Beginning a journey to live more simply…

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011:

Began forming the structures that we’ve been envisioning for the sleeping loft area. Framed with 2X2’s to continue to be mindful of overall weight. Used 1X8 pine for shelves.

Most of the tiny houses we observed when originally researching this project had sleeping lofts with just enough length for a mattress. We wanted to enjoy some of the closet space we saw available in the smaller tiny houses that had just a sleeping loft and no cathedral ceiling over the ‘Great Room’. Interested in the best of both worlds, we built our sleeping loft a bit longer than the Tumbleweed plans called for. While this cut into the ‘Great Room’, the investment was worth it to have a more complete sleeping area.

We are also borrowing a great idea that we saw on another Tumbleweed Tiny House builder’s blog: small ‘foot lockers’ that run the length of the loft. We will be placing a Full size mattress in the loft, and liked the idea of building structures that will allow us to utilize the 13 to 14 inches of space left on either side of the mattress in an organized and intentional manner. These storage areas will be 77″ long on each side of the bed, 12″ deep, and 8″ high.


Comments on: "Sleeping Loft Taking Shape." (15)

  1. I love your house my husband is a general contractor in TN and builds houses and I can tell yours has had great skill done in building it , it is top Quality and wish my husband would downsize to this for me I could live this way easily ! Great job and look forward to many more pics! LO Dover TN

    • Thanks for your kind words of encouragement Linda! Perhaps you can simply begin your own construction. Your husband may become interested in the project and jump right in with you! Gabby was certainly the driving force behind our project. She was eventually able to get me past my stubbornness and get me on board. -We’ve been having a BLAST building this thing together since!

      Best regards,
      Evan & Gabby

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  3. Could you share which plan you purchased and share your actual final floor plan, you have really created a “roomy” small house. Excellent use of space and storage areas. I have 2 large dogs that will be my room mates so this is essential for me. Thank you Noel

    • Hi Noel,

      We purchased the Tarleton plans from Tumbleweed. In regards to our changes to the floor plan- the major shift was turning the bathroom orientation 90 degrees to run from side to side of the house at the very back. Otherwise, the dimensions of the bathroom were kept the same as in the plans. This allowed us to then have kitchen space on both sides of the tiny house. While the kitchen is now shorter than the plans called for, we like how it spreads out the space and makes for a more ‘roomier’ kitchen feel.

      Thanks for your question, and good luck with your room mates!

      Evan & Gabby

  4. Arthur Decker said:

    Great ideas, and goodt hought process behind them. Keep them comming. Thanks Art

  5. danielle said:

    hi. I live in Santa Fe. Could I possibly come by and take a look at the tiny house? ALso, what do you do with plumbing and heating/cooling and running water and such? Thanks. Your project looks amazing.

    • Hello Danielle,

      We can email you to discuss a possible visit. Though, its a bit of a drive from Santa Fe if you’re referring to NM!

      We are running 1/2″ copper piping for water in the tiny house. This plumbing system will be supplied by an outside hook up for a city water source via an RV hose or can be supplied from our back-up potable water holding tank and RV pump. We’ll be heating with the Dickinson Marine propane boat heater that the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company suggested, and cooling is completely up in the air at this time. We’ll be exploring some window mounted A/C units, as well as possible small stand-alone A/C units. Also looking into installing some sort of small exhaust fan system. That’s a part of the puzzle that’s a work in progress!

      Thanks for your questions,
      Evan & Gabby

  6. Hey Gabby & Evan a big Hi!! from new Zealand. I just want to say I have devoured and enjoyed immensely every morsel of your great adventure. Your photo journal and blog are a tremendous resource as I draw up layout and building plans to embark on my own tiny abode journey of discovery.

    Whilst it will be a good 12 months before I start my tiny home construction I have decided to use that time to gather tools and resources whilst pre-building my own doors, windows and a few custom pieces of multi-functional furniture that will extend the use of the space they consume.

    Thank you for allowing me to share your wonderful adventure and like and excited child eagerly waiting for Christmas morning I look forward following your move to tiny living.

    • Thanks Terry! We’re so very excited for you to begin your adventure! We both really admire the fact that you will be able to build many of your own components. That is an area we did not have the necessary skill or expertise. Not only will you save a bundle of money, but that is a HUGE step towards making your tiny home even more YOURS. Very good!

      We’ll be rooting you on from a distance…

      Evan & Gabby

  7. Stumbled upon a tumbleweedhouses video and have become obsessed with them lately. This looks like an 89sq foot one but I will have to read more of your blog later to find out. I was wondering if you could state why you choose one of the plans vs the other? I was looking at the 18′ tailors as they would give enough space for someone to easily work in them (computer work).
    However my real question was, how much longer did you make the loft area? As those top shelving appear a lot longer then the lockers on the bottom.
    Hope to get a response.

    • Hi Craig, thanks for your questions.

      We decided to build the Tumbleweed Tarleton which calls for using an 18′ trailer. We opted to purchase a 20′ trailer, as we wanted to extend the porch a bit. Which, brings up your second question- we had originally planned on building the Fencl, as we both really liked the looks of that design. We even had the plans in hand for it, but at the very last minute we decided to jump ship and pursue the Tarleton- for the Porch. Gabby and I both really value porch time. Sitting on a porch enjoying a hot cup of coffee in the morning, or a cold beverage in the evening… It’s pretty important to us.

      Regarding the loft, we extended it out past the original plans by a good foot and a half if I remember correctly. Would have to run out to the tiny house to measure it and give you more exact dimensions. We did this to be able to put up some loft storage at the foot of the bed. The shelves extend out from the wall a little over 2′. The footlockers extend only 12″. The opening that is then formed is just big enough to place our Full Size mattress with just a tad bit of wiggle room.

      Thanks for your interest,
      Evan & Gabby

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