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  • jamisonjamison
    Posts: 100
    As you will see the outside of the tiny house plans are based on the Weebee by Tumble Weed Houses with some changes here and there. I'm a pretty tall guy so I wanted to add dormers for more headroom while sitting up in bed. The Loft will be open to the front. The bathroom will be bigger, and same with the kitchen
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  • jamisonjamison
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    I filed this under simple living but my grand plans far exceed what it is I'm trying to do. I want to be comfortable. I can talk about how I like to camp and hike and be outdoorsy, but in the end I like being comfortable. I like to take a shower in the morning. I like to have clean clothes. I like to be warm or cool depending on weather. I like a hot meal every once in a while.



    I can always forgo one of those now and then, but to make this work for the family, having those things will make it an easy sell and the ability to create great memories in the future. Some of my fondest memories are the trips we took in the old Winnebago. Oh the stories and memories I have in that old RV. Unfortunately the Winnie burnt down one night when my Grandfather(Pop) tried to keep the pipes from freezing and put a heat lamp on the pipes. I remember walking by in the morning on my way to school and it looked like a Winnie convertible. Unfortunately that ended our trips, but I will never forget the ones we had. I want to create this same memories for my family.



    I feel with brilliant planning that I can make everything happen, except for sewer (more on that later).



    Power

    My father had a boat for a while that had "shore power" but if you were out sailing around the islands you could run things off the alternator or batteries. When you were moored at a dock you could charge the batteries and run off the 30/50 amp hookup. My idea is to base my power solution off of this. I will have a hook up for all the electricity when at a RV park or near a house but if out in the middle of nowhere what little electricity I am planning on will run off batteries and instead of generator or alternator I will charge the batteries off solar.



    Water

    I will again have a RV hook up on the outside but I will also have a 30 gallon water tank that will feed the sink and shower. 12 volt water pump. Instant hot water that will run off propane and will be stored in a utility "closet" that will be accessible from the outside near the kitchen side of the house. All the gray water will drain to the outside straight to the ground or in to a holding tank that can be easily emptied.




    Heat

    Like most of the other Tiny House owners out there I will have a small propane boat fireplace. Everyone seems to be using them so they must work, plus it looks like it will add a bit of ambiance.



    Cooling

    Not much I can say here, but fans will be our main source of cooling. The energy drains of air conditioners are just to much to include on a solar based system



    Kitchen
    Propane stove. A sink, and a small refrigerator. I have not decided if that will be a typical fridge or a home built Chest fridge or re-purposed RV fridge.



    Black water

    I have been trough it all - Incinerating Toilet, Composting Toilet, and after going over the reviews of all of those and reading and watching videos. I have decided on installing and using a Humanure toilet (composting toilet/AKA 5 gallon bucket). Its affordable and seems to be easy and smell free, but that is not going to stop me from putting in a bathroom fan and a solar exhaust fan in the toilet compartment just to cover my bases.



    Odds and ends

    Clean clothes - I have found a portable washing machine that will hold a cubic foot of clothing and should get us through a weekend of fun. It does use a bit of water so I may set up a gray water system that you can use to wash with that. Seems like such a waste to just use water once in the shower and not be able to use it again one more time for cleaning things like clothing.



    I will go over all these things in detail once I start the final preparation and install
  • jamisonjamison
    Posts: 100
    I was planning on buying a new trailer and saving up for the $2000 it was going to take to buy one, but I came across a travel trailer base for a fraction of the cost. Its only 16 foot but I think I can extend the trailer on both sides a foot to accommodate the length of my design. The trailer has breaks on each axle and they seem to be at least 3500# a piece, It has some thick boards on the frame but  I think I will be removing  those and attaching the tiny house floor directly to the frame.
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  • jamisonjamison
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    I took off the old decking on the trailer, it was old and so so heavy. I cleaned up the metal and removed any rust then sprayed everything with rustoleum that had a bit of rubber in the paint. A few days later I welded a scissor jack to all four corners (Im not the best welder in the world but those suckers shouldn't go anywhere). Now I need to figure out how to secure the tiny house floor to the trailer, that is my next challenge, anyone have any ideas?
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  • jamisonjamison
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    The tiny house floor is complete, next step walls, Im pretty excited, things seem to be coming together well
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  • StinkbugStinkbug
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    The floor is quite a bit wider than the frame - can it still be towed down the highway?  And how did you end up attaching the floor to the frame?
  • jamisonjamison
    Posts: 100
    The trailer was an old travel trailer, and the width at the moment is 8 foot. Utility trailers are made to haul stuff so they move the wheels further apart. I attached the frame and floor with lag bolts all the way through the frame. I will then add more lag bolts through the wall base plates and again all the way through the frame
  • tinyhousetalktinyhousetalk
    Posts: 14
    This is great. Glad you were able to get your project started and thanks for sharing!
  • Athena
    Posts: 1
    Cowabunga-- Lookin' good!

  • DisabledCyclistDisabledCyclist
    Posts: 29
    Looking nice,I love the plans you're building from and your personalization of it :)
  • TreadingTiny
    Posts: 2
    Woo, another Midwestern-er! Looks fantastic, I enjoy keeping up with your build!

