Tiny Home Plumbing in San Diego: Smart Adaptations
If you have not caught Tiny House Hunting or Tiny House Nation, maybe you saw KGTV’s story on San Diego’s first master planned tiny home community. Set on an as yet undetermined five acres in North County, the community will have room for 50 homes measuring anywhere from about 18 x 8 to 28 x 8. Solar-powered and landscaped with edible plants, the community will provide affordable and eco-friendly housing. With San Diego housing prices still rising, we wouldn’t be surprised to see tiny home communities popping up across the county over the next 10 years. As responsive San Diego plumbing contractors ready to meet the needs of the local population, we have set about learning the specifics of tiny home plumbing.
Tiny Home Appliances You’ll Be Shrinking Down
The charm of the tiny home is that you get to build it according to your every whim. If you have the money, you can have every appliance available for a traditional sized home. The problem is that normal sized appliances take up quite a bit of room. If you’re planning on entertaining, it will be tough to get more than two people in the home with full-sized appliances. Instead, consider scaling down a bit.
Refrigerator: Tiny home dwellers pick from something as small as a dorm refrigerator that can fit under a counter to a 7.4 cubic foot model that’s about five feet tall and 24 inches wide.
Dishwasher: These come in small sizes as well. The EdgeStar Energy Star dishwasher is 32 inches high, 18 inches wide and 22 inches deep. Edgestar also makes a countertop dishwasher that washes 6 place settings.
Hot Water Heater: The tiny home is the perfect place for the tankless hot water heater. Measuring just about 14 inches by 24 inches, the Noritz tucks in well to a tiny home bathroom or even outside in a cabinet.
Toilets: Toilet choices depend on how you plan to use your tiny home. If you’ll be moving about the country in it, most likely you’ll have a composting toilet or a black water tank. Those who plan to keep their home in one location may have the option of connecting to the city’s water system. The San Diego tiny home community Habitats Tiny Homes mentioned above offers this option. This system is no different from a regular home’s plumbing hooked up to the city’s sewer.
To get an idea of what you can get, go to an RV store to pick up a catalog. There, you’ll find lots of appliances of reduced sizes as well as creative storage solutions.
The Fresh Water Tank Option
Like an RV, the tiny home can have a water tank for use when water hook ups aren’t available . . . off the grid, as the tiny homers like to say. Between washing clothes and dishes, showering and drinking, the average American uses 80 to 100 gallons per day. Tiny home dwellers try to use less. A typical fresh water tank in a tiny home is 40 gallons. If you’re going off the grid, you’ll have to ration the water pretty closely.
Keep in mind that the water pump in such a small space can sound loud. Consider covering it in a sound proof box.
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