Today I made the sketch of my house plans much larger on the graph paper. I included the full space of the walls so that I could really see how much living space is actually available. I also marked out where light fixtures, electrical outlets and switches will most likely be, and I got my plan adjusted so that all of my plumbing will be along one wall - bathtub, bathroom sink, and kitchen sink (we'll be using a composting toilet, no plumbing needed for that). I wish I could take a picture of my drawing and post it.
After making zillions of changes, over the past few weeks, I think I've got it figured out:
(the actual house size will depend on what size trailer I will be able to get)
- trailer size: 24'
- house size: 26' x 8' (I've been researching cantilevering - a foot on each end)
- total square footage including lofts, add-on pantry and mudroom: 330 sq.feet
- ~ 17' x 7.5' living & kitchen area (including my couch/bed)
- 4.5' x 7.5' bathroom
- 4' x 7.5' "downstairs" storage/clothing room for my daughter with stairs going up to her bed loft
- T 1-11 exterior, plywood and bead board interior
- pink, fluffy R-13 insulation (please don't yell at me, I'm on a tight budget)
- asphalt shingles (something I have experience with vs. metal roofing)
- 50 amp electrical service (using led lighting and low wattage appliances)
- electric 'oil filled, radiator' heater (or one of the cute little "Envi" heaters)
- Eccotemp L10 propane tankless water heater with SHURflo water pump
- 40 gallon fresh water holding tank
- point well with hand pump for tank fill (I've put down 4 of these simple, useful wells in the past. If you have a high water table they are cheap and work great - only go down max. of 25')
- a "large" 4.5' x 7.5' bathroom with a 40" tub, 18" vanity/sink, composting toilet and 24" closet/shelving for clothes
- 2 loft areas - one 8'x8', the other 4'x8' with dormer roof line for added head space
- add-on pantry - a 5'x8' 'room' off the end of the tiny house, but attached
- a "mud room" built the same way as the pantry, built off the long wall of the house, where the front door will be
My time frame is tight. I won't have money to start till probably September, and I need to get the shell built (something we can stay in) by the end of December. At that time the lease on my townhouse will be up. I plan on doing finish work inside throughout the winter and spring.
I can do this, right?