Main Floor Bedroom
Welded steel frame
Space for washer dryer outside of the living quarters
Murphy wall bed
Box out window for TV and electronics, thus keeping their EMF waves out of the tiny house
Stainless steel floor, stainless steel sink, stainless steel shower enclosure
Lots of light via Integrity Windows
Pricing to be determined…
Pricing yet to be determined
With temperatures below zero, we see people concerned about window defects because there is condensation on the glass.
That spurred me to write about condensation on glass. It matters little if they are Pella, Marvin, Jeld Wyn or Crestline windows.
Today’s energy efficient homes and tiny houses are built more airtight than ever. But in addition to sealing in warmth and air conditioning, they also send to hold in too much moisture laden air.
If your home contains excessive moisture and it is cold outside, the 1st place you will see it is on your windows, and it makes little difference which brand name we discuss. They will all have condensation on the glass as the temperature drops. You may think this means that there is a problem or defect with the window, but it does not! In fact, the vast majority of window condensation problems are not the fault of faulty windows. The windows are just indicating that your home needs added ventilation to lower the moisture in the home.
Occasionally, beads of moisture o n your windows is not a problem.
For example, it is likely your bathroom mirror and windows will steam up after a hot shower. Or your kitchen window may fog up when you’re boiling food on the stove.but in both of these cases, the moisture clears in a few minutes.
Although the glass itself may not e affected, dropping condensation and excess moisture can not only damage your windows but potentially your entire home and tiny house.
That’s why it is so important to take the steps to control and eliminate excess moisture!
In a word, everywhere.
Collectively, a family of four can easily generate up to 18 gallons of water a week in the form of humidity inside your home.
To lower your home’s humidity levels, you need to increase ventilation and decrease the sources of moisture.
You’ve probably heard that your home will feel warmer in winter if the humidity is higher. That’s true, and yet why many people use humidifiers to counteract dry static-filled air during the heating season.
Is the right older homes excessive moisture usually us a problem because the structure breathes through unsealed cracks and crannies in the construction, creating a regular exchange of outdoor and indoor air. That’s why it is often a struggle to keep enough moisture inside older homes.
But with today’s modern building techniques, homes are much tighter and energy efficient. As a result, newer homes don’t usually need a way to add moisture – they’re more likely to have trouble getting rid of it.
So how much humidity is enough to keep us comfortable without dampening our surroundings? Refer to the chart for temperature and humidity levels that are generally recommended.
Not sure what the humidity level is inside your home or tiny house? Ask a HVAC (heating ventilating and air conditioning) contractor to measure it for you.
Suggested Humidity Levels for Maximum indoor comfort
Indoor Air Temperature
Outdoor air temperature
Recommended Max Humidity
-20F to -10F
-10F to 0F
0F to 10F
10F to 20F
20F to 40F
Source; University of Minnesota Engineering and Experiment Station
The basic principle of reducing window condensation is simple. When there’s too much condensation on your windows it means the humidity is too high in your home or tiny house for the current temperature outside.
Here are some additional actions that may help reduce humidity levels:
There are two causes of temporary window condensation, and they normally disappear after a few weeks.
First, there is moisture that comes from new construction or remodeling. There’s moisture in new wood, plaster, and other building materials. For instance, I recently installed reclaimed barnwood siding and power washed the siding to clean it. That moisture would also be driven into the wood and it would take time to dry out. When the heating season starts, this moisture gradually flows into the air of the home. After a few weeks or a month or two, or a heating season, that moisture would disappear.
Second, this same type of moisture can accumulate in milder form at the beginning of each heating season. During the summer, your home and tiny house absorbs moisture. After a few weeks, your home would dry out and you;ll have less trouble with window condensation.
As building experts often point out, windows should not be blamed for condensation. They are merely an indicator of too much moisture in the air.
