Thursday, August 19, 2010

Work in the Loft

With our new bed on the way, hubby started putting together our slatted bed frame that will give us just enough lift to keep air circulating under the bed, but not so much that we'll be too high up for the space.
Our little dog seems to approve of the new bed frame :o) See the extra space on the sides of the frame? That's because we're getting a KING sized bed! Woo hoo! Who would have thought that you could have a king sized bed in a tiny home!? We did!

Hubby has also started insulating the ceiling and putting some of the paneling up. It's looking great!


  1. It looks fantastic. And what a great bed frame. Good thinking on the king sized bed too.

  2. Yes, we've been sleeping on our new all organic bed for the last few nights, and must's the best sleep I've ever had!

  3. Hello with the everything that you are going to put in your house what type of truck will you use to move it? Love the way your little house looks!!! cant wait for more posts. = )

  4. We won't be stuck, we've got a truck that can haul it down the road :o)

  5. Well the reason I am asking about the truck is I am trying to decide what type of truck to get and am considering putting bigger appliances in mine also just trying to get some input that way I camn make a more informed decision. Since you have also pulled a 5th wheel any input helps. I have looked at different reviews and such, but there is always a difference in what they say and what the avarage joe has experianced. thank you

  6. Hi Renee,
    It entirely depends on how large of a "tiny" home you are building. You could probably get away with a 3/4 or 1 ton gas truck if you weren't towing something longer than about 18-20 feet at most (in my opinion). If you go much larger than that I would recommend a diesel 3/4 or 1 ton truck.
    Personally, I would spend the extra money and buy the diesel truck as you will get a much longer life out of the engine and the fuel economy is MUCH better than gas. Dodge makes the best diesel engine (Cummins, like the big trucks), but anything newer than a 2005 has a whole bunch of extra emissions junk on it, so you suffer power and fuel economy loss. Chevy has a great transmission (Allison), and in my opinon the newer Ford's are a bunch of junk.
    Soooo.....for us a used Dodge Diesel 3/4 was the way to go and we've been really happy with it so far. We do a lot of hauling for work as well and it has performed well for us.
    BUT, heavy duty trucks are VERY expensive to maintain as compared to cars or light trucks, so bear that in mind when you purchase one. Oil changes are 3x's the price, brakes are 3 or 4 times more, etc.....
    We drive a tiny little VW diesel truck that get's 50mpg when we don't need to haul because any miles added to the big truck mean more wear and tear and more money.....

    Hope that helps!

  7. Interesting discussion on trucks - I had been considering this topic as well. I wonder if it might be cheaper just to rent a big truck when needed (since I have no other use for such a big truck)? Unless one is going to be moving their tiny house every month or something, then buying a beast makes sense. On another note, I've been shopping around for a healthy bed too - any recommendations? I had been looking at an organic wool mattress - beautiful, but maybe a little pricey.
    Your house is looking great!

  8. Hi Turtle,
    I couldn't agree more! Our line of work requires that we have a large truck, but if the only reason we needed it was for the house, I would absolutely rent or borrow one for the few times I intend to move it. But who knows....maybe we'll go on a tour with our tiny house when we're done :o)
    Organic mattresses are indeed very pricey. Organic cotton is the cheapest, but the cotton tends to settle and then becomes as hard as a rock. Wool can be re-fluffed if need be, but holds it's shape better than cotton due to the natural elasticity in the fiber. We ourselves have purchased an organic Shikibuton (Japanese futon), it's something that you can layer, so as you have more funds available, you can add another layer to your bed. We purchased one layer of the natural organic latex and a 4" organic wool topper and then we have our wool mattress pad on top, and honestly, I think it's the best and most comfortable bed I've ever slept on! It's a lot of money, but after being able to spend a few nights on it, it was certainly worth the money!

  9. Thanks for the information on trucks. I seen that you put another post up. The house looks awesome from what I can see. Cant wait to see the final product. would have posted on the other page but there was an error where the comments go. speedy building