We built this little beauty (17' x 8' - 150 sq/ft) with materials mainly salvaged from a residential home renovation we were working on in North Vancouver, Canada. We rescued additional bits and pieces using online classifieds and from set-building waste generated by the movie industry. We started the design process with the windows and a refurbished travel trailer. Salvage 17 created itself from there.
Weighing just under 7000 pounds, Salvage 17 is easily towed. It's registered in British Columbia as a travel trailer and annual insurance is around $350.
The kitchen feels big for its' size. The cabinets are repurposed vintage hand-made American Cherry bedroom furniture. We installed an electric on-demand hot water system and an induction plate for cooking. Granite countertops, an apartment-sized fridge, and even a tiny dishwasher under the sink add a bit of luxury.
The loft is 8 x 7 ft and accommodates a king-sized mattress. Operable windows at each end of the tiny ensure great ventilation and curtain rails are installed. We've run all of the electric cabling away from the bed area so you can get an EMF-free sleep.
This seems to be the best bathroom style for a small space. To one side is the shower, the other the toilet and in the middle a sink with a vanity/mirror above. Looking toward the bathroom from the kitchen, the mirror gives a feeling of depth. With the bathroom's pocket-door open, and looking into the vanity/mirror, you don't feel like you're looking into a bathroom. The shower/tub combo is custom stainless steel (30"x30") and the toilet is a humanure system. Pictured is an Incinolet, incinerating toilet, which is no longer in place.
Salvage 17's journey
It's been such a privilege to be a part of the tiny house community, touring around demoing Salvage 17 and meeting some amazing change makers. Tiny houses help people to imagine a more sustainable future, to dream of freedom, and to inspire the idea of living mortgage-free (sidenote: "mortgage" is Latin for 'death pledge'). These are some pics of our journey together:
It's all about the storage in a tiny house. Salvage 17 has more storage than some tiny houses twice its size.