Our design process – Part 1 – the trailer

There are so many great designs of tiny houses on wheels out there. Just go on Pinterest or Google and you are sure to find one after another.  Yet, we know we wanted something that reflected our style.   We live in a very traditional classic home today – so we decided to go with a more modern look.  After all, we are no spring chickens, the tiny movement is all the rage among millenials, so we have to do our best to fit in.

As we started on our sketches, we had a few requirements.

  • A serious cook’s kitchen – that is the heart of the home
  • Space for two separated office areas as we both work virtually
  • A master bedroom with standing height
  • Additional sleep capacity for at least 4 persons
  • A bathroom area with a separate door for the toilet
  • Lots of light through windows
  • Incorporate outdoor decking to make it part of the living space

Did we mention we have to do this in about 300 sq ft?  Width could not be more than 8.5 ft, height no more than 13.5 ft.  The one parameter we could play with was length.  Oh yes, with size comes weight, which equals the need for a large man size truck to tow it.  More about that later.

We did not know much about Tiny House On Wheel trailers, so at first we tried to shoehorn all this into a traditional trailer 24-26ft in length.  It was getting frustrating as we always had to give up something.Trailer 24ft regular

It took a while, but we soon figured out that there was a whole new world out there, the Gooseneck trailer.  It added 7-8ft of elevated space, usually accessible via a few steps, and it provided standing room.  Voila, our master bedroom.trailer32frGooseneck

There are many more details we needed to decide on as well as many manufacturers to choose from, but for now we had selected our foundation choice.   We since learned that a Gooseneck trailer is much preferred when it comes to towing as it is much more stable and easier to handle – great bonus.

As far as size, we started at 24ft of the basic trailer with a 7ft gooseneck.  That grew to 26 ft and an 8 ft gooseneck.

Next post is about some major choices we made which impacted the rest of the design.

Ready – Set – Go

Hi! Olá! Hejsan!

So glad you stopped by. Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to read our blog. We never expected to have our very own blog until a few friends learned what we were doing and wanted to hear our story.  We are excited to embark on this journey and so very happy to be able to share it with you.

The tiny house movement seems to have taken a life of its own. We have spent countless days and hours reading and watching anything “tiny”.  People go tiny for many different reasons. From wanting to be debt free to living more simply with the flexibility of mobility.  Thus the question, why are we building a tiny home? What is driving us to live tiny? Well, the answer is simple. It is not so much about the house (we are still keeping the big one) but rather about the experiences that we are hoping to gain by building a tiny home together.

One of the many things that attracts us to building a tiny house is the concept that we will be able to have our home with us no matter where we go. Going tiny will give us the opportunity to choose “place over space” where we will be able to explore for long stays at a time without sacrificing the lifestyle we love. Living intentionally tiny will inspire us to spend most of our days outside, creating experiences thus enjoying life to its fullest. Yet, we are determined to make this tiny home a place where we can still entertain friends and family.

Even though we have not even begun to build, it has been an amazing journey already. When building tiny, every inch, every ounce, and every kWh matters. We will share some of our thinking on the design, the choices we are making, and the progress of our build.  Read on – the next post will be about our design process.