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New Views – Same Tiny House

We’re back in the Tiny House after 10 months of renting a big house. It feels really good- small, sure- but good. Cozy, clean, bright and light.

Tiny House interior - we added some plants and artwork and it's feeling quite beautiful and homey.

Tiny House interior – we added some plants and artwork and it’s feeling quite beautiful and homey.

I might be over personifying an animal, but I think Rio is totally BUMMED to be back in the tiny house!  haha.  He doesn’t have any carpets to roll around and play on.  Sorry buddy, you’re at the bottom of this totem pole.  Maybe if you learned how to hang sheetrock??

We’re living next to our big house while we finish the interior and it is so great being on our land – out in the wide open prairie looking up at the 14,000 ft. Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Looking west at the open flat lands.  San Juans beyond.

Looking west at the open flat lands. San Juans beyond.

Views from the tiny house - I really need to do something about that scrap wood pile...

Views from the tiny house – I really need to do something about that scrap wood pile…

We finished out the office and laundry room in the main house, which really helps with the tiny house functioning.

We’ve lived in the Tiny House in three different places now – Prescott, Santa Fe, and now southern Colorado – and it is absolutely surreal to be inside – where it’s the same house – but we’re facing a different direction looking at different views.  It’s almost like a feeling of vertigo – imagining the old surroundings, but then opening your eyes and seeing an entirely different environment.

Clothesline Tiny House interior.

Clothesline Tiny House interior.  Dickinson propane heater, and an art niche.  I selected a cooler palette of Fiestaware and am really pleased with the selection.  😉

Oh, I almost forgot!  We have a flushing toilet in the tiny house now!  That could be a huge part of why the tiny house is feeling so comfortable and homey.  If you ever want a new appreciation for sewage systems just try an incinerating toilet!  then when that smells like… burning poop, go back to square one and reinvent the wheel – what DO we do with this #!*&?!  A bucket?  Cat litter box!?  A flushing toilet.  I’m in love.

Flushing toilet in the tiny house - hooked up to our main plumbing and septic system.

Flushing toilet in the tiny house – hooked up to our main plumbing and septic system.

Hope all is well for everyone.  Happy flushing.

– Carrie

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11 thoughts on “New Views – Same Tiny House

  1. Did you guys used to have an incinerating toilet?? That’s what we are planning on using! We heard that the smell wasn’t TOO horrible, but it that not accurate?? :-/

    • yes, we had an Incinolet. it was AWFUL! and in retrospect I feel like an idiot for thinking that burning poop smells could ever be neutralized. on cold mornings the smoke will sit down low and be smellable from a mile away… on a hot day, when you need your windows open the smells will come right inside. and, every time you pee – the 90 minute punishment of listening to a small jet engine. Highly disrecommend!

  2. ASofterApproach

    Amazing views. We are currently in the design stage of our tiny home but I hope one day we can look out of the window and see a view like that!

  3. Carrie,
    I enjoyed your post and have followed your blog. We are currently saving and working on paring down for tiny living. Out of curiosity, why did you choose an incinerating toilet over composting to begin with?
    I’m glad you are feeling more at home with a flushable.
    Thanks,
    Audrey

    • hmmm, I don’t remember actually, except that we were living on rented land and wouldn’t have anywhere to put our composted waste, and the incinerator promises to reduce waste smaller than composting…

      • I’ve been following a couple who are full-time RV’ers and they use a composting toilet and dispose of it like you would doggy doo – in a dumpster or other proper receptacle (they use the kind of toilet that turns it to dirt by time it’s ready to be dumped.) This is our plan for our tiny home, but we hope to have the space to actually make compost with it.
        I’ve heard that incinerating toilets aren’t always pleasant for the user or the house next to the vent, LOL
        How long do you plan to be in the tiny house this time? (sorry if you said and I missed it)

    • I did not want to deal with frozen compost in the winter and Carrie really excited about the possibility of the incinerating toilet. I on the other had wanted a flushing toilet, at the end we all learned.
      Shane

  4. duyanna

    How does the flushing toilet work? Are you hooked to a sewer system? Or do you have a black water system?

    • We are hooked up directly to the septic system on our land. Heat tape, insulation around pipes and foam board skirting ensures nothing freezes in the winter.

  5. Ty Riel

    What type of panelling did you use?? Looks great!

    • just drywall… with expansion joints instead of traditional seam taping. I love it.

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