12/17 What’s it like living inside a tiny house?

Tim and Shannon Soine’s tiny house, based on the Minim plans

Tim and Shannon Soine’s tiny house, based on the Minim plans


Tim looked online at a constructed version of the house plan called Minim. “When I saw the design, I fell in love with it,” says Tim…

The interior design is all about space conservation. Essentially, the house is one room that acts as bedroom, office, kitchen, living room, bathroom—all by using unique storage and furnishing solutions.

The couch, which seats five, hides storage under its cushions. The queen bed slides under the office’s raised floor. The central kitchen island, with its mahogany top, is moveable so it can be used as additional counter space; it also has a leaf on the short side that can be pulled up to increase the length of the top and used as a table. More seating can be unpacked from a 2-by-2-foot “nesting Ottoman” called the Cubista.

The Soines chose to use the space underneath the island for dog beds for their two 50-pound pit bulls. The island toe kick slides in and out and is used to hold the dogs’ bowls.

For cooking, there’s a two-burner stove; they got a convection oven last Christmas. The washer-dryer is all in one. Made by LG, the machine, which is ventless, has a condenser that sucks the moisture out of the clothes. In the bathroom, the Incinolet toilet uses electric heat to turn human waste to ash to be thrown out.

“This is totally customizable, and it’s year-round living,” Tim says. The home is highly energy efficient, with a Hardie Plank exterior and interior walls constructed from SIPs—Structurally Insulated Panels—which have a high thermal R-value.

Read more – http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/rochester-magazine/life-style/2015/12/17/living-tiny-house-tour/77166348/

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Elaine Walker