In an unlikely event you see condensation between the panes of glass in an insulating window, contact the window contractor or manufacturer or dealer directly who sold the windows. Moisture between the panes means that the seals on the glass has failed. It is a very rare occurrence, but one that is usually covered for 10-20 years under the manufacturers limited warranty.
Some of the information in this article was derived from the following sources:
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It’s no secret that tiny houses are growing in popularity across the U.S. Not only can owners of tiny homes simplify their lives by reducing possessions and space, but they also tend to pay less for mortgages, utilities, and other costs.
Still, zoning laws can make it hard for average Americans to find sites for their pint-sized properties. These guidelines affect the dimensional requirements for various types of buildings.
“I think that originally those laws were there to protect people, and then they grew to be more about keeping the neighborhoods standard and keeping property values high,” said Elaine Walker, founder of the American Tiny House Association. “But I think we’re seeing a bit of pullback on that idea.”
So, where exactly can tiny house enthusiasts put their little homes, and how can they comply with zoning laws that differ from place to place?
“That is the million-dollar question,” said Pat Clancy, a tiny home specialist with Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.
Here are 10 tips for building tiny houses that meet the zoning laws of your region.
If land ownership isn’t your primary objective, consider building your tiny house on someone else’s lot as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). According to the Federal Housing Administration, ADUs are habitable living units located on properties with single-family homes. So, if your friend or family member has land to spare, you could share it under ADU regulations in many states.
Still, going the ADU route isn’t ideal for every tiny home builder.
“Most people don’t want to risk building their tiny home on a foundation on someone else’s land because it would be so difficult to move,” Walker said. “You don’t necessarily want to take the risk if it doesn’t work out with the larger homeowner.”
If your tiny home is portable, living in it on an employer’s land is another way to use accessory dwelling unit laws to your advantage.
“It really is a great option, particularly for elder care,” said Laura M. LaVoie, who built and lives full-time in her tiny home in North Carolina and blogs about it at 120squarefeet.com. “In most cases, it would be essentially a rental situation (for the worker), so it’s up to them whether that’s something they’d be open to.”
Many places — including Nantucket, Mass., and Fresno, Calif. — place less stringent regulations on tiny houses that are portable. According to LaVoie, the advantage of living in a portable tiny home is that you can move if necessity, or opportunity, dictates.
Once your tiny home is on wheels, you can have it certified as a recreational vehicle, provided that it meets RV standards. However, because some codes prohibit RV owners from living in the vehicles permanently, having your home certified could work against you.
“A lot of places don’t want somebody living in an RV in a driveway, so they’ve put prohibitions on it,” said Jay Austin, designer and owner of a tiny house called The Matchbox and member of tiny house collective, Boneyard Studios.
For best results, research your municipality’s restrictions on RV ownership before deciding whether to register your tiny house as one.
Take the idea of a mobile home to the next level by bringing your tiny house with you when you travel. Not only does doing this save you money on hotel costs, but it also helps you avoid breaking temporary living rules.
“Most people don’t build their tiny house with the thought that they’re going to move it constantly like you would a camper or RV, but there are people who do want that completely mobile lifestyle,” LaVoie said.
Moving regularly can enable you to get around restrictions on camping, or keeping your tiny home in one spot for too long.
According to Walker, many cities allow individuals to live in tiny houses temporarily but not permanently. Hence, a tiny home can serve as a great vacation property, if it’s located in a place you like to visit.
Additionally, tiny home builders can rent out their accessory dwelling units to earn extra income. Said Walker, buying a tiny home to rent out is “a good investment and a legal route” to joining the tiny house movement.
If you’re building a tiny home on wheels rather than a permanent foundation, consider participating in what the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development calls “temporary urbanism” by planting your tiny house on urban property that’s otherwise not useful.
Austin, who once lived on property held by another tiny house owner, now resides on city-owned land in Washington, D.C. The site of an abandoned middle school, the land is too costly to fix up or tear down. Instead, the city leases the front plaza of the property to a neighborhood farming guild, which in turn subleases a small plot to Austin.
