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Misty Robinson House-On-Wheels

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM

This 8'Wx20'Lx13.5'H tiny house can sleep up to four people. The loft over the porch can be used as sleeping or storage space and the sofa folds out into a bed. The bathroom has a composting toilet and a full size shower. All appliances ar RV sized. Power is provided by solar panels on the roof with a sunlight to access them. A diy solar can heater is also mounted to the roof. Hot water is provided on demand and the stove is operated with propane. Gray water is routed a storage tank under the counter in the kitchen and is used to water the built in growing beds. There are lots of windows for natural light and ventilation. Porch steps are detached to store inside during moving. This tiny house could be built very inexpensively with creative use of discarded items such as pallets, lumber, shingles, insulation and windows found on craigslist, freecycle or construction sites. The appliances as well as lighting, plumbing fixtures, water tanks and pumps, power hookups, propane tanks and even the frame could be salvaged from an inexpensive RV saving you thousands.

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Reply Knot-Kupid
8:24 PM on July 17, 2014 
Hello, just a small comment and question or two here. First, I'm not a fan of placing the mini frig on my precious counter space. And you still have to deal with the space under the counter in the corner unless you utilize some of the expensive engineered corner access options. I also wonder why you sacrifice four foot of trailer space for a small four foot porch. Wouldn't it make more sense to include it in in your interior and simply use a fold down deck and roll out canopy instead? Your couch looks like it converts to a bed for guests so a nice way to deal with overnight visitors in the tiny space. I like the nice wheel skirt garden application here. I'm assuming your solar panels dismount for travel purposes and are stored inside while on the road? Thanks for sharing your design and good luck to you.
Reply Bomun
8:03 PM on July 8, 2014 
Great discussion.
I've been living a mobile lifestyle in New Zealand for the last 6 years. Since I'm big on fresh vegetables, I've been experimenting with taking some garden on the road. It's really hard on the little plants. Maybe if you're just relocating from one side of town to the other, it's viable.

What I do now:
Lot's of sprouts! It's my on the road garden. I have several places that I'm based so I try to pant gardens or contribute to the gardens in each place. As long as there's someone to care for the garden and eat it's bounty when I'm away.

You may have noticed that leaving a garden behind is part of my Tiny House design.
Titled: Tiny Solar Tiny House.

BTW love your wall garden!
Reply Misty Robinson
8:33 PM on June 29, 2014 
No problem :) I love sharing ideas...especially about gardening and natural building, sustainability, etc :) I'm not sure about the weight...I guess it would depend on your soil mix, etc. My family and I are moving to the mountains in North Carolina this summer. We will be staying with friends for a while and helping them start a mini farm/homestead...also I will be opening a gift shoppe/gallery, lots of exciting things...but our ultimate goal is to buy some land and build a tiny house eco-resort using various forms of natural/recycled construction as well as a farm and learning center of our own. I just started a blog to chronicle our adventures and projects. Here's a link if you'd like to check it out. It's been nice chatting with you ;)
Reply jonnie
1:21 PM on June 29, 2014 
Thank you for the information. I was aware of hydroponics, and aquaponics. I had heard of the tree thing, though I'm not sure that one. The garden attached to your tiny house, seems to be a way of moving to another site, without leaving your garden behind. Do you know how much weight would be added to the house, by doing this? I was thrilled to see that sort of gardening, and could see myself doing it down bout sides, and across the back. I'm an enthusiastic grower. Born with a green thumb. Any way, thanks again, for sharing your ideas.
Reply Misty Robinson
9:10 AM on June 27, 2014 
I suppose you could make the beds self-wicking (with water reservoirs beneath) ...not really sure about travel damaging the plants, but you could always fasten them down with some sort of cargo net to keep them from blowing in the wind. If you are interested in water conservative gardening, go to youtube and look for videos on "self-watering garden beds" "hugelkultur"(growing beds that are mounded on top of old logs and require very to no watering) and "straw bale gardening" also "aquaponics" which uses fish/hydroponic gardening to recycle the same water over and gives you fish :)
Reply jonnie
6:03 PM on June 26, 2014 
Doesn't it take more water to garden like that? I'm looking for way to grow more, using less water. After all, I live in CA, and we are having a drought. Kinda makes me wish I was still in Arkansas.
Reply jonnie
5:58 PM on June 26, 2014 
You are right about that. What I would like to know, is what types of plants you could grow in the set up you have? All of my growing experience is in regular garden beds, raised beds, and some containers. Doesn't traveling damage the plants?
Reply Misty Robinson
3:00 PM on June 25, 2014 
jonnie says...
Nice, but I could not climb into a by loft. I would need it all on one level.

Thanks, Jonnie :) If you have mobility issues, you could have a detachable ramp with a handrail built instead of stairs and you could sleep on the lower fold-out bed leaving room for up to 3 guests in the loft.
Reply jonnie
1:10 PM on June 25, 2014 
Nice, but I could not climb into a by loft. I would need it all on one level.


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