Archives for March 2017

Staining / Preventive Maintenance, Tiny Home for move to NC mountains.

Getting ready to have the Harvest Tiny home moved from Florida to Boone, NC, one of the challenges of building a tiny with cedar for the exterior wood is that they say the moisture level Florida and sun can fade staining products faster and although I stained the exterior in January, I will repeat the process next week prior to move and check any cedar siding that needs to be re-nailed or caulked.  Its a little anxiety raising knowing the sun can really damage wood unless treated correctly, because we haven’t had a lot of moisture this winter and its been a milder winter season…….yet the UV rays of the sun seem to be the factor right now.  Although I write this I wouldn’t trade anything for the golden wheat color of the exterior siding because its gorgeous and looks so natural, I hear in place like Colorado that they have to stain all cedar shacks etc, twice a year at higher elevations.  I’ll know more once I get to 3500 feet how the stains hold up to dryer air and sun of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Considerations for a Dishwasher For Your Tiny Home

Pros and Cons / Considerations for a Dishwasher For Your Tiny Home  (Convenience vs Conventional)

Have you thought about a dishwasher as an appliance for your Tiny Home? Does the idea of convenience seem appealing? Are plates and drinking cups stacking up? Purchasing a  dishwasher for a Tiny Home does sound like a foreign idea doesn’t? But in the realm of space saving time knowing that there are a variety of models to choose from would you opt for this knowing that they are energy efficient,easy to install and retrofit many recreational vehicles.  This article will discuss some of the models and options available.

Things to consider?

How many people live in your home?

How often would you use a Tiny Home dishwasher?

What is energy draw to operate, do I need to be tied to grid sewage?

Does having more space on the counter sound appealing?

Does the Ethos of the Tiny Home Culture get pushed back and take away from environment and sustainability, or does the energy/consumption trade off make sense?


Knowing how many people eat in your tiny and how many times a day would be key 1-2 or 3-4 people? This helps understand how often you will use a dishwasher will used. Things to consider location, water and power consumption, where will you locate on the counter, on a shelf , what about pull out model? Compact models fall into three classes, countertop, built-in and dishwasher drawer. All of these units have pros and cons. Before buying a dishwasher be sure to research dishwasher and Tiny Home and RV reviews from people who currently own the same model. So, lets consider each style to find the best model for your custom RV.

The Built-In Dishwasher

Pro’s: Compact Slim Line dishwashers operate just like a residential in home unit. These dishwashers are quiet and need a narrow space. If your working with a Tiny Home Builder you would just ask them to factor in a 24”standard space in your cabinet configuration. Nowadays you can find compact Energy Star Rated products that hold 8 place settings at one time use only 3 gallons of water. If your adding to a kitchen already built, could you not put this at the end of your cabinets?

Con’s: A Built-In dishwasher will use more water but not as much as residential models which use 6 gallons and will need to wired and plumbed into your unit. A built-in dishwasher also requires a discharge into the grey water tank. * Tiny Home buyers you need to have a grey water tank to discharge and professional installation is recommended especially in tight kitchen spaces.

18” Built-In Energy Star Model   

The In-Drawer Dishwasher

Pro’s: The In-drawer models are very trendy now as space saving appliances in Tiny Homes and RV’s. Traditional dishwashers use about 6 gallons of water, Energy Star rated use about 4 gallons, and In-drawer model uses no more than 4 gallons of water to get your dishes both clean and dry and the drawer will hold up to 6 place settings. The Vesta model show below uses 2.4 to 4.2 gallons water to clean and dry dishes, its also the most popular in-drawer model and Vesta offers both drawer and countertop models and comes in Stainless, White and Black.

Con’s: An In-drawer style dishwasher should be professionally installed. Your Tiny Home may or may not have the space and the connections necessary to host a dishwasher drawer. Make sure to talk to your Tiny Home builder and appliance installer/RV technician before you buy any dishwasher unit.


The Countertop Dishwasher

Pro’s: These compact countertop dishwasher models offer low profile that fits comfortably under most cabinetry without permanent installation required, they are extremely easy to operate and manufacture’s claims they are 61% more efficient in power consumption and finally they sit just about anywhere you have water. Water usage is 3.2 gallons, many people place a countertop dishwasher next to their sink when they use and can connect with hot and cold water and use the drain. For a plug and play model Countertop dishwashers are affordable and easy to connect for the do it yourself owner.

Con’s: cheap NFL jerseys China Weight and space is probably the biggest issue while this type of dishwasher is easy to connect it weighs 50lbs for some not an issue but it needs to be taken into consideration. The size is about the same as a microwave for some this is precious counter space. (which can be hard to come by) * Note (Tiny Home users need to discharge into grey water tank) 

Final Considerations:

Compact dishwashers use power and water every time you run it. This means you must have enough water in your water tanks and enough waste space in your gray water tank. If your parked at a location with water, electric and sewage provided this may not be a problem however if your off grid a dishwasher may eat a lot of off the power and water from your source tank. Check with your Tiny Home builder to make sure you will have extra 120 volt outlets by the kitchen. If you are off grid you could use a generator to provide power. For winterization if you plan to store your Tiny Home, prepare your dishwasher just like any other water consuming unit in your trailer and empty all water, dishwashers can freeze if water is left in them.

Where To Buy Your RV Dishwasher:

Were now in a period where the cost of compact appliances like dishwashers are down to $275.00-$450.00 with the median costs $330.00 The internet is one of the best places by checking reviews or seeing if popular models are located locally it will not be hard to find them. Camping World sells the Vesta RV Dishwasher, Compact Appliance the Avanti models.  Amazon and Edgestar sell the countertop model and Ebay also sells a variety of RV dishwashers but again, be sure to read the reviews and return policies before buying


Lets go back and look at the considerations mentioned at the beginning from how many people may live or eat in your Tiny Home all these models will wash for 6 place settings, most are compact or can be added. In discussing the Ethos of water and power consumption most if these use far less than standard residential models so a can a case be made for convenience these may be nice investments as long as you have power and water.

Not to be understated here is that unlike a lot of RV’s most tiny home builders are not putting grey water tanks in their models, at Sea to Sea Homes, not only do this but we deliver with standard pricing fresh water, grey water and black water tanks we can also design the location for a dishwasher and also make sure you have the necessary power outlet behind a cabinets.

We can design and build your kitchen with the appliances you want contact us or call 954-290-5467.

Alternative, Low-Cost Options:

If an Tiny Home dishwasher is not in your immediate future here are a few ideas and tips for dealing with dirty dishes in a small kitchen space.

  1. Use reusable ceramic, heavy plastic or corelle dishes vs paper.
  2. Limit how many coffee cups, drinking glasses and dishes per person. Tiny thinking helps with space a clutter ie; dirty dishes. What if you just used 1 coffee cup 1 drinking cup and two plates/bowl as a daily plan, this just means you have to wash and should be able to resuse your cups and glasses throughout the day.
  3. Plastic vs Metal. If you use plastic make sure its made with 100% recyclable materials. Heavy plastic and metal will out last plastic and be more durable.
  4. Pots and Pans, these will not likely fit in a compact dishwasher so coat pots and pans with Dawn dishwashing soap it will begin to break down the grease allowing for a quick and easy clean up later on.


We can design and build your kitchen with the appliances you want contact us or call 954-290-5467.

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