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    38 comments Most recent by November 16 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Hi there,I am new to the site and began my interest in the tiny house after I watched the documentary. I am a student, soon to be a teacher and I have a lot of student debt. I want to be able to move out after my graduation but I don't want to accumulate anymore debt. My concern is about the winters where I live in Canada, on the prairies. Our winters can get down to -35 C without windchil…
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    9 comments Most recent by November 16 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I haven't seen too much discussion about vents and fans in tiny houses.  Nor do I usually see vent pipes and fan ducts in photos of tiny homes.Do people who have made tiny houses have vent pipes as part of the plumbing?  Do they run these vent pipes through the exterior wall up through the roof, or out the side wall?As well, do people use "whole-house fans", especially if…
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    2 comments Most recent by November 16 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Hi All, New here just checking it out.  I live in a 160 sq. foot house (used to be 120 until this summer!) in Vermont.  I have no plumbing and generally shower and do laundry at a neighbors.  However I have a rinky-dink kitchen sink that uses a tractor battery and a 12 volt pump to run water from a 7 gallon jug on the floor to the sink faucet, really just for dishes, hand-washing, c…
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    2 comments Most recent by November 11 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I recently bought a double axle trailer(7000lb) that has an enclosed steel box frame(7x16x6' high) built on it. I want to build a tiny houseusing this box frame and then build above it using the top of box as a loft floor. How should I put in sheathing, siding, etc? Do I need sheathing? I was looking at Certainteed Cedarboard XL insulated vinyl siding. It looks like wood, has insulation built in…
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    3 comments Most recent by October 26 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Has anyone tried steel stud framing? I have worked with it in the past and have found it ligh…
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    1 comment Started by October 23 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Hi everybody. I'm new here and I'm glad to be able to talk to others who are enthusiastic about the tiny house movement. I've decided to seriously plan to build this spring if I can get a personal loan, and one thing I can't seem to find is a good diagram for plumbing and grey water storage for a model like the Tumbleweed Waldon. I've decided not to bother with black water…
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    4 comments Most recent by October 23 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I have a couple of ideas for using various cabinet doors for other purposes as needed.  Examples:  lower kitchen cabinet door with hinges that allow it to swing up and act as a counter top extension,  coat closet door with lift off hinges and foldable table legs to serve as a dining or other type of table. 

