Missive 29: Defiance Road House

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.

We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

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Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to a TrailMagick89 missive, We write these missives to bring awareness for those that live on the streets, under bridges, in abandoned buildings. In most countries it is called “Living Rough”. We cover the subject of life as part of the homeless community; where in some places they are called everything from the derogatory “bum” to the more accepted name of “community people”. We have lived on the streets of the big city and small towns alike. We have encountered people from all walks of life. We have backpacked long distances and followed the trail just to see where it would take us with no destination in mind. After ten years of living on the streets we have found that stories of life of a vagabond and a tramp (modern day nomads) have lessons to share. Our preferred mode of transportation is on our Terratrike Rover Tandem that we have named Max. We talk About Us; from living on the streets around the Eastern part of America to living in yet another small town. We talk about the Bible; the beliefs of the community people. We talk about Community; regardless of where we have lived we have encountered many people that are all part of community life. We talk about Food; just because we have lived under a tarp it didn’t mean we ate terrible food. We talk about Gear (backpacking, cycling, & camping); the equipment we use usually isn’t high cost though it is of a decent quality. We talk about Health; we share the stories of not only of our health but how you can help other community people. We talk about Other topics when it comes to everyday life. We talk about about PVC projects; PVC is such a great medium for projects that can help around the home or campsite. And we talk about our dream of opening a Tiny Home community. We like to share our life with others in hopes that our adventures and misadventures bring a smile and a laugh to you, our readers. We thank you, that you, have taken time out of your day to share yourself with us. We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the "Like" button and "Subscribe" to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress. Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

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