Monday, May 13, 2013

Video Tour of Life in 120 Square Feet

To honor our one year anniversary in the tiny house, I shot this incredibly amateur video this weekend. In spite of the shaky camera work with an iPod, I hope you enjoy this tour of our tiny house in the mountains.



There are also brief cameos of Matt and Piglet, who share the tiny house with me.

30 comments:

  1. Hi Laura
    Thanks so much for the video tour. It's another example of how two people (three including Piglet!) can happily live in a tiny space. Love it!

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    1. Thanks for watching, I really appreciate it.

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  2. Cool video! The house looks great, of course and I do like the green accents. Hehe...Piglet looks less than thrilled you woke her up but still, it all looks great! PS - Da Vinci's toy is a HIT!

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    1. I'm so glad he liked it.

      You and Da Vinci are welcome to visit any time!

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  3. Such a great house! Love the location also!

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    1. Thanks. We love living in the mountains. It is so peaceful and beautiful.

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  4. What did you seal your wood with indoors and out?

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    1. We used tung oil inside on the walls and trim. The counter is finished with salad bowl oil. The outside is simply stained with an exterior stain.

      Thanks for watching.

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  5. I love that you have a "Gnoam Chomsky" on your porch.A joke with a lot of love...

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  6. Would LOVE to know about clothes storage. I guess you can have a small wardrobe but I'm wondering if you have offsite storage or swap out summer and winter wardrobe and where you put your clean and dirty laundry. I'm in a house with 4 people and the laundry seems to have a life of its own sometimes.

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    1. Good question. Stay tuned for a full blog post about this soon.

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    2. ditto To Susan's Question. I Watched & Thought, Hey, They Have no Clothes & Almost No Books And Even Almost No Food - And A Loft. Of Course they Do Just Fine!

      Ah, So, I Live In 120 Square Feet Also, And I Have Loft Envy And Piglet Envy And I Love How Your House Is Arranged, Lol.

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  7. Thanks for the inspiring video you guys have done very well.

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  8. You should really consider upgrading to a tankless water heater tapped into a 55 gallon water barrel that is set up on a rain collection system. they are easy to setup and maintain. =)

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations. We really like our off the grid system so we aren't planning to make any changes as this time. In the future, we may consider this.

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  9. I love your house. I think you did a great job taping it. Also we all would be alot happier if we had this in our lives. Really who needs a large house and not to mention morgage? Of course if you have children I think it would be nice to have a room for one. I woulod love to have one as a vacation home.

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  10. Thank you for posting! Great video - no apologies needed! Is this a permanent structure or is it on wheels?

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    1. Thanks so much! Our house is on post and pier foundation.

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  11. Really was impressed by your house. Do you guy's live in it all year round? What would you have done different in hindsight?

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    1. I'm glad you liked it.

      This has been the first year we've lived in the house and we did some traveling over the winter. At the same time, we had an opportunity to rehab a house in the city so we have been going back and forth this spring.

      I don't know that there is anything we would have done differently. I think I would have liked to have quit my job sooner and dedicated time to build rather than doing it on weekends over the course of three years. At the same time, I think that experience made us who we are today so I don't know that I would change it.

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  12. Lovely house, thanks for shaing this video,also nice enviroment, and the inside color of house match the outide green color and acent. Can you tell me where is this location? Do you have to pay the space of land, or you own the land? And how much you spend for your 120 feet tiny house?

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    1. Thanks for watching!

      Our house is near Asheville North Carolina. We own the land - we bought it about 7 years ago and it took us some time to build the house - we built the entire thing ourselves.

      The total cost for our tiny house was $20,000 - which includes all of our tools and all of the mistakes we had to correct along the way. Knowing what we know now, we believe we could build the same house for $10,000.

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  13. Thank you for that video - I think you did a great job of taping with your phone! : )

    I just got my trailer, and I start construction in June. I'm always so excited to see completed tiny houses!

    What did you use for your flooring?

    How are you filling your water tank?

    Did you make your own front door, or order a custom one?

    Many thanks for your time,
    B.A.

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    1. Our floor is a resilient floating floor product from Home Depot called Allure. We've been very happy with it.

      We don't have a water tank per se. We fill several 4-gallon "aquatainers" from our spring and store them on the outdoor kitchen. Then we fill the Berkey a gallon at a time as needed.

      We did build our own front door. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

      Thanks!

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  14. How do you heat in winter time?

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    1. Good question. We have an indoor safe ventless propane heater that keeps the tiny space nice and toasty. We also have a carbon monoxide detector and oxygen sensor for safety.

      We live in the south so the winter is pretty short. We travel a lot in the winter as well either to see family for the holidays or visit friends in even warmer places for a while.

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  15. I was wondering about the solar panels. Do you lease them or did you purchase them or make them? Do you have any problems with condensation in the house? You did a great job with your video tour =)

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    1. We purchased our solar panels from AltEstore.com. We had a general idea of what we wanted and they helped us put together our system.

      We have never had a problem with condensation inside the house but we keep it well ventilated - being in the mountains we almost never have the windows closed because it is just so beautiful.

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  16. Thanks for the tour! :) I happened upon this post - makes the house I call my "tiny cottage" seem giant. (750 square feet!) I do envy you your mountain paradise!

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