4th of July and Moving

No work has been done on the tiny house since we finished the floor.  We took the weekends before 4th of July and after the 4th to visit relatives up from Georgia.  I hadn’t seen my aunt Karen, her daughter Kendra or my aunt Donna in six years. It was nice to take a few days off work here and there and relax at my mom’s house.  Pete was with us the weekend before the 4th, but after that I was flying solo as Pete had to represent the Forest Service as Smokey in the 4th of July parade in Munising, Michigan.  Sorry, I have no photos, but he was told he was one of the best Smokey’s!

It was nice to relax and visit with family while sipping a gin and tonic on a hot and humid day.  I also took Karen and Donna tubing down the Sturgeon River; we had a blast.

This past weekend we moved from one rental house into a new one.  This is the 9th time we have moved in 4 years! It will be so nice to finish the tiny house and simplify to the point where moving isn’t such a pain. Even now, we don’t own much stuff, but when you put it all in a pile and get ready to move it, it seems excessive.  We did however, take the opportunity to think of the tiny house as we packed and got rid of unnecessary items.  We still have a long way to go in order to fit in the tiny house, but it was a great start at de-cluttering.  We took three garbage bags of clothes to Goodwill along with a large box of miscellaneous items.

The house we are now renting is owned by a co-worker that transferred to another area.  The house is up for sale and we will be renting the place until it sells or until we are ready to move into the tiny house.  They are anxious for the house to sell and at the same time we’re hoping we don’t have to move again a few months down the road. 🙂  Thanks Tim and Julie!  You have a beautiful home and it is going to be a real treat to live here for however long that may be.

We will be getting started on a new phase of the tiny house today – building walls.  We had the majority of our framing materials delivered yesterday. There are a few more odds and ends that we’ll need to get, but for now we have enough to get started.  Harvey, the delivery man was unloading our materials with Pete’s help and asked if we were building a shed.  Pete told him, “yeah, something like that”.  Harvey was a man of few words and didn’t really seem like the kind of guy to be telling about the tiny house.  When I asked him if he could accept tips, he gave a disappointed look at the five dollar bill in my hand and it was almost like he was debating on if it was even worth.  In the end he did take the tip.

Next up in the planning process is to make a final decision on the windows we’ll be ordering.  The windows recommended for the tiny house are Jeld-Wen awning style windows.  We will use what the plans call for in most of the house; however, we will put in one double hung so that we have the option of using a window unit air conditioner.   We are also switching up the design for the bump out area on the front of the house.  At first we were hoping to turn this into a bay window as I envisioned how nice it would be to sit on the couch in the bump out and have a place to put a cup of coffee or tea; however, this no longer seems to be a viable option.  The plans call for the large window in the front of the house to be three window sashes; however, the door to the tiny house will only be 1′ 10.5″ wide.  A couple of the appliances that we’ve picked out for the house are 2′ x 2′.  This is fine as long as we put them in the house before attaching the front wall, but what happens if our washer/dryer combo unit breaks (a good point reminded to us by my mom’s friend Joyce)?  In light of this potential future issue, we’ve decided to make the front window one large awning style window.  We could go with a double hung, but I’m not a huge fan of double hung windows.  I want as much light in the tiny house as possible and I don’t want the view from the inside to be obstructed by extra window frame.

Off to go build a wall.

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5 thoughts on “4th of July and Moving

  1. Michael Menrath

    Hey, Pete; it’s Michael here. I’m in the process of building a tiny house for myself and my wife. It’s on a 20′ trailer – older type – so I had to do some modifications to it to make it work. I also had to use 2×8 floor joists do to having to remove all but 3 boards of the trailer floor boards; and, that’s because nothing is supporting them in the middle. I framed the floor in a way to allow me to use lots of carriage bolts through the steel outside trailer frame members to insure that the floor is actually part of the trailer and structurally sound. I had also used over 200 4″ and 5″ lag screws to assemble all the floor joists together – as a result, the floor is very sturdy. Anyway, I’ve been following your tiny house build blog and find it very interesting. Thanks for posting it. I plan to do the same with my tiny house build when I’m at least done with the “shell” of the tiny home. I’m in the Army now and only have the weekends to build; unless, I use up leave time to build. I’m renting a work shop here in El Paso, TX and building inside there ….until it comes time to build the roof, then I’ll have to finish it out side of the shop. I will be getting out of the Army in about end of March. Should be done with the tiny house by then and then we will move it to our 22 off grid archers of Tennessee wood land property. I and my dad have been building houses – the big ones – and done many remodeling jobs together. That’s where I learned the carpentry trade – from my dad. The design I’m using is my own. I drew the plans myself. The design layout is one that has the entry door on the side – different from the Tumbleweed designs. The end area will have a larger “bump-out” in which will enclose a 68″ sleeper sofa in much like a window seating setting with 2 – 24″ windows side by side. The other end of the 20′ trailer will have a 2′ extended 48″ wide bump out in which will enclose a 47.2″ wide by 36″ walk-in luxury shower. I had to do my floor framing on that end of the trailer with my 2×8 floor joists cantilevering 5′ in and 2′ out the back end of the trailer – again with lots of lag screws. I just started sheathing it today. I walked all over and jumped up and down on that bump out… its rock solid and not going anywhere. On the outside where the entry door will be on the side, I’m going to have a fold down deck and a full house length out door awning to expand our outside living area. I say all this so that if you need any advice on your framing, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll be glad to give you any advice on your building process. It’s indeed a learning experience, even if you are using someone else’s plans or your own… and plans can always be modified to meet your needs. That’s one of the reasons why, after following the tiny house movement for almost 2 years now since being in the military, I’ve decided to design my own tiny house – even after buying the books to learn more about the building process of tiny houses on trailers. I’ll let you know when my blog gets posted with all the pics of my tiny house build process. Good luck and keep up the good work and the blogs.

    • Hey Michael,

      Good luck with your project! We look forward to following your tiny house build. Thanks for the offer of advice, we might just need to take you up on that.

  2. Cindy

    Go Erin and Pete! You guys are an inspiration to our home to watch the building process in action. Hope it all keeps going well. Looks like you have plenty of opportunities to get helpful feedback on your blog. I want a home like the Wallers towards Big Bay – nice and off the grid!

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