Tiny House Video Tour: hOMe


In this nearly 30 minute tiny house video tour, we show you just about every nook and cranny that makes up hOMe. Grab a hot cup of your favorite tea (might I suggest something with caffeine? ;), some snacks, snuggle up on your favorite lounging spot and enjoy our full tiny house video tour! Covering everything from the cost of building hOMe, to design features in play, to a full tour of the bathroom, bedroom, full sized kitchen (including a clip where Andrew breaks out in a Donna Summer dance move), living area, to a chance to meet Oscar, the best tiny house dog ever, to what it’s like to live in a tiny house. After watching this tiny house video tour you will have a pretty good sense of what it’s like to live in one.


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110 Responses to Tiny House Video Tour: hOMe

  1. Gina March 8, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    Thanks for doing this video, it was very enjoyable. I love the idea of the pancake valve in your bathroom sink, but when I tried to look it up I came up with nothing. Is there another name for it? Or, where can I find this? Thanks!

    • Gabriella March 10, 2014 at 10:14 am #

      Gina, you can find it at Ikea. 🙂

      • Randy August 27, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

        I am still looking for a “pancake” valve or drain or sink anywhere on the internet. The Ikea website doesn’t turn up anything either. Do you have more detail?

        • Gene Scott September 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

          You might find them called “atlant” on the ikea website…

    • Lovelace Lee III May 16, 2014 at 7:42 am #

      Wow! Of all the tiny houses I’ve seen, you’re is the best! I understand everything except wear the water and electricity comes from. My choice would be to build a tiny house that could be moved.

      I’ve watched the long video several times and I’m just missing the details on electricity and water. I imagine that’s because those two areas give me the most anxiety about a tiny house.

      For the moment I live in Los Angeles.

      Thank you so much,


  2. Elliott March 8, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    I think your tiny home is Awesome! I really like the simplicity and design of your home. I’m planning on starting my tiny home in the next couple of months. I’m raising my 7 year old daughter, and this would be Perfect for us. Would you be willing to share your plans with me so I could have a starting point? I have looked at a lot of different designs, and yours have all the amenities that we would both need. I Really look forward to hearing back from you both.

    Elliott Peart

    • Gabriella March 10, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      HI Elliott! We will have plans available for sale and for people to check out pretty soon. 🙂

  3. Kara March 10, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    Great video – thanks for sharing! I fell in love with your home – now I’m dreaming of one of my own.

  4. Kara March 10, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Would you be willing to post some information on brands you used throughout the house? For example, I really liked the drawers you had in your sleeping loft – they would work great on my houseboat. Thanks! -Kara-

    • Gabriella March 10, 2014 at 9:11 am #

      Thanks Kara! Yeah, for sure we will be creating a list of all of the appliances, cabinets, etc. as well as links to them in near future. The drawers you are referring to we bought at Ikea. How great you live in a houseboat!! Definitely a dream of mine to experience at some point.

  5. graham sale March 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Love this. It is my taste. I need an office as well, and I really like your solutions. When is someone going to come up with a built in couch (or otherwise) that both fits and looks comfortable. This one doesn’t look too comfy and I noticed the host didn’t sit on it. Still, I love this house.

    • Lillyk March 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

      I’m also curious about tiny home sofas. They never look comfy. Why is that?

    • Gabriella March 17, 2014 at 8:45 am #

      Hi Graham and Lilly! We actually use that couch all the time. We turn our bodies so that our backs lean up against the cabinet sides. If we want to face our feet forward, we just place the back cushions behind us against the back wall. We also spend a lot of time in our lounge especially when we have a friend or two over. 🙂

  6. Hannah March 12, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    Andrew, Gabriella,

    What a wonderful home you have created! I love the overall aesthetic that you have applied – what a tranquil environment. Thank you for sharing the video, it is very inspiring and proves that small living is not all about compromise.

    Best Wishes,

  7. Tim March 12, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Seems like it has everything but how do you get around planning permission or rules on RV’s and are there any services in the ground? electricity / water?

  8. Ed March 16, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Bravo. Excellent home. Would not change any of your choices, well designed and executed. Keep up the good work.

    • Gabriella March 17, 2014 at 8:42 am #

      Thanks Ed!

