Elevation Drawing #7

So if you were facing the dining room and turned around, this is what you’d see:

Entrance

This is my drop zone! It’s on the left when you walk in the front door.

There’s a nice window, hooks for sweaters and jackets, and a little table on wheels that has shelves in it for shoes (that are adjustable so I can fit tall boots and flip-flops). I’ll build the table myself so I can have exactly what I want and so that it will be the right size for the space.

The line from floor to ceiling on the right is the side of the ladder in its stored position.

There’s a outlet to plug in my phone if I want and also for the electric heater I’ll have there. It is a really tight space (1’6″ with no wiggle room on the sides) to stick an important component of my house – the heat source – but since I haven’t fully decided on what kind of heater I want, that spot suffered as the floor plan evolved. In the very first design, the heater had extra space beside it so I could wheel over the comfy chair and read by the warmth. The small space makes me rethink having the mini front porch. I could give up that and have plenty of room for any heater…

I was at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago and someone was selling a small electric fireplace. It was cute and not too big and not expensive. I really considered buying it for the tiny house, but it had no thermostat (now that I think about it, you can probably add one) and I couldn’t be sure if it would be strong enough to heat my little house, so I passed. What I think I’ll do is get an electric heater (I’m picturing one of those skinny standing ones) and try it out this winter in part of the house that’s around the same size as my house will be. That way I’ll know if it’ll give off enough heat and I’ll get to see ahead of time how much it will cost. I’m going to do a post about tiny house heating options soon, so check back for that.

I’ve used up almost all the graph paper in the house 😛 There are still a few more drawings to come though; I’ll keep you posted 🙂

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Elevation Drawing #6

Getting back to looking around the inside of my house:

Dining Room

This is what you’d see if you looked to the right as soon as you walked through the front door.

There’s a nice big window, wall space for various quotes and lists that I like to post everywhere, two folding chairs that I’ll paint bright colours, a comfy chair on wheels that is good for reading as well as dining, and a fold-down table that can be folded as two separate halves.

I’ll be able to seat four (the window seat being the 4th seat), but if I want extra space, everything can be moved or folded away. And if it’s just me, I don’t have to set up a full-size table. I’ll probably end up building the table myself, and I’ve seen a couple different ways of doing it. There’s the way I drew it, with an arm that folds out from flat against the wall to support the table, or I’ve seen table legs that detach, which is pretty neat. There’s also an IKEA table with two folding sides and narrow drawers in the center. It’s on wheels too, and I’ve seen it in tiny houses. It’s apparently really heavy though.

I love how versatile tiny homes are.

Elevation Drawing #1

Alrighty, so this is what I’m picturing, looking towards the front door from inside:

Window Seat & Front Door

Again, the squiggles are windows. That box in front of the door is my drop zone – a table for my keys and mail with shoe storage underneath. And it’s on wheels. Also, above it is a little coat hook. There will probably be three hooks there.

Coming down into the space a little are the rafter ties for the storage loft. Then there’s some storage compartments where I’ll keep my computer and some papers, like a desk (but high up).

There’s the built-in window seat with a cushion, and below are two boxes that I plan to build myself. They’re for storage, but they also have cushions so they can be pulled out and used as seats!

I didn’t draw the folding table or chairs in this one.

There are a lot more drawings like this to come, so keep checking back!

 

Quotes

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that they are difficult." - Seneca

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris