August 24, 2011
…except for installing a light fixture above the front door and painting the front door. Oh, and then there is that small matter of a front porch deck. But I’m still saying it’s done ;)
My dad has been working on the house a few hours a day for a few days a week ever since I left. He figured there was no point in rushing it since he knew I would be gone for a couple of months. Speaking of which I should be announcing the dates soon for the open house. It will probably be October 15th but I’m not entirely certain. I’ll let you know soon.
All of the interior wood is also installed except for the ceiling of the dormers.
Also, I was recently contacted by Denise, who purchased my plans and is using them as reference material while her and her husband build there own tiny house. Very exciting to see their progress. They started a blog at http://www.ourtinyweekender.blogspot.com/ so be sure to check that out.
Finally, on a side note, my wife recently delivered the latest tiny home builder into the world. Click here if you are into seeing other peoples kids :)
August 11, 2011
I just launched our new company website! Check it out and tell me what you think. http://tinyhomebuilders.com/
August 2, 2011
I finally put the finishing touches on my second plan package and it is now available for purchase.
The Tiny Living design consists of a large family room with vaulted ceilings and large dormers on either side of the room. The entryway in situated at the back of the trailer allowing for a spacious 7 foot sleeping loft at the front. Under the sleeping loft is the bathroom and the kitchen. The total length of the house is 20 feet making it large enough to live comfortably yet small enough to easily tow.
This package includes:
- The Tiny House Construction Guide. This is a 64 page book consisting of over 107 color pictures and 23 chapters detailing all of the various stages of construction. This information is not specific to any particular set of plans and would be pertinent to anyone building a tiny house. This has been completely rewritten from the first version I released and includes a tremendous amount of useful information.
- A 64 page printable set of plans organized in the order in which the work should be completed.
- An electrical diagram showing the placement of all the switches and outlets.
- A materials list detailing all of the items that would need to be purchased to build this tiny house. Having this information alone can save you well over the cost of the plans, which I explain how in the book. This list now includes the store description for most items to reduce ambiguity when you hand it over to place your order.
- The SketchUp model that you can navigate in 3D to take any measurement and see how every board fits together. You can even import furniture into SketchUp to see what your house will look like once complete. Having the model also allows for you to make any modifications that you want and then recreate the plans.
- Free updates
Tiny House Construction Guide
The Tiny House Construction Guide is also available separately for those who are not quite sure which plans best suit them but are interested in learning more about building a tiny home. (if at a later time you decide to purchase plans a majority of the cost of the book can be applied to the plans)
In the coming weeks I will be updating my original set of plans to include the latest edition of the Tiny House Construction Guide, an updated materials list (with store descriptions), and a couple very minor modifications to the plans themselves. The ‘Tiny Retirement’ plans have now been updated For those of you who have already purchased the first set of plans, expect to get an email from me soon with a link to your free update. Links to the update have been sent And finally, I have a new website that I will also be launching in the coming weeks so be on the lookout for that. It’s launched! Check it out at http://tinyhomebuilders.com/
July 22, 2011
My brother recently came back out to my dad’s and tried to finish the roof but we ended up being short two pieces of the gable rake and some screws. I put an order in for the last of it so that will only take a few hours to wrap up once it arrives (and my brother makes it back out there).
The windows were delivered and have been installed. They still have some protective wrapping on them which can be seen in some of the pictures if you were wondering.
The front door was just ordered so we are waiting on that. We won’t be able to finish any more siding on the back of the trailer (front of the house) until that gets installed.
About half of the interior siding has been installed. The Florida humidity is giving my dad a hard time right now as the wood that that siding is made from is very porous and thus easily grows and shrinks with the weather. Its tongue and groove so if it shrinks after it is installed it’s not that give of a deal (the tongue and groove prevent you from seeing any spaces between the boards when it shrinks), but if it grows after it is installed then it wants to pop off the walls (not good). So he is leaving some of the wood out in the open (in the house) to expand before he puts it up.
Both long sides of the house are practically done. He can’t begin on the short ends until the roof is done (in addition to the front door going in) since the scaffolding is attached to the house there. The siding is stained before it is installed so that you don’t see any unstained strips in the event that the wood contracts after being installed. I have only been able to see the house in pictures but my brother says he loves it and it feels really cozy.
I’m really looking forward to going back down there in a couple months.
I’ve just put the finishing touches on the plans and the wiring diagram for this house. I still need to complete the materials list and the build manual before I release them but I’m optimistically shooting for August 1st. Then I will start updating the first set of plans and materials list. I will also start selling the manual separately for people who want to see what goes into building a tiny house but haven’t quite decided on a set of plans.
July 8, 2011
Not getting a chance to install the metal roof on the house had been bothering me so I took a day off from vacation last week to drive back to my dad’s and work on it. I also convinced my brother to drive out there as well to give me a hand. I was really hoping to at least get all the panels up (but not all the trim pieces). Unfortunately my metal roof supplier wasn’t done causing me misery and forgot to include the butyl tape used to seal wherever metal meets. So my dad made yet another hour and a half trip out to them to pick up the missing supplies. I also forgot to get Mother Nature’s buy-in on my plan and it started to rain around 2pm. We worked through most of it but when all was said in done we had about 60 percent of the roof complete.
If you recall from my first build I had some issues installing the roof because of the way I designed it. Before releasing my plans for sale I redesigned the roof after consulting my dad and applying the knowledge I had gained from that first experience. This was the first chance I had to try out my changes and although we haven’t completed it, things are working out much better and I don’t expect any of the issues from before.
On Thursday last week the insulation installers also showed up and sprayed the interior. I was supposed to get 3” on the ceiling and 2” on the walls. My dad said watching them spray it was pretty interesting. He said that it expanded so quickly that it would take someone with considerable skill and experience to control with any precision the thickness of the foam. To my benefit, my install didn’t have that skill. After they were finished the areas between the rafters in the ceiling were completely filled (3-1/2”) and between 2” and 3” of the foam was in the wall cavities. He said the only place that it appeared slightly thin was in the areas where the studs were closer than 5”. There are only a few of these and he will add a little of our own Hilti foam to make up for it.
Finally, I spoke to my dad yesterday and he said he has the windows mostly installed and has been working on the interior wood. I’ll have some pictures soon.
June 25, 2011
I expected the roof to arrive in Port Orange on Friday morning so while we waited for the call that it was ready to be picked up we didn’t really do that much. Without the windows, roof, or spray foam we had pretty much done as much as we could do. Last time I purchased a roof I was able to deal directly with the manufacturer and we were able to pick it up the next day. This time, we were dealing with a distributor (Bradco) who was getting the roof from the manufacturer (Semco Southeastern Metals). This extra layer made everything slower. By the time I finally got ahold of the salesman, I found out that a mistake had been made and the roof wasn’t on the truck for delivery. This meant that it wouldn’t be delivered until Monday, several days after I will have left. I thought a week would be more than enough time to get a roof but I now realize that I should have placed the order on the first day that I arrived.
On Saturday, I only worked a partial day and wrapped up a few miscellaneous items but nothing very significant. I left early to go see my family who have driven down for a vacation in Kissimmee, FL with my wife’s parents. I’ll be spending the next week over there before returning to Atlanta. We My dad is going to continue working on the house while I am gone and I plan to continue to post updates as they come in, though I expect not nearly as frequently.
Quick funny story. My brother stopped by and saw the fan we had set up to keep the inside of the hose cool and ask (jokingly) if we were doing wind tunnel testing (maybe you had to be there :).
June 24, 2011
Here is a summary of all the plumbing that has been accomplished over the last 2 days.