Month: June 2015

Making Room For A Not-So Tiny Kitchen In A Tiny House

There is no doubt that a good portion of Southern life revolves around food and the kitchen. Stories are shared, tales are told, games are played, lessons are learned, food is crafted, and history is made in the kitchen. This wasn’t always the case though. In fact, historically, kitchens weren’t luxurious and certainly were not entire rooms meant for hosting guests or entertaining. They were dark. They were hot. They were loud. And they were even prone to catching fire. They were situated as far away as possible from the social or private rooms in a home. LESSON OF THE DAY: While fear of fire may have influenced some builders and families one has to ask, “Were Southerners the only ones afraid of fires? Northerners didn’t seem to have separate kitchens. What gives?” Th actual reasons have more to do with the heat and odors from the kitchen fire, which in the south would have been bothersome and unwanted during most months of the year. And so it isn’t much different in today’s modern tiny house. With square footage often topping out at no more than 300 sq.ft. or so large, expansive kitchens aren’t welcome for a number of reasons including space assignment, odor, unwanted heat, etc. But does that mean that if a tiny house family love their kitchen and lives a life evolving around the kitchen, they can’t have one?...

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12 Perfect Tiny House Plans for Just $79

For just a few more days you can purchase a 12-Pack Bundle of new and improved tiny house plans for just $79. Drawn to scale and distributed by Michael Janzen of Tiny House Design this exclusive offer ends Saturday June, 20 2015 and – for what it’s worth – this 12-Pack Bundle will never be available at this price again. This is a $269 savings! These plans normally these 12 plans would sell for $348 ($29 each). After the 5-day sale is over, the plans will be available individually for $29. Scroll down to get a look at all 12 tiny house designs. Preview The 12-Pack of Plans Below Philo – 12′ (NEW!) The Philo is a 12-foot long tiny house on wheels with a 10/12 gable roof. It has a bathroom sized to fit a 32″ square shower stall, composting or standard toilet, and small wall mounted sink. A small kitchen could be placed in the center of the house. A sleeping loft above the bathroom & kitchen space provide enough space for a queen sized mattress. Two skylights and a small window open to provide ventilation in the loft. Flip-up steps provide access to the front door when the house is parked. Philo – front of house Philo – back Philo – lower level Philo – loft Manchester – 14′ (New!) The Manchester is a 14-foot long tiny house on wheels with a 10/12 gable roof. It...

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Learning HOW And Issue 30

I get more and more excited each month as a new issue of Tiny House Magazine comes to the forefront. With incredibly talented designers, writers, and contributors working together with Editor Kent Griswold to bring a host of tiny house, small house, and micro-house resources together, each issue is better than the one before and Issue 30 is no different. Featuring the Wilmington, NC students of Learning H.O.W. the magazine points out the lessons – positive and negative – that building a tiny house can teach. Says student Hannah, “I would rather have had the money to build up...

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Curb Your Coffee With doTERRA Lemon Infused Water

Drinking water is essential to your health. Everyone knows that. Water help keeps the natural properties of the human body moving and helps to cleanse and regulate. And while most of us will agree staying hydrated is important, it can be difficult to consume the daily recommended amount (at least it is for me). Why? Because we are busy, and water is, well, boring. Many of us choose instead to drink soda or coffee or some crazy energy drink. Such a choice can lead to major health consequences, such as obesity, kidney damage, and elevated blood pressure. (source) So why not spice up your water and try adding a citrus splash? Lemons are vitamin C rich citrus fruits that first achieved their healthy claim to fame onboard the ships of early explorers to help treat scurvy, a then-common disease among the sailors. In 1747, James Lind found that lemons and oranges were extremely effective at treated the disease, which we know was caused by a vitamin C deficiency from months at sea without any fresh produce. According to the USDA National nutrient database, one raw lemon, without peel (about 58 grams) provides 17 calories, 0.6 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, 5.4 grams of carbohydrate (including 1.6 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of sugar, 51% of daily vitamin C needs as well as small amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, calcium,...

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Tiny House 101: Tracing Little Digs Through History

I have long thought that the pursuit of tiny houses goes beyond just wanting a cute little bungalow on wheels. I have toyed with the idea that it taps into some primordial human desire to nest and to stay somewhat nomadic at the same time. It shows our fascination with having things at our fingertips but in such a fashion that we can pack them up rather quickly and move one. Throughout history we have lived in huts, yurts, tent, teepees, shanty’s, huts, caves, etc. Only in the lsat 300 years have we tried to anchor down or “settle down” as some like to say. Even then – in our most agrarian state – we were ready to pick up anchor for more fertile grounds. We are an opportunistic people and our homes reflect that. I don’t just wax poetic about this topic though. I have researched for a couple of years, talked to urban planners, homestead farmers, nomads, and some in between, to get a better sense of why little digs appeal to so many demographics. And in just one week at the Tiny House Jamboree Dayton Mini Jam I’ll be delving into this topic in a series of presentations. While the event will largely be outside where visual media is rendered useless I still felt it important to put together a slideshow that would be downloadable after...

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