This is an interview with Aaron Brachfeld who owns and writes for the Meadowlark Herald and lives in a cooperative in Colorado. He is currently building a little house using a Tuff Shed as a boat cabin.
- Check with local regulations for homes. The County or City building inspector will not like your small home, or a Tuff Shed unless you make considerable modifications to it. However, in many places, it is legal to dwell in an RV. Some RV’s have wheels, others have pontoons. RV permits are very affordable in most places.
- Also, check with Child Protection Services or the police for regulations required for children. In Colorado, each child needs about 75 square feet, their own bed (at least 2 feet wide) and numerous other details. If you don’t have children, it is likely you won’t need to modify your plans much.
- Sanitation is regulated too. On boats in Colorado, you are required to have on-board sanitation before entering waters, and most RVs are required to have toilets. Sanitation may be easily provided with a marine toilet in any case, combined with an off-board processor, or septic dump. There are numerous solutions, but the most cost effective will be determined by the site, the regulations and your own requirements. An on-board sewage tank will not likely require a permit from the government, and may be sucked clean like any other… or dumped.
- If you are making a small or tiny home, shelving is vital. So is furniture that serves double purposes, easily stored or hung, and moved about. Your room will need to be reconfigured several times a day from bedroom to kitchen to office to…
- Electrifying your RV requires not connecting it to the ground with a permanent attachment, usually.
- Adequate research into the law is vital. You are not allowed to live freely anymore, and everything that we do and how we do it is regulated. Boats are regulated differently from other RV’s and RV’s are regulated different from mobile homes.
- We found a barbeque is cheaper than a kitchen stove if you want cooking facilities on board. Mounting it or altering the barbeque is not necessary, but possible.
- There is not much special about a Tuff Shed vs. other buildings in terms of lifestyle, but it is a choice to make a home you can afford than take one pre-made you cannot. With Tuff Sheds you can customize the number of windows and other structural elements, and that is certainly nice.
Good luck with finishing your house, Aaron!
Have you considered a Tuff Shed as a house? Could you convert a shed into office space or a guest house?