Shower, Furnace, Kitchen Cabinets

Well, we have been getting a lot done, in spite of getting waylaid yesterday.

We found wood flooring in stock in town, and Shane is installing that today.

All cabinetry is built and all the interior trim and cabinetry is clear-coated / sealed.

The shower surround and our bathroom sink is installed:

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Tiny House Interior Progress: Cabinetry / Deck

Hello there everyone. 🙂  We are just busier than a cat in a sandbox here.  (quoting my Dad, in honor of him and his 60th birthday today!!!  Happy birthday Dad.  We love you.  And you really do only seem 50.)

Shane’s been slaving away on the interior cabinets and trim and it looks awesome!  I finally got a break from my pesky job to go out and do some work on our house today.  (I am currently doing construction documents for 4000+ sf homes…ironic?  I’m actually glad to have work)

Without further ado, here are some photos of the cabinetry / millwork / casework / trim / etc…

Living Room – couch and window trim

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Tiny House Interior Progress: Painting / Millwork / Deck / Stairs

I am finally getting around to posting our progress!  This week has been busy, as usual, and getting home after 8pm I’ve been too lazy to post anything….  So, this will be a huge conglomerate post on what we’ve been working on lately in finishing up the Tiny House:

  • Painting of the Interior
  • Front Porch / Deck
  • Millwork / Casework / Cabinetry
  • Interior Stairs

First, we have the interior painted.  We started rolling it, but that took forever, so Shane sprayed it out.  We used Sherwin Williams “Alabaster” in an eggshell finish.

White painted interior

White painted interior

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