With 99% of the tiny house construction complete, work lately is focused on adding smart sensors that collect data from the plumbing, environment, and electrical use. Without data, there is no sense of what’s normal and abnormal in the tiny house. If there is something wrong, alerts are currently sent to my smartphone, and real-time data is available on the magicmirror. At some point,
Currently, there are several temperature and humidity sensors throughout the tiny house. One resides underneath the sink with the majority of the plumbing. Now, it’s time to take that IoT device to the next level and add more sensors to create a smart plumbing system. In addition to temperature and humidity tracking, the smart plumbing system includes sensors to measure water flow, water depth,
I considered using the Envi Heater as a primary heat source when plans for the tiny house were coming together. In the end, I decided to go with a wall mountable HVAC unit as a primary heat source. Thankfully, it has been running quite well over the past year. However, I have an Envi Heater in the tiny house as a secondary heat source.
New England has cold winters. The temperatures stay below freezing most of the late fall through early spring, and the humidity is very dry. During the summers, the weather can easily exceed 90F (~32C) with dew points above 60F (~16C). With these wide ranges between the seasons, it can be a struggle to maintain optimal temperature and humidity levels most of the year. When
700 hours of construction! Wow! It’s been a little over four months since crossing the 600 hours milestone. The majority of the last 100 hours has been during the summer and into the fall months of Maine. The weather was very good, with bouts of heat and humidity during the middle summer months. Otherwise, perfect for outdoor activities before and after the hottest parts of
There are some major milestones that make the tiny house feel like a home. The plumbing, eating area, couch, and kitchen are some of those milestones. However, having propane to heat water and cook takes that feeling to the next level. I’ve certainly enjoyed the many do-it-yourself projects in this tiny house. My goal is to do as much as possible with my father
After 600 hours of swinging hammers, drilling screws, and cutting wood, it was time to do some painting. The project list is much smaller now. There aren’t that many construction projects left. However, some upcoming projects can’t begin until the walls are painted. The best time of year to paint is early summer and early fall, because the humidity is generally lower and the
Although not impossible, it’s becoming more difficult to live without the Internet. Today, it’s fully integrated into socializing, shopping, learning, entertainment, and much more. As of 2018, over half of the world has access to the Internet. However, a tiny house has some challenges due to their legal status. Regardless, there are several options available to access the Internet from the comfort of a tiny
The Internet of Things and home automation! I’ve been looking forward to adding them to the tiny house. I began the tiny house journey with a dream and no construction skills. In time and with the help of my father, I’ve learned a lot and have come to appreciate the skillset needed to build anything. As the end of the construction phase approaches, the next
600 hours of construction! It’s been five months since crossing the 500 hours milestone. The majority of the last 100 hours has been during the winter and spring months of Maine. The weather was favorable until the end of December. It was bone-chilling cold and snowy until early April when everything began to thaw. Thankfully, the majority of the projects happened inside the tiny house.