The Pera house may be the first tiny house remodel. In early Summer 2012 I found an already-existing tiny house shell built on an 18-ft long trailer on Craigslist that my friend and builder, Tony, was going to finish. Instead we ended up demolishing and rebuilding the tiny house. For what we didn’t know before he went down to South Carolina to pick up the house was that the original owner had only built 16 feet of house – leaving one foot of unused space on either end of the trailer. This made no sense to us, so Tony rebuilt the house to 18 feet and rebuilt the roof to include a spacious loft with dormers and windows that allow me a perfect view of the beautiful trees in the cemetery.
In addition to working with Tony, I also have been fortunate to work with other designers and builders in the local area on my house. Matt Battin of Urban Density Lab designed and helped build the exterior rainscreen siding and innovative space-saving components like storage boxes on the back of the house, a removeable 4-foot porch, counterweighted ladder and slideable storage cabinet. Robin Hayes of Build Tiny has been a great resource for my systems and is designing my water system and bathroom (including rain catchment, pumps, filters, greywater, etc – no easy task!). She also worked on my electrical system and, as a general contractor, is teaching me how to do more building and design on my own in an organized and efficient way.
Some pictures of progress from original house until now