Missive 31: 19 March 2019, Tuesday
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We have been looking at the roof line to determine what we want for our tiny house and taking to something I had a fascination with growing up we are going to do a few drawings and see which one we liked. If you have ever been to Durand Michigan you will realize that there are miles and miles of railroad tracks, surrounded by farms, woodlands and a creek to the South. Inside the Durand zip code there is the Shiawassee River and a variety of ponds and lakes most of which are on private property, and yet I had a fascination with lighthouses, I also had a fondness for anything made from wood especially natural edged products, and thanks to both of my grandfathers the railroad.
So we are going to look at three different roof lines to see if they will fit what we want in a home. In last weeks missive I was pondering traditional roof styles and we are still looking at them, this week is just a little bit of dreaming. So the first we will be looking at is a Lighthouse with a House attached, we had discussed doing the design based on Steam Locomotive that sits as a memorial in Durand next to the water tower, and the third is a bit more unique, I was thinking how unique would it be to live in a log. Not a Log Cabin but a log.
Since we are building a (THOW) Tiny House on Wheels, I thought it would look unique to build a tiny house that looks like a giant log laying on a trailer. So naturally I am looking at different trees that grow to eight feet diameter. Sweets wants a round door and we would both like quite a few windows, possibly round and over each window we either want to have an adjustable awning that we can close or working shutters. We both like the idea of our second entrance to be an arched top Dutch door. And as far as I am concerned the windows can be round as well.
I believe we could actually use natural rough cut natural edge batons to give the outside of the log a bark like look. The round door I want to be a rolling pocket door not hinged, in my opinion a door that swings takes up lots of room whether it swings inwards into the space that it belongs to or out into the elements. So with a rolling pocket door we figure we can get a unique feature that matches the home.
With the design of using the steam locomotive as the layout we are looking at we have a few features that will lend to the aesthetics of our home. The rear of the locomotive will give us plenty of natural light as there are windows on four sides of the space and the front on the locomotive will give up some places to be creative to allow us to incorporate windows that you would not naturally see on the boiler of a locomotive. One idea was to put a door under the light at the front so we would have a porch light that looks like it belongs there.
As for the Lighthouse with a House attached we figured we will be able to incorporate a little height to the home and give ourselves a place to put up a screened in porch with a roof on it that we could remove we we take the tiny house down the road. The thought for the walls of the light house could easily be corrugated steel with cedar shakes for the walls of the attached house. We also thought that a metal roof would also look good for the top of the lighthouse and the attached house. We like the idea of having a first floor bedroom and above that we could have a screened in porch much like to top of a lighthouse. For the attached house we were thing an arched roof.
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