She Sleeps in a Piano!? Victorian TINY HOUSE Tour for Retirement

She Sleeps in a Piano!? Victorian TINY HOUSE Tour for Retirement

This week’s video is brought to you
by Humless, solar power on the go. Did you know in the last 50 years, the size of the average American home
has grown over a thousand square feet? Well, imagine what the average American
home looked like in the civil war era. Today I’m going to introduce you to a
woman who’s designed her tiny house based entirely on that time period. I think you’re going to really love
the architectural style of this one. So without further ado,
let’s go take a tour. Hey, I’m Shorty Robbins and
this is my tiny house. The Victorian tiny house. Nawaka is the camp that I went to as a girl
and it taught us self-reliance and self sufficiency. And I think it was probably the first
stage in my learning that I really could do anything. We do civil war reenacting and living
history for a really intense hobby. And originally Nawaka was built
to replace a tent on a very, very rainy weekend and I had to
fold up wet canvas and wet carpets. I decided I didn’t want to do that
anymore. So we built a tiny house I was just going to do the
outside. Because when we do reenacting it’s
really the outside of our tents that matter. And then I just started having so much
fun studying the material culture of the period and everything that
it kind of grew from there. And I started working on the inside I sort of felt like, well I’m really not a tiny houser
this is just my reenacting thing, but the more I got to know
people and the more I got to do it, I thought I could totally do this.
I could do this all the time. And everything I love and care about
materially is, is in the house. And uh, I, I moved in a year ago and I
just, I love it. I don’t miss, I have in big spaces and big house
payments or any of that at all. One thing I get a lot of comments on
is my stairs actually flip up there. They’re attached. And, um, I just did that cause it’s easier for me
and I use a tie strap to strap them to the posts, but they flip up and, and uh,
I don’t have to struggle with anything. Um, makes it real easy for me. So I’ve
got a Dutch door, love my Dutch door, that’s the big dogs door. He
can stand there and look out. I grew up in new England and the doors
I guess are real common in new England. This is my parlor again, pretty typical for a Victorian parlor
except you don’t see the computer down there. Um, The kids would have all slept up in
the sleeping loft and so we have one of those. And then the, um, parents would have slept down here in
the parlor and of course parlor has to become a bedroom at night. And
something that they actually did have, which is really neat, is a piano bed. And this was something that was really
common from 1860s to about 1880s when Mr. Murphy invented his
beds. This predates that, but it’s a piano bed so I’m not going
to take it all the way down. But basically take your this part of your
piano and pull it down and then this part of your bed would fold down on top of
that and it makes a full size bed and I do sleep in that every night. I don’t climb
up into the loft. That’s the kid loft. How did you get the piano inside?
I took it apart and rebuilt it in cause it’s just a keyboard now the beauty of that is I can turn it
on and off at will so it can play when I want it to, but when it’s kid day here, I turn it off and the kids come in
and beat on it and nothing can happen. We were at an event in this
like New Orleans type jazz
band was outside and they walked in and they had a French horn and
a trumpet and a saxophone and a fourth guy was just wandering around with them
and he sat down and started playing the piano. We had this whole big
jam right here. This is actually me and my
granddaughter underneath that is our TV. So I lay in my piano
and I watch my painting. When I started talking about building
it, all the guys at work were like, yeah, We know you, this is going to be hard.
I eyeball things, you know when I, so I don’t use pins, I
just sort of, it happens. You really can’t do that with the
construction. So somebody suggested sips. I designed what I wanted on graph paper
to get to a sips manufacturer and they made the kit. And then we
had a nice big build day, about 30 people that I didn’t even know
came and they brought their electric screwdrivers with them and
