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Tiny House Construction Update: Separating the Bathroom from the Kitchen.

Nothing has made the house feel like an actual house more than the addition of our first real “room.”

Many of you may already know that we’re not building this house with any plans. Christopher chose to figure it out as he went along—partly because he felt that designing the house himself was part of his dream to truly create a home of his own. If you know Christopher personally, you’ll agree that the whole “figure it out as we go along” mentality is sort of that way that he lives his life. The house has been conquered by taking each step as it comes, and learning as he goes.

And so, we invite you to stand back and watch the genesis of our bathroom/kitchen wall/closet/built-in bookcase, step by step. In this slideshow, you’ll see the evolution of the bathroom, followed by the narrow closet that opens onto the kitchen, and finally, the built-in bookshelf made out of  our leftover barnwood.



9 Responses

  1. I love it. Y’all are doing amazing. Keep up the great work and keep building that dream!

    February 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  2. I absolutely love the look of the barn wood! And I totally agree with the feel you get when a room starts to come together!!! After each step of the process you can look back and say to yourself… I did that! It’s truly a great feeling. Just like my buddy said it… Keep up with the great work!

    February 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

  3. Thanks Malissa and Drew! We know that you both understand the amount of labor and work and sometimes frustration, and also that feeling of satisfaction and triumph when a new phase is done, so your encouragement means a lot!

    February 21, 2012 at 12:06 am

  4. Christopher

    G’day Chriso!

    Mate, love your work.

    I live in Australia, on the Gold Coast and we are just about to order our trailer for our Tiny adventure.

    It’s awesome how many similarities we share, my fiance reckons we have a similar ‘She’ll be right’ attitude also I am 33 which is close to your age and I love going hiking and the bush. Plus my name is Christopher, which I’m sure you will agree is just about the best name a man can have 😉

    Keep it mate,

    All the best, Chriso and Natalie.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:33 am

  5. Great idea for that slideshow you two, it was almost like being there with you during the real “room” construction. Keep up the great work!

    March 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

  6. Fritz

    Great job on the “room” and shelf! You’re in the homestretch – keep up the good work!

    March 15, 2012 at 1:50 am

  7. We have three little (I mean little), girls, my husband and I, and our dog. I wonder what kind of home we could make work for us. I just started reading Hot, Flat, and Crowded, and I’m so happy to see other people think we don’t need bigger, more, giant things and homes. I hope you guys have kids down the road just to help the next generation see it work and value it. We’ll have to see what we end up doing when we move from New Hampshire in a little over a year.

    April 4, 2012 at 12:53 am

  8. Rebekah


    May 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

  9. Hi, I hope Christopher have used decent quality wood, because without any plans there can be some construction issues – I’ve done small wooden house myself, and this’s really important factor. Best Regards. Marc

    May 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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