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DESIGN MISTAKES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AS A TINY ENTHUSIAST

Tiny House Design Mistakes

Starting a tiny house journey requires an individual to make many choices. These choices have an impact on your decision to go tiny. From the type of flooring, nails or screws, to the door sizes.  Before you are done with everything you will have made decision fatigue. That is okay. Considering many people have built their own tiny houses before. You will, therefore, have to learn from the mistakes they made. Here are some design mistakes to avoid as you start sketching some ideas for your own future home.

Tiny House Design Mistakes You Should Know About

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MISSING AUXILIARY SPACES

There are small things that you may need in your design. Things such as recycling bin, compost receptacle and laundry hamper are small yet important. It is quite easy to forget about these elements of a comfortable, livable tiny house. The thing with these items is that you cannot just install them later on. In most cases they will take up your valuable space containing something else. With the limited space in a tiny house, you may fail to find a suitable location. So do not forget to include space for trash, laundry and other stuffs. You will be glad to have made the decision!

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Real traditional houses do not exist in 2D. It is thus necessary to translate your floor plan to a 3D rendering. To do this, you will need to get hold of a program like SketchUp. This program will help you in coming up with the best floor plan design. Furthermore, you might even come across some design mistakes. You can then fix the mistakes in order to come up with the perfect design. Try this out and see the quality of your build once it is complete.

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SPENDING LOTS OF MONEY BEFORE TRYING OUT THE SPACE

It is exhilarating to imagine the things you can have in your tiny house. However, if you do not try their cheaper versions, you can make costly design mistakes. Before spending money on something, you should try the lower-price version first. For instance, you can buy open shelves instead of a custom kitchen. With the right purchases, you may             save tons of money. Furthermore, you may be perfectly happy with the inexpensive solution.

CHOOSING WRONG TRAILER

Choosing the wrong trailer is one of the most common design mistakes that people make. It is important to estimate the weight of your trailer. What is even important is to put in place a proper amount of axles. These axles will then support the weight of your trailer efficiently. Overweight trailers can be dangerous to move. Worse, they will make travel expensive since tires wear faster than the norm.

Before you decide to build, you can lower the weight of your trailer. You can do this by making use of lightweight materials.  For instance you can opt for vinyl tiles for your flooring as they are lighter. There are many ways in which you can get light materials. Just ask around!

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NOT PLANNING FOR HVAC

Ventilation is one of the first things you should consider in your build. This is because the importance of moisture and air control is intensified in a tiny house. With the different activities such as cooking you will be releasing water vapor. It is thus important for new, fresh air to come into your tiny house. At the same time, old air needs to be released outside.

Make sure the heaters are well ventilated for safety reasons. You will thus have to invest in a good ventilation system like a powerful fan.  The fan can then air out your tiny house within the shortest time possible. Alternatively, you can opt for a Heat Recovery Ventilator System (HRV). With an HRV the air inside your tiny house can be exchanged during winter. This is made possible without losing any heat.  These systems require ample space in your tiny house. You should thus remember to include them in your design.

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SKYLIGHT THAT’S NOT EGRESS-RATED

You never know what might happen in your tiny house. For this reason, you will have to include an emergency exit in your design. When making your floor plan, you should include at least two egresses. A door and an operable window/skylight can serve the role of emergency exits. They should, however, be 36 inches wide if they are to serve as good emergency exits. The more emergency exits you have the better.

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7. IMPROPER ROUGH OPENINGS OF DOORS & WINDOWS

There are so many questions you need to ask yourself before installing a door. Being thoughtful about how your door functions will help you in many ways. Will the door bang into any items? Is there enough space behind the door?  Asking yourself these questions will help in designing the perfect door. This is made possible by including door swing clearance needed as the door opens and shuts.

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FORGETTING ABOUT PROPORTION AND SYMMETRY

FORGETTING ABOUT PROPORTION AND SYMMETRY

Most tiny house owners prioritize the interior layout over the exterior appearance. They will thus put most of their focus in making the interior appealing. What they fail to realize is that it is among the most common design mistakes. Even though the inside may look presentable, the outside will appear unbalanced. That is why proportion and symmetry are an important aspect of a good design. You should thus put some thoughts on the outside of your house too. It is only then that you come up with a balanced tiny house.

FULL-LENGTH HUNG CLOTHES STORAGE

Hanging long dresses and coats can prove hard for a person living in a tiny house. This is despite there being fancy closets with built-in storage. If you have these types of clothes, you will need a good storage. Without one, you will have to hang them while they are dragged on the floor.  You should, therefore, never forget to include a full-length hung clothes storage. However, it is not mandatory for you to have an expensive storage. Instead, go with something that fits your budget.

FULL-LENGTH HUNG CLOTHES STORAGE
BUILDING A HOME THAT’S DOWNRIGHT THREAT TO YOUR LIFE

BUILDING A HOME THAT’S DOWNRIGHT THREAT TO YOUR LIFE

Improper weight management and loading pattern on a tiny house trailer can make it extremely dangerous to move and relocate. This makes the entire point of going for tiny house on wheels useless. What good is a THOW that can’t move or if moved can risk your life? Well, who’s to blame? I’d say YOU. If you haven’t taken the help of an Architect-Engineer and did all the work yourself, you have yourself to take the blame

Hire a competent professional with experience in movable homes and get his service; better yet, hire a tiny house planning agency, they do all the work related to tiny house.

BUILDING/BUYING A HOME THAT’S NOT RIGHT FOR YOU

Most of the folks interested in tiny house want to buy it rather than build, which is fine mostly. It’s just that they end up buying something that’s not suited to their needs and wants.  Do you work from home? Then you will need working space. Do you like to cook? Then you may need a larger kitchen area, relative to the rest of the house. Do you have overnight guests? Then you may need a guest bed or fold-out sofa.

Study different types of tiny house plans and pick a design that best suits how you actually use your living space. Communicate these needs to your builder so you have plans and, eventually, a home that meet your needs. Otherwise, you may move into your tiny home only to realize that it’s not a good fit.

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LITTLE STORAGE SPACE

LITTLE STORAGE SPACE

O my sweet summer child, most tiny housers overestimate their capacity to downsize which is one of the reason people go for little storage. Other times people just tend to forget that they’ll need storage space. On average, folks living in conventional homes have about 300,000 articles, even if you downsize to 15,000 articles, you need storage space to keep it.

Since the space is tiny is very limited, it takes an experienced Architect to accommodate for your storage needs.

Be sure to measure how much space your belongings take up, and design your storage to accommodate everything with room to spare. Designing in empty space is important, because you’ll inevitably buy things as you live in your tiny house.

CONCLUSION

It is important to examine every aspect of design before joining the tiny house movement. This will mean learning from other tiny house owner’s design mistakes. You can then ensure your tiny house has everything you might need. It is only then that you can enjoy tiny living.

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