13 Steps To Your Dream Tiny House Kitchen

13 Steps To Your Dream Tiny House Kitchen

Designing a functional and enjoyable kitchen in a tiny house is challenging because of space constraints, however, the process can also be a lot of fun. If you do your job well, in the end you will have a beautiful custom kitchen designed to fit your specific needs and cooking habits.  During the design process, do your best to think outside the box and get 100% honest with what your needs actually are. Bear in mind that all of us have been conditioned to believe that we need things that in fact we don’t. So going through this process will require a willingness to reassess your relationship with material goods. Below you will find 13 steps to your dream tiny house kitchen.

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The hOMe kitchen

Our experience with tiny house kitchens is based on living full time in a pop up tent trailer in Baja for nearly 5 months as well as full time now in hOMe, our 207 SF (+110SF in lofts) modern tiny house on wheels. We are a family of 4 and have two teenage children. Our oldest lives in Colorado during the school year and is home with us for 4 months out of the year. Our youngest lives with us full time and is homeschooled. I give you these references so that you can compare what your potential needs may be to ours.

Below I have outlined a series of questions for you to answer. The answers will be the guiding principles that will help you reach your goal of a functional and beautiful tiny house kitchen. If possible, answer these questions well before you begin your design process. Also, it is essential that you be honest with yourself when answering these questions. For example, I used to have an image of myself as an entertainer only to realize that it had been several months since I had cooked for a group. Realizing this gave me the permission to create a kitchen that met our immediate needs as a family, rather than for an imaginary group. I recommend that you write down each answer and then keep it as reference for when you begin your design.

QUESTION CHECKLIST:

1. What is your power/cooking source (electric, propane, alternative energy such as solar, generator, and/or natural gas)? Cooking with electricity requires a significant amount of power, so it is thus not an option for anyone considering going off grid. If you have an abundance of grid tied electrical power though, an electric range is certainly an option. Natural gas is an option for those that are tied into a municipalities’ utility system. However, for those of us living outside of city limits, our gas option is liquid propane. If you have the option of going either with solar (wind, etc.) or with grid tied electric, you have the best of both worlds. Do research on the cost and environmental differences between the two to make an informed decision from.

2. How many people will live in your tiny house full time? How much food will you need to store in your house at any time? How often do you plan on going shopping to stock up on supplies? For us in hOMe, we are 3 full time and 4 for about four months out of the year. We need a decent amount of space to store our food both in our refrigerator and in our cupboards. Take a look in your current fridge and cupboards. Are you like most people in that you have bottles of condiments that you never use and various dry food items in your cabinets that are well past their expiration dates? Go through all of your food items and dispose of all expired food items, foods that no one has eaten in the last 2-3 months (this includes condiments, sauces, etc.). Don’t forget your freezer, a common hiding ground for food that will never be eaten. Assess what you are left with and measure how much space those items take up with a measuring tape. This will give you a rough approximation of how much storage you may need in your tiny house.

3. How often do you cook? Do you enjoy creating culinary delicacies? Obviously, the more you enjoy cooking, the more space you will want for the cooking process. Though a lot of space is not a requirement for preparing a fantastic meal, in the long term it’s good to design a kitchen that provides enough space so that the cooking process isn’t cramped. Again, in designing a tiny house kitchen, it’s important to create something that will meet not just your lifestyle in the next year, but the next 5 years +. Some people are content to buy partially prepared meals and simply reheat them. Again, the important part if to be honest about your habits and needs. There’s no right or wrong way. There is just your family’s way and the only people you need to please with your tiny house is you and your immediate family…how great is that?!

4. What are your cooking habits? Are you a clean-as-you-go cook or a throw-it-all-in-the-sink-until-tomorrow cook? To be clear from the get-go, living tiny will in some ways ‘force’ a level of organization. This may come as welcome news if you are not as tidy as you would like to be. That said, if you are adamant about making a mess while you cook (we have a friend who’s a chef that finds his creative genius is stifled if he has to clean as he goes), you will want to have a sink that is large enough to hold a pile of dishes and pots.

