One Man, One Hammer, A 64 Square Foot Solar Home
You'll want to see this "One Man, One Hammer, A 64 Square Foot Solar Home" and how it was built. It's always interesting to hear tiny house stories, each one unique in the details of how the tiny house came to be.
This 64 square foot solar home is lived in by Jeff for about 100 days out of the year, along with his wife and dog, while building their larger 1,400 square foot home. Their property which the couple bought in 2003, is in the western mountains of North Carolina. It was Jeff's idea to camp out while building their larger house but soon discovered that their new property was in a temperate rain forest, which mean regular rain not so good for camping. This tiny house was built out of the need to stay dry and warm. The tiny house was at his shop two hours away and brought up in pieces. The tiny house is built from a lot of reclaimed building materials which helped to keep the cost low, costing about $1,500. Jeff estimates that with labor costs a house like this could be professionally built for less that $9,500.
The tiny house incorporates passive solar design helping to keep the interior about 20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside even when there is snow on the ground. The tiny house measures 8 by 8 feet, and has a marine toilet and queen bed. There is no running water or permanent connection to the power grid. The house does have a nice little outdoor kitchen on one side with a Corian countertop and handy water spigot. The tiny house will one day be used as a garden shed but for now it’s a comfy place to rest on work weekends. One weekend Jeff arrived to find a note on the door from the county saying he had built the shed in a floodplain. A former building inspector himself Jeff figured that the tiny house wouldn’t attract attention because it didn’t fall into the definition of a habitable room, which in this region is 70 square feet. He was somewhat right, but the location of the house in the flood plain is what brought concern. Luckily there was no bed or TV in the room either when the inspector visited. This seems like a good lesson to learn, the more a tiny house looks like a garden shed the less attention it attracts.
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