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.
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
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
Since I live in Maine, winter is a reality. Snow, cold, and ice are a way of life for many months each year. Despite efforts to ready the tiny house for comfort throughout the winter, it isn’t quite ready to be self-reliant throughout those cold days. This year, winter wins the race. Thus, it’s time to winterize the tiny house. What does it mean
400 hours of construction! That’s another 100 hour milestone crossed. It seems very predictable now that a 100 hour milestone happens every 3 to 4 months. During the last 100 hours, projects focus on details and some finish work. The majority of the last 100 hours have been during late spring to late summer in Maine. The weather has been favorable for outside work.
I first heard about the LUNOS e2 system from a tiny house builder on YouTube. Air exchangers allow fresh air to flow through a building. It’s simple and elegant. In my opinion, a must. Today’s homes, big and small, are more air tight than ever. Air becomes stale and traps particles, mold, and other agents that can damage the home and possibly cause health
300 hours of construction! With that, another 100 hour milestone in the books. This time it took 4 months to reach it, unlike 3 months for the 100 hours and 200 hours milestones. Regardless, progress continues and more TO-DOs are being crossed off the list. The majority of the last 100 hours have been during the cold months of Maine. With the exception of one inlet, all work