One of the parts of building a tiny house that many people worry about is tiny house plumbing. This is one big area where your tiny house will be very different from a regular house. While normal houses generally have permanent access to water because they’re on the grid, when your house is mobile, there’s no guarantee that you’ll always be near to a water source that you can hook up to.
And while stages of the build like choosing a trailer and sourcing salvaged materials seem exciting and manageable, things start to feel a little scarier when it comes to getting water in and out of your tiny house. Don’t you need to be a trained plumber to do that?
The good news is that there are several options for getting water both into and out of your tiny house. Which option(s) you choose will depend on the lifestyle you hope to have in your tiny house.
Before you make your decision, it’s important that you understand the pros and cons of each tiny house plumbing options. In this article, I’ll outline the different possibilities. For more details about the trade-offs that come with each option, make sure to consult Tiny House Decisions.
How to Get Water into Your Tiny House
First up, let’s look at the different ways to get water into your tiny house.
The easiest option is clearly to have no plumbing system at all. This doesn’t mean you can’t have water in your tiny house, but it does make things a lot less automatic! If you choose this option, you’re basically signing up to carry any water you need to use into your house.
If you do this, you can take different amounts of water to different parts of your tiny house. For example, you might store some near the sink, to pour over any dishes, and you might keep some in the bathroom to create a gravity-fed shower.
You’re likely to carry the water using buckets, bottles, or jugs, so you’ll probably want to park your tiny house close to a water supply, such as someone else’s kitchen. This could work well if you were to park your tiny house in someone’s backyard or on a campsite. Alternatively, if you’re someone who goes to the gym regularly, you could reduce the amount of water you’d need to use (and therefore the amount you’d need to carry) by showering there instead.
If you’re unable to park near to a water supply, you’ll probably need to bulk buy water and find somewhere to store it. Remember that space is at a premium in tiny houses, so this might mean keeping your water outside.
Obviously, the main benefit of this option is not having to deal with any of the hassles that come with plumbing. Your tiny house would probably also cost a lot less than most tiny houses. It’s up to you whether or not these benefits are worth all the trips you’ll need to take to collect water, and the possibility of running out of water.