Well, the rain that was featured in our V House video tour has turned to snow, and Nelson is now deep in winter. The temperature dropped to -15 degrees celsius, but we kept rolling!
As mentioned in the previous posting, we have started building another V House. In the next few postings, we'll talk about our design and building process, and keep you up-to-date on our progress. We'll try to include pictures where possible; let's hope the camera doesn't freeze up.
The clients for this project gave us some general guidelines as to what they wanted – V House design, 10' by 23' layout – but after that they, bless 'em, gave us free rein and a license to build however we saw fit. We love working closely with a client to give them exactly what they want, but if they trust our eye and skills, and say go-get-em, we won't argue.
At 230 square feet, we had quite a bit of canvas to work with when doing our layout design. We divided the floor into three separate spaces – the bathroom, the kitchen and dining room area, and the bedroom. We designed a loft over the bathroom that will serve as a storage area and a guest bedroom.
The kitchen will have a concrete countertop (one of our specialities) that will include a special design feature. What is it, you ask? You'll see once we build it. It's going to be awesome. The dining room table will also be a super slick design. Again, check back to see what we do with it.
The bedroom is different from what you might expect after having seen our previous V House. Many tiny houses make use of the loft bed. We do it, and there's no shame in it, but having a loft bedroom is problematic to us on two main fronts. One, it requires a certain ability to climb the ladder or steep stairs. While many of us are comfortable with this level of dexterity, many of us also view it as an unnecessary risk. We hosted an open house a few months ago, and we got quite a bit of feedback from folks about this. Two, while a loft creates two separate living areas (above and below), it also compromises both those living spaces in a tiny house. Below you have low headroom and above you have at best a crawl space. Don't get us wrong, lofts serve their purpose well, but in our design for this house, we took a different approach. Instead of having a loft, we are creating an elevated floor about two feet above the kitchen floor. It will require one step to get up to and the entire space under the elevated floor will be accessible through a series of deep drawers and a 4' by 4' hatch in the floor. What we love about this design is that it still leaves plenty of headroom in the bedroom and provides the house with an immense storage space. We're really stoked about it and think it will be beautiful and functional.
The bathroom will have a composting toilet and a claw-foot bath tub with a shower. We will also put a big closet in there for all sorts of storage.
We'll get some pictures up soon, and in our next post, we'll describe our first week of building.