5. Make a list of all the items that you deem necessary and essential for your cooking process. This is a super fun exercise and one that should be done early on (before you even begin your actual design process). Spend a week investigating what kitchen items are actually necessary. We are not talking about fun and nifty kitchen gadgets, but items that are actually required to meet your cooking needs. When we did this exercise ourselves years ago, we realized that we didn’t need 5 wooden/cooking spoons, just one favorite one met all of our needs. The cupcake batter squeeze plastic dispenser? Yeah…turns out we didn’t really need that either. The best way to go about this exercise is to set aside what you consider to be the vital utensils. For us, it’s 1 wooden cooking spoon, 1 spatula, 2 high quality knives, a whisk, ladle, 1 large frying pan, 1 small non stick frying pan, 1 large pot, 1 small pot, 2 baking sheets/casserole dishes, garlic press, cheese slicer, and then our eating utensils, plates and glasses. During the week, cook an array of meals that best represent your cooking style. Really pay attention to what cooking utensils you are using and which ones are necessary. Your list may be even smaller than ours (we certainly used less than that when we spent months in our pop up tent trailer in Baja). When we did this very exercise and downsized, we were able to reduce our kitchen inventory by 75%!

6. What is your budget? Even though a kitchen in a tiny house is small, the price tag can be $10,000+ if you go for all high end appliances and finishes.  Conversely, you can outfit your entire tiny house kitchen for $1,000 or less if you use reclaimed appliances, countertops and cabinetry. Many communities offer resell shops (such as Habitat for Humanity), used appliance stores, and nearly every area has a Craiglist option. By putting in some effort in amassing your used kitchen necessities, you can save 75%+ over the cost of new while also lending a hand to the environment by buying used.

7. What kind of food do you primarily cook? Are you a raw foodist? That will require quite a bit of refrigerator space for all your fresh vegetables but very little cabinet space. Do you eat a lot of prepared food and grains? You will need a decent amount of cabinetry storage. Do you eat a balance of both? Finding the answers to these questions will determine what size fridge and how much cabinetry space you will need.

Now that you have amassed the answers to these questions, it’s time to move on to the kitchen options available for you in your tiny house project.

TINY HOUSE KITCHEN OPTIONS

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“U” Kitchen Layout

8. Layout Options: Layout variations in a tiny house are limited when compared to a conventionally sized house however, it is totally possible to create a fantastic kitchen layout that feels natural and efficient. In creating your general layout ideas, think about creating a ‘work triangle’ so that your cooking range, fridge and sink all relate to each other. I have seen tiny house kitchens that are L shaped, galley style (two rows of cabinetry running parallel to each other), a single row, and U shaped. Our kitchen in hOMe is U shaped and it works really well for us. The top things we appreciate about it is it allows more than one of us to cook at a time easily, it establishes a well positioned work triangle, and it’s an efficient use of space in our 8’6” wide trailer. Our kitchen is about 9’6” long and it’s amazing how much space we have in it. So much so in fact that we still have about 25% of space available.

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Ample countertop space

9. Countertops: During our nearly 5 months of living in our pop up tent trailer in Baja, we had just 2’ of kitchen countertop space. Sure, we made do and we were able to create some pretty tasty meals, but in time, preparing food on such a small surface became a chore and we became more tempted to go out to eat to avoid the cramped cooking experience. Counter space was one of the top priorities in our hOMe design as we like to juice and cook together. Having a lot of counter space for food prep is a luxury that we highly appreciate. That said, that much counter space is totally unnecessary for some. In your current kitchen, spend time noticing how much space you use and start to experiment by using different portions of that space. Various material options exist for countertops and which one you select will depend on your budget, environmental priorities, and aesthetics. The one factor you should consider carefully if your house will be mobile is weight. Some options out there are beautiful but very heavy and not a good solution for a tiny house on wheels.

