E.A.T. South is moving all of our operations to the farm, and we’re building ourselves a tiny office. Maybe you’ve heard of tiny houses? They’re the 200+ sq ft structures sometimes featured on home improvement channels. Our tiny office for three will be in 272 sq ft of a renovated little red caboose.
Farm visitors (kids but lots of adults, too) always want to explore the caboose, but there has been nothing to see. It’s been like our backyard shed where we store everything from old paint to broken chairs, and it’s too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter to be a work space. All of the windows leak. There’s mold. There are mice. There are ants. There are roaches. Eeeew!
Sitting down to plan our tiny office, we came up with the following needs:
- Climate control - we need to be warm in winter and cool in summer.
- No more pests!
- Space for four people to work.
- A small meeting space.
- Storage space for produce. (A small household refrigerator and ice chests currently hold all produce harvested for market.)
- Doors that lock (Unfortunately, we have experienced several thefts on the farm.)
- No mold! (See pictures.)
- Windows that don't leak and open for fresh air.
We also had the following parameters & principles:
- Limited budget - no more than $10,000 for materials and labor
- Limited time - one month to complete the project
- Must be as ecologically responsible as possible - because we're like that.
- No restroom - There are no sewer lines at the farm. We have to use the port-a-potties, but no bathroom gives us more office space.