Ravenlore Tiny House Tour

Tiny House Giant filmed a video of the Ravenlore. Enjoy this tiny house tour with Nicki The Firefighter from Savannah.

Going small doesn’t mean you can’t also go bold.

The Ravenlore, Nicki the Firefighter, and Tiny House Giant Journey made Good Housekeeping the 2nd week in January, 2015.

Here is an except;

What do you get when you smush together Victorian painted-lady style and minimalist living? This seriously adorable home from Tiny Green Cabins. Its candy-colored siding, trim, and roof just might make it the coolest tiny house we’ve ever seen.

But the home’s rainbow exterior isn’t the only surprising thing about it. A lap around the inside reveals a shocking amount of amenities artfully crammed into the 176-square-foot-space. A relatively large closet, clever hidden storage, a desk space, and a light-flooded kitchen offer the home full-size function in the small space. Still, we’re pretty sure it’s the pastel paint that will always make the owner (and passersby!) smile.

To read more click here: Good Housekeeping

 

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Firefighter buys a super tiny house

And you will not believe what she did!Nicki the Firefighter

In early May, we received a phone call from Nicki the Fire Fighter who lives in Savannah, Georgia. She had fallen in love with the Ravenlore tiny house and wanted to start the process rolling for purchasing it along with some changes. The list included eliminating the sleeping nook for a larger kitchen, adding a sink to the bathroom, and taking advantage of a sale we were holding, “Buy a Wildflower, Ravenlore, or Prairie Rose and get a 600 watt solar package for 2000 off” and could she select the paint colors. She loved the Carpenter Gothic architectural details of the Ravenlore tiny house and wanted it to “look like the Easter Bunny threw up all over it.”

Nicki is a firefighter, paramedic, and 1st responder in the Savannah, Georgia area and is passionate about life and her career. Some of her activities include kayaking, surfing, bike riding and exploring new places.

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She also likes to runs marathons……in full gear.

 

 

After we had it framed and sided, Masking 101

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Then HGTV Tiny House Hunting called with the question; “do you know of any unique tiny houses that are close to completion that we could use in a new series? ” And Jim referred then to “Nicki the fighter” and she said “yes”
The crew showed up at the build site to shoot some film for “Nicki the Firefighter” episode with this film crew.
Tiny House Hunting Film Crew

Tiny House Hunting Film Crew

After which we finished the tiny house and the Ravenlore left for Savannah, Georgia and Tiny House Giant Journey filmed it as the courier was backing it into place for an open house that Nicki the firefighter had scheduled so all of her friends could see her new home. He even caught the jets overhead as he used hand signals to direct the driver. Pretty cool video and click the link below.

 

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Healthy Living in a Tiny House

Or Living Healthy

Guest post by Corinne from mychemicalfreehouse.blogspot.com

 Now that you have a green home to call your own, you want to make sure the furniture you bring in is not contributing VOCs or toxic particles. Finish off your non-toxic abode with healthy furnishings:

Tiny Green Cabin

Tiny Green Cabin

 Mattresses

 The most important item inside you house is your mattress because of how much time spent we spend in bed as well as your proximity to the substances that they offgas. Try to avoid toxic materials like polyurethane, synthetic latex and flame retardants.

 IKEA’s Sultan Heggedal is the most accessible option for someone that is not extremely sensitive. It uses mostly natural materials with 15% synthetic latex. It does not contain flame retardants. The cost is $900 For a queen.

 For 100% natural options go with either natural latex – like this one from Nest Bedding ($900 for a queen), or a 100% wool mattress from Shepard’s Dream ($1200 for a queen).

Bed Frame

For a bed frame in a tiny house you might need to build-in slates like I did, or use a low lying futon base finished with a natural sealant.

Sofa

 Sofa’s are tricky – I haven’t seen a conventional sofa that is safe. They all use polyurethane foam, glues and flame retardants. In my tiny house I’m having a carpenter make me a base out of maple (and the glue of my choosing), with a custom sized piece of natural latex on top. This is a good option when you need a custom sized sofa as well.

 There are many companies making eco sofas but they are often really pricy. Greensofas is an good option and they are quite affordable at $1300.

 A futon is also a good option if it is filled with 100% organic cotton or wool batting. With an unfinished or naturally finished wood.

Rugs

Look for rugs made from cotton, hemp, rattan or jute from companies that state that they are all natural and do not use toxins in their production. Conventional rugs from big box stores contain a long list of chemicals including flame retardants.

Curtains

It’s hard to know which curtains contains flame retardants as they will not be labeled. Many also are treated with chemicals that make them wrinkle free for example.  I would go with an organic brand like these hemp fabric curtains or have your own made from the fabric of your choosing.

Tables and Chairs

 Look for inert materials like metal, glass, solid wood (with natural finishes), or tables with ceramic tiles.

 Vintage furniture might be tolerable for some if you are sure it hasn’t been re-finished recently with conventional products, and has not been exposed to chemical cleaning products, smoke, mould, or other substances in its previous life. Metal is a good bet for vintage furniture as it does not soak up toxins and can be simply wiped down.