  9. KB Shields March 16, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    Let me second the interest in the the “sofa”–and my interest would be if it could be set up, somehow, as a bed on the main level, a single size is fine. FairCompanies.com make a video some time back with some very innovative furniture calling the bed as dead ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nljmEUeLbY ), that at the very least should be inspiring to make space work more than one way.

    I will say, I really, really love the full size kitchen in your design.

    Can a unit be built in place?

    • Gabriella March 17, 2014 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks for writing KB! I have seen that video. Super cool. I think one could make modifications of the plans to make something like that work out. The main issues are that the couch is right in front of the door and the heater as well. So the cabinetry would need to be moved so that there was enough space to open that all up. Would love to see someone make that work!

    • C Dunn January 25, 2015 at 6:43 am #

      We recently went on a cruise where the back of the average looking sofa flipped down to cover the seating area and contained the mattress for the single bed. Above that was a drop down bed that lifts into the ceiling on hydraulic arms when not in use. You would lose the cabinetry above and below the sofa in this tiny house, but if you could purchase these you would have other options for single beds. In a larger cabin, a third single bed, a murphy bed, just beyond the sofa, came down in front of the balcony doors.

  10. rosemary March 17, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Beautiful home!! 🙂
    I saw some solar panels on your land. Is all the electri off-grid or grid solar? Thx!

    • Gabriella March 17, 2014 at 8:38 am #

      HI Rosemary! Yes, we are totally off grid. It would have cost too much to bring power up to our place and instead we invested into solar. We do have a gas generator for rainy/snowy days to charge our battery bank

  11. Gisell March 24, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Hello! I completely landed on your website and video by accident browsing the internet on the subject of tiny living and I have to say, your home sold me! Would it be possible to get from you the plans to your home? I have done some more research and found your home to meet most of my needs and would like to design my tiny dream home based off of it. Please and thank you!

    • Gabriella March 25, 2014 at 8:08 am #

      Thanks for connecting! The plans are nearly nearly done. We will be posting them to our site in next 2-3 weeks. Come on back and visit us or sign up for our newsletter to receive a 50% off coupon upon the launch.

  12. Clarke March 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    How many watts does your solar panel produce. Thanks

    • Gabriella March 25, 2014 at 8:07 am #

      600 watt hours per day

  13. matthew April 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Hello Andrew and Gabriella,

    I am in the planning stages of building a tiny house and have signed up for your 7 day ecourse (day 2 currently) and very much like your design but I have a couple questions:

    1. What manufacturer did you get your custom trailer from?

    2. I will be building my home in southern California, any code requirements I need to know about? I looked on the DMV website and it looks like I’d only need to register the trailer.

    3. Your design covers the wheels of the trailer, what happens if you get a flat tire or need to check tire pressure?

    Thank you for your time and being an inspiration!

    • Gabriella April 4, 2014 at 7:50 am #

      Hi Matthew! Thanks for bringing your questions to the blog so that others can benefit from the answers as well. 🙂
      1) our trailer was custom made by a local guy here
      2) in terms of local codes, you will want to see what DOT in CA specifies as height and width restrictions in the state. There are actually variations from state to state. If you plan on moving it out of state, it would behoove you to research restrictions in each state you’ll drive in and pick the smallest requirements so that you are always legal.
      3) there is space to change a tire and to check the tire pressure.
      Keep us posted!!

  14. Hannah April 8, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    So brilliant! <3 And like Gina, love the pancake valve. This is one of the most beautiful and thorough tiny house tours yet 🙂 Only question I have: what's your loft height (at the lowest + highest point)?

    hope you are having a wonderful spring!