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Full sized oven/range

10. Ranges/ovens: Before deciding what type of cooking appliance you will install in your tiny house, take some time to assess your needs. In hOMe we have a full sized propane range/oven unit with 4 burners and a center griddle. Honestly, we have yet to use the center griddle and the oven seems much too big for our day to day meal preparations. In fact, we wish that the oven were smaller so that we didn’t need to spend so much propane to heat it. Though it feels lavish to have such a large unit and we are prepared to cook any feast, we would have been just as happy (if not happier!) with an apartment sized range/oven. Many people in tiny houses forego the entire oven option altogether and have only a countertop range. Unless you are a serious gourmand, just three burners is enough to meet the needs of the average family. Microwaves with convection ovens are an option if your primary power source is grid tied electric. They take up less space than a conventional oven and may be a good option for some. If you only need a small oven occasionally, you could look into a propane camping oven unit. They are small and portable and great for occasional use (just be sure to not use one inside your tiny house. They may only be used outside). One VITAL point to bring up is venting for your kitchen range. Venting is extremely important in tiny houses and at a minimum you want one over the over range. Preferably also one in the bathroom as well. Any standard venting option is available depending on what your specific design needs are. Choose one though that vents to the outside (not the type that just recirculates the air through a filter.

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18.1 cf Refrigerator

11. Refrigerators: Will you be using an electric or propane fridge? This can be an important decision for an off grid house as the electric load of an energy efficient fridge is high (our 18.1 cu. ft. unit requires 2 hours of direct sunlight per day on our 600 watt panels to power). However, the cost for the Energy Star unit was just $600 rather than about $1,800 for a propane unit. Not to mention that the cost of propane is very high (over $4 per gallon delivered). For us, a family of four, the fridge provides ample space for all of our fresh food and veggies, which make up the bulk of what we eat as we rarely eat grains. The freezer is also plenty big. There are larger and smaller units as well and which one you get will depend on your specific needs. Spend time doing research on this topic and you won’t waste precious space and money on more than you need.

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Our sink in hOMe

12. Sinks: Some tiny houses have minuscule sinks in them. We had a tiny sink in our pop up trailer and it barely fit a plate. It was such a hassle doing dishes that we abandoned it an instead set up an outdoor wash station with plastic bins. In hOMe we have a pretty standard sink with an attached drying rack. We wish that the sink were larger and deeper though (ours is just 6” deep). Often when we do dishes, water splashes out and pools up on the countertop. Many sinks offer a double bowl and we have never taken advantage of whatever benefits they are supposed to have. We are very happy having a single bowl sink. What size sink you use will depend on how often you cook for yourself, how large your cooking pots and pans are, and if you clean as you cook or wait to do it all at the end.

13. Cabinetry: Cabinetry not only serves to store your kitchen items, but also gives your kitchen it’s look and feel. What style you go with will depend on your aesthetics and budget. Fortunately there is a nearly infinite array of options out there ranging from custom to prefab (like Ikea). Some tiny housers use simple shelves as their upper cabinets and open or closed base cabinets. One of the drawbacks of that system is that all of the items on the shelves will accumulate dust and kitchen grease. In hOMe we went with Ikea’s least expensive cabinetry line and we are extremely pleased with the look, durability, and cost.

In summary, designing your dream tiny house kitchen can be a creative and fun process. The end result will be a custom kitchen that suits your exact needs, not someone else’s. The key to a successful design process is honesty. Being 100% clear on what you actually need vs what is unnecessary will go a long way in reducing the amount of space that you need for your own kitchen.

 

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51 Responses to 13 Steps To Your Dream Tiny House Kitchen

  1. David July 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Love the info guys, already bought the dvd 🙂
    One question, If i built a tiny house i would need a downdraft. Im always cooking spicy food and would hate to have that in the house. Did you guys look at the option of adding a downdraft? i imagine it wouldnt be that hard?

    • Gabriella July 23, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Thanks David! Yes, for sure you want a range hood! Ours was custom cut because we opted for a unit that will fit directly inside the above range cabinet and we just got it done. Just make sure you choose a hood that vents outside (doesn’t just recirculate the air through a filter). You want to drive as much moisture as you can out of your tiny house at all time.

      • Bob September 10, 2014 at 5:39 am #

        Love the idea of having this inset into the bottom of the over-range cabinet! I like the idea of concealed function when possible. Never really cared much for the looks of most over-range vent hoods. I don’t mind the vents built into the bottom of an over-range microwave since that’s concealed in another appliance that many people consider essential.