    Kacie
    www.treadingTiny.com
  • jamisonjamison
    Posts: 100
    Walls are framed up, will be working on sheathing and roof next

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  • DisabledCyclistDisabledCyclist
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    Great progress!!! :)
  • jamisonjamison
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    Over the weekend I added te sheathing the house wrap widows and main roof, oh and the loft beams

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  • Dale_DDale_D
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    Looking good jamison!
  • DisabledCyclistDisabledCyclist
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    NICE!!!
  • jamisonjamison
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    60% chance of rain tonight so Im going to try and get the final metal on the roof this evening

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  • DisabledCyclistDisabledCyclist
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    Good idear
  • jamisonjamison
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    Ok so roof is all done siding is purchased and some of it is on. The days are shorter now and I have limited time to work on the house after work, plus I have to spend time with my girls so soon its going to be weekends only :(

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  • jamisonjamison
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    Finished up the Siding and started on electrical and ceiling, plumbing is next. BTW I hate fiberglass insulation
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  • Dale_DDale_D
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    Looks great jamison. I just wish I could zoom in on the images to see them better. Not sure if that's a forum thing, of a Mac thing.
  • StinkbugStinkbug
    Posts: 7
    Looks like it's really coming together, and beautifully done with the wood.  I noticed that the roof of the bump-out will drain directly onto stoop on one side, though.  Or maybe that part of the work isn't done, or you'll be out west where it's not much of a concern.  This time of year, the photos made me think, "that'd put a cold dribble right down your back."  :-D
  • jamisonjamison
    Posts: 100
    Yah im going to add a small over hang over the door, I'll add that when I add the utility shed to the tongue area. Probably something pretty simple
  • jamisonjamison
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    Painted the door and built a fire pit


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  • jamisonjamison
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    Plumbing and shower completed


    Of course I hit the trailer when putting in the shower drain. I diverted with a couple 90 degree turns

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  • jamisonjamison
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    Started working on the walls, and other odds and ends


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  • caseyfridaycaseyfriday
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    You are rocking this build.  Great work!
  • tinyhousetalktinyhousetalk
    Posts: 14
    This is awesome. Great work so far. Looking forward to keeping up with your project! Thanks for sharing..
  • jamisonjamison
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    A moment of rest

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    got lots done over the weekend got more of the kitchen done, the interior walls sheathed and the rest of the bench done.image
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  • jamisonjamison
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    I got the cushions yesterday, now I just need to dust off the sewing machine. I can sew its just a matter of how straight the stitch will be...lol

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    More Kitchen Shots. I need to sand the counters and floor then put the final (4th coat) poly on both

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  • dazzlecatdazzlecat
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    wow, this is beautiful. where at in the midwest are you and do you plan on living in this in the winter? I am in Minnesota and can't imagine living in such a tiny house when its so cold out with some some sort of huge heating system. I hope you upload more photos when it's all finished inside.
  • jamisonjamison
    Posts: 100
    Hi dazzlecat, I live in Omaha, NE and I dont intend to live in the tiny house. It will mostly be for a guest house and weekend trips around the area like an RV. There have been some people that have use 2x6s for their walls and much more insulation and have had not issues with cold winters in Canada. You just need to adapt your design to your uses and surroundings. At the moment I am only using a oil filled heater, but eventually I want to install a stove when I can afford it
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    Cushion are finished

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  • jamisonjamison
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    Pointless video of me sewing 
  • LagomorphLagomorph
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    This is simply a gorgeous house. I notice the dormers didn't make it from the original plans. Did you decide you didn't need the head room?
  • jamisonjamison
    Posts: 100
    Yah I decided that it was a bit to much and after I added the roof it seemed like enough room with out them. So it was a combination of cost, time and need
  • dazzlecatdazzlecat
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    Watching your video I just realized how they make those rounded edgings on the couches. Easy. Duh! I've been sewing for 30 years and always thought making those must be really hard. Silly me. Gorgeous couch!!!
  • jamisonjamison
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    I have been working on my power system, here is a picture of one of three solar panels that I have made

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    Finished up the kitchen cabinets the closet door and started on the sliding door


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  • onecuponecup
    Posts: 34
    Looks great and nice PV!
  • JerryJerry
    Posts: 56
    Nice work on the couch!  I am using a similar couch design in the planning for my tiny house, with the idea of using it as an extra bed for the rare guests, and love seeing someone else has done it successfully.  Can't wait to see a walk-thru video when you are finished!
  • missourimarymissourimary
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    Very nice. I've noticed several houses using the diagonal wood flooring pattern. Why? Is there structural sense to it, or more just the beauty of it? It looks nice, but is there a trick to cutting it right? I can't even miter a window corner right, much less an entire floor.
  • jamisonjamison
    Posts: 100
    I havent noticed the diagonal in other tiny houses. I did it because I thought it would look cool. If you look towards the top you will see the floor is the first thing I did so I didn't have to worry about crazy cuts
  • jamisonjamison
    Posts: 100
    Big picture update and my awesome xmas gift (stove) from my wife, cant wait to get it installed and fired up. Also finished up the Solar panels and will be working on the setting those up and doing lots of test.

     

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  • onecuponecup
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    Cool boat stove! That small space is really coming together!!
  • caseyfridaycaseyfriday
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    Never ceasing to impress.
  • Tilde
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    Looking good! The big couch looks very comfortable...
  • jamisonjamison
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    Its been cold, icy and wet. I have not been able to finish up what needs to be done. spring can not get here soon enough!
  • jamisonjamison
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    I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. just a bunch of little things now. Trim, caulk and paint for the most part.


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  • pmonumentpmonument
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    Looks great... I used to live 1 block from Hatch Show Print (saw the poster in one of your pics). Solar panels work?