Building our Tiny House : Week 5 Part 2

I found additional video detailing our roof construction from Week 5, a tour of the interior space and…..Kai modeling his Zoolander look for the new video camera.

Today we’re finishing up on the metal roofing and will start to install the redwood siding tomorrow.

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Week 5 Video – Part 2

Our video capturing our 5th week – Part 2 – building our Tiny House:  (to see our progress from the beginning, watch previous videos here):

6 comments to Building our Tiny House : Week 5 Part 2

  • James

    Keep the videos coming!
    Some of us can’t get enough details 😛
    Thanks for the update and the detailed info on the roof.
    I have a question, how tall is the ceiling below and above the loft area?

    • Hi James,

      Thanks for the feedback – good to know we’re not boring folks out there. 🙂

      As far as the height of the ceilings go, it was one of the main reasons we decided to custom plan and design our own trailer and house, versus buying tiny house plans on the market. Kai is 6′ 2″ and all the tiny home plans that we found online had main floor ceiling heights anywhere from 5′ 8″ to 6′ 3″ and even with the 6′ 3″ height it would feel pretty tight for him. We wanted to maximize the height of the main floor as much as possible to make it a comfortable home for him. We tackled the problem by custom building our trailer to incorporate the insulation and floor framing into the trailer’s box frame (instead of building from the top of the frame up as most tiny home plans do). In addition, we specifically requested a low profile torsion axle with a start angle that would allow for the trailer to sit lower to the ground, allowing for a little more room for building upward (every little bit can help). We’re not sure what others use for beams for the loft but we decided on 3 1/2″ vs. 4″ to give us another 1/2″ of play. For the ridge beam, we notched out almost 5 inches above the dormer and used 2 x 4 instead of the 2 x 6 rafters lining the rest of the roof. In the end the ceiling height on the main floor under the dormer ended up being 78″ or 6′ 6″ (will be 6’5″ after we add the ~1″ reclaimed maple flooring) and the height from the top of the loft beams to the bottom of the dormer ridge beam is ~51″ or 4′ 3″ (will be ~ 4′ or less after the tongue and groove is installed on the ceiling and the 1″ maple flooring is laid).

      We hope to share a post on all these nitty gritty details at some point in the near future, once we have a chance to finish and write more. Thanks for checking in!

  • Jerald Whitehouse

    Nice work on the tiny house! Can you give specs and source for the trailer chassis your building on?

    • Thanks Jerald!

      First off, we had some pretty bad experiences with building our custom trailer. Read more about the two builders and our problems in this post. We learned some lessons about this part of the process and hope to latter share our reflections on eliminating the heartache and disappointments we experienced in a future post – hopefully others will be able to benefit from our mistakes.

      That said, our final trailer was built by Matott Welding in Vermont. We had trailer jacks welded onto the frame. The original frame was to be 20′ x 8′ but it ended up being 22′ 6″ x 8′, plus 5′ for the tongue. Other details: 2 x 6 box tube steel, with gussets on the bottom side to allow for us building the framing within the trailer frame, tongue/hitch on front of house vs. back, used torsion axles. We’ll have to provide detailed drawing and specs later, once we have more time to draw them up……so stay tuned for more information in the near future.

  • Erin

    Kai mentions 2×6 construction and in one of your previous replies you mention the rafter measurements. Can you go into a little more detail for wall studs and roof joists as far as wood size and why you chose those measurements? I am also looking at building a tiny house in a cold climate, so wall/roof depth and associated insulation are a big concern for me.

    • Kai

      Erin, we are in the later stages of pulling together all of the various pieces of information regarding our tiny house build and compiling it into highly detailed ebook. All of your questions (and more!) will be answered therein. Feel free to follow the link at the top of this page (or go here) to sign up for our ebook newsletter. Thanks! 🙂

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