With all the talk about tiny houses, in a nutshell it comes down to this: Well-designed, well-equipped small dwellings keep the whole domestic world within reach.
The best view is framed by the window you look out most often. The bed helps you sleep. The kitchen has the all the gadgets you need, and nothing you don’t stuffed in the back cupboards.
Adding to this efficiency:
The monthly electric bill for six tiny houses corralled in Caravan — The Tiny House Hotel in Northeast Portland is less than one hilltop mega mansion.
Check out the triangular toilet and a street sign fashioned into the shower, all sourced from reused materials. The flooring is salvaged decking, the roof is repurposed refrigerator panels, and the stairs to the sleeping loft were once industrial stairs.
“Skyline is our funkiest tiny house and feels and looks very ‘ Portland,'” says Deb Delman, who owns the tiny house hotel with her husband Kol Peterson, a building teacher specializing in micro units and accessory dwelling units.
The tiny dwelling has hot water, electric heat, a kitchen and flush toilet.
Craftsman Eric Bohne of Metalwood Salvage built it in 2013 in the driveway of his Portland house in collaboration with Caravan’s owners.
If you’d like to see more of Caravan and the tiny house interiors, sign up for the Tiny House Tours ( $10, limited to 100). 417 SE 11th Ave. Or wander over Wednesday evenings to listen to local music and see what life could feel like living in a space the size of a parking spot. Caravan Campfires Songs & S’mores music series features musicians from different genres, from solo acoustic acts to full bands. The $10 ticket gets you all-you-can-eat s’mores. But BYOB and BYOBBQ (bring your own reusable cup and plate.) For more information, call 503-288-5225 or visit tinyhousehotel.com.
— Janet Eastman [email protected]503-799-8739 @janeteastman
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