Designing and Building a Tiny House, and Everything In Between. 

Ribbons, Sails 

& Dandelion Fluff

May 2020 –

Building a Shelter

Steel Frames & Cladding

Apr 20 – Jul 19

Doors & Windows

The Beginnings of a ‘Tiny’ Project

Apr 19 – Aug 17

Succulents & Raspberries;

A First Foray into Gardening.

Oct 17 – Apr 15

The past week has been a bit all over the place in regards to Tiny House research and it only makes sense that this post will be the same, a look at where we are up to, what is currently inspiring me, and the same old lesson of acting before planning. I messed around on Sketch Up attempting to design the Murphy Bed. I started digging into building windows and the tools we would need and I finally managed to sum up the aesthetic I want in one word.

~ Murphy Bed ~​

After watching a handful of videos on YouTube, I’ve concluded that I don’t think it will be overly difficult to build the Murphy bed, that said, I am not entirely sure how the whole gas strut/pivoting points work. The below model crudely demonstrates what my bed needs to be able to do. The bed lines the 2.4-metre wall and the length of the couch, which it will rest on, is yet to be decided – (I personally feel it should line up with the bed). I am hoping there should be enough height above the bed fixture to line up some books and hopefully some drawers can be added below for linen storage.

Concept One

This design centres the bed on the living room wall creating two thin storage spaces down each side, but when I popped this in the house model it was actually a tad long, so I had to reduce each space to about 7cm- not exactly the most generous of storage spaces. What’s more, that table would sit far too low once pulled down.

Concept Two

This design has the bed off centered with the hope of a still-narrow-but-at-least-usable storage space on the left side. You may notice that the side of the bed folds down. I included this to potentially improve the making of the bed situation so in theory the mattress could be pulled out a little, rather than sandwiched in the frame. Thinking about it now, I think the side would hang down rather than stick out like illustrated..


I also spent the week getting stuck into window design. I must say since we agreed to make the windows, my attitude towards them has greatly improved. In fact it looks like these will be the first thing we will be building! There is a total of eight windows to build- three small awning windows, two large awnings, two casement windows and one double casement window or potentially a bi-fold.

After playing around on Sketch Up  and watching a couple of YouTube videos I thought I would have a go at making a mortise and tenon joint. This idea came to me during the afternoon and I struck out on said plan immediately. It was probably the laziest effort of all time. I really wanted to be careful and precise and recreate the beautiful efforts of Paul Sellers, but I only had some off cuts of mismatched wood, a blunt chisel and as I was ‘just having a go’ my measurements were non-existent. Unsurprisingly it was a complete fail. It also came to my attention that despite my Dad’s large collection of tools, I didn’t really know what half of them were named/did. Frustrated with my attempts and desperate to make something of my day, I went through our shed labelling each tool with its name and purpose, referring to the delightful Book of Tools below. It was a pretty satisfying task which chased away the bad mood that had rolled in earlier, and allowed me to inventory the tools I have access to without purchase.


Recently I have become REALLY interested in narrow boats. The interest originally stemmed from this ‘Exploring Alternatives’ (Cruising the Cut) video I had watched when I was first properly researching small homes. Admittedly I had somewhat forgotten about them but was reminded when I watched an episode of ‘This Narrowboat Adventure:’ What Narrow Boating Books Should You Read on Narrowboat? This introduced me to the book Narrow Minds by Marie Brown. As expected it was not available at my library or local bookstore but fortunately the audiobook was listed on Audible so I signed up for a month trial which conveniently included a free audiobook.

I have been most pleasantly surprised that this has been such a great listen, and funnily enough, that it has been really inspiring for my own build. {Though here I will mention that I didn’t realise that I had downloaded book two until halfway through but so far it hasn’t really mattered.} Since starting the book, I have also watched a couple of episodes of ‘Sort of Interesting‘- this channel captures Dan Brown’s narrow boating life.
Both Dan and his videos are truly delightful.

I feel there are certain similarities between Narrow Boats and Tiny Homes on Wheels, so this has been an exciting re-discovery. It has also reinforced my long-time love of ships- an interest which blossomed when I discovered Pirates of the Caribbean during high school and later cemented with the reading of Robin Hobbs ‘Liveship Traders’ trilogy. In truth, I pretty much love everything to do with the ocean, so when I finally typed ‘Nautical’ into Pinterest it made complete sense.. that is until a second later when I was met with the photographs of ‘nautical themed’ homes- the absolute horror! Navy and white stripes, painted weatherboard, shells and starfish adorning cupboards and mirrors. Nope. No thank you. Not for me.

I am certain that ‘nautical’ is the right word- I am just not pleased with the clean wash interpretation of the interior design world. I had to make my own board just to attempt to capture the nautical influences that I consider interesting. It has brought me far more joy than I imagined- and just quietly I rather do like to pretend that I’m building my own boat.

That’s all for now but I am feeling pretty good about things. We are addressing our timeline tomorrow so that should be most productive.

*Oh and I also finally added my medicine cabinet shelves with modest success.

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