An architecture school graduate, Meg Stephens is a designer at Tumbleweed where she is teaching innumerable Tumbleweed workshops all over the country along with maintaining an active membership with the Tiny House Community. As a part of her duty as she is the leader of the Tiny House Movement she has helped pass a Tiny House Appendix in the International Code Council.
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Her pride is the new Tiny House RV she has designed from scratch along with her husband Dan Stephens and has recently moved in along with him. They have named this abode Lucky Linden. Let us look at what went on behind the scenes whilst the making of this Tiny House RV:
The design of the Lucky Linden was something Meg carried along with from many years in her sketchbook. She loves the Art and Craft styled RV’s and was sure that if she built a tiny house RV someday, this would be a her inspiration. What she like most of this pattern is the low sloped roofs, pop out dormers on the front as well as back and especially the bungalow look from the Sears and Roebuck kit houses which were prevalent in the 1990’s.
The customizations and personalizations that went into making the Lucky Linden:
Following are the customizations done by Meg to her RV:
• Apart from a centered front door another entry was created to increase the air circulation on the inside. Also it makes the living area look bigger.
• Increased the prominence of the overhangs.
• Added a handmade glass block window on both the sides of the RV.
• Built the sleeping loft smaller than was actually planned but increased the size of the front storage loft to accommodate a twin size mattress if the situation calls for it.
• A fully functional kitchen along with a bar stool and a counter. This makes the kitchen area more adaptable to work for two people with the space for just one. They have used backsplash tiles in their kitchen. You can check out a variety of backsplash tiles here: www.glasstileoasis.com/bac...
Time and investment that went into building the RV:
According to Meg it took around 3 years to complete the Lucky Linden. The reason was that the couple did not want to place their abode on a debt hill and hence would work on it whenever they get their hand on some extra cash.
The exteriors and interiors:
When coloring the exterior of the RV Meg had to use the red and green combination as she is biased towards it but to make it look less Christmassy she added an off-white trim to keep the green and reds and bit away from each other. The trim in each window has approximately 50 cuts with the help of Meg’s table and miter saw used on 2x4 regular lumbers. The interior layout saw a few changes over and over again until the right layout was finalized upon. Dan wanted a spacious living area and a kitchen with two people to work. Keeping this in mind the rest of the RV saw a space saving changes in the layout like the stairs that lead to the loft are compact and float over the corner of the kitchen counter hence do not take much of a space but still provides utility.