      Here's an image made with Sketchup that shows

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    4 comments Most recent by August 26 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Hi lovely people :)Our trailer arrives on Monday and we're trying to plan the nitty gritty details of our home. We are also natural building nuts and love all things straw and clay! We have build a tiny (and adorable) cob studio and love the feel of the clay... we would like to incorporate it into our tiny house too... Possibly earthen plaster on the interior walls... I have seen old carpe…
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    • Hey everyone, I finally got the time and mind power to make my plumbing diagram for my tiny house. I could really use some comments and any advice you guy/gals have. Below is the link for the diagram and narrative. </d…
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    4 comments Most recent by August 11 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I am an architectural draftsman, I cannot offer to make construction documents for you but I can provide a DWG file of your floor plan to help you get the ball rolling at no charge. EMAIL me with your sketches and notes and I can make something happen for you. Consider this my tiny house community service :DHere's th…
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    1 comment Started by July 30 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I am considering the Van Eyl Load Rider trailer Deck over wheels 18 ft. long x 8 ft wide. Galvanized wheels with bearing buddies. Two 3175 kg. axles with 16" rims.  <div style="font-f…
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    12 comments Most recent by Timbits July 4 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Hi everyone, This is my first post in the Tiny House Forums. I have a question to the smart DIYers out there. I am Interested in building stairs over ladders cuz well.. imo I just find it more practical. Of course I want to maximize my space and I brainstormed this idea. I need u guys to elaborate on it. I h…
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    4 comments Most recent by ragsdale June 30 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I would like to avoid wasting time or supplies while building my first tiny house on wheels.  Would love your input.  Can you share your experiences?  I would like to gather them in one place for my builder.…
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    2 comments Most recent by ragsdale June 30 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Why are there not more arched roofs on tiny houses? they are stronger, use less material and offer more space than flat and pointy roofs. Are there any seasoned tiny house builders that could shed some light on this subject please? …
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    2 comments Most recent by ragsdale June 30 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I will be building my tiny house in the coming spring 2014. One of my requirements is the house is strong enough to be very mobile. Camping, visiting family, touring the country etc... It will see many places. Anyway, I've been worried about a wooden house being moved around a lot so I am thinking about welding some steel posts the the trailer bed to give the house some structural stability. I und…
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    2 comments Most recent by Lagomorph June 30 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Hello Tiny Home enthusiasts! I have a question about trailer selection. Has anyone built on an enclose trailer before?I was looking at an add for a trailer and it was a car hauler (an enclosed trailer) that they were selling for cheap since the roof had been damaged. Evidently I don't need the roof or the walls and I would have a full inspection done so that there were no surprises but I am un…
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    8 comments Most recent by TMTM May 14 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Hi everyone,I'm just wondering how everyone constructed their showers. I would need to build mine inside due to the winters here. I also don't want to use the traditional shower installs. I would ideally like to make my own tray, by using a stainless steal tray and somehow put wood bars on top so it's cozy on my toes then have the two sides that are up against walls maybe stainless steel s…
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    3 comments Most recent by Lagomorph May 13 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Hi all, hopefully some of you with building experience can put my mind at ease. Or validate my unease.We are about to start construction of a heavily modified Calpella Cabin. In the original plans the ridge board is a 20' 2x4 (or two shorter ones spliced together). Most other plans I've seen have a 2x6 or 4x4. I think I've even seen sandwiched 2x4s. I know there is a difference between a "…
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    12 comments Most recent by Jerry May 12 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I am looking for advice on trailer selection.Finding a suitable, affordable trailer has been difficult without much in the way of trailers in good condition or large enough for a home.  What I recently found though is a brand new 7'x18' flatbed trailer at a price I can afford, BUT it only has a GVW of 7,000 pounds which actually comes out to a carrying capacity of 5500 to 5200 pounds.…
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    10 comments Most recent by boxtruckdreams April 20 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Hello! I'm looking to be a part of these forums so that I might gain perspective from others' experiences. I am working on converting a 1999 Ford 7.3 into my house. It's fun and I love it, but I certainly have no idea what I'm doing! This is my blog: boxtruckdreams.wordpress.comI love having conversations with pe…
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    12 comments Most recent by Jerry April 11 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I admit, the house I'm planning won't be tiny, just very small (360-500'sq). I would like to skip the dryer completely and hang my clothes out in the summer and on warmer days. But there is that dead of winter time that I won't want to handle damp clothes outdoors. Any ideas on a way to make a single or double drying rack in the shower area? I'm also interested in a way to conceal the…
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    • Hi, I am new to this site and am looking at building my first small house this year, looking forward to following everyone Q & A's. I live in Ontario Canada, I was wondering if there is anyone in Ontario or even Canada who specializes in building Tiny/small homes?…
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    2 comments Most recent by Jerry February 27 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I've seen some sources recommend using tension ties at the corners and every six feet in between (for mobile tiny houses, that is). However, it seems tension ties are designed to be anchored to concrete. I'm not sure how to attach it to my trailer, or if it really even makes sense to do so. Thoughts?…
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    1 comment Started by February 10 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Hey Folks, Just joined the forum today, so happy to be here and learning.…
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    1 comment Started by Lagomorph January 23 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Has anyone out there built the Calpella Cabin from tinyhousedesign.com?We just bought the plans. They seem like a great deal ($10). I'm just wondering if anyone has experience building the house.Thanks!…
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    3 comments Most recent by January 22 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I have been wondering if someone has has used a 20 ft container as a trailer by welding on a tung and axles.

      I think this would probably lower the structural integrity of the container some but even if it was halved its well over the maximum i have ever heard of a tiny house weighing. 

      Seems to me that a high cube container could just have the top cut out and a roof

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    15 comments Most recent by Jerry January 15 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • I'm currently working on the framing plans for my tiny house on a 16' trailer. It's based on a number of different designs, with a focus on an open floor plan. I'm designing the framing with standard 8' walls, and attempting to keep as close to code as possible.

      Are pocket windows a feasible idea? By pocket windows I mean windows that fit within the stud spacing (16'oc). I would like

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    5 comments Most recent by onecup December 2012 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • There are many options of software to develop custom tiny houses. Here are some programs that  I have personally used and recommend. Please add your preferred method in the comments.</di…
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    4 comments Most recent by jamison December 2012 Construction Questions & How-to's
    • Im still figuring out some of it, would love anyones input on my plan. If you see any issues, mistakes or advice I would appreciate it. The idea is to have a hybrid system. Have the off grid capabilities, and grid tie capabilities as well<div style="font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; fon…