Building The Tiny House Blog

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Trim!

Trim!

The outside of the tiny house is getting dangerously close to completion! Jason and I worked until dark yesterday installing rough cut cedar 1x4 as trim.    

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The Forgotten Blog

The Forgotten Blog

Okay people, I admit it. I've forgotten about the tiny house blog for now. If you'll allow me to make an excuse: I've been too busy actually building the tiny house to produce any decent content. However, that doesn't mean you can't still follow my progress. I've been...

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Ridge Beam Photos

Ridge Beam Photos

Here are some excellent photos from when we put up the ridge beam. All photos courtesy of Kim! Kim's son, Cody came to help We bought at 26' LVL beam and cut it down to size Here's the notch where it sits on the top of the wall framing holding it in place while Jason...

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Sheathing in Progress

Sheathing in Progress

Here are some photos of the first wall done. We are working on the other side today, but ran into some hangups as we had to modify some of the framing to account for the refrigerator vent requirements, which are wider than 16" OC. So far, I'm enjoying the Zip panels....

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Tiny House Video Update

Dear Blog, I've been neglecting you. So sorry about that! I've just found that it's easier to post photos and updates to The Tiny House Facebook Page.  I promise I'm trying to update you more! Love, Ethan  

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Wheel Well Headers and More

Wheel Well Headers and More

Hey folks! Here's what's been going on in tiny house land: -We packed everything onto the trailer and moved it from the hangar to its new home behind the barn. -We built a wood rack in one of the empty horse stalls and unloaded all of the lumber. The two end walls fit...

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Wheel Well Headers, Miter Saw, and End Walls (oh my)

Wheel Well Headers, Miter Saw, and End Walls (oh my)

Lots of progress has been made on the tiny house in the last week! 1. Nate and I built the custom headers that will span the wheel wells. They consist of PT 2x10, PT 1/2" ply, and PT 5/8" ply. The underside is sprayed with (nasty) polyurethane truck bed liner. The...

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Figuring out the Floor

Figuring out the Floor

Okay, here's the challenge: I need to figure out just how the subfloor will secure itself to the trailer. I know this is probably something I should have gotten ironed out before building anything, but hey, I had a lot on my mind. Let me set the scene for you: The...

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The Floor Has Been Flipped!

The Floor Has Been Flipped!

Exciting news: We have finished applying plywood and galvanized steel flashing to the underside of the floor framing, and flipped it up onto the trailer. The whole assembly was very, very heavy as one piece. I would estimate around 800 pounds. Ann, Nate, my dad and I...

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Tiny House Day 1 Progress

Tiny House Day 1 Progress

I know a lot of you are wondering how the first day of construction went, so I made a video! Here it is: Oh, and if you subscribe by email, don't worry: I won't be posting every day once we get moving on the project.

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The Trailer Has Landed!

The Trailer Has Landed!

It's here! It's here! Today I headed out to Richmond, VT to pick up my custom Sure-Trac flatbed from Perfection Trailers. They are really nice guys, and easy to work with. They even made a custom wiring harness to adapt the one on the trailer to fit the one on Dave's...

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How to Create a Materials List

How to Create a Materials List

Last night, I sat down with my "crew chief", Nathan Moreau of Sterling Hardwoods (yes, I'll be re-doing that website for them).  Our goal? To start in on a materials list so I can place an initial order! I had a pretty good idea about how this would work, but it was...

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Choosing the Siding

Choosing the Siding

Yesterday I headed out to Hyde Park, VT to take a look at Milford Cushman's garage. Why? At our last meeting, Milford asked me what I want my tiny house to look like on the outside. Would it be loud and colorful? A painted lady? Subdued? After reflecting on this, I've...

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Getty Very Close to Done

Getty Very Close to Done

Yep, you heard me. I met with my Architectural Designer, Milford Cushman(and team!) yesterday where they presented the drawings they've been working on based on our prior meetings. The plans are looking gorgeous! I will do a more reflective post about the design...

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Overwhelmed with Decisions

Overwhelmed with Decisions

Well it's been quite a while since I've posted, and I've made a lot of discoveries and progress. As a result of working with Cushman Design Group, I think I'm going to be building a much better house than I would have.  However, these upgrades don't come free.   Every...

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Cantilevered Porches?

Cantilevered Porches?

I've become increasingly interested in the idea of adding a porch to my tiny house, but also increasingly obsessed with using as much of the trailer as I can for indoor space.    So, I've talked to a few people (designers, builders) about adding a porch hanging...

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