The Beekeeper’s Bungalow by The Small House Catalog: Tiny House Perfection

This tiny house building The Beekeeper’s Bungalow is named for the owner's beekeeping wife, Jamie. Shawn and Jamie built the small cottage home themselves, doing all the work other than the concrete foundation and the roof shingling. The unique small house plan is a bungalow, with a floor plan set up for single-level living, with a ground floor bedroom and a bathroom. The tiny house building has an attic bedroom that is large enough to be shared by two or three small children, which makes it a good floor plan for young families too. The tiny house building has a centrally-located stair that divides the upper level into two areas, which allows part of the unique small house plan to be used for a separate sitting room, a home office, and a nursery. The small cottage home features handcrafted details inside and out. The exterior of the tiny house building has brackets that support the roof eaves, and there are Doric-style columns on the front porch. The tiny house building has a galley kitchen. The stairs and the hearth for the propane stove were all built on site from solid wood by Shawn and Jamie. The couple also handmade the interior doors from solid wood then added in salvaged hardware to help complete the traditional look. The ground floor of the Beekeepers Bungalow is 576 square feet, and the upper floor has a bit less space. The total space of the Beekeepers Bungalow is a total of just 765 square feet. The usable floor space in this unique small house plan looks quite a bit larger than that, and the space works well for small house living.

Using reclaimed wood and salvaged hardware is just one of the ways to save money when building a tiny house building. Using reclaimed wood also offers environmental benefits. These days over-forestation means that there are fewer trees out there in the forests and jungles. So whenever possible, it is important to preserve what is left. Unique small house plans that use reclaimed wood do this because they are basically recycling old wood, which prevents the need for further trees to be cut down. Meanwhile, when reclaimed wood is used in the building of tiny house buildings, the reclaimed wood results in fewer building materials being sent to landfills.

Using reclaimed wood in your tiny house building gives the home more strength and durability The reason that reclaimed building materials stronger and will last longer than building with newer timber, is because the older reclaimed wood is less likely to split. The reason for this is that the reclaimed wood has been exposed to hot and cold temperatures for so long that it’s already done all of the expanding and contracting that it's going to do. In other words, the reclaimed wood is already dried out and won’t do so any further. Reclaimed wood has already stood the test of time. The grain in the reclaimed wood is also much denser than the new timber which also means that it is less likely to warp. Reclaimed wood also looks better, of course, that might just be a matter of opinion, but reclaimed wood tends to have more character. Because the reclaimed wood has been allowed to grow for a longer period, the rings in the reclaimed timber are wider than you would find in newer timber.

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