    • Gabriella April 10, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks Hannah! Here are specs (more than you asked for but perhaps interesting):
      Overall ceiling height at highest point: 10′ 10″
      Overall ceiling height at lowest point: 9′ 6″
      Interior width: 7′ 8″
      Floor to bottom of loft: 6′ 3 1/2″
      Loft height from loft floor to ceiling at highest point: 4′ 2 1/2″
      Loft height from loft floor to ceiling at lowest point: 2′ 10 1/2″
      Total height from ground to top of roof exterior: 13′ 5″
      Total exterior width (not including vents): 8′ 6″

  15. Miguel Madrigal April 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Hi Andrew and Gabriela,first i want to congratulate you both for doing a wonderful job on your tiny home.i have two questions i just wanted to ask you both how many strawbales did you use to build your tiny house.and secondly would you recamend me to build this similar plan on a loadbaring strawbale home. thanks for all the wonderful videos sincerely Miguel

  16. Lucy April 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Congratulations on your beautifully designed tiny home! I particular appreciate your creative usage of space storage, truly an inspiration and I thank you for that. I’ve just embarked on my journey towards tiny home living and a question came into mind after watching your video. Given the shed style roof of your home is there a reason why you didn’t place the solar panels on to it?


    • Gabriella April 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

      Thanks Lucy! Yes, a very good reason…hOMe sits under the shade of 2 large oak trees. 🙂 So in summer there would be no gain. Plus the angle isn’t optimal. We placed them in a strategic location to maximize solar exposure through all 4 seasons.

  17. Stacie April 20, 2014 at 5:10 am #

    I have been salivating over the layout of your house! I have a slight addiction to “things”, but am trying hard to purge! After spending countless hours looking at MANY different layouts I came upon yours and the genius of its design! It is obviously a larger tiny home, but has tons of space or storage. The one thing that I have noticed is that your design is the only one that I have come across that doesn’t put the bathroom and kitchen on the same end!! This genius idea is part of what seems to make it so much roomier than others. I wish I was in a position to build one and tat it would be VERY similar to yours!

    • Gabriella April 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Keep the faith Stacie and if you want it, you can make it a reality for yourself! 🙂

  18. matthew April 22, 2014 at 12:49 am #


    I have been researching several custom trailer manufacturers and found that the standard weight rating for an axle is 3,500 lbs. which means a dual-axle trailer is rated for 7,000 lbs. not including the weight of the trailer itself.

    So my question is how can your trailer support your 14,000 to 15,000 lbs. (not including personal belongings) house or am I missing some vital information or terminology?

    Thank you for your time!


    • Gabriella April 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

      Hi Matthew! Great question! To meet engineering requirements for hOMe, you will need two 10,000# axles. Though hOMe weighs an estimated 14k lbs, once you get belongings in there it could easily add a couple/few thousand pounds. Our trailer was custom made and finding 10k lb axles should be no issue for a trailer fabricator. If you have issues finding them follow up with us. Keep us posted!

  19. cherie May 1, 2014 at 12:23 am #

    Where can I get the lounge pillows you have on your bed…..love the light and the pockets, plus the tall backs.

    • Gabriella May 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      Hi there Cherie! We got them at Brookstone. Sitting leaning back against mine as we speak. 🙂

  20. Carlos E. Barboza May 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Great design! I plan on buying some land at some point, and didn’t really want to take up too much space with a dwelling. Your design is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    • Gabriella May 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

      Great Carlos! Let us know how it all goes for you. 🙂

  21. Kate May 2, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    Was the cost of the custom trailer included in your estimate ? Does the price with appliances also include all the built in cabinets , including kitchen ? Best tiny house I’ve seen so far! Could the bathroom end be switched with the kitchen end (but leave all other orientation the same) ?

    • Gabriella May 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

      Thanks Kate! The cost includes the trailer, cabinets, appliances. Yes, you could switch the kitchen with bathroom though your kitchen would end up being smaller and bathroom really big.

  22. Nicole O May 3, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    This is amazing! My husband and I are trying to create a life for ourselves, and this seems like such an ideal way to live free in sufficient space, I have watched the video like 3 times in the last 24 hours and cannot stop talking about it. There is so much i need to research, finding land, funding the construction, and one question I have, are you planning on children or have plans to factor in a baby to a tiny house?

    • Gabriella May 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

      Hi Nicole! Our daughter is 14 and our son 17. No more babies for us! 🙂 Son goes to boarding school to play ice hockey. Daughter lives with us and has her own cabin close to hOMe when she wants to do her art, etc.

  23. David May 3, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Kalles Kaviar! Antar att du är svensk, för ingen annan kan ha ett gäng sådana tuber i sitt kylskåp 🙂 Fint hus.

