Project Description

Project Details

  • February 12th, 2017
  • Cowlitz County Washington
  • Model C
  • 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom
  • 400ft² – 10′ x 40′
  • Hardship
  • Upgrade(s)
    • Custom trim
    • Pine walls
    • Dual lofts

An aging mother is living onsite in an RV.  This is not your ordinary RV but rather a destination, high-end trailer that has many slide outs and close to full-size appliances.  Though this arrangement has worked well for them over the last few years, a few details seem to stand out compared to a regular home.

In the mornings, condensation forms on the inside of the single pane windows, the 3 steps up to the bedroom area seem to get steeper and narrower with age, and the heating system struggles to maintain in the winter months.  This is all with a late model RV.

A Model C 10′ x 40′ tiny home was selected as their solution.  Close to 6′ longer than the RV and a full 2′ wider (not to mention the 3′ of additional headspace), this was definitely a large step in the right direction. Permitted as an accessory structure, this unit was completely legal under Cowlitz County’s purview.

Going this route vs an RV had numerous advantages including a heating system that will keep up and maintain a constant moisture content, insulation that is equal to an ice chest, and exterior weather cladding identical to all the new homes on the market.