For more info see Corinne’s Blog: mychemicalfreehouse.blogspot.com

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Ravenlore – A Sweet Life Tiny House

A Sweet Life tiny home

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”  – William Blake

We designed this model starting in January, 2014 as a concept design with some Carpenter Gothic features as shown in the 1st  two pictures. It was published on our website and Facebook page in late March and early April. As a custom builder of tiny houses, tiny homes, and tiny cabins; we use the designs to get the “juices” churning in to what is possible. We are often surprised by some of the results.

Below is the stern and starboard side of the Ravenlore as originally drawn. Just like a boat, a tiny house also has terms for different sides of the craft.

The bow is the hitch, while the stern is the rear of the tiny house. Here is a picture of the Ravenlore floor plan with parts named.

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Why is the port side called the port and starboard the starboard side?

Port;

An early version of “port” is larboard, which itself derives from Middle-English ladebord. In Old English the word was bæcbord, of which cognates are used in other European languages, for example as the German backbord and the French term (derived from Dutch) bâbord. The origin of lade has not been determined but some would connect it with the verb lade (to load), referring to the side on which cargo was loaded.[1] The term larboard, when shouted in the wind, was presumably too easy to confuse with starboard[2] and so the word port came to replace it. Port is derived from the practice of sailors mooring ships on the left side at ports in order to prevent the steering oar from being crushed.

Starboard;

The origin of the term starboard comes from early boating practices. Before ships had rudders on their centrelines, they were steered by use of a specialized steering oar, which was held by an oarsman located in the stern of the ship and, due to the prevalence of right-handed sailors, on the right-hand side of it. The word starboard comes from Old English steorbord, literally meaning the side on which the ship is steered, cognate with the Old Norse words stýri meaning “rudder” (from the verb stýra, “to steer” or “to govern”) and borð meaning etymologically “board”, then the “side of a ship”.

Definitions from wikipedia

Ravenlore Tiny House Southeast Elevation

View of the Ravenlore off the Starboard Stern

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View of the Ravenlore Off the Port Stern

From our concept we now move onto our customers’ color scheme and changes such as the Carpenter Gothic detail on the stern to create her own unique home just for her.

And the Ravenlore as a painted lady tiny house; For those who aren’t fans of the cabin-in-the-woods look of natural, unpainted pine, check this head turner out! It would fit right in with our Big House neighborhood of Painted Lady’s,  Cape Cods, Federals, Victorians, and Craftsman homes.

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The Ravenlore hitched up

Off The Bow Starboard View

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The Ravenlore tiny house is part of the Sweet Life series of our tiny homes; they are wood framed built to the clients specifications.

To see more of the Ravenlore and pricing options click on this link;  Ravenlore Tiny House

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Ravenlore – a bold tiny house

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe

For those who aren’t fans of the cabin-in-the-woods look of natural, unpainted pine, check this head turner out! It would fit right in with our Big House neighborhood of Cape Cods, Federals, Victorians, and Craftsman homes.

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Shakespeare suggested that the world is a stage. Today, we are the stagehands rather than the star, and that position is just as much, if not more, important to the scene. Stay tuned as to where the star, The Ravenlore and her co star Nicki  will appear appear next.

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Larry adding detail mint green to the Carpenter Gothic features of the Ravenlore so that the design pops out of the rest of the siding.

Tiny House after dark

Tiny House after dark

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Ravenlore Sneak Peaks – Exterior Finish

Carpenter Gothic architecture is a style of architecture which became very popular in the United States in the mid-1800s. Numerous examples of Carpenter Gothic homes can be found in many regions of the United States, and some of them are on the National Register of Historic Places, reflecting their cultural value. Homes built in the Carpenter Gothic style can also be found outside the United States, especially in New Zealand and Australia, although they may be referred to more generally as “Gothic Revival” homes. Carpenter Gothic architecture lasted a brief period and morphed into the Victorian style homes and architecture.

Some of the Carpenter Gothic features on the Ravenlore tiny house are;

Corbels

Morning view of some of the details on the exterior

Morning view of some of the details on the exterior

A corbel or console is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, a type of bracket. A corbel is a solid piece of material in the wall, whereas a console is a piece applied to the structure. A piece of timber projecting in the same way was called a “tassel” or a “bragger” in the UK. The technique of corbelling, where rows of corbels deeply keyed inside a wall support a projecting wall or parapet, has been used since Neolithic times. It is common in Medieval architecture and in the Scottish baronial style as well as in the Classical architectural vocabulary, such as the modillions of a Corinthian cornice and in ancient Chinese architecture.

The word “corbel” comes from Old French and derives from the Latin corbellus, a diminutive of corvus (a raven) which refers to the beak-like appearance. Similarly, the French refer to a bracket-corbel, usually a load-bearing internal

Gothic Arched Window and detail accents

Another view of the aft of the Ravenlore

Another view of the aft of the Ravenlore

The Carpenter Gothic window has an arch that meets at the peak of the window unit, often seen in churches. The siding detail below the window is a characteristic of changing the siding patterns and creating a something of interest in the exterior wall facade.