we put my house together. The wood floors actually came from a barn. Got them pretty cheap because they’re
the end pieces and they’re really short and tiny. I said, I don’t care
I have a tiny house, it works. Um, but they are the historic width for the
age that we’re trying to interpret the house. When we do go off grid
for all of our reenactments. So that’s an oil lamp. We kind of joke that it’s the house
warming gift because it actually does heat the house too. It was one of the first things somebody
gave me when I moved into the house. I have a church window up there that came
from a church in Tallahassee and that was gifted to me by an architect friend. When I showed him a picture
of what I wanted to do. Cause you know when you start to
build a tiny house you can’t shut up. You talk about it all the time. I think
he gave me the window to shut me up Those are my
family. Um, well this one is actually me. 10 types flip the image. So that’s
a reverse image of the house. And my granddaughter that was
taken at one of the reenactments, she’s from Australia, great
grandmother and this is great, great grandmother who when she grew up, she was born in 1867 and when
she grew up she married him. So I got, I’m surrounded by my family and I
collect flamingos and I did find a period Flamingo by Audubon to
to put it in the house. I actually paid for a lot of the stuff
that’s in the house and the construction of the house by restoring old sewing
machines and selling them on eBay. This is my table, sort of my all-purpose
table. Um, it’s a drop leaf table, which it’s an antique and it was, I’m true to what the kind of
tables they had back then. Um, the fun with this one is, um, I was looking for a nice big table
and a friend of mine said, Oh, I have a good drop leaf but it’s
only got three legs. And I said, well that’s really okay cause I’m going
to cut it off and I only need two. And I bolted it to the wall. So this flips up and it’s sewing, eating, working everything table. And then
underneath it I have my solar panels. I was really, really lucky. Humless, The solar people actually gifted me my
solar power generator and I hide the generator itself right here. And what would be the woodblocks I can
go three days off of the full charge on that. And if I have sun, I live
in Florida, I always have sun. Um, it can just go continuously.
It’s, it’s awesome. I do have a wood burning stove in
here. I do not burn wood in it. Um, it gets too hot. A small space.
We have maybe three cold days a year. I just, I don’t need that kind of heat
in here, but it goes with the house. They did not have kitchens
back then or if they did, they were separate from the house.
That’s not real practical for me. But I do most of my big
cooking outside. However, I do have a good usable little kitchen
in here. This is a, an ice box. It’s actually a 1903 ice
box. So it is authentic. So I’ve got a hot plate and
um, this is a convection of it. It’s not a toaster oven. It cooks
anything and it’s wonderful. And of course the coffee maker and I have a sink. Generally I have to say it again. They did. They wouldn’t have had a sink in their
house and they certainly wouldn’t had running water. When you’re reenacted, you really get used to
hiding the modern stuff. And so that was sort of
second nature for me here. They did not have bathrooms
in their homes in the 1860s. They had outhouses but
I have a bathroom in mine so the curtain usually covers it
and maybe someday I’ll do a door. But right now it’s just a curtain. But
I have a little RV bathroom in here. It’s a wet bath. It’s a
shower, toilet all together. And then this is my bathroom
storage slides out like that. Hidden Yeah. So all the makeup
and curling irons in here, brush and all that stuff. and then these
are the stairs up to the loft. They actually were my
grandparents dressers and um, we remade them into stairs in a dresser
and turn the one dresser on its side and made a closet out. I found that I spent a lot of time sitting
in this corner and I want you to sit in this corner in the chair and look
up that way. Just just get an idea. So that’s my happy place right there, sitting in my comfy chair
and looking at my house. Hope you guys enjoyed this
week’s tiny house tour. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks
with another tiny house or travel video. See you later.