        • joe September 21, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

          bOB i would recomend against a range hood built into a microwave as most building codes say a hood should be about 30 inches above a gas range meaning your micro wave oven is now far to high for anyone not 6 feet tall. lifting a hot dish from above a hot stove is not safe for a short person or someone who is not well.

          • Bob September 23, 2014 at 7:39 am #

            As I said, I don’t mind the vent in the MW since that is where most modern kitchens seem to have it these days in a big house. But I don’t think I would have a MW at all in a tiny house nor likely in a small house, especially one getting power via solar. They are convenient but there are more space and power saving ways to warm up a dinner. I agree it is dangerous to take a hot dish out of a MW over the stove, but in our big house we mostly use it for re-heating left overs.

            Someday my wife will decide enough is enough and want to downsize. That day is still future. She still likes her monster kitchen with all the overstock of kitchen stuff, like separate measuring cups, mixing bowls and spatulas for each ingredient in a long recipe!

  2. Katie July 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Great information and inside tips! All good things to consider before embarking on the tiny lifestyle. Thanks!

  3. Vicky White July 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Thanks for a great article. I really appreciate all these questions – really good to think about all this before I build!

    My question is about your fridge – how do you power it when you don’t get those two hours of direct solar energy? Are you off the grid? I’m going to be in NZ and we have natural gas there. Not sure if it’s as expensive as propane, but would be good to do without it if possible – perhaps that’s the backup??

    • Gabriella July 23, 2014 at 11:19 am #

      Hi Vicky! We have a generator (gas powered) for those cloudy, rainy days. We are off grid though with solar panels. Fridges are very power intensive and it’s what uses the most power in all of hOMe. Not sure if they make natural gas fridges?

    • Jason September 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      They do make LPG fridges that will run off of electricity or propane, they are primarily used in RVs. It utilizes a process known as absorption refrigeration and does not have a compressor, this also make them very quiet and they do not dissipate heat or noise into your small space such as a tiny house or RV.

  4. Judy July 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    This is so helpful for me I have three kids and two will be living with me 9,13 boys my sister thinks its crazy and too small I like the thought of doing off grid as well at least partially I need to sleep downstairs as well not much tiny home parking in kitsap that I can find not that I have ordered my tiny home yet but looking first would hate to have one build and not find a place for it.

    • Gabriella July 23, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      When presented with this type of doubt from others, I always like to remind people that large houses overall are a very new concept. As a species we have been living in tiny houses way longer than we have in modern day housing.

  5. Jay Olstead July 22, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Hey Gabriella…..It’s Jay with Ragsdale Homes ” Tiny Wheeled Estates ” Months ago we communicated about tiny homes. After all these months, we’re finally beginning to build tiny wheeled estates. On a temporary basis, our first home will be built at Houston Makerspace which is located in the arts and crafts district of Houston, Texas. We will partner with them and teach tiny home work shops.
    Another choice for the people in your community is to consider one or more of our patent pending ” Room Roll Outs, ” for a future build or a retrofit in an existing home. This would increase the kitchen area up to 40% and add more width to the home. When using “RROs, ” opposite one another, you gain up to 16′ of width. I can include some photos of what this would be like if you forward me an address for pload. Additionally, in two weeks we will be in production with our revolutionary FAAST TEC ” tiny home trailer, featuring, the first ever torsion bar independent suspension, resulting in a 14 1/2 inch deck height and, potentially, a 12′ ceiling, Also, our trailer has our proprietary convertible, adjustable, building platform which can easily conform to any width from 3 1/2″ to 6″. Also, wood studs, SIPs, and metal studs fit our platform. Our trailer is available with optional floor already installed which is 35% lighter, 65% stronger, and two to three times the insulation over whats out there now. Anyone with a strong desire to build a wood floor, will find their building process on our trailer to be 50% faster. Our trailer and our first home will be video taped and be placed on YouTube in sequences. Please advise.
    Ciao,
    Jay

    • joe September 22, 2014 at 12:18 am #

      Jay I’v started the design for our 30 foot tiny home and I’v been wondering why nobody uses rollouts. How do I find information about your rollouts?

