Tiny House Design Part 3 - Utilities and Systems

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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

This is going to be a conversation about the utilities and hookups available for tiny houses including pros and cons of each. I will talk about on-grid, off-grid and self contained options when it comes to water, sewer and electric as well as a basic intro to wiring and plumbing.

I will go through all the fixtures and options as far as plumbing, heating and cooling your tiny house. This will be the one where we talk at length about toilets and all the options there ;-).

There are approximately 2 hours of information relating to utilities, fixtures and systems as they apply to tiny homes. This course is formatted to provide the information relevant to you and enable you to make the best decision for yourself. If you are excited about tiny houses and how they may empower you this course is for you!

What are the requirements?

  • Students should bring an open mind and their curiosity of tiny houses!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the options you have to hook up to power, water and sewer in your tiny house.
  • Understand the pros and cons to various fixtures in your tiny house.
  • Choose the right type of toilet for your tiny house based on the pros and cons of all the options.
  • Have a very basic understanding of the options you have electrically in your tiny home.
  • consider safety options and measures for your tiny house.
  • Have a good understanding of the methods you can use to heat and cool your tiny home.
  • Understand the methods of waste water management for your tiny house including both grey and black water management.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for all of those interested in learning the options and opportunities when it comes to transitioning to a tiny house
  • This course is for those in the beginning stages of understanding all of the decisions that go into your own tiny home.
  • This course is probably not for you if you are looking for in depth 'how-to' information on the steps to building your own tiny home.
  • This course if for those looking to learn more about the tiny house movement and if it is right for you!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Instructor Introduction
Section 1: Tiny House Utilities and Systems
Design Factors
Safety Issues

In this portion I go over the plumbing types and options in a tiny house including off grid, self contained and grid tied. I talk about what most people choose to do and why. I define all of the steps to consider and define the water path through your tiny home.


This is an overview of some options you have for various tiny house plumbing fixtures and things to consider. This includes everything except the toilet which get's it's own section below!


The legal aspects of toilets, certifications and things to consider when selecting your potty.


Potty talk! All of the options you have for a tiny house toilet including the pros and cons for each. From flush toilets, to the various styles of composting to incinerating and others.


In this section we talk about the difference between black water and grey water and how to handle each in various different ways.


I talk about the options and considerations as well as the important parts of plumbing your house for gas.


In this section I talk about the decisions and processes that go into determining your own electrical load and the different ways you can get power to your tiny house.


There are many ways to heat your tiny house, in this portion I go over the common options and why you may decide one is more suited for you than another.


There are many ways to cool your tiny house, in this portion I go over the common options and why you may decide one is more suited for you than another.


In this section I talk about the safety alert systems you should include in your tiny home.

Bonus Lecture: Resources

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Instructor Biography

Macy Miller, Architectural Designer

Macy Miller graduated with a Masters Degree in Architecture in 2007 and has devoted her career to sustainable design and instruction, she is a LEED Accredited Professional with a passion for education. As a project, she started the design and construction of her own 196 s.f. tiny house in 2011 and has been living tiny with her family every since. Macy's home has been featured in Dwell Magazine, TIME Magazine, on Yahoo and various other sites internationally. Since completing her home she has stayed very involved in the tiny house community and strives to help empower others to be able to take on the same challenges!

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