  1. I really love this and her dedication to living in that era 💝💝💝💝👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 So cool!

  2. This was absolutely beautiful. Not only is it such a creative home made with so much history in mind, but the owner also gets to truly live her passion in this house. I bet Shorty Robbins is wonderful company, to boot!

    Never seen a tiny home that was such a perfect puzzle piece fit for its owner, but I hope to see more like it in the future.

  3. I have almost 50+ years for a natural death. But I know how I want it when the time comes. 'Sitting in my fav cozy chair and staring at my home' Nothing can be more perfect

  4. I have never seen a piano bed, that’s so cool 🙂
    I also like how she used her grandparents furniture, really nice touch.

  5. The generator in the wood box was such a cute surprise! If this woman is reading these comments — I’m so inspired by what you do! You have a great personality and sense of humor and I hope you never stop following your passions! That’s a beautiful home ☺️

  6. Thank you for sharing this unique tiny house- love all the authentic pieces especially the piano bed !! 👏🏼👏🏼❤️❣️❤️

  7. i really love it i want one of that tiny house just for me only because i already abandoned my family my dreams have my own properties and house like that even if its tiny but its soo lovely i really really like it i hope someday i can build my own

  8. I am a fan of the Victorian times. When it comes making menus , how too designed food example . Now the head cook and the mistress would sort the menu of the day for a dessert would strawberry ice-cream in Victorian times no fringe or freezer but the would order ice from the ice maker and it would been delivered day before , when it did come it was placed in a very very in a ice box then .with the ice -cream to make first you would make the cream base which is egg yolk heavy cream mix together they cook the base , but make sure it does not look like scramble eggs . You have to keep mixing very quickly ,once this was done place a plate on top and let it go cold , then you have to make a flavour this would be strawberry,get the strawberry ready by removing the green part and slice continues then place in a wooden bowl and put icing sugar on to the strawberry then mash until all strawberry are no more the you get a stool turn the stool upside down then you place a muslin
    material and tied each corner of the four legs you have to make the the corner are well tied then you put the strawberry mix into the moulin then get a wood tool we're the tool is shape like a flat bottom
    and a high piece of wood you hold it then slide it left to right until the pips are left and the juice is in a pot under the muslin. . You put this into the custard mix until the colour is pink and bit bit more cream and stir until thick and creamy. Put this mixture in a tin that looks like a shape of a strawberry open and place the filling into two half and closed and place in the ice box. Once ready then you get a silver dish then place mint leafs then place the ice-cream on top and place more whole strawberry around the ice-cream a few more mint leafs and grate chocolate and taking up stairs and that it now WE HAVE ICE-CREAM MAKER AND IN A FEW MINUTES YOU HAVE HOME MADE ICE-CREAM

  9. I worked for an attorney and she had a lot of her parents antique furniture in the office. one antique chair in particular, that was for client use in the waiting room (made of beautiful woodwork and a beautiful upholstered seat) was actually a bedside commode and none of the clients ever knew it.

  10. I saw the steps fold up… so you move place to place in this? If so how much trouble is that to secure everything for road traveling?

  11. that piano bed is cool but the bathroom is so small.. it would be so annoying to take a shower there (for me)… i like to have a relaxing shower and have space to stretch my arms… it is so small you cant even bend down to scrub or shave your legs

  12. Im 36 but can this woman adopt me and teach me all of her ways????????!!!! Wow! Just intelligent, brilliant and so loving. She is priceless <3

  13. When she said "oh yeah this is home" in the last part, I got teary-eyed because at that same moment, I was imagining living in a tiny moving home and which had everything I loved inside that could make me say this is home.

  14. Such great use of every available space, but it didn’t seem crowded or claustrophobic (except for the bathroom, that was a wee bit tight!) I loved all of Shorty’s decorative touches, it made her home so cozy. I don’t know how she stays in Florida without AC, she’s a much tougher woman than I am!

  15. I love her Tiny Home. Bathroom’s a bit snug, but she has done some great conversions, like the hanging space and the stairs. Well done! ❤️🌺

  16. I had to watch this video with no sound on …..I have one question: Why are all the tiny house women so gosh darned fat? LIttle house, big woman…hmmmm.

  17. Such a quaint little house, shame that it's still has all the modern chip board exposed inside. An easy cover up fix would be lining paper and whitewash type paint.

  18. THIS might very well be the BEST tiny house I have ever seen! The way she incorporated her ancestors’ possessions in this house is a beautiful testament to them, and it gives us a sense of them and their lives. Sooo wonderful!

  19. Not my favorite tiny house. It's cluttered and all the beautiful wood needs a good cleaning. Really awkward layout, but the only thing that matters, is Shorty loves it.

  20. I see most ppl wrote how they loved this tiny, it was sweet. One question….was it air conditioned? Florida afterall. 😎

  21. OMG! I absolutely LOVE the closed concept/hidden stairs! Maybe it's just me, but all these open concept tiny homes feel smaller. Plus, I've ALWAYS loved older closed concept homes. I hate walking into a home & being able to see all of the home — tiny or not!

  22. Wow! This is a real life of living in a tiny house from the past !! What a great job she did for creating this historical looking house, with many clever ideas to hide modern elements nowadays we can’t live without.

  23. Love it! I've been toying with the idea of wanting a tiny house for a few years now. Would love something like you've created. Great work!

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