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Making Outdoor Space part of your Tiny House Living
September 11, 2012, 8:26 pm
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 Here’s another unusual example, which would work great where the terrain of one’s lot, or even the size of it might not otherwise allow you to build an outdoor deck, or configure any kind of outdoor living patio into the overall scheme of your small or tiny living experience. “Extend your living space outdoors” is one of the oldest tricks in the small-space-design book, and one that is very effective. Doing so while extending and continuing your lines of sight can be additionally helpful in many layout cases. Of course, outdoor living space can more so become TRUE living space in warmer climates, while in places like New England, where I live, its relegated to more of a seasonal option- BUT, its a tactic that still visually tricks the mind and makes a room feel bigger than it is, or gives one more room to lounge and live in the great outdoors- tax-free, in some cases too. 

The photo example given may be atop more of a playhouse, but the idea is still there: You can take things not only outward, but upward. A simple butyl membrane roof, and some proper framing could make a roof deck like this a reality rather easily.

-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

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This is an idea I've been really fond of, not just because you get to utilize the exterior as an extension of the interior, but because a flatter roof would increase the space inside that would otherwise be taken up by a gable that could be valuable headroom or storage space. Plus I love climbing on top of stuff, of course.

The big question is how you could still shed snow in cold weather. I keep wondering if some kind of collapsible canvas gable (like an awning) could be put up above the roof in the winter to keep the snow off the deck.

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