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Tiny House Final Presentation

Interdisciplinary Approach

Allison Yount

on 14 April 2016

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Transcript of Tiny House Final Presentation

Tiny House nation TV Show

Tiny Homes: Is Less Really More?
By: Sidney Davidson, Virginia Parnell, Jasmine Suryawan, Allison Yount
What is a Tiny House?
Sociology says:

Biology Says:
Interior Design Says:
A Tiny House is a small house around 100-1,000 square feet with an precise design to include kitchen appliances, laundry facilities, bedroom, bathroom, storage, and furniture in a useable and versatile space.
When Integrated Together:
The Tiny House Movement:
Water Conservation:
Sustainable Design Practices:
Pros of a Sustainable Tiny House:
Cons of a Sustainable Tiny Home:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,” Thoreau wrote, “to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
A Tiny House is a compact, permanent dwelling or structure, between 100 and 1,000 square feet,
which is designed with useful space in
mind as well as the intention of reducing environmental impact and material
accumulation while maximizing connection
to the community.
A Tiny House is a free-standing permanent residence, smaller than the average sized house, that is built and lived in with the intention of minimizing material accumulation and environmental impact and maximizing one's connection to the community and the environment more broadly.
A Tiny House is a structure in which the negative impacts on the environment are minimized through the use of sustainable materials and technologies in the home.
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Use water and energy saving appliances
Use recycled products
Repurpose excess building materials to lessen Construction waste
Use eco-friendly interior finishes
DIY Tiny Homes require a lot of time, effort, tools, and construction skills
Difficult to design due to small amounts of space
Energy Sources such as solar panels are costly
High upfront cost
It is difficult to get loans to build a Tiny Home because they don't have a high resale value
Many cities have building codes making it difficult to legally have a permanent Tiny Home
Owners are typically white and middle class
Most Americans spend 1/3 - 1/2 of their income on housing
The DIY Tiny Home has a smaller up-front cost but time and work have to be considered
Once built, a Tiny Home won't require a monthly payment like a house or apartment
There won't be a significant electricity and water bill because there are less light bulbs and appliances using water
Fireclay Tile
Cork Flooring
Recycled Glass
Reclaimed Elm
"Project Freedom"
200 square ft. Tiny Home
Reclaimed pallet wood exterior
Recycled jeans as insulation

Began over 40 years ago, and has become a distinct subculture
Ideology focuses on choice, simplicity, and sustainability.
Deviates from mainstream ideology of appropriate amount of space a home should contain and mainstream consumerist culture
Type of Toilet
3.5 gpf
1.6 gpf
1.28 gpf
Gallons Used per Year

Installing low flow showerheads can save a family of four 3,587gals/yr, and installing low flow faucets can save the same family 877 gals/yr.
Low Flow Showerhead (no more than 2.0 gpm)
Low Flow Faucet (replace with an aerator)
Type of Fixture
Amount of Water Saved Yearly
2,900 gallons per year
700 gallons per year
There are many different types of sustainable toilets available in the market, but generally the cost is not much differnt than a standard toilet.
Smart Design
- Compact and simplified design
- Versatile, Dual- purpose rooms to maximize space
- Only includes necessities
- Custom design conforms space to individual lifestyle
- Visual openness by few walls and windows
Types of Energy:
Solar Energy
Wind Energy
Geothermal Energy
Biomass Energy
Natural Gas
/Propane/Heating Oil

Tiny Houses Leave a smaller Carbon footprint by:
reducing the amount of electrical usage by requiring a smaller amount of space to be heated or lit up
decreasing home size by 50% leads to a 36% decrease in greenhouse gas emisions
using recycled building materials saves money and cuts down on carbon emissions (Carlin, 2014)
reducing the amount of building materials and enviromental resources needed during construction
Sustainable Practices:
"The man is willing to make himself an abode which covers but not buries him." - Laugier
Building Codes:
- A permit is needed in order to build a residence
- Minimum size requirement
- A tiny Home cannot be an RV or "camper"
- Public interest issue
- Caregiver dwellings

Two Ways to live legally:

1) leverage the codes
2) Fly under the radar
Stigmas of Tiny Living:
A sign of poverty or a lifestyle choice
Small or simple?
Lack of excess redefines the relationship between wealth and happiness
Deny children societal norms
Tiny House Communities:
Brandon Street Cottages in West Seattle
Boneyard Studio in Washington D.C.
- Tiny Houses with shared central courtyard, $300,000 each

- A small community in D.C.
of movable Tiny Houses

The Minim House
Great way to leave a smaller Carbon Footprint by conserving energy, water, and building materials
Realigns focus on nature and community
Encourages a simplified and less cluttered lifestyle
Cost efficient in long term
They're cute! (aesthetically pleasing)
Promotes creativity

Tiny Homes and the Media:
So what do you think...
is less really more?
(56,57, Schenk)
What are Tiny Home Owners saying...?
Connection to nature
Connection to community
Movement promotion
Johnsonville & Uber
Full transcript