Handmade Mini Kitchens

Mini Kitchen Unit - by Ron Czecholinski

Ron Czecholinski saw my recent post on Complete Mini Kitchens and shared one that he built from some antique furniture. The only thing missing in the main unit is a mini-refrigerator, but as you can see below, that’s because a larger one was desired.

If you like the idea of repurposing old furniture and prefer an eclectic style, this may be another route to go. You may still be able to save a bit of carpentry time since the cabinets are already built, and making modifications wouldn’t necessarily be that tough depending on the original cabinets. For example, I’m not sure a mini-fridge would fit in the lower cabinet in Ron’s kitchen, those doors look a bit on the small side. So by selecting that specific cabinet you’d also be choosing another route for the refrigerator.

Some of your room placement choices would be a bit more limited than going the custom route too, since the size and shape of the cabinet would need to be factored-in. You’d probably want to acquire the cabinets first and design them into the space from the start, avoiding regrettable compromises later.

Thanks for sending this our way Ron! That center piece looks like it was built as a kitchen from the start – nicely done.

Also stay tuned for more projects from Ron. Here’s what he told me:

“The community project in Asheville, NC moving forward and will be building 10 houses, 400 sq. ft and up. I am designing the houses to also be available as a custom kit using SIPs.”

You can follow Ron’s small home community progress and news of these future kit homes at Habitat Re-Imagined and  DIY Home Building.

Mini Kitchen - by Ron Czecholinski

Complete Mini Kitchens

YesterTec Complete Mini Kitchen

Building a tiny house kitchen can be time consuming depending on your carpentry skills and what you choose to put into it. Costs can skyrocket if you have expensive tastes and hire professionals to help. One option is to get a complete prebuilt kitchen unit – although even these range in price from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.

For example the Kitchen Armoire pictured here costs about $8,000, and it’s probably a best in class example. When not in use it hides away behind elegant cabinetry and contains a sink, refrigerator, convection oven/microwave, and ceramic cooktop. The cooktop and oven are also setup to shut down when the cabinet doors are closed as a safety precaution. As you scroll down the page you’ll find less expensive options.

The benefit of an all-in-one kitchen for a tiny house is that your cost is fixed and the time to install is shorter. The disadvantage is that you won’t have as many choices as a kitchen you build yourself. At the end of the day it is something to consider designing into your tiny house project.

YesterTec Complete Mini Kitchen - open 2

 

Above: YesterTec Kitchen Armoire

 

gallery kitchen design micro kitchen

 

Above: Micro Modular Kitchen

Johns Strand Hideaway Kitchen

 

Above: Hideaway Kitchen

Avanti Compact Kitchen

Above: Avanti Compact Kitchen

Tiny House Bathrooms

Tiny House Bathroom

One of the bigger tiny space design challenges tiny house owner-builders face are bathrooms. A typical small residential bathroom will measure 5′ x 9′, or 45 square feet. That’s too much space to use when the house is just 120 square foot tiny house.

In a tiny house you’ll find normal flush toilets, RV toilets, commercial composting toilets, incinerating toilets, and lots of Lovable Loos (sawdust toilets). Sometimes the shower shares the same space with the toilet – a wet bath – other times it’s curtained-off. Sinks seem to be optional when folks are comfortable using the kitchen sink – but others prefer a tiny dedicated sink in the bathroom.

If you’d like to play with your own bathroom layout ideas give our free Print & Cut Worksheet a try. Just print it out and cut out the shapes.

See more tiny house bathroom designs on Pinterest. Read more about toilet options.

Portland Remodel

Bathroom above from a Portland remodel - a wet bath in a 3′ x 3′ space.

tall mans tiny house bathroom

Above is a lovable loo (sawdust toilet) tucked into a closet in the Tall Man’s Tiny House.

tub shower

Shower in the Tiny Tack House.

Shawn-and-Jamie-Dehner-Toilet

Toilet in the Moschata Rolling Bungalow. See more tiny house bathroom designs on Pinterest.