It’s been quite a while since I finished a Tiny House, and this one was a doozie to get back in the game with, let me tell ya.
For one thing, I’ve wanted to buy this kit for years—especially when my Wisconsin friend Doug picked it out when I asked if I could make him one for when I visited. But, this is one hard kit to order, especially if you have to get the timing and an address and availability right all at the same time. In Edmonton, with the help of my friend Jess, this baby was finally mine. (Doug had to settle for a weird pub.)
It’s a looker, right? I can’t remember what weird title is on the box, but I think of it as a Frank Lloyd Wright house, which I’ve learned is in the Prairie style. All the windows open out to only two sides, as if it were set in a cliff face. I like to imagine a waterfall to one side. That’s not prairie-like, but this isn’t exactly an architectural model.
The funny thing is that it’s true to the style in that the ceilings are quite low, and with just those windows, you can’t really see into the rooms from the outside. I was smart, though, and took photos as I was building it, before the ceilings went on. (I also took a few after so you could see what I mean.)
Here’s the living room and kitchen before I set the ceiling on. Pretty airy!
And here it is with the ceiling, plus two ceiling lights, a plant, and that set of stairs.
To me it seems dark and miserable, but maybe that’s because I live basically outside. Or, maybe it just seems dark looking in, and once you’re a Tiny Person inside looking out through the big windows, the view makes the style attractive.
This sucker could not be more boring, at least in my Tiny House experience. I do like the silver pot on the stove, but who cooks on the stove in a white pot? And if that’s not a pot, which’s it doing on a burner?
A big mistake I made in the beginning was thinking I could substitute an old t-shirt as the material for several pieces of furniture. This place has a nice 70s vibe going, so the colors are pretty drab, and I wanted to spice them up just a little. I cut bits from a favorite tie-dye shirt that was worn out and tried to use them with these chairs, but I didn’t realize something major. The fabric patterns for Tiny Houses also have to be really small. So, my large swirls on the tie-dye are entirely lost, duh. Actually, the jersey fabric was super stretchy and hard to work with, too. So I stopped after the kitchen chairs.
I did enjoy finding fruit from my stash and adding it here and there; the kit called for lots of apples and not much else. Apples are cute, but I have tons of extra tubes shaped like fruit that I enjoy cutting up.
When you can see the glue, like above, that means my glue container has gotten old and it’s lost its viscosity. I usually use only about half a $10-15 container for each house, which is a big waste, so I try to make it stretch. If I were making these as gifts, I would start with new glue, for sure.
Two Sofas Living Room
I like this room quite a bit. The white material for the pillows looks bad against the cream of the sofa, but the striped pillows are perfect.
Aren’t the sofas so compact and neat, though?
This is my favorite view, but it was lost as soon as I put the ceiling on.
I used extra tubes of cupcakes and sweet rolls instead of fruit. Tiny People don’t have to watch their glucose levels.
I love it up here, too, with the stripes and checks and tile and stone.
The only odd part is the bedroom rug, which is blue fur! I was hoping it would make more sense after I got it in there, but, nope, that is just weird.
The shower door closes perfectly, and the shelves with washcloths and notions fit neatly inside.
Now that I look at the photo, though, all the bits and bobs are missing. I should have made a couple of rolls of toilet paper for on top of that shelf by the toilet, and there should be a tiny bar of soap by the sink! And where’s a towel? I can’t fit that stuff in there now though; unlike others, this whole house is closed up tight.
Another lovely room!
I didn’t realize until I was finished that I have a piece of frosted plastic that’s supposed to have gone between the toilet and the bedroom for privacy. Oops, so glad I’m not an actual building contractor. Why is that supposed to be glass in the first place?
I love the headboard on the bed, But, why is that table such a clashing green? It matches the refrigerator, so maybe it was just a design overlook.
I could make nothing but rooftop pools as a hobby. They satisfy my every fantasy.
I think this one needs an umbrella for shade, don’t you?
I added the lemons to those glasses on the table and liked them so much I made a tray and glass for the pool.
It’s a floating tray! Or, it should be. I don’t know how that would work in real life, but I don’t have to.
The Prairie at Night
In the dark with the interior lights on, you can see in the house at least a little.
Otherwise, it’s basically just an interesting-looking box. A good design for making, but not for looking at.
Not a Porn Star Shot
I used to take these shots to show off the size, but the houses still end up looking bigger than they are because of my tinier-than-tiny head.
I just had to take this one, though, to match my porn-star fellow hobbyist.
Don’t worry—the link is safe to click on—the only photos of are Luna clothed, holding her Tiny Houses like I am above. Of course, we’ve made the same ones! I don’t make you pay to see mine, though. Oh, so, so funny to think of her and her audience and Tiny Houses. Maybe that’s why mine have sometimes gone viral!