Aviva S

Tiny house" (but "elegant") with some innovations

Victoria, British Columbia
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Design inspiration: Japanese retreat.

Pictures of the inspiration, plans, and examples of the materials can be found here:

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I want the space to be clean, light, almost empty. So I want to try two innovations:

1. Think about that pre-school puzzle where the square peg fits in the square slot, the star fits into the star slot, and so on. We could build a second ceiling about 2 feet underneath the first with "slots": two 4' x 6' slots for two beds and two 7' x 2' slots for kitchen cupboards. The beds and storage will not sit on the floor or be permanently fixed to the wall. Rather, they will hang from the ceiling. When not in use, they could be pushed up into their slots. If their undersides are the same material as the ceiling (just plywood), they will genuinely disappear and the ceiling will be completely flat and uniform.

2. The walls of the toilet and shower would be standard (permanent, fixed) up to counter-height (three feet). They would then have a "telescoping" three-foot section immediately inside that could be raised up to give a full wrap-around to the occupant.  The toilet and shower are still full-sized, solid, water-proof and as well-decorated as any. Standard plumbing here. No hacks necessary. Again, the effect is that nothing interrupts the space. 

The ceilings of the toilet and shower will be made of the same material as the kitchen counters. So when the walls are collapsed, the the ceilings just become more counter space. The doors would be made of the same material (plywood) and in the same style (plain) as the kitchen cabinets. So, they, too, kind of “disappear” when not in use.

The house will be glass all the way around.
Then:
We give the house a 360-degree exterior skin. No innovation here. The house will have a wrap-around deck with a wrap-around roof/awning. The deck will fold up, the awning will fold down. The two meet and make a kind of cocoon for the house.

So the house could be completely closed and locked on the road or during any period when it has to be abandoned. The wrap has the additional benefit of allowing "real-time" adjustments to maximize/minimize solar gain/heat loss. (It should be possible, I think, to put insulation between the deck and awning tops and their undersides).  

Size/materials/cost:

24'

Materials –

Interior:
Floor:
Midnight sky hard maple 3.25 semi-glass, character grade (US $3.59 sq. ft) (Buildirect Jasper)

Ceiling and walls: Plywood:
Alder, ash, or aspen (depending on availability, quality and cost)

Exterior:
Deck floor: same as interior floor
Underside: steel sheets
Deck roof: same as house roof (black metal)
Underside: steel sheets
Siding: Plywood
Species:
Yew or Black walnut (depending on availability, quality and cost) (default to maple)

Windows:
Ideally: Aluminum-clad (black) wood with modern (minimal) frames. Low-E4 double pane.
Operable. Casement - opening at least 90 degrees outward (push)). (Sliders 2nd choice)
6' (H) x almost 3' (W) (18 panels). Matching door.
Alternative window dimentions: 6' x almost 6' (if this is structurally possible)

I want to install very few appliances. All small, under-the-counter: 4.4 cu ft fridge, 2.0 combination washer-dryer, 2-burner stove, on-demand hot water. Composting toilet. So plumbing is just one sink and the shower. Electricity: 8 socket sets and 4 overhead lights.

I want to set it up for off-grid, though. So it will need rain-water recovery.

I'm looking to complete the project in the next 2-3 months if possible.


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