“The idea is to move the house there for a few years, and then when they’re ready to start developing [the property], you find another place to move,” Austin said.
If you’re looking to build your tiny home without having to jump through a lot of zoning hoops, choosing an area that already has other tiny homes is a sure bet. Numerous tiny home communities exist across the country and, according to Walker, might be good options for those who feel uncertain about sharing land or moving their homes frequently.
“A lot of people who come to the tiny house movement are specifically looking for that community experience,” said LaVoie, “so going to an actual community is perfect.”
In many parts of the country, zoning laws prevent tiny homes built on foundations and those not considered accessory dwelling units. However, the list of places that allow tiny homes is expanding.
Some of the cities that permit tiny houses are Walsenburg, Colo.; Canyon County, Idaho; Ashland, Ore.; and Richmond, Maine. Additionally, Pulaski County, Ky., has no zoning laws, a fact that makes it a great choice for tiny home dwellers.
Walker offers an incomplete but expansive list of tiny home-friendly locations on her site, Tiny House Community.
If strict zoning laws have you feeling left out of the small house movement, you might want to opt for a house that’s slightly larger than tiny. Walker suggests looking for homes that are smaller than traditional houses but not quite as minute as those found in tiny home communities.
Very old homes in New England, for example, often measure in below present-day zoning minimums. However, according to Walker, “you can be grandfathered in with that footprint.”
If you dislike your town, city or county’s zoning laws, you might be able to petition to have them changed.
North Carolina-based LaVoie is a member of the Asheville Small Home Advocacy Committee, a volunteer group that’s working with the city council and planners to make tiny houses more viable within the city.
“It won’t be an overnight process, but it’s something people have done and people are doing in cities all over the country,” LaVoie said.
The Ravenlore exited the building as firefighters and trucks showed up to fight a fire in the dust collection system and main collection point of the woodworking shop we share the space with. They had 6 trucks and a hook and ladder there while the firefighters fought the blaze.
I recently saw an ad for a tiny house that said they build tiny houses for temperatures from 47 degrees to 147 degrees and the picture showed a cabin in snow storm. Snow at 47 degrees? Maybe they meant -47?
Our cabins and tiny houses are built for many different climate for instance; the desert southwest to the frozen tundras. Each one has a different level that needs to be met for that climate. The multiple climate zones for building are;
Marine - A marine climate meets is defined as a region where all of the following occur:
Mixed Dry – A warm-dry and mixed-dry climate is defined as a region that receives less than 20 inches of annual precipitation with approximately 4,500 cooling degree days (50°F basis) or greater and less than approximately 6,300 cooling degree days (50°F basis) and less than approximately 5,400 heating degree days (65°F basis) and where the average monthly outdoor temperature drops below 45°F during the winter months.
Hot Dry – A hot-dry climate is defined as region that receives less than 20 inches of annual precipitation with approximately 6,300 cooling degree days (50°F basis)or greater and where the monthly average outdoor temperature remains above 45°F throughout the year.
Hot Humid – A hot-humid climate is defined as a region that receives more than 20 inches of annual precipitation with approximately 6,300 cooling degree days (50°F basis) or greater and where the monthly average outdoor temperature remains above 45°F throughout the year. This definition characterizes a region that is similar to the ASHRAE definition of hot-humid climates where one or both of the following occur:
Florida, Southern Texas, South Mississippi, South Alabama, South Georgia are some states that fit this zone.
Mixed Humid – A mixed-humid and warm-humid climate is defined as a region that receives more than 20 inches of annual precipitation with approximately 4,500 cooling degree days (50°F basis) or greater and less than approximately 6,300 cooling degree days (50°F basis) and less than approximately 5,400 heating degree days (65°F basis) and where the average monthly outdoor temperature drops below 45°F during the winter months.
Tennessee and Kentucky region and neighbor states fit this zone.
Cold Climate Zone – A cold climate is defined as a region with approximately 5,400 heating degree days (65°F basis) or greater and less than approximately 9,000 heating degree days (65°F basis).
