Tiny House: Tiny Progress (propane tanks, electrical and plumbing)

Well… we ended up not getting away for our anniversary.  We had about two feet of snow here in Prescott, and the weather and roads were just too bad to be driving.  So instead we had a really nice snow day, which I love, as we don’t get that many of them in Arizona.

The driveway was shoveled (by Shane) but see the snow piled on the car!

Dog included for scale… haha.

The last few days working on the house have been tedious (but important) details.  We decided to get steel fenders instead of building custom wheel wells so we got those installed (welded to the trailer frame) and we built the interior framed boxes over where they project into the interior of the house.  I didn’t get a photo of the boxes, but here is one of the fenders / wheel wells from the outside:

You might be able to observe in those photos that our tires and wheels are in bad shape.  We got the trailer at a pretty good price, but in the future we might want to pay more to have tires that are all the same size, for instance… and tires with some life left in them.

Today we welded a steel shelf onto the front gooseneck hitch for the two 30-gallon propane tanks.  We also met with a plumber and figured out the location of the on-demand hot water heater, as well as the plumbing for the shower and sinks.  We are locating the hot water heater on the exterior directly outside the kitchen, between the kitchen sink and the shower so we won’t have to wait for hot water, nor waste water waiting for the hot.  The plumbing fixtures are all centrally located, thus easier and less expensive to install.

Yesterday we did a lot of shopping!  Bought the propane tanks, rack and regulator, a few light fixtures, all the outlet and switch boxes and the wiring.  This week we’ll be wiring the electrical and installing the plumbing.  Then we can schedule the spray foam insulation and get started on the exterior siding.

It’s really coming along and I’m starting to get so excited to live in a small house of our own.  Especially with how cold it’s been and how big and drafty our current house is – the windows are single-paned so you can actually feel a cold breeze coming across the living room, even though the curtains are drawn.   Brrr….

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6 thoughts on “Tiny House: Tiny Progress (propane tanks, electrical and plumbing)

  1. Mollie

    Hi! So happy for you! Don’t forget to check on insulation for the hot water heater, especially mind the valves. Even though you may not get alot osf snow on a regular basis, you wouldn’t want anything to freeze and burst. Your dog is too cute!

    • Hi Mollie! peace to you too. 🙂 thanks for the advice on the water heater. we actually bought one that has freeze protection and will turn on when temperatures drop to prevent freezing. So we’re fine to temps of 30 below F. Can’t imagine it getting that cold! but for efficiency it’s good practice to insulate too, so we will be. Take care!
      – Carrie

  2. Richard lerose

    What model did you end up going with for the hot h20. That sounds like a nice model with the freeze protection.

    • Hey Rick,
      Shane searched alot for an appropriate on-demand heater that actually provided enough hot water for a shower. Unlike most RV water heaters. The brand is Rheem, outdoor propane/gas on-demand water heater with freeze protection to 30 below. It was about $600, so not cheap, but we hope it will be efficient and reliable.

  3. di

    Can’t imagine living with an animal in such a small space. How do you control the odor?

    • Rio, our dog, doesn’t really smell… a cat with a litter box would be… a challenge though, and we couldn’t do it if our dog were bigger.

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