Having now explained what I'll be doing, along with when, why, and how I'll be doing it, I suppose I should next turn to the tiny house itself: that is, the oh-so-important layout I've designed that will make the most of the 120 square feet I've allotted for my living quarters. Below, you'll find my floor plans and a brief description of the various spaces the house contains. Thoughts? Am I forgetting something? Please let me know what you think in the comments section below!
|The Tiny Tack House, inspiration for my interior.|
All wood: the walls, a knotty-or-not-so-knotty pine that gives the home a cozy, log-cabin-type feel; the floor: a darker, richer variety. Throughout the home, a palette of earthy greens and pleasant whites. Windows: four big, horizontally-sliding ones, two on the left, two on the right; two in the kitchen, two in the living area. Then a fifth, slender pane at the back wall, squeezed between the shower room and the toilet room, and a sixth, frosted pane at the front, etched into the door.
A couch. A few hooks on the wall to hang coats, umbrellas, or tripods. A bench that sits across from the couch and doubles as a seat for the desk. The desk, which floats next to the bench and holds a computer, keyboard, and mouse. A coffee table, which fits snugly underneath the bench and slides out to convert the living area into a modest eating space for four. Two ottomans, which fit even more snugly underneath the coffee table that rests underneath the bench, two ottomans which can be repurposed as seating in the event of a dinner for six.
Oh, and storage. Storage underneath the couch cushions for towels and blankets and linens and coats, and storage within the two endtables that frame the couch, storage for camera equipment and camping gear and board games and basic tools. And storage within the ottomans, empty hollow spaces that have yet to be claimed but could serve as easy hideaways for more blankets, pillows, or linens.
|Floor plan of the ground floor. Loft not pictured.|
A countertop, home to a small glass-ceramic stove and a stainless steel kitchen sink, with a few inches of space between the two to set down a glass, knife, or mixing bowl. Shelving to the right of the sink: shelving for a few dozen grain- and bean- and rice-filled mason jars, shelving for a score of herbs and spices and salts, shelving for tea leaves and teabags of every flavor and variety. Underneath the counter, a recycling bin and more storage space. A bit of room for a food processor, a blender perhaps, then more for pots or pans or bulk-purchased toilet paper.
A pantry. Two feet wide by two feet deep by six-and-a-half-feet tall. An open upper half, space for dinnerware and silverware and commonly-used kitchenware, for more mason jars and for fresh fruits and vegetables. At the thirty-six inch mark, thirty-six inches off the ground where the countertop stands, a thin pull-out panel to provide another two or three square feet of counterspace for cooking. And underneath, at the closeted bottom of the pantry, shelves for the rest: for glass containers and surplus jars and bottles of wine.
And across from all this, more surface area: another fifty-seven-by-twenty-four inches of clean, undisturbed wood on which to cut and to prepare and to mix and to operate those appliances typically tucked away underneath the sink on the opposite end of the kitchen. A counterspace that doubles, actually, as a dining table—a slab, bar-height, with a pair or trio of barstools resting below it; a table that, outside the eating hours, can also be used for writing or reading or drawing or playing games.
Facing the pantry, a twin in dimensions, a cousin in appearance. A large swinging door from waist-up that grants access to hanging clothes on the left half and socks, shirts, shorts, and sweatwear on the shelving to the right. Below waist-height, a quartet of pull-out drawers containing pajamas, swimwear, and less commonly-worn clothing, and a pull-out basket for laundry to-be-washed.
On the left, a room to shower. A sliding, bi-folding, frosted glass door, all-white walls, a faucet and a few knobs and a drain, a shelf for soaps and toothbrushes, a mirror, and not much else. On the right, a room for the toilet, and not much else there, either.
|Floor plan of the roof.|
A ladder slides out from between the dining table and the closet, a narrow wooden frame that comes to a halt in the middle of the back end of the kitchen. A few rungs to climb, then the loft, beginning seventy-four inches from the ground and climbing up forty more: enough room to sit but not to stand. A queen-size mattress that claims the entirety of the loft's floorspace, a wall-to-wall, four-inch thick memory-foam cushion wrapped in white sheets and a pale green duvet. A television right above the front door, affixed to the wall, best to be viewed while sitting in the loft, resting against the back of the house's interior.
And then the skylight. Approximately the size of the mattress itself, a pair of glass panes directly above the bed, allowing for an undisturbed slumber beneath the stars. And a hatch on the right pane, a pane that can be opened outwards toward the roof above.
Skylights at the back, solar panels at the front, a gutter system around the perimeter, and grass everywhere else. In the middle, a small lounge chair, and two raised garden beds on either side of it for herbs, kale, and whatever happens to be in season at the moment. And somewhere, though it's not yet certain where, a clothesline: a pair of poles and a few yards of string and a handful of clothespins by which to hang and dry the occasional shirt or sheet washed in the kitchen sink.
Weathered wood siding, vertically placed, giving the box a modern-yet-rustic appearance. A few planters skirting the sides, perhaps; then space for sitting out front and space for storage around back.
|My siding will look something like this.|
A porch with two rocking chairs, an awning to shield potential rockers from potential rain, and a heart-shaped porch light emitting a warm glow. A door of which neither the color nor the direction of swing, in or out, has yet been decided.
And, well, that's about it. Four walls, one long corridor, room for cooking and eating and sitting and sleeping. Of course, I'll be elaborating tons more on each component as the building begins, but for now, thoughts on the overall layout?