I was inspired by a picture posted at one point by Michael Janzen of Tiny House Design. He was considering designs to develop, and had posted an 8x20 design with dormer windows added to the roof. We are most likely going to go with a modified Sonoma Shanty design that adds dormer windows for loft head room and lighting.
I am now wondering if we should do full shed dormers on BOTH sides, REALLY opening up the loft and the whole house, but making it a lot more susceptible to heat loss.
On the other hand, we could do partial shed dormers just in the back third over the loft.
And finally, there's also the option of cutting back to one side of the loft for even more heat efficiency, leaving windows only on the south facing side.
While we do love the 8x20 solar house design that Michael is now offering, we really want to implement a loft for the extra floor space. And it seems easier to add dormers to the Sonoma Shanty than it would be to add a loft to the solar house, so we're leaning that way at this point.
I am still lost on how we are going to implement a grey water holding tank near the drain (so we can use it at RV parks and stuff) and also how to implement the electrical system properly so that it can be hooked up easily to a simple extension cord... wouldn't mind also being able to hook it up at an RV park, but I don't know what the standard is there either.
If anyone has any resources on these, please let me know.