We talked briefly in class today about the major considerations for roofing and siding materials for our tiny dawg house. The 6 main realms of concern are: cost, energy efficiency, carbon footprint, weight and aesthetics. For our class, ease of installation, or more specifically, level of skill required to install, adds another dimension to the … More Decisions….Decisions… (roofing and siding)
For this week’s class, we toured a local tiny house that’s located in the backyard of a retired microbiology professor, Dr. Peter Hartel. Visiting the house and talking to Dr. Hartel was a great learning experience because he shared with us the challenges he faced when having the house built in his backyard and the … More Touring a Tiny Home and Geodesic Dome Home
Hey everyone my name is Victoria and I’ll be gracing you with my writing today. If you didn’t read the last post, we took an awesome field trip to a tiny home and a geodesic dome…home! First of all, what college class goes on field trips? We obviously have the best instructors teaching our class. In … More A Deeper look into the Field Trip
No class is complete without a field trip (or two). Today we visited an in-town, in-ground, tiny house and a geodesic dome (brings back college memories). Both homeowners were very welcoming and BOTH served excellent refreshments! We hit the jackpot on this field trip. Here is a pic of the geodesic home under construction by … More Field Trip
I learned about the Tiny House class this past spring semester as an intern at UGArden, UGA’s student-run organic learning and demonstration farm. This is my last semester as an undergraduate, and I wanted to take the class because I knew it would be educational, service-oriented, and absolutely unforgettable. And being a student in the … More Tiny House. Big Impact.
As the mornings get cooler and the days get shorter this fall here in Athens, Georgia, our tinydawghouse gets a (tiny) bit closer to completion. For now it is just a big, strange, wooden box on a trailer. Our big, strange, wooden box on a trailer! This past week was all about getting the loft … More Moving Along + Meet the Professors
Hello Virtual Friends! I am managing the blog this week. My name is Matt Nahrstedt and I am a Masters of Environmental Planning and Design student at UGA. My background is architecture and environmental studies so this class is right up my alley! I have thoroughly enjoyed this class so far. The balance between hands-on … More Hey everybody, Matt N. here!
Water is bad news all around for a tiny house. For moisture problems to occur in houses, four criteria must be present: 1) liquid moisture (rain, condensate, plumbing leak, etc.); 2) a driving force or pressure (wind, gravity, capillary or surface tension); 3) a path (crack, hole, opening, etc.); and and 4)moisture-sensitive material. Wood is a very moisture-sensitive … More The house as a system…water
Air movement in a tiny house is a bit of a balance. You want to make your tiny house as tight as possible to manage the interior air temperature and humidity, but if you make it too tight–without provision for fresh air exchange–the air inside your tiny house could become loaded with pollutants and volatile … More The house as a system…air
The moment the walls of a home are hoisted up for the first time just might be the moment in which you know it is really happening. If you’re building your own home, it is undeniably one of the most gratifying moments of the entire process. Our walls may be pretty tiny, but helping raise … More Tiny House, Big Progress