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Tiny House Construction – Week 5

Tiny House Construction – Week 5

With the walls in place, my first challenge was to wrap my head around the puzzle that is strengthening and securing the walls so they stay there. I knew what I had to do, but making sure to do things in the right order took some thought. Eventually I got there. Watch a time lapse to see what I got up to this week: Day 19 Today I focused on making sure the walls were straight. To do this I had to remove the braces and check every section with a spirit level. I was pleased with how solid the walls felt, even though there isn't much holding them down. By the time I am through they should
Tiny House Construction – Week 4

Tiny House Construction – Week 4

This was going to be a big week. We had some friends visiting so I wanted to finish the walls and get them raised while they were around, always a big moment when building a house. Before this could be achieved I needed to finish framing and figure out the logistics of getting them vertical. So there was lots of work to be done. Watch a time lapse to see what I got up to this week: Day 15 Today was a very productive day! The friends who are staying with us right now kindly offered to help with the house (thanks Andrea and Brady!). We managed to buy, cut and lay out all of the wood
Tiny House Construction – Week 3

Tiny House Construction – Week 3

After a bit of a break it was time to crack on with framing the walls. In normal house construction, with a well oiled team, this is usually a very fast stage. I am doing this for the first time, and am having to cut every piece of wood to a custom length, so we will see how 'fast' this goes. Watch a time lapse to see what I got up to this week: Build Day 10 Today I got to use my new framing nailer to build the first wall. It actually was a little harder than I expected! Being the first time I had framed, I was learning as I go (no change there then), I was also learning how to use
Tiny House Construction – Week 2

Tiny House Construction – Week 2

After waiting around for so long to start the build I have been very go go go on the house. My plan is to get the house watertight and road worthy so I can move it into the driveway where we are living and eliminate the rent I am paying on the barn. This does factor into my wanting to make good progress on the house, but mainly it's because I am