APPLIANCES & FURNISHINGS
While the most basic necessity of a dwelling is to shelter its inhabitants from environmental conditions, we intend to lead a fully-functioning modern lifestyle from within our own. This incorporates modern appliances and furnishings that allow us to live comfortably and efficiently, although we endeavor to invest in such conveniences with a mindfulness for space-optimization, cost-efficiency, energy- and water-efficiency, and minimal environmental impact.
The information below demonstrates a range of options we are investigating as we plan our own TINY HOUSE. We would consider some of the categories below necessary and some negotiable - necessary being that we require its use in order for our home to function, negotiable being that it is a luxury that could be purchased at a later date if desired.
All listed specifications are current as of the posting of this content, but should be confirmed for application in your own custom-designed space. Appliance dimensions should be thoroughly researched, as nearly all will require certain installation clearances beyond the size of the actual product itself. These details should be carefully considered and coordinated, especially in kitchen layouts.
Each appliance category below is demonstrated through comparative lists based on currently available products that capture benefits suitable for off-the-grid small-scale living. Most products listed are compatible for 120V or less outlets. This is compatible with our off-the-grid home and its electricity limitations. Homes connected to the grid could be compatible for higher voltage appliances that would expand options considerably. Please note that the list is certainly not exhaustive, as there are innumerable options to sift through.
WASHER & DRYER
For us, a washer and dryer are both negotiable. However, we recognize the extreme benefit of a washer and intend to purchase one as part of our initial build. We feel that a dryer is certainly a luxury, both in terms of space and energy consumption, and we intend to line-dry our clothes year-round. Having lived in New Zealand for a year and using this method for the entirety of that time, I would consider this to be completely feasible.
Counter-intutively, we consider a dishwasher a necessity for a TINY HOUSE. This is not a necessity of convenience, but rather water consumption. As we will be relying fully on rainwater catchment, we will be required to minimize water consumption in all possible aspects. A dishwasher will be remarkably more efficient at cleaning dishes than washing by hand.
REFRIGERATOR & FREEZER
A refrigerator and freezer are necessary for us, primarily in terms of convenience and cost. We work from home often and may not leave for days at a time, so having a substantial grocery supply is necessary. It is also simply more financially-feasible for us to cook a majority of our meals rather than eat out. We consume and cook with a wide variety of fresh produce and require a reasonably-sized refrigerator. However, a full-sized refrigerator seems excessive and unnecessary for just two people, especially in terms of space-optimization and energy consumption.
All of the options listed below are miniature refrigerator/freezers. Unfortunately, these are often designed for use in offices or dens and dedicate a considerable amount of door space just to aluminum can storage. We will likely adapt that portion of the door to suit our own use as shelves.
COOKTOP & OVEN
We consider a full range to be inefficient for the size of a TINY HOUSE. When a cooktop and oven are combined into a range, it can result in a considerable amount of wasted space. Purchasing the cooktop and oven separately gives us flexibility in terms of kitchen layout and financial flexibility as we consider the cooktop a necessity and the oven an appliance that we use considerably less and would come as a later investment.
While an electric kettle would not normally be considered a major appliance, it will be a key energy-saver for us in our home. We consume coffee and tea throughout the day - an electric kettle will boil water quickly and efficiently as opposed to heating water on the cooktop, which could take several minutes and exhaust considerably more electricity.
Expanded content coming soon. Stay tuned!
COUCH | BENCH