      • Jay Olstead September 22, 2014 at 11:06 am #

        Thank you for your inquiry. I have been in communication with Gabriella to offer our “ Room Roll Outs” for her design, perhaps as an option. I approached her first because they do everything first class. Not to mention an award winning design and, a marketing program to back it up. I have a rough drawing where I added 3 “ RROs”, offering a downstairs bedroom which converts to a large office with desk, flanked by two vertical shelving units with the murphy like bed in the middle. The front of the hOMe plan was transformed into a L shape Gourmet kitchen with IKEA portable work station/counter and a cozy seating area for 5. I will have to get permission from Gabriella in order to forward this to you. Or you may request that I send it to you.
        We are now offering our trailer, adjusted to accept the hOMe floor plan. Pricing will be the same or less than the other builder for the trailer
        Ciao,
        Jay

      • Jay Olstead September 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

        Please contact us at [email protected] for additional on our ” Room Roll Outs “

  6. Georgia July 23, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    Dear All,
    We live in Austria and would love to switch it to a tiny house living from now. We are on the verge of simplifying as we are no longer that young and we would like to spend the last years of our lives (my husband and I)traveling around and being independent. How can you help/advise us do such a tiny house here in Austria. We are ready to follow your advise step by step. My husband is a good skilful hand-worker. We would nevertheless need your monitoring us. Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you!
    Best,
    Georgia

    • Gabriella July 23, 2014 at 11:23 am #

      That’s great Georgia! Have you signed up for our free 7 day ecourse? That is a great jumping off place. Then if you are wanting more information about how to build, we have our DVD series available. Keep us posted! 🙂

  7. Janne Zack July 23, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    I think anyone deciding to go “Tiny” should practice first. You did that living in the trailer. You discovered what was enough and what was not enough and now, living in your hOMe you have discovered that yet again (range is a bit large while sink could be larger).

    So if you are considering living Tiny, then do go through your stuff to cull things out. Go ahead and either get rid of those things or box them up so you are not tempted to cheat. If you find you need a boxes item, then you must find room for it in your tiny house. I currently have a huge kitchen (not in a tiny house). I discovered that I use a 36″ counter almost exclusively except for my coffee pot which is on a different 18″ counter. I probably have 15′ of linear counter space that is not used except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. So for Tiny living I could seriously live with a lot less counter space but I would never be able to have my entire family over for holidays like I do now. We could possibly have the dinners at a tiny home but they would need to be better planned and arranged. (42 people in my kitchen will NOT work in a tiny house!)

    That all said, during the holidays I would rather spend time with each of my siblings rather than all at once so maybe the thing to do would be to have a week of dinners with only one family coming at a time… Or having them over on Saturday nights or Sunday afternoons in December so that we get to spend time with individuals and save the huge family gatherings for summer when kids can play out doors and adults can sit in the shade and sip lemonade (and smoke cigars, of course!).

    Holidays and extended family gatherings are something else to consider when trying to figure out if you can live and cook in your tiny home.

    • Gabriella July 23, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Excellent points Janne! I think it’s a great idea to practice first. One can even rent a storage space nearby and put all things that didn’t make the cut in there and then see if they will really be missed. I love your idea of breaking up the family holiday meals into bit sized chunk visits. I so prefer having just a few people over (that came as a realization one day) so I get it. The other thing about group dinners in the winter (in summer it’s easy bc we have so many seating areas outside) is that we meet people in town at our favorite restaurants. Sometimes the food is better than a home cooked meal, and no dishes, so it’s a win win!

    • Jason September 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      I lived in a small 200sq foot office and then a very small camper trailer for about 5 months and learned that I really like living in a small space. I had to sell nearly everything I own but now I love the idea of housing small so that I can live big, if that makes sense.

      • Gabriella September 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

        Makes total sense to me Jason! 🙂

  8. Cy July 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    What are your thoughts about dishwasher installation? I know you put in washer hook-ups, but if a dishwasher was a thought how about putting in the lines at construction? Or would it be easier to utilize the sink intake and drain after the fact? I am using hOMe as a bit of a building manual, but have a few thoughts about increasing some of the creature comforts and figured I’d ask the source.

