Tiny House Plumbing at Life Inside a Box

Derek at Life Inside a Box has started plumbing their tiny house. He has experience as an electrician, but not a lot of experience with plumbing – so we get to watch and learn as he does. This is also an opportunity for us to see how a tiny house owner-builder can really accomplish seemingly difficult tasks – like plumbing a house.

Below are the last three videos on plumbing from the Life Inside a Box YouTube Channel. You can also follow them on the Life Inside a Box Blog. Once the rough plumbing work is done his next big task is wiring the house.

Power It Up! DIY Electrical Wiring DVD Set

The following is a guest post from Kevin Coy.

Hello! Kevin Coy here with Kevin’s Micro Homestead and A Self Reliant Life. Some of you may already know me from videos that Michael has shared from my Youtube channel here on his site.

I have been a contractor and remodeler for the better part of 20 years and a part of the simple, mortgage free, tiny house living movement for many of those years. Early on one of the gaps that I saw in this genre was a lack of instruction or resources to help tiny house enthusiasts learn how to build their homes without relying on the expense of a contractor.

I have become very passionate about showing people how they can truly own their own home without spending the national average in the US for housing of $530,000 per person over their lifetime. in light of the recent economic downturn where families lost their homes to banks and mortgage companies because they could not make a payment I became even more determined than ever to show people how they can take control of the largest expense in their lives and get rid of the 30 year mortgage trap.

Not so long ago when a family wanted a home they built it themselves. Unfortunately in our culture this would be impossible for a lot of people today as we have lost a lot of the skills that would be needed. Let alone having the time. This is where I  believe that the tiny house movement has made us realize we can build our own homes without it being such a daunting task. We just need to get back to teaching those lost skills and becoming more self reliant again.

One of the scary parts for some when building their own tiny house is the electrical system. And it shouldn’t be as it is quite straightforward once you know the basics and what the rules are. It can also be one of the more expensive parts of the project to hire an electrician. Knowing this, I have created a 4-DVD series that teaches you how to Do-It-Yourself in a step by step process. Breaking it down very simply for anyone with zero experience. After watching these DVD’s even a ten year old could wire a house:) One of the keys to ending the mortgage rein over our lives is to invest in ourselves and build our skills as well as our knowledge.

Learn more about what the DVD Series covers and watch the short video explaining the Power It Up DVD and what it will teach you.

I am currently shooting the Plumbing It Yourself DVD set and hope to have it out to you soon. If you would like to connect so you don’t miss out on anything go to www.aselfreliantlife.com.

Also I have created a Youtube Channel with a series on how to build your own tiny house yourself. Our channel has over 20 videos in just this series showing step by step how to frame, build a foundation, install window and doors, roofing, siding, etc. I also go over all the tools and materials you will need and site considerations as well as safety while you build. Also be sure to check out Kevin Coy’s A Self Reliant Life on YouTube.

I hope our site and channel helps you become more independent, self reliant and mortgage free.


Tiny House Construction Essentials: Plumbing Systems

Casa Pequena, that tiny house we framed and wrapped in just 2 days at the Casa Verde festival in McMinnville last April? It’s time for Casa Pequena to be plumbed. Come learn how!

Boneyard Studios Tackles RV-Style Plumbing

Here’s an article that explains some of the mysteries for building an RV-style plumbing setup for a tiny house.

“Currently the majority of tiny homes are built to accept pressurized water hookup from a hose. Simple, but also quite limiting if the house is ever moved for a few days (or longer) to somewhere where there is no pressurized water hookup- a music festival, or, say, a vacant alley lot.”

Read how they are building an RV-style set-up at Boneyard Studios.

Sink Holes and Light Fixtures

Some finishing touches going into the Little Yellow Door tiny house.

“Gathering the nerve to cut into Flemming’s irreplaceable counter tops took a lot of thought. A lot of thought, a lot of measuring, and a lot of ‘you can do this’ talks with myself. But all went well, and I also drilled holes for the faucet behind. Somehow everything just barely fit in the tight space.”

Read more about Sink holes and light fixtures… « littleyellowdoor.

Jonathan’s Tiny House Plumbing

Jonathan (Gungy) is making steady progress on plumbing his tiny house. He has posted a few articles on his experience one this complex piece of tiny house construction. If you’re considering building a small house you might want to read through his experience with plumbing his own house.

  • Plumbing Part 1
  • Plumbing Part 2