Category Archives: Build

Right And Back Wall Sheathing

I never know what to answer when someone asks me how long the build will take. Gosh I don’t even know what I’m doing half of the time. And the other half of the time, I’m just fixing what I did earlier that I shouldn’t have done in that way because I didn’t know how to do it in the first place! For example, I thought it would take me about a day to frame a wall… think again. The back wall was framed in…

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Mezzanine & Loft Framing

We had another successful Sunday BBBBq. I have to admit, that it’s becoming more of a “Beer and BarBecue” event, than a Building one. Although I’m not complaining, since Jenna grilled some amazing pork ribs that paired beautifully with a few home-brewed Smoked Pale Ales and Coffee Porters courtesy of our guests. Alex and Ashley, two fellow rock-climbers, are the famous home-brewers. They also brought along Kona, their chocolate lab, who decided he best served us by napping in the middle of our narrow walkway,…

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Strapping And Loft Framing

Our friend Gabe came over to help today, again. Thank goodness because hammering the metal strap all the way around the house, as tiny as it might be, is quite challenging! Although this gave us a good excuse to practice our left hand swing, until we realized it would take us three times as long to make it around the frame. Once our feat was accomplished, we started working on framing the loft. We were about halfway through when we ran out of 4x4s, so we…

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Front Wall Framing

With the framing of our last wall came our first dinner party! Thanks a million Jonathan and Aaron for coming over and helping out. While the guys were playing with power-tools; Jenna was updating our website. And despite being super busy on the computer, she managed to put together and grill awesome skewers! This is where the BBBBq acronym in the post title comes in play: Build Beer and BBq (in that order) We’ve been hosting those every Sunday. A couple of friends come over and…

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Framing The Left Side Wall

Here’s our third wall! You can thank YouTube for the exciting elevator music by the way. Framing this particular wall showed me how skillful I am with a hammer: despite continuously clubbing it, I never broke my left hand. Now THAT takes some talent, wouldn’t you agree? It goes to show that you don’t need to be a mason to build a tiny house. Or maybe it just tells me that I’ve been left-handed my whole life, don’t know… Any-who, back to the important stuff:…

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Framing The Right Side Wall

Jenna here! It’s about time I chimed in. Over the weekend we had our first set of helpers – big thanks to Gabe Evans and Jen Hedger helping us get our right side framing up. This was my first time ever using a saw, let alone a “miter saw” (I had to look that up just now). I was a little squeamish as first, but by the end of the day I wanted to handle all the sawing. The power! The ABSOLUTE POWER! I was the…

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Framing The Back Wall

FRAMING! Finally! After all this hard work, it’s time to drastically change the look of this whole project! Framing is probably one of the most exciting steps in the build as the house really starts to take shape. Naaaahhhh, let’s be honest here. The real reason framing is so exciting is because we get to use a big ol’ nail gun! That tool is so much fun to use that I ended up nailing way more than needed to… Which means that I became really…

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Installing Trailer Fascia Boards

In this video, you’ll see me install the treated wood to the side of the trailer. Let me tell ya: treated wood is haaaaard. And it’s not even nearly as hard as the steel you’re trying to attach it to! I spent quite a while at Home Depot figuring out which screws would be best for this. And let me tell ya something else: good quality screws are expeeeeeensive! THgj building tip: Pre-drill the treated wood and figure out if you need to pre-drill the…

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Sheathing The Trailer

This gives you an idea of what it takes to sheath the Tiny House trailer. You’ll notice how I struggled on the very first board because I didn’t have the right screws. Make sure you get the right self-tapping screws! You want the ones rated for metal with countersunk heads. And don’t forget to pre-drill the wood. Depending on the screws you get, you might have to pre-drill the metal frame too. Also, you might have trouble finding sill sealer. Go to Lowes to find…

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Insulating The Trailer

Here is an idea of what it takes to insulate our Tiny House trailer. Now… there were questions about the orientation of those insulation boards. Shiny up or shiny down? After a little bit of research, it sounded that the shiny side should be facing up to keep warmth inside (we will head north during winter after all). Let us know if you think differently! Not that it’ll make much of a difference now. One thing that I learned is that one can of expanding…

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Materials Delivery

As promised, I got woken up at 7am by the delivery man with a bunch of lumber and material for the tiny house. The order has almost all the wood needed for the framing, all the plywood, all the ties and all the insulation. This should get me going for a little while. I won’t blabber any longer and will just let you watch the timelapse (enjoy it in super HD 3K).

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Leveling The Trailer

The past couple weeks were pretty hectic between boxes, tiny house plans customization and trips to Home Depot. They now know me on a first name basis and are all aware that I have no idea what I’m doing or talking about. Jose at the Pro Desk helped me prepare my first material order. I lumped up a little over $2,500 worth of lumber, plywood, insulation, expanding foam, nails, screws, saw blades and stuff. Before the materials arrived, I had to get the trailer prepared.…

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Our Custom Trailer

Well, it is finally here: our new home!!! Or at least the “foundation” I guess… What you see above my friends is part of the upcoming projects I was talking about a few days ago. Jenna and I are planning on building a tiny house on wheels and use it to travel all around the country. We purchased this 20ft trailer from Tumbleweed about 6 weeks ago. They are significantly more expensive than what you could find out there but they are specifically designed to…

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