Wrapping up Tiny 2

So much has happened since the last post about siding and spray foam.  I’ve been pretty busy, but Tiny 2 is finally complete.  A quick breakdown of what’s taken place:

Interior tongue and groove
Similar to Tiny 1, I used tongue and groove pine on the ceilings and walls, but for the finish, the clients wanted a white-washed look, which turned out great.

Front door
Another custom-built door, this one is a “dutch door” style, which is split in half, so the top half can be opened independently.  The bright red colour really sets off the siding.

Kitchen cabinets and countertop
In such a small space, cabinets and countertop are always a huge part of the interior finishing look. The solid wood cabinets are complemented beautifully by 2 inch-thick butcher block countertops that are made locally with larch wood from the Margaree Valley (Larch Wood Enterprises).

The clients picked some distinctive concrete tiles for backsplash that fit nicely with the white washed walls and the countertop. I installed these with a one-piece backer board to ensure the grout wouldn’t crack during travel.

Larchwood flooring
Like the countertop, the flooring is from local Larch Wood Enterprises. Its rich grain and light colour look great.

Interior woodwork
Once the flooring was done, I finished some of the interior woodwork. The stairs are always tricky because they need to be easy to climb, functional as efficient storage, and the are central to the interior look of the Tiny house.

The ladder and the couch were similar to my first Tiny. The ladder rolls neatly behind the entrance coat rack, and the couch has four large storage units housed beneath it that can be used as chairs. (In the photos, the upholstery had not yet been added, but once it was in, it really added warmth to the room.)

The table was pretty much the last thing I did, knowing that I would have to build it to fit within the small space between the couch and the counter. After considering many design options, I settled on a simple double-leaf table made entirely out of maple.

The clients went all out on the bathroom – they wanted more than just function. I installed a tile floor with infloor heat, a full tile shower with frameless glass doors, full washer/dryer, and marble counter-top vanity. To ensure longevity and a trouble-free future for the shower, I used a Kerdi shower system – it provides a 100% waterproof layer before the tile goes on.

I used the same propane stove as my first Tiny home because I loved it so much. It looks nice in the small space, is easy to use, and has a great thermostat-remote control unit.

The kitchen stove is beautiful unit made by Five Star. It’s also propane, and has four burners and full oven.

The washer/dryer is a ventless LG unit which washes and dries in a single machine.

For this Tiny, instead of using propane, we opted for an electric on-demand water heater. Electric was only an option because this Tiny will be fully connected to a 100 amp power supply.

To ensure a constant supply of fresh air, I used an HRV unit from Lunos, which is extremely compact and quiet.

Finishing touches
As always, the finishing touches take more time than expected. Every inch of a Tiny home is important and custom built, from the upholstery to the railings to the storage units.

This Tiny had a 500 km drive to its home. January being what it is in Nova Scotia, we had to choose the delivery date between snow storms. Even weighing in at 15,000 lbs, the Tiny pulled smoothly and easily behind a pickup truck.

The site had been set up by the clients with a nice concrete pad, which made it easy to block up and skirt.  It looked great on the property overlooking the water.

If you’d like more information on this particular build, send me an email: howlingdogconstruction@gmail.com

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