Hello everyone! We spent this past weekend winterizing our Tiny House in reaction to the really cold weather we’ve been having here in Santa Fe. In the 20’s at night…. Brrr! Now it’s back up into the 70’s, which is nice, but we still needed to get set up for winter, which is different in a tiny house.
- Hook up our propane Newport heater
- Insulate our graywater tank and hose located under the trailer
- Install wind-block and insulation skirting under the trailer foundation
- fix the heat tape at our water supply hose (we had used some heat tape we found from an old trailer but turns out it didn’t work – we found this out when our water froze!)
Our propane heater:
we already had propane plumbed near the heater but we just needed to hook up the connection line with a shut off valve.
We looked at using rigid insulation board to insulate our graywater tank, but decided fiber batt was a lot cheaper and easier! we had extra so we ended up using it for insulating skirting around the trailer base too.
We also installed some wind blocking panels at the north and west sides of the house, because that is where our prevailing winds are coming from. We used the panels Shane had made for protecting our windows when we towed our house from Prescott to Santa Fe.
And the heat tape….
In a “normal” house on a foundation the water comes into the house from under the slab / foundation so it is only exposed to ground temperature. In a tiny house the water comes into the house via a hose hooked up to the outside wall. This hose is very susceptible to freezing, as we found out when our nighttime temperatures dropped to 16 degrees F. We thought we had the problem solved with some salvaged heat tape, but it didn’t work. So we spent some money and got new heat tape (12 ft. in length so it can go into the ground too) and a thermostat plug-in that triggers the tape to run only when it’s cold enough. This was the most expensive part of winterizing at about $30 for heat tape and $17 for the thermostat plug-in.
We’ve really been settling into our site here in Santa Fe, as I blogged about previously, but we’ve made more outdoor improvements since that post!
I commandeered one of Shane’s construction sawhorses and a scrap of plywood, stapled on some oilcloth, painted our chairs to match each other, and voila:
we also built ourselves a small greenhouse / raised bed for growing greens and veggies for the winter. The whole set up only cost us around $100 and the biggest part of that expense was the bags of soil!
I also sewed some vinyl wheel covers to keep our tires from aging too much in the sun. This was pretty easy, but the vinyl was not cheap….
last but certainly not least, Shane made me an outdoor yoga platform – the best views, so amazing for morning yoga.
The cold weather has made me love this tiny house all the more – it is so easy to warm it up and keep it cozy! I’ve lived in some big old drafty houses in my rental days… dark, cold, dreary… But our tiny house is absolutely amazing in the winter! We can orient it towards the south to get maximum sun in the winter and it’s always light, bright, and cozy!
Take care everyone….