From the New England states through the Midwest through the Rockies are in this zone, including the southern half of Minnesota.
Very Cold – A very cold climate is defined as a region with approximately 9,000 heating degree days or greater (65°F basis) or greater and less than 12,600 heating degree days (65°F basis).
Northern Minnesota, northern North Dakota, and the southern half of Canada are in this zone.
Sub Arctic Zone – A subarctic and arctic climate is defined as a region with approximately 12,600 heating degree days (65°F basis) or greater.
Each of these different zones requires different criteria in building envelopes as well as higher R Value assemblies. Insulation plays a critical value in tiny homes. We have heard from some people that I am already reducing my carbon foot print or energy consumption substantially, it does not matter.
Does it? Fifty years ago, building a home with no insulation did not seem to matter, and yet 50 years later it really does. What will energy prices do in the future is anyone’s guess, and yet leading indicators would suggest using the technology now to create a personal environment and home that will meet your needs now and then. Housing is becoming high tech and why skimp on something that can enhance your living experience in the future.
Anyhow, how about some winter cabins eye candy. We build our tiny house for our very cold zone as well as everyone else’s climate zone.
Despite existing for quite some time now, some Americans see tiny homes as a somewhat foreign concept. However, to residents of the many tiny home villages sprouting across the country, community life is the key to getting back on their feet and enjoying a life they never thought possible.
Over the past four decades, the size of the average American home has grown more than 1,000 square feet. This means each homeowner has roughly twice the living space of the average in the 1970s. The tiny house movement is rapidly attracting wishful homeowners frozen out of a market where an average home is about 2,600 square feet and costs nearly $300,000. On top of the rising costs of homes and a lot of potentially unused space, there are plenty of unexpected costs that come with ownership as well (especially as the home gets bigger).
However, the development of tiny house communities has already proven to be about more than saving money and reducing carbon footprints. Communities of these easy-transportable small structures, typically 100 to 400 square feet, are providing life changes for the homeless, single parents, seniors, and those just down on their luck.
Residents of The Motor City who earn a minimum wage can own a home and become members of the tiny home movement. Thanks to a rent-to-own program created by Cass Community Social Services, those with a yearly income of just $10,000 might be able to purchase a newly built home.
Community life centers on residents getting on their feet. They must take classes in home maintenance and financial literacy. The Cass headquarters sits nearby and offers educational, mental health, and nutrition programs. Built on two vacant lots on Detroit’s northwest side, the community has brought hope and excitement to a blighted neighborhood.
A number of tiny house communities around the country have been formed to solve the problems of the homeless. For residents of Quixote Village in Olympia, WA, community living means safety and a path to both stability and an improved quality of life.
Funded by a grant and private contributions, Quixote Village provides tiny homes to locals who are experiencing homelessness. Although the simple 144-square-foot houses fulfill shelter needs, living in the community adds the peer support and mentoring residents need to get back on their feet.
Staff and residents work elbow-to-elbow. Residents have proven tough survivors successful in getting jobs and an education. They work with full community support in overcoming any physical or mental health issues. Living in a community where each resident has a lawn and an individual porch creates a pride of ownership that fosters hope for the future.
The victim of child neglect, 51-year-old Penny left home for good at age 10. While living on the streets in Austin, TX, she heard about Community First! Village from food truck volunteers. She now has a permanent home in the 27-acre tiny home community.
Community First! is more than buildings. Walking trails and a community garden encourage peace of mind. Residents have places for worship, fellowship, and study and a medical facility. Micro-business opportunities enable them to earn an income while they heal.
Though it began as a way to save on housing costs and simplify life, the tiny house movement has evolved into much more. Across the country, tiny home communities with the specific goal of helping the homeless and others needing a fresh start are forming. They provide far more than safe shelter. For so many, they offer crucial first steps on the path to a better life.
Kris Lindahl REALTOR® CRS CLHMS
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Blaine, MN 55449
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