What we would have had built differently

With the caveat that home design is a very personal and unique process, and that sometimes limited income forces some decisions, I’ll explain some of the things that we would change or have had built differently if we could.

  • Obviously, we would have had the closet built differently. As we have described before, the closet was a disaster upon delivery. Unable to access the full space, Tomas used his handyman skills to saw the sucker apart and make it more usable.
  • One of the ‘lessons learned’ through this process included the location of the entry doors. Standard doors on typical RVs are on the passenger side, ours were built on the driver’s side. Unaware of this when we started this process, it would have been great to have that knowledge for simplicity purposes if by last resort we end up living at an RV park someday. Having the doors on the passenger side or on an end (or both) would be preferred.
  • After using the kitchen for a few months, I’d consider swapping out the stove for a stainless steel 3-burner top and use a toaster oven instead for baking. This might eliminate the GIANT microwave factor that I’m not so keen on.
  •  I’ll eventually swap out the fridge for stainless steel. I wanted light colors to make the small spaces seem less so.
  • We would prefer not to have the 20ft distance from our gas tanks to our water heater and stove. It seems to complicate the gas system by adding the longer gas line under the house. This was arranged as such because of the type of trailer we have with the heavier of the house needing to be over the double axles in the back.
  • We would have designed our kitchen differently if we had known the water heater would have to be outside. Originally the corner of the “L” shape was to hold the water heater. It wasn’t until very late in the build process that this was a known factor, so we have a blank space in this corner. Not ideal in tiny spaces.
  • Standard-size cabinets were installed in our tiny home and they take up a lot of space. It would be great if they could have been smaller/custom built. This also resulted in a large/wide countertop. I love the stainless steel countertop, but would prefer the entire set-up to be narrower.
  • While the reading nook bench continues to be a popular hang-out in the tiny house, I would love to see a design that folds out to be a wider “daybed” configuration.
  • We ran out of budget for the indoor lap pool, the third story loft, and the velociraptor stable. Seriously though, with unlimited income we would have had a metal roof, and local Oregon sheep wool for insulation (no kidding) instead of pink fiberglass, and Tomas would have a stainless steel bathtub/wall with glorious cedar trim all around.

A few of these preferences we have learned from living in the house.  And again, some of the things we would change others wouldn’t. And still others may change different things. Perception and personal preference (the 3 Ps?) are a huge part of home design.

It’s also been important for us to realize no home is perfect and there will always be some project or other that is in need. Something can always be modified or improved, a desire that seems to be innate human nature. At this point, we’re thankful we have a warm, dry space to call our own in a town we love and we’re excited to do what we can to make the space more our own.

A quick note on the things we’re glad we had built: the raised gables that give us a higher ceiling (this equals more headroom in the loft), the added loft storage, the shelves above the nook, the less steep ladder, the drop-kick drawers, and the reading nook/bench. Also, we’ve learned we feel comfortable living in the 8X20 space and are glad we didn’t go with anything smaller or larger…in fact, it seems really spacious to me.

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