Missive 29: 12 March 2019, Tuesday
Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,
We have decided to finally undertake designing our tiny house; “Defiance Road House”. We have been dreaming about a tiny house for seven years and in that time we have realized that having a tiny house on wheels would allow us to do quite a lot including knocking items off of our bucket list. Even with living in a one bedroom apartment it is still too big at 800 square feet. Even though we are building the Defiance as a do-it-yourself project we are still following the NOAH (National Organization for Alternative Housing) codes.
We have already determined that a one story structure would be better than a two with the two of us having arthritis and my PNES and Epilepsy. Neither Sweets or I are very tall so designing something shorter also makes sense. Also the fact that a smaller structure is easier to clean and keep organized.
So there are a few basic thoughts that go into the basic design of a (THOW) tiny house on wheels and the three basic dimensions length, width, and height are the first step that we are looking at. With this being a THOW we need to take into account the Department of Transportation requirements; the maximum length is forty-five feet, the maximum width is eight feet – four inches, and the maximum height is thirteen feet six inches. With those requirements we also have to look at the fact that NOAH has a minimum of seventy square feet and a maximum of four hundred square feet. As well as primary and secondary exits in case of an emergency.
There is also required insulation thicknesses so out of the maximum exterior length, width, and height we also need to take into account the floor thickness with insulation. A seven feet by ten feet trailer will work however we have to look at that the seventy square feet of the trailer meets the minimum square footage requirement without anything built on it. Also the weight of the trailer is important as we can run into fees and fines if it is too heavy.
We have been calling it, our tiny house, Defiance Road House and by the time the construction is complete it may change names once or twice. The word defiance means resistance to authority. We will not defy USDOT or NOAH though we will buck the traditional designs of a tiny house by removing a few traditional features and adding a few of our own.
Like many tiny homes we will have a porch, though the porch we are adding, will be six feet deep and about seven feet wide. We will be using the extra sixteen inches of the width for overhangs and gutters. The gutters are important as we will be using them to collect rain water for the flower boxes and possible container gardens. If we set up in a place without water hook-up we can use the rain water for the sink and shower.
We have a few roof ideas that we are looking at. The first is a simple Quonset hut with a three feet knee wall allowing the gutters to catch quite a lot of water. The second is a Monitor roof allowing us extra window light and four gutter troughs. The third is fishing shanty style making it more aerodynamic going down the road. The forth is the off-set style which gives us extra window locations as well as extra space for the porch. The fifth is a garden shed but not only the roof but the lay-out as well, giving plenty windows all on one side for window boxes all on one wall. The sixth is a Gypsy Vardo which will basically be an arched roof.
Regardless of which roof style we go with we are going to be using metal as we both love the sound of rain on a metal roof. However, the roof style effects the lay out of the floor plan. And with that we will think about it until our next post.
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