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The house is the size of what many would use for a shed. Tammy is often asked how they can possibly live in such a small space. She says, "It's kind of awesome if you put it into perspective. In the U.S. we have such large spaces for our homes, but in other parts of the world this would be considered luxurious."
Tammy and Logan pay monthly rent and utilities to the landowners to park their home. "We found the space through our extended network, and the community and our neighbors love the aesthetic and the philosophy behind the tiny structure," Tammy says. Since the home is on wheels, the couple did not need to jump through any zoning hoops or permit process through the city of Portland.
The exterior is cedar wood, and the couple love to open their French doors on sunny days.
A magnetic strip makes storing frequently used utensils a breeze, and spices are kept visible and accessible with mason jars screwed into the ceiling. Tammy says, "It's nice to see our stuff, because I tend to be pretty visual. If I throw stuff in the cabinet, I forget about it."
Mason jars: Alberta Co-Op Grocery
To find a stove small enough to fit their space requirements, Tammy and Logan turned to Craigslist. This Origo 3000 stove is predominantly used on boats. It uses denatured alcohol rather than propane, making it safe to burn indoors with minimal ventilation. "Also we don't have a car, and the alcohol is easier for us to transport than propane. I don't want to blow myself up on the bike," says Tammy. The stove is freestanding and requires no pipes or wires.
The couple enjoys taking the REI teakettle when they go bicycle camping in the summer. Their dishes and cups, which are housed above the countertop on a shelf, also double as camping cookware. One of their favorite camping spots is Stub Stewart State Park, just 30 miles west of Portland.
Logan found this handmade, turtle-shell-like textured recycled copper sink on eBay, and it is one of Tammy's favorite pieces in their tiny home.
A long bamboo curtain from Ikea was cut up to make smaller curtains for windows in both the front and back of the house.
The bench in Tammy and Logan's living area is foam covered in wool blankets. It folds out to make a guest bed. The lights on both sides of the couch are from Ikea.
The couple shares a wireless Internet connection with the landowners. They also plug into the landowners' house with an outdoor extension cord to get electricity. The tiny house runs off a 15-amp power source.
The couple installed LED lights from Ikea on the roof of the light blonde pine wood ceiling. The entire interior is made of pine wood. Effective lighting placement along with the bright wood and plenty of windows make the 128-square-foot house seem much more spacious.
A small wet bath provides a place for the couple to wash up. Tammy says, "Right now I don't use it because I shower after my yoga class, and Logan showers at his office."
Graywater from the kitchen sink and wet bath flows together into a single pipe, then collects in a five-gallon container under the house. Tammy explains, "We use the graywater to irrigate ornamental trees and shrubbery. So far, we have been producing about 1.5 gallons of graywater a day or less." Black water isn’t an issue for the couple because they have a composting toilet, following the Humanure Handbook.
The loft sleeping area is Tammy's favorite part of the house. A skylight opens up the space and allows the couple to sleep with a view of the stars. The bed is a futon mattress stuffed with wool.
Futon: Rock Soft Futon; lamp: Ikea
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