We've got some exciting updates to share today! Below are sketches of the interior layout of the tiny house as well as illustrations of the exterior shape of the home.
Tiny House Interior
As you can see from above, you will enter the tiny house from the rear and be in the living room which will have a full size couch on the right wall. There will be extra storage space located under the couch, and a pull-down projector screen on the opposite wall which will also serve to block out light from the 3 long windows on the left wall.
We are including space for a folding desk in the corner, and we will have stairs that lead up to the sleeping loft above the kitchen. To save space we will also locate the refrigerator underneath the highest stairs.
Tiny House Exterior
The shape of our tiny house is inspired by a video I found online (embedded below). The long walls will be a dark cedar color and the short walls will be galvanized aluminum panels. The shape of the house is pretty aerodynamic which of course is great for travelling from one location to another!
The 2 roofs will hold our photovoltaic solar panels and are angled to face east and west so that we can catch the rising sun in the morning (from the east), the afternoon sun up above, and the setting sun (from the west). Studies have shown that west-facing solar arrays are great for producing the energy required to power air conditioning (which is generally used later in the day when temperatures are higher).
That being said, if you plan to build a non-mobile tiny house in the northern hemisphere and power it with solar, you are going to want your solar panels to face south.
We've also included a wooden box on the exterior of the tiny house above the tongue of the trailer which will contain the components of our off-grid solar energy system (batteries, inverter, charge controller, etc.).