My Darling Tiny House on Wheels

by Marsha Cowan
(North Carolina)

My Darling

My Darling

My Darling
Kitchen with closet at window
Loft sleeping area
4 Ladder back chairs for seating

I bought a 14' trailer, but because of poor construction, had to build a 10'long house instead which meant really changing the plans, but now that I have it, I absolutely love it. It is built mostly from scraps, bargains, and recycled materials including old 100 year old stable boards from which I pulled a gallon bucket full of old rusty nails. The boards were used for the outside and inside of the home and add a very warm rustic feel against which I put a lot of white trim and furniture. There is a composting toilet. I worked on the house for 2 years, and now have been living in it for 2 weeks. Just built an off grid solar generator for some power, so now I sleep with a fan pulling in wonderful cool air through the windows. It's great!

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Oct 02, 2013
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Composting toilets
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for all of your kind and generous remarks about My Darling tiny house. I thought I would mention the use of the composting toilet. The book Humanure is very helpful in understanding how a composting toilet should work. Basicly, when you open the lid, you should see dry matter (shavings, peat moss, hay, etc.) on top with no wet spots. This helps discourage insects from landing there and raising. I did have a case of flies once. It only took a day to get it back into line. I crushed 1/4 of an organic "pill" for organic growth in ponds into the bucket and mixed it around. After a day, the flies were gone and I had gone to the internet to see how to avoid that problem again. As long as I covered the entire top with enough dry shredded matter, and once each week, stirred the whole things up to oxygenate it, I had no problems, and as it composted it reduced in size so that after 4 months, it was still only half way full and could be used for another couple of months. Hope this helps. Oh yes, I also separated urine form other, and mixed the urine with wate and poured directly on the gardens. It is sterile and full of Nitrogen.

Sep 24, 2013
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Love it!
by: Connie Fox

It is darling! Absolutely adorable!! So nicely done!

Sep 24, 2013
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Love!!
by: Pamela

Marsha.....you did a super build! Please share more interior pics. Love what I see.

Pamela

Sep 24, 2013
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Next generation
by: Swanee

It's beautifully decorated and shows that you can make even the smallest of spaces inviting and comfortable. Some of you men out there who own a tiny home and aren't really into decorating but still want your place to have that wow factor when your friends see it for the first time need to hire this girl to decorate it for you. The good thing about tiny houses is you can go very manly or super girly for very little money.
Great job! A house like this will inspire the next generation of lto join the tiny house movement when they are older.

Sep 24, 2013
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compost commodes
by: Anonymous

love your little house. like the others I would love to see the inside.

I am a single women of 66 yrs old. I have done some research on compost commodes. no one has yet has written to my knowledge any info on commodes. I do not have any idea how one works, how often does one need to be emptied, etc? how difficult would it be for someone my age to live with and keep up? any info from any of our readers would be appreciated. compost commodes 101 thanks

Sep 02, 2013
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More Pictures
by: Maria

Would like you to post more pictures of the inside. How soon can you post them? I Love what I see so far!

May 08, 2013
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Horseshoe
by: Anonymous

I have always seen it this way, but I did read about holding the luck in by turning it upside way. The way I hung it symbolizes sharing the luck with all those who come through my door.

May 02, 2013
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horseshoe
by: Anonymous

Might I suggest that your over the front door horseshoe needs to be up the other way (U shaped) to hold the luck.
Love the underchair storage.

May 02, 2013
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Horseshoe
by: Lili

Might I suggest that your horseshoe needs to be up the other way to 'hold the luck'. Love the underchair storage idea. More pictures please. I am designing my own granny flat here in Aus. and need all the ideas I can find.

May 02, 2013
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Love it!
by: Britt

Thanks so much for sharing - your house is wonderful!

May 01, 2013
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Answering questions
by: Marsha

I will try to post more pictures of the inside of My Darling, but not sure how. Maybe Alex can clue me in. The composting toilet is in a nook across from the kitchen area sandwiched between a cabinet with shelves and bamboo baskets for storage and the back of the desk which faces the chairs so one of them can be turned around to use at it and still be out of the main traffic area. Behind the composting toilet is a tiny window and under that a metal rack with hooks for towel and wash clothes.Thanks for all your support and likes!

May 01, 2013
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Love your little house!
by: Cheryl Y

I just wanted to tell you that your little house looks very much
like home. I can see you put your own style into it, making it look
comfy and inviting. I would love to see more, and hear about the process of building. You should blog or post video's on You
Tube.

-Cheryl Y

Apr 30, 2013
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Can you show me more?
by: Rosalyn

I have a an 8 by 10 potting shed, and always felt it was too little to do anything neat. I love your kitchen. Do you have more photos of the toilet area and living section? What stove did you use? You got me excited...there are possibilities for me!

Apr 30, 2013
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love your house
by: Moonbeam

Love your house and the use of recycled materials... I was raised in a family of home builders three generations... and still going... my Dad built my first house... 4'x 8 foot and 6 foot high... now I'm looking to build one on a trailer... see you are in North Carolina ... anywhere near the Outer Banks? that is my favorite place in the world... what are to law like there for portable tiny homes... was thinking Ocracoke... just put it on the ferry If the storms are too bad,... Like your design .. I'm working on one that has everything on one level and storage above... getting too old for up and down the ladder to get to bed then down again to use the bathroom... and ho love your little house. Kathy ... Moonbeam's Cottage Severna Park Maryland

Apr 30, 2013
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Sweet!
by: 2BarA

You have created a real live doll's house! I love
your window planters, too. Hope you find much happiness in your tiny house.

Apr 30, 2013
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Cute!
by: Anonymous

Love what I see. Would like to see a floor plan.

Apr 30, 2013
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Very homey
by: Karen

This IS darling. Worth the effort wasn't it?

Apr 30, 2013
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Adorable!
by: GloriaV

It's great and have fun living there! BUT.... I want to see MORE photos! I'd love to see how you fit the 4 chairs in there, plus I love your decorating style, it looks adorable!

Apr 29, 2013
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Beautiful!!
by: Alex

Thanks for sharing your little cottage on wheels with us. It's gorgeous!!

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