This pattern was found on a picture by Scott Garlock “Maximum Detail”  The detailed mill work on Max Hoffman’s 1889 stick Victorian style home in Scotland Neck, NC is unsurpassed. Max and his brother Gerson immigrated to Halifax County, NC in the late 1870′s and became very successful business owners. The Hoffman brothers took great pride in the construction of their homes both of which were built in the town of Scotland Neck. Scott Garlock Photography(2014) seen below….

Maximum Detail

Maximum Detail

Dentil Molding

Dentil detail at the cornice

Dentil detail at the cornice

In classical architecture a dentil (from Lat. dens, a tooth) is a small block used as a repeating ornament in the bedmold of a cornice. A cornice (from the Italian cornice meaning “ledge”) is generally any horizontal decorative molding that crowns a building or furniture element— the cornice over a door or window, for instance, or the cornice around the top edge of a pedestal or along the top of an interior wall. A simple cornice may be formed just with a crown molding.

 

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Ravenlore Slide set

This is a gallery of the Ravenlore tiny house as it progresses through the framing stage. The Ravenlore is a tiny house with carpentry Gothic features at the exterior. It is 8′ x 22′ x 13′-5″ in height and expected to weigh about 12,000 lbs.
Some of the features of this tiny house are: 600 Watt solar package, AC, butterfly vault at great room, patio door at side location,  paddle stairs to loft, Castletop metal shingles, exterior custom paint colors, main floor closet, in-floor storage to name a few.

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Stay Mentally Sharp

Stay Focused!

FocusGet comfortable but not TOO comfortable with your tools and work surroundings. When a project requires repeated cuts for identical parts – making the same cut 20 times, one’s mind can wander to that “date night”, lunch, a recent conversation, or that beer after work.

Never walk away from a tool while it is running and always wait for the blade to come to a complete stop before reaching for cut-offs near the blade. And never stand in line with the blade as when making rip cuts at the table saw; if the board kicks back, it is coming straight at you.  Also, never place your pushing hand in direct line with the cutting motion, regardless of the tool.

Tug the plug!

When not in use or during blade changes, unplug the tool, or if the tool has a safety tab – remove it from the on/off switch. This prevents you and shop visitors (young and old) from accidentally turning on a tool.

The same principle applies to pneumatic tools; when adding fasteners to a nailer always disconnect the air hose first. And always, always keep your hand away from the area to be nailed by at least 24”. I have had a gun slip which fired a nail into my hand when I was in a hurry and not focused. The head of the nail was in the web between the thumb and fingers with the point coming out the other side of the palm.  Luckily, I did not hit any bone and the Dr was able to clamp on a vise grip and pull it out in ER.

And finally, when working even a moderate height, pay attention to where you are standing and what you are standing on. Make doubly sure that you are safe. I was standing on a 2×12 x 8’ and thought to myself after looking at the surroundings, I would be safe.

A Cast and Surgery

A Cast and Surgery

I failed to notice the spike knot in the center of the board and seconds later was on the ground with a severely dislocated  and shattered ankle.  After a ride to the ER and surgery, and about 3 months of recovery, I was able to walk again. Although the steel plates holding the ankle together made it less able to respond to terrain changes.

Stay alert – Stay unhurt!

 

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Reader Question on screws and tiny houses

 

I really like the idea of using welded steel framing for a tiny house on wheels but have some concerns.  How durable is the house after being moved a time or two?  Attaching sheathing (interior / exterior) will be done via something like screws – how secure are those screws after the house has been moved a few times?  (If i put a screw into wood then the length of the screw has contact with the wood. If i put a screw into a metal stud then only a short section of the screw has contact and that contact will work loose with movement of the structure).

regards

One of the main differences in wood vs steel is that steel is not subject to the drying out or swelling to moisture conditions. This drying and swelling is what allows a wood screw to loosen up and back its way out of walls, hinges, and other connections. Even a screw of 2″ that is fully imbedded in a wood stud will loosen up just from being still on a foundation.

To solve this issue, some builders use a pneumatic gun with barbed nails in an attempt to lock the fastener and sheathing to the framing. In tests, the screw appears to have more holding power considering shear and double sided pullout.

In wood a #8 screw has 90lbs of shear and 168lbs of pullout.

However in steel framing a #8 screw has 103 lbs of shear and 204 lbs of two sided pullout.

In framing we use the self tapping course thread screw as all joints and connections are welded, which tends to often weld the screw in place also. Our supplier was concerned that while the screw would hold up for vibration and strength in a steel frame, he felt better when we suggested welding all joints also.

In the finishing we use a smaller self tapping screw that is fine threaded because the fine thread holds tighter with very little loosening up. We also use the impact screw gun to drive the screws in wood finish products deeper and that also increases the “hold” power of the screw. The screws also have a higher rating of hardness to minimize twisting the head and shaft apart. Fine threads in screws will hold any material to a steel 16 gauge steel stud or stronger. And steel being an inert material has stable properties and does not shrink of expand from moisture or humidity like wood

Do the screws loosen up over time from vibration. We have not encountered this in our experience even with our 1st tiny house that built 6 years ago travels between Minnesota and Texas twice a year without this happening.

Thanks for the question

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