Rocky Mountain Tiny House

by Greg Parham
(Durango, CO)

ext. view

ext. view

ext. view
int view looking down from loft
detail of reclaimed wood accent

This is not only the first Tiny House I designed and built to get the company going, but I live in it full time and occasionally take it to a trade show or a local event like the farmer's Market. The "Durango" as I have dubbed it, is built on a 16' trailer. It is completely self contained with a solar battery system, 45 gallon water storage tank in the loft, propane for mini oven and hot water, and a tiny woodstove for heat in the winter. I was able to use some recycled materials including the windows, some 2x4's in the wall framing, and misc wood trim pcs/accents. I designed it around my needs as a sole occupant, but it would be fine for two people as well. It is designed for solar passive with a lot of glazing on the "south" side, as long as you orient the trailer correctly. I also designed it with a fold up porch that secures to the back wall (front of house) when in travel. This way you can still get a nice sized porch without having to buy a longer trailer or eat into your floor space. On the exterior, I decided to experiment with three different materials- rusty metal waincot (it looks kind of gray in the pictures, but will eventually be a warm rusty color) stained pine board and batt up to the plate height, and beveled cedar lap siding in the gables. The roof is 26ga pro panel-affordable and tough! My material costs were close to $20k, including the solar and off grid equipment.

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Questions about off-frid
by: CeeCee

Have you found your propane and water needs are adequate as installed? How long does the water and LP gas last one person? What type of solar system? What about toilet? I want to build an off-grid version like this. How large is your main room?

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