    • Gabriella May 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

      Ja! Tack sa mycket!! 😉

  24. Daniel W May 4, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    Love the house! My only question would be is why would you make the roof a lean-to and not a flat roof? It would allow more head room in the bedroom as well as the other loft and a sloped rooftop could be made on top to counter against the weather. Either way, love the design and look forward to having my own!


  25. Jenna May 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    Hi there, Absolutely love your design. I am wondering what things would have to be considered differently if you were to build this on the ground instead of on a trailer? I know nothing about building a home. I like in Alaska and don’t forsee wanting to move it. Advice?

    • Gabriella May 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

      Hi Jenna! Great question. You know, not much would change if you built it on a fixed foundation. It may even be less expensive as there is $4,300 in our cost for the trailer. I think you would be good to go though with the hOMe plans as is for a fixed foundation. Let us know what you decide!

  26. darlene May 7, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    I didnt notice a washer/dryer. Did I miss it or did you opt out of that feature

    • Gabriella May 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

      Thanks for asking! There is a whole spot for a combo unit but frankly we have been so satisfied with doing laundry at the laundromat and instead having the space under the stairs (where the laundry/water bib is) that we will likely just continue doing that.

  27. Luke May 8, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    We are doing a couple tweaks to your plans we purchased, one being that we are building it on a 24′ trailer and reducing the 10′ loft/kitchen to 8′ and the loft/bathroom to 3′ Regarding the LEFT wall, we want to go with just one large window (10′ x 3′.6″) at the same height as the two windows below the cabinets, and install larger cabinets that go nearly to the ceiling. Do you have any opinions or technical concerns about this approach?

    • Andrew May 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      Hi Luke. As long as you can make all of the elements fit that you desire, this is fine. I wonder if the stairs and bathroom will still fit in a smaller design. I think you may find them difficult to incorporate in a 24′ design.

  28. Jake May 8, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    Where does all the smell go when you’re cooking? I noticed there were no exhaust fan (10:20) in that area either.

    • Gabriella May 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

      Good eye Jake! Since taking that video we’ve installed a cooking fan. It is mounted inside the cabinet over the stove and so has minimal profile. It is vital that vents be used in tiny houses so that moisture issues don’t develop.

  29. Jean-Francois Ouellon May 11, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    Hi Gabriella!
    Like everyone else, I love your design!

    I have a few questions here for you:

    – How do you deal with grey water from the kitchen sink and shower?
    – How do you get water coming into the house? Is it rain water? Are you connected to a well or any other source?
    – Is there any smell outside or inside the house sometimes with the compost toilet?

    Thanks a lot!


    • Gabriella May 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi there JF!

      We are looking into a grey water system for the sink and shower.
      Our water comes from a well which is pumped up to a 1500 gallon holding tank atop a hill above hOMe and then gravity does the rest.
      We got rid of our old composting toilet bc there was a lot of smell. Now we are using the Separett toilet that comes from Sweden. That has literally no odor at all as long as we run the toilet fan. We love this new toilet!

  30. Lisa May 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    I really enjoyed this home tour! I was wondering, I know you mentioned how you heat your home but how do you cool your home? Also do you have an outdoor shed for things like bikes,tools, ect? Also I am sure this is a dumb question lol but where do you get your water,a well or how does that work?
    Thank you!

    • Gabriella May 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      Thanks for writing Lisa! We parked hOMe under two beautiful oak trees which give us constant shade in the hot summer months. We live in an arid climate so this is all we need. We have a couple sheds on our land. One for our tools and one for our solar components. Our water comes from a well.

  31. Renea June 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Hi, I was just curious , you said your daughter lives with you but the video only showed a dresser with two peoples belongings .. Even if your family practices bed sharing where does she store her clothing?

    • Gabriella June 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      Hi Renea! Great observation. Terra has her own cabin next to hOMe where she stores her clothes, etc. It works out perfectly bc she spends most of her time in hOMe and then goes to her place to do her art, homeschooling, etc.

  32. Dané June 11, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    My husband & I are young empty nesters with 7 adult children & 5 tiny grand babies so far. Our dream is to live off grid so I’ve recently been interested in tiny homes. My concern is having everyone “come home” for family get togethers…lol…where to fit everyone? I’d appreciate any ideas/thoughts on that?

