Tiny House Construction – Week 1

Tiny House Construction – Week 1

I had been very sick for the best part of a month and excessive coughing had left me with a cracked rib, all of which delayed the start of the build. Despite some mild pain my doctor had given me the nod to start some work, as long as I didn't get too carried away. It feels like I had to wait forever, but finally I can start! Watch a time lapse to see what I got up to this week: Getting set up Waking up on the morning when I took possession of the barn (where I will start the build) it felt like my first day of school, or a new job. When I mentioned this to Carly over breakfast she
Importing A Trailer From the US Into Canada

Importing A Trailer From the US Into Canada

If you are like me, you may have found this page because you are considering importing a trailer into Canada from the US, but aren't sure how complicated the process is. At first glance this may seem like a lot to take in, but don't be daunted - it is actually pretty easy. As long as you have your ducks in a row, you will have a smooth importation process. While doing my own research I found the following very useful: L-Dawg and Roar's Tiny House SHED: Mobile Habitat Project Tiny Timber Tiny Nest It was resources like these that made figuring out the process so easy. I have
Tiny House, Big Trailer

Tiny House, Big Trailer

Having never towed anything before I was both excited and a little nervous about the prospect of driving a 26.6 foot trailer 650km home from a different country. I managed to get a couple of practise sessions in from kind (and trusting!) individuals (thanks Dayna and JP) who also gave me a few tips. I was most worried about reversing, but had been assured that the longer the trailer, the easier it becomes. I have to send out a huge thank you to Morgan, who kindly allowed us to use his truck to go and collect the trailer. This made life a whole lot easier, and ol' red did us proud, so
Edging Away From Theory Towards Reality

Edging Away From Theory Towards Reality

With the plans in hand my first job was to learn how to read them! I spent a few days learning architectural acronyms and notations in order to make sense of what was in front of me. Once I had figured out the basics I started 'building' a 3D model of the house in SketchUp so I could get a grip of the elements of house building I needed to learn. Every step seems to spawn a whole set of questions, so this really put into perspective just how much I have to learn. I am not learning one trade, I am trying to learn all trades required to build a house. I certainly have my work cut out for me,
Tiny Living Resources

Tiny Living Resources

One of the best things about the tiny house movement is that so many people who go down this road want to share their knowledge and experiences. This means that no matter what you need to know, there is plenty of great (most often free) information out there. This page will list the resources I have found useful during my own project and I will continue to add to them throughout the course of the project. Introduction and Inspiration Books Tiny House Living - Ryan Mitchell does an excellent job of introducing the tiny house movement and inspiring people to join in Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter -
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