Lina designed and built Tiny for Two (T42) with her fiance, Isha

Lina and Isha designed and built their tiny home in 2016-2017 and it's their detached bedroom at Going Places. Photo credit: Kristina Lynn Photography

Lina and Isha designed and built their tiny home in 2016-2017 and it's their detached bedroom at Going Places. Photo credit: Kristina Lynn Photography

This profile will introduce you to our lil' house. If you'd like to see more photos of the house, check out Tiny for Two (T42) Photos. If you have questions, please be sure to take a peek at my Frequently Asked Questions and if your question isn't addressed there, please contact me. You can also check out other T42 posts on my blog, Niche News.

Fast Facts

  • Name: Tiny for Two (T42)
  • Location: Going Places in Portland, OR
  • Location Type: Tiny Cohousing Community (two tiny houses act as detached bedrooms in the backyard of a single-family home - for more check out My Journey to Tiny Cohousing)
  • Setting: Urban
  • Designer: Lina Menard of Niche Consulting LLC (yup, that's me!)
  • Builder: Lina Menard, her fiance Isha & Friends (special shouts out to Lori and Andy)
  • Plan Set: To Be Released Soon
  • Number of Full-Time Inhabitants: 2
  • Number of Part-Time Inhabitants: 0
  • Pets: Raffi, 11 year old red Devon Rex tabby cat

Size Details

  • House Width (Exterior): 8'-6" (102")
  • House Width (Interior): 7'-7" (91") 
  • House Length (Exterior): 24'-2" (290")
  • House Length (Interior) = 23'-3" (279") 
  • Exterior Square Footage: 205'
  • Interior Square Footage: 176 first story + 53 second story = 229 SF total
  • House Height: 13'-5"
  • Weight: Unknown

Construction Details

  • Style: Contemporary
  • Roof Shape: Side-to-Side Shed (Skillion) Roof
  • Foundation Type: Double 14,000# Iron Eagle Trailer with side extensions
  • Construction Type: SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels)
  • Insulation Type: GPS (graphite polystyrene foam)

Systems

  • 7 gallon electric point-of-use water heater
  • 2 electric space heaters (Oct-Apr)
  • apartment-sized fridge with freezer 
  • two-burner induction cooktop
  • convection toaster oven
  • kitchen sink
  • bathroom sink
  • bathroom shower and tub

Sustainability Features

  • salvaged siding and other finish materials
  • electric-only appliances
  • SIPs construction for energy-efficiency
  • liquid-applied water resistant barrier for air sealing and energy-efficiency
  • all LED lighting
  • energy-efficient appliances
  • low-VOC paints, stains, and sealants

 Budget

  • Total Build Cost: $59,000
  • Building Materials: $48,000
  • Truck: $3650 (we purchased the truck for the build and sold it once we were done so recouped most of this cost)
  • Build Space Rental: $2,000 ($250/month for 8 months)
  • Volunteer Meals: $750 
  • Furnishings: $1,500
  • Contracted Labor: $2100 ($800 roofer, $1000 electrician, $300 additional electrical consultations)
  • Appliances: $1,000
  • Estimated Sweat Equity: $20,000 (1000 hours at $20/hour*)
  • Total Value: $79,000


 

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