Build update: windows, house wrap, and a door.

We have reached lock-up stage! The house is wrapped and sealed with house wrap, and all the windows and doors are installed and fully sealed. Today we are gathering materials for the exterior, which means a nice sunny drive to Duncan. The outside is going to be sided with corrugated tin and accented with cedar, which is going to look great nestled into the forest at its new home.

Up next: siding and roofing.

Build update: the walls are up and the roof is on.

Now does it look like a house? Personally, this is my favourite part of a build. There’s something really satisfying about being able to stand inside and walk around, imagining where things will be. The framing is all secured with hurricane ties for maximum stability, not so much for windy weather but more for the force of the wind when it’s being towed behind a vehicle. If you’re considering building your own tiny home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We know that a lot of people who are interested in tiny living are the DIY type – but for the sake of safety, quality, and longevity, make sure that you have someone who is versed in construction to talk to. A lot more goes into building a home (tiny or not!) than most people realize. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about building your own, or we can supply you with a custom proper trailer with or without a floor package or even a shell built onto it. We are in the process of writing a “Do-It-Yourself Guide to Building and Living Tiny” with all the lessons, tips, and tidbits that we’ve learned during our builds, along with advice and resources on downsizing and living more sustainably, which will hopefully be available by the end of the year.

Up next: wrapping the house with home wrap and installing windows and doors.

Build update: floor package and insulating.

The floor package is shaping up. First we wrapped the underside of the floor with waterproof house wrap, then we started framing in the floor. We leave 2.5″ of airspace and then fasten down pieces of 3″ thick R12 rigid insulation covering the entire floor. Each piece is taped and sealed to prevent any moisture from penetrating.