As I said in previous posts, I’ve decided to build my tiny house on a trailer—or rather, my “almost” tiny house on a trailer. I say “almost” because most of these tiny houses are built on a 20’ trailer. My house needs space for my collection of guitars and other instruments, a small portable washing machine (I use a clothes line as a dryer), and visits from my kids and grandkids.
I found that there isn’t much available in trailers between 20’ and 30’ so I started designing around a 30’ trailer to get comfortable with the space and fitting into it. I worked through many different configurations before settling on something that feels like it would work.
I visited a couple of local trailer dealers and ended up ordering a 36’ trailer, due to be delivered to me by mid-September. Next I needed a place to build my house.
The image on the front page of this blog is a rough up of my design using Google Sketch-up. In addition to the first floor as shown, I plan on a sleeping loft over the bathroom and part of the kitchen area and another loft over the porch and a bit of the living room area for storage and as a guest room.
I have a shop full of tools in storage but no shop for the tools. Last month I worked out a barter arrangement with a friend…business consulting services in exchange for the rental of their now goat-less goat barn and attached buildings. Over the next couple of weeks I will be getting things set-up and ready to build.
Back in the early ‘80s I gained some house building experience. We were in need of a house and wanted to build so we hired a friend who was at that time a teacher at a local vocational school and had the summer off. He’d been a contractor before starting teaching and he agreed to frame the house using me and my sister’s boyfriend Steve (now my brother-in-law of 20+ years) as his crew. Bob was a great teacher and both Steve and I learned a lot. I ended up framing the house with Bob & Steven and then doing the remaining work including electrical and plumbing with my own two hands. So, I had the confidence that I could build this tiny house. I’ll be doing the work with my 13 year old grandson Jordan and we plan to do all of the work ourselves with occasional assistance from friends.
Construction to begin in mid September!