Hello again fellow tiny housers! Spring is almost over and things have been busy here. I have mentioned the other tinyhouse here a few times and I thought I would take a moment to share it. There are also a few other things of interest out here. The house, lovingly called “The Hobo House”, is about 500 square feet. My friend Bill Kahler has been building the house in his spare time over the last few years. It’s not quite complete but it’s a great part time retreat from downtown Charleston.It’s a two story deal and its made from about 40% reclaimed materials. Bill is an inventor and machinist, so theres lots of custom bits and thoughtful details everywhere.Our friend Wolfgang built this sweet cobb oven a while back that provides a great gathering point and makes wonderful bread.As always , there are some projects that need attention. Although it might be a bit late for this green house.One of the projects that has gotten a bit of my attention this spring has been a new outdoor shower. Its a great quality of life upgrade on hot days after working on the other tiny house.Its made with reclaimed cedar from a house in downtown Charleston. Thanks again to the Sustainable Warehouse.The downstairs of the house still has a bit to go. The main kitchen and another bathroom are both down here. We have all the parts and pieces, just have to get around to getting it in.Here you can see the unfinished half bathroom and shower.The shower is in and is lovely.Dual shower heads are a must.The metal stair frame was reclaimed from a warehouse slated for demolition. The space under the stairs houses the laundry facilities.Upstairs is mostly finished. Here is the loft and the bathroom. Its a bit hard to get good pictures in such a small space.
The loft upstairs turned out a bit small and is being used for storage until we can find a very low profile mattress.
And a nice low flow Japanse toilet.
The living area has great light and peaceful views. Right now the Hobo house serves as a quiet retreat from the pace of downtown Charleston on the weekends and as a resting place on the evenings I work on The Golden elephant.
A few other happenings around the island.
I’ve fallen behind in doing the insulation in the tiny house and some feathered friends have moved in and started a family. Good thing theres still lots of work to be done before I’m ready for insulation, couldn’t imagine kicking these little guys out.
On a more productive note, the power system is all patched in and only needs a bit more work before it gets turned on.
Bill and I have been working out how we are going to store the propane and batteries for the house . Here we have the whole thing mocked up in Solidworks. We are also considering mounting the air conditioner and instant hot water heater outside in this custom tongue box. More info as it arrises.
Well, I know this was an atypical post, but I’m enjoying my time in the Hobo house so much I just have to share it. I hope that it helps those of you who are looking to build your own reasonable place. I should be following up in the next while with the second half of the “Power!” post. I am going to go over switches and outlets and hopefully I’ll be turning some lights on soon.
Till then; Be well