Dealing in Inches

June 1, 2015

After getting many different quotes on the trailer we decided to add 2 extra feet to the trailer extending our original 20ft plan to a 22ft plan. Two whole extra feet?! Fine by me! Besides, two extra feet can’t change much, right? Right? More like, Yeah right!

Getting the trailer was exciting, but we realized quickly it was time for a re-design because those two extra feet threw everything off. The thing about tiny homes is you deal in inches. Everything is measured and planned by the inch.

“Let’s make the counters extend out 20 inches.” – Me

“No, that makes the walk way to the bathroom too narrow.” – Eric

“18 inches, then?” – Me

“Yeah, that’s more than enough room.” – Eric

How can two inches all of a sudden go from “too narrow” to “more than enough room”? That’s the bizarro world of tiny homes, my friend. Inches are tricky little things that constantly straddle the line of too much and too little. So now imagine dealing with two extra feet! Back to the drawing board!

Basically, the two extra feet made the wheels move farther down the trailer bed than we planned, so hiding the wheels behind the stairs and counter top became impossible. Sure we could have the two wheel boxes show in the living room, but that will make a small space seem smaller and serve no purpose. This is when redrawing everything becomes a puzzle. Everything has to fit just right, be (multi-)functional, and (I’d prefer) still be pretty. Eric isn’t so much concerned with the pretty part, but he lets me complain about it talk it through until he agrees.

Each drawing is also a chance to take the tiny house one step closer to perfection. I can’t even estimate how many drawings we’ve gone through, but I can say each one was better than the last. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve got the trailer and we now have the best plan to date. Of course it might change again, but right now, at this moment, it’s the best we’ve got and we’re pumped! On to building!


  • Reply Vanessa Moore June 1, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Sounds like an exciting adventure!! What area are you building?

  • Reply emar2012 June 1, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Thanks, Vanessa! We are excited! We are building it in Republic, MO near Springfield.

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