We Own a 100 Year Old Tiny House – Now What?
We chatted with our neighbors the other day and they told us that the house was originally a ticket office for the train that ran through Alameda. The building was moved from it’s original location just a few streets away to our current site. A kitchen and bathroom were built off the back and voila – it became a house. We moved over a few items from our storage unit (desk, dresser and chairs) as well as necessary Airstream goodies (mattress, clothes, kitchen and bathroom stuff, etc) and are now living in the new abode. The back unit is now full to the gills with the rest of the storage unit – kitchen wares, a few pieces of furniture, family items, etc. Our hope is to live here for a few months to get an idea of how we want to move forward with the remodel. Once we decide on a plan and get it approved by the City of Alameda we will move out of the house and back into the Airstream for the duration of the remodel. Yahoo – this year is gonna be fun.
Details: 483 square foot main house, 110 square foot back studio, 90 square foot garden shed, 3800 square foot fenced in property.
Check out the before and inspirational photos below.
The back unit (above on the right) will turn into our office/guest bedroom space.
We hope to enclose the porch and turn it into additional interior living space. We will build a new smaller porch off the front.
We want to remove 2 of the 3 interior walls to create an open floor plan. We will also lift the low ceiling to expose the A-frame roofline and possibly create a loft bedroom.
We will remove all the carpet and replace it with reclaimed local hardwood.
The original ticket office was built with redwood and is still in great shape. We hope to expose some of this beautiful wood if possible.
The back of the house (kitchen and bathroom) was added once the building was moved to this location. The slanted roof doesn’t fit with the original A-frame roof. We will extend the A-frame across the entire roof.
INSPIRATIONAL PHOTOS – We have collected some ideas that inspire us as we move forward in this eco renovation. Check them out below.
David Toerge Photography