    Also we, being in the south are looking at removing the propane heating element (stove) and using a ductless split mini ac and heating system. Would like any tips or hints as to where an 11’x33’x7′ air handler unit would be easily based, of course removing the large propane stove in the living room.

    I will also be installing 1000w flexible solar pandas to the roof to cover the energy requirements from the AC unit to still keep it “off the grid”. Any advice, tricks or pitfalls I should plan fall?

    I received the entire package DVDS included and am happy and already have a trailer being made for my project. Plus I am really enjoying all of the headwear Andrew wears throughout the DVD series.

    • Gabriella July 31, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

      Hi Cy! Great you are getting underway. Couple thoughts. Is the 1000w system large enough to power the minisplit needs? I thought they used more power than that but would love to be told that I’m wrong. If it were me, I would probably place it on the front wall right above where we have our heater currently. With the dishwasher, much easier to plumb it during construction rather than a retrofit. Keep us posted! Sounds pretty luxurious what you’re doing!!

  9. Julie August 14, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Gabriella,

    I am a kitchen designer and have been following the tiny house movement for myself. I do a lot of custom cabinetry when designing my kitchens, and Ikea cabinetry might make me frustrated with the lack of the options that I would want. My question is, in the right-hand corner of your kitchen, is that a blind base cabinet, or are you just not using that corner? I can’t tell what is going on there and I am curious as to how you addressed that space with Ikea cabinets.

    Julie

    • Gabriella August 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      Thanks for writing Julie! I’m not 100% sure which corner you are talking about but I think you are asking about the lower base cabinet to the right of the sink. If so, the door opens towards the fridge side and inside are two long shelves that run the full length from the door opening to the exterior sink side wall. We have our water purifier in there (which is a fairly large unit) as well as our serving bowls and blender. Let me know if that doesn’t answer your question. 🙂

  10. Julie August 15, 2014 at 6:12 am #

    Gabrielle,

    That answers my question. I am just wondering is that something that came stock from Ikea? Would you mind posting a picture of that?

    Best,
    Julie

  11. Gregory Masincup August 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    Dear Miss Gabrielle,

    I to have been following the Tiny House movement to.
    I had all the fancy cars and big house and all that, but to just to find out I was more married to my job more then my wife and ended up in a nasty divorce over high bills.

    In my area houses cost anywhere from 90 to 400 thousand dollars my last house was 75 grand and the bills were outrages plus the up keep on it.
    Then we moved to a mobile home it was small but still had the up keep cause of very poor construction.

    Since then I remarried a Philippine women and when I went to marry her I notice all the houses were only one to two room house. But they were very nice houses.
    But back here in the states people here look so down on tiny houses, building regulations says houses here has to be 800 square feet or bigger.
    I just wish people will get off the life style that they are on and finally realize it’s not the house but the quality of life that counts in ones life and stop telling me what I need to be happy.

    Thank you so much for listening, for no one else will.
    Gregory Masincup

    • Gabriella August 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

      Thanks for writing Gregory! I’m glad to hear that people in the Philippines live more in a ‘human scale’ than we do here in the US. I have found the same thing in our travels too.

  12. Angie October 19, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Hi Gabriella! Really enjoying your website and your hOMe! We plan to build one ourselves someday and will be purchasing the plans at some point. Do the plans tell where you got your stove and what kind it is? Also, the type of ikea cabinetry you used? I love your house so much I want to duplicate as much as I can, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel!
    Thanks!

    • Gabriella October 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Thanks so much Angie! Great to hear you will be building your own hOMe. 🙂 Yes, the plans come with a comprehensive materials list that details everything down to the product # for each item.

  13. Thomas October 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    I’m completely obsessed with Tiny Houses! The one thing that’s been difficult to find the answer to is cooling. Many folks live in a colder climate and thus a stove for heating seems to be the only utility concern. I live in the midwest and wonder what to do in those hot summers!

