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Misty Robinson's 16x25 Off-Grid House

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM

This 400 square foot 16'x25' tiny house with 10' side walls and barn style roof, loft bedroom and upper deck offers a big bang for the square footage. Pallet wood decks at the exterior doors are detached and optional. The bump out window seat in the living room adds space and gives the illusion of a larger living area. The staircase to the loft doubles as a huge storage unit for clothing, linens, etc. The bathroom has a 3x3 shower stall, handmade composting toilet (wooden tiled box with lifting lid that houses a bucket) and a small vanity. Wall cabinets add storage in the bath. A solar roof mounted hot water heater (DIY from youtube) supplements the on demand water heater. The composting toilet would be combined with Lamar's solar composting septic tank. The kitchen is a generous 8'x9' and houses a full size refrigerator and a small 4 burner propane range. There is a large bump out greenhouse window that adds space and enables you to grow fresh herbs right in the kitchen year round. Power is supplied by an array of roof mounted solar panels oriented on the south side of the house with the battery bank on the upper deck under the roof overhang.. Heat is provided with two DIY solar can heaters with radiant oil heaters for backup. Water is provided by solar powered well and there are two rain barrels at the rear of the house for watering the garden beds. The optional detached pallet wood deck on the front of the house can be designed to route runoff from the upper deck into a growing bed at the side of the house. The upper deck has a slight 3" grade to help with water runoff, also. With creative use of reclaimed, recycled and found materials, etc. costs could be cut dramatically to build this spacious tiny home.



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