Posts Tagged With: Environment

A living working project

I had to get into the tiny house on June 15th because my husband would leave for business trips all summer before then.  Because I only drive a motor cycle I was dependant on him for getting me in there!  Also, I did not want to be stuck in the downtown of Hamilton all summer alone while he was doing his thing abroad.  Better to be home, home, home where the people know my name.

My initial days were pretty rough, for me and the dogs.  Though I did have a clean king sized bed, lots of water jugs, a bbq to cook on, and a little outdoor kitchen set up, I did not have an enclosure for the dogs and the deer flies were just wicked!

June 15 2011

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The climb and the crunch!

Due to the fact that the cement phase of this job put me way behind schedule, I basically had to move in and finish the inside as much as I could and move in while the job was still underway.  The building of the stairs was a pain in the caboose!  Leo was not available and this little mathematical wonder was left to me.  The stairs were put in, and I moved in about five minutes after the fact.  So here is what I came up with along with the help of my husband.  Thankfully he is better with numbers than me so the ladder stair is very equally spaced.  Nearly professional… depending on your perspective.

Early June 2011

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The weather proofing stage

The windows and doors, Typar, vapour barrier and insulation.  We put some extra Typar on the roof because the steel roof did not arrive yet.  This was not water proof!  What a mess.  If you have to wait for your roof, buy a tarp!

Early June 2011

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Second floor

Due to the fact, that the building code in Ontario is followed in my area, I was restricted to build a place which is under 108 square feet (exterior measurement).  It also cannot be over a 15.5 feet in height.

Since 108 (exterior) is very small I realized that I could not go with straw bale as I had hoped.  Thus I decided on a stick build with an additional 1/2 story loft which is under 6 feet tall so that it does not count as part of the square footage.  Still the 1/2 loft would add the sleeping space which is required so that I would not be stuck pulling a bed out of a sofa every night.  The second floor, meant of course, that I would lose a lot of the main floor square footage to stairs.

Still, the 1/2 story option was sensible for my specific needs.  You see, I have little dogs that insist on sleeping with me and dogs can’t climb ladders.  Also, I recognized that I would have to carry them up because the stairs would have to be very small and narrow in order so that they did not fill the whole Tiny House.

In putting the second floor up, I very nearly met my end falling off of a ladder.  Nearly took Leo with me too.  Very thankful that we got another day!

If you have ever built, you may notice the plywood.  I decided on plywood as opposed to particle board for sheathing both because I liked the idea of having better quality building materials as well as the fact that I am planning on using a local mill for the board and batten and I am not sure if this little mill will get the materials made this year before the snow flies.  I felt that the small additional cost was worth it because of not being able to secure a solid date for the board and batten. In retrospect, I am glad I did because the mill was not able to fill the order this year.

May end 2011

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Materials and framing

By late May
I had been planning out my Tiny House all winter, so I was feeling pretty prepared with what I wanted to do in the spring.  At least, I had the visual idea for the house, but not really knowing much about framing a house, I brought the pictures I

had drawn with the measurements with me.  First, I brought my plan to Gananoque Home Hardware; Rob who works there, looked at the plan, helped me pick out the windows and doors and had $4872 worth of material delivered.  Rob was very skilled at putting the materials together;  I was very few pieces off!

Woodchuck’s brother-in-law Leo, was hired to get the tiny house up and I worked along with him.  Well, actually, he worked and knows what he is doing.  I got in the way, learned a lot and got in the way even more.  Leo is a brilliant guy and very patient too.  He is also pretty easy on the eyes, so being out in the woods with him for a few weeks was not all together an unpleasant experience…

*** photos by Liisa.  Thank you!

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