Tiny House: Water Heater…making the outside the inside

One of the many challenges of building a tiny house is trying to fit all the things you need inside.  Either you find a smaller version of said “thing” or you throw it out altogether.

For the water heater, I had to find a little one.  As much as I like the idea of kickin’ it pioneer style, I still want a hot shower now and then.

I chose a gas-powered instant hot water heater by Eccotemp.  BUT it is technically an indoor water heater.

You guys…I tried to get it to fit inside.  It just wouldn’t go.  Either it wouldn’t fit in between the studs (so it could be hidden), or it needed to be vented outside and would make for a weird hole in the wall (so much of this project comes down to aesthetic for me), or it stuck out from the wall in an obnoxious, HERE’S-A-WATERHEATER, kind of way.

So, I put it outside.

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Now the challenge was, how do I make it an “inside” waterheater again?  The only option was to build a case around it that was vented, but protected from the sun.

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Lack of pre-drilling sometimes leads to this…

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Leftover screen (from a screen repair project) made for a perfect  bottom and top cover!

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Also, leftover siding…

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The hinges work and everything! I’ve since stained the wood to blend in a little better 🙂  If you have leftover materials, fight the urge to throw it away until after you’re completely done.  You never know what you could repurpose next!

Thanks to Lucy and Tacy for coming out and helping me finish the doors 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Tiny House: Water Heater…making the outside the inside

  1. AWESOME! One question: would rain (yeah I know, what’s THAT?!) still get in the top with screen there? Always thinking about that in this neck of the woods…. 🙂

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    1. The loft cantilever covers it, so unless we have torrential sideways rain at just the right angle, not much (if any) is going to get in. If it turns out to be a hot mess, I could always put a piece of plywood over it until the rain stopped 🙂

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