    • Gabriella June 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

      What a wonderful group you guys must be when you all get together! How often does everyone get together? If it’s once a year, could they come in the summer and everyone could camp? Will you own your own land? We have a pop up tent trailer that accommodates 5 people easily that’s great overflow. We have several seating areas outside as well on our property. From chairs around a campfire, to a large eating table, lounge chairs and hanging chairs, hammocks. One other idea is that you all meet somewhere else for a family reunion. I know a lot of families go camping for their reunions. Or rent out a large house somewhere. I think the important piece is to spend more time thinking about what the vast majority of your day to day will be and make decisions around that (rather than having a house that’s much larger than you need for the occasional reunion). If however you all gather regularly and your house is reunion central that’s a different story. In that case, is there someone else’s house in the family that could become the new gathering place? Good luck!

  33. Renea June 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    I love that you live off grid and I’m very envious, and trying to get there as well. I also believe that we don’t need THAT MUCH space .. I’ve been doing some very serious contemplation about some land I just inherited in Colorado .. Land that has no running water or electrical grid near it .. It’s just land..lol .. I want to move there with my 11 yr old son and 4 yr old daughter however I just think a tiny house while awesome is too tint for out needs… I think we would be best suited in 350-450 sq. feet…do you have a link yo think hay bail houses I have seen you mention before? Can those be used for off grid living?

    • Gabriella June 12, 2014 at 9:08 am #

      Great you inherited land in CO Renea! Straw bale houses are perfect for that climate and there are quite a lot of them there. It marries perfectly with off grid living. Check out our site on strawbale.com and then click on link to Plans for an option of existing plans. If you need a custom design we can hook you up with an awesome designer too. Good luck!

  34. Renea June 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    *too tiny for our needs ..*typo

  35. Renea June 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I think you called them straw bale homes?

  36. Taylor June 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Hello I am looking to buy your plans and replicate this project in the near future. I’m 24 from Alaska and in an attempt to save money and prevent stress until I know where to settle down I have become very committed to this idea. To be repetitive, I have looked a lot around the web and have found your design the most desirable by far. For obvious reasons my biggest concern right now is the trailer and I was hoping you might be able to get me started in the right direction. If I were to recreate your project I’d assume the trailer dimensions, heights, spaces, etc would need to also be the same. I know I can find someone to build that for me up here but was wondering if you may be able to help me with the specifications on that or if that was also a part of your plan package? Much Appreciated! Also I am curious how mobile it is as I would most likely eventually ship it or drive it out of Alaska.

  37. Michael June 20, 2014 at 3:49 am #

    Hello, how much do you think a contractor would charge to replicate your build out exactly from the plans you sell? 33K for trailer and all appliances (including toilet) and cabinetry, do I understand that correctly?

    Awesome! Love the stairway.


  38. Michael June 20, 2014 at 3:58 am #

    Forgot to ask: 1. How much did you spend on your Solar System?

    2. Is there a way to literally take this house on the road (Run my business from it as I golf my way across the country). Specifically, where do the electricity and water come from when on the road? And how big of a tank is there for the water?

    Many thanks from the Newbie. 🙂


    • Gabriella June 20, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      Wow! Golfing around the country…that’s awesome! I think to have someone build it for you could nearly double the cost. For sure you could take hOMe down the road for that kind of trip. You could either stay at RV parks that can provide you with services or you could make some modifications to have hOMe be totally off grid (solar system on the roof, water holding tank underneath, and a holding tank for your grey water waste). We spent about $8k on our solar system (that cost is not included in the total tally) though we bought very heavy duty components for upgrading to at some point. It could be done for a lot less. We have a 600watt system. Keep us posted!