    • Gabriella October 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

      Hello Thomas! We highly recommend mini split systems that can both heat and cool for climates that need both of those options. They are small and super efficient.

    • A J January 20, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

      I’m also.interested on cooling and want to go solar its a subject which requires a lot of research to know how to calculate needs. I also need to ” do.it myself” because the costs are astronomical if you hire it to be done. I’m looking for a mini split unit with a low draw on amps powered by a battery bank fuses and a solar generator. Any help. Would be much appreciated.

  14. Lexi November 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    For infinitesimal urban kitchen, am looking for the smallest natgas kitchen stove with oven (I have a four-burner, 20″ wide; is this the narrowest?), and also for the washer/dryer with the smallest footprint. Also happy to hear of others’s success in reformatting very small apartments.

  15. Debie December 18, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    looking for a utensil rack like the one pictured. Also real or fake plants? Home made? Interested in both items

    • Gabriella December 21, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      Thanks for writing Debie! Fake plants and all of those items can be found at IKEA 🙂

  16. steve January 26, 2015 at 4:30 am #

    How are you dealing with your waste water?

  17. Anna June 12, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    I have been looking at the cabinetry at Ikea, and I’m having a hard time finding pieces to fit together nicely with the same depth or height.I like the ones you used, and I was wondering what dimensions your cabinetry/storage units are around the sitting/dining area, and if they were all the same collection?

    • Gabriella June 15, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Anna! All of the cabinetry is in the Akurum White Series. The doors are in the Gnosio series. In terms of dimensions, they are all standard depth cabinets but I don’t have a list of which cabinets went in each place (only the master list that gives total list of which units were purchased).

  18. A J January 20, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

    I have a small RV I’m trying to go solar with. I liked your article. I’m selling an RV shell that’s 24 ft long to anyone looking for the parts so they could make into a small tiny home.
    If you want to chat, please text me or call 941.249.0866. I need help connecting with anyone who could use the extra RV shell I have. I think it could really be helpful to someone who needs their own space.

  19. Madison March 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

    How deep are your countertops?

    • Gabriella March 29, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      Hi Madison! They are 26″ including the backsplash. Full depth 🙂

  20. /bob March 29, 2016 at 5:33 am #

    I initially thought the counters were slightly less deep than standard since that has been the case in many Tiny Houses. But looking at the full size stove I can see the counters are the standard full size depth, 24/25 inches. My son and his wife have that very same stove except a different color on the control knobs so I know how big that is. I like this kitchen. I’m not a cook but my wife is and I am familiar with what she likes. It’s very nice to see full sized appliances and counters in a Tiny House. Nice to know it can be done and look good.

  21. Michele July 26, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

    Did you guys anchor your fridge to the wall or anything to make sure it doesn’t tip when moving? Thanks!!!

    • Gabriella July 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

      Hi Michele! Personally we did not bc we have no intention of moving our own hOMe. That said, if you do plan on moving your tiny house…for sure do bolt down all of your appliances! 🙂

  22. Eric Jackson September 5, 2016 at 1:07 am #

    Great article and very nice tips to create a kitchen of your choice.

  23. Umma February 8, 2017 at 6:31 am #

    A huge thank you for posting this list. I have taken the time to consider each item on my own, however I bounce around so much It is hard great to have one solid list. A huge bonus!

    An item not listed is water tanks. I know it doesn’t necessarily belong with kitchen items, however after living over seas for a few years that’s where the water tank is stored! Well there and sometimes in the bathroom. It’ typically kept on a wall, a little above cabinet height and more of a rounded shape, though they can hold 50 gallons or more. Do you think a tiny house structure could withstand the weight of having a tank mounted on wall or under a cabinet inside the home? Your reply to a previous comment mentioned a water purifier under your cabinet which leads me to wonder being off grid do you have a water tank or use well water?

  24. Dallas Schober November 14, 2020 at 2:58 am #

    I have only seen the basic store grater, so this review is quite eye-opening. It would be nice to have one that can do the shredding and thin slicing too. I like the concept of the box grater, to catch the food, but it would definitely have to be vertical. The horizontal would be strange. I have my eye on the Cuisinart and the protective gloves.

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