  39. Am July 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Your design is both incredible and inspiring!
    I know you mentioned earlier that it doesn’t usually work out to change the design ( I don’t want to, it’s PERFECT). I do have a few questions though about the building process (your building knowledge is greatly appreciated by the way 🙂
    We live in SOUTH Louisiana (on the bayou) and it gets crazy hot and humid. Would it be advantageous for us to build with something like aluminum structured panels instead of a “stick frame”? And if so, would that change the layout at all? My husband thinks it would be easier to cool off (since that’s our major issue here. We only run the heater a few weeks out of the yr) and more flexible for travel. (I would imagine that a wooden frame wouldn’t withstand moving often (seals breaking and windows and doors would leak eventually) What are your thoughts on this if I may ask? – Am

    • Andrew July 20, 2014 at 9:27 am #

      Hi Am. I must admit that I am not accustomed to building in climates like yours, so I am not the best person to advise you. I would connect with local builders and see what they recommend. I don’t think changes to the frame would be a major problem. I have recommended that people change the stick frame to SIPs panels in really cold climates, so changing to something designed to handle the high humidity seems like a reasonable plan to me as well.

  40. Mary September 14, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    I am in South Carolina. I love the space of your home.I was wondering if the plans of your tiny house are available online for purchase?


  41. Charles September 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    What was the brand name of the vacuum cleaner you mentioned? I’ve searched for a video (since you mentioned there’d be one) but haven’t found it. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to buy a small vacuum and have it NOT suck! (a little pun, there). Also, I was wondering about the office cabinet to the left of the office/dining area—why didn’t you have the door open to the left so that you wouldn’t have to walk around it when getting up from your desk? Was that not an option?


  42. Tammy December 14, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    Hi I’m Tammy are your kids cool with this?

    • Gabriella December 15, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Tammy! Our kids love it. Our 18 year old studies in CO so we only see him on holidays but our daughter lives with us full time.

  43. Hanna January 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    I’m trying to gather ideas for my own tiny home and yours is by far the best! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Chris August 8, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    I love the video and the concept! I have been planning to move for a while, and now I want to find/build the smallest house my local zoning laws will let me get away with.

    I’m curious if you guys ever put in a combo washer/dryer. That would be a great update and review video. If not, to you haul everything to a laundromat or have you found another option?

    • Gabriella August 11, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      Hi Chris! No, we did not install a combo unit inside hOMe. We ended up getting a separate washer/dryers and installed them in our solar shed. We did do the laundromat thing for a year or so. It’s really not that bad actually! 🙂

  45. Zak September 2, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    Love this tiny house and reading the other comments has pretty much answered any questions I would have!!

    But I was wondering, what breed of dog is Oscar? I have a dog that is exactly the same as him and we don’t know his breed as we got him from a shelter.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Gabriella September 3, 2015 at 10:55 am #

      That’s awesome Zak! Would love to see photos of your Oscar twin! We *think* that Oscar is a wire haired dachshund, terrier mix. But who knows! He’s definitely a Mexican street dog special!

  46. /bob November 9, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    I keep watching this video over and over again. (did I say I love this hOMe plan in my other posts?). One question is on my mind at the moment and this seems the right blog post to, um, post it. While watching the video I can see your solar panel setup outside so have an idea of direction. Is the “front” of hOMe facing east, southeast?
    I guess that brings another question. What would be the best direction to face hOMe considering a relatively dry sunny climate that can get a little cold or has mostly moderate temps? I am drawn to Walsenburg, CO and there are a number of open lots there where I keep envisioning how I would orient a tiny house such as hOMe built on a slab to best take advantage. Thanks.

    • Andrew December 2, 2015 at 8:07 am #

      Hi Bob. Always great to hear from you. The reality is that hOMe is not actually designed with siting orientation in mind. We do not have roof overhangs to provide the proper shading for solar orientation nor do we have specific solar gain windows. I’m a big fan of designing with those things in mind; however, because hOMe is designed on a trailer and to be in motion, orientation wasn’t part of the equation. If you plan to build on a foundation, then you could certainly add some roof overhangs to provide solar shading and could orient the building to maximize solar gain. In which case, I would align the front door with North. Our hOMe faces northeast, roughly (the front door that is).

      • /bob December 2, 2015 at 9:13 am #

        So that would be the short wall to the south. In that case I would be inclined to arrange the kitchen to allow a window on the short wall side, and the stove would be across where you have it. And maybe also even reverse the lounge/loft with the side window on the other side. 🙂
        I would also extend the roof a little to shade all the top long windows in summer but allow the sun in for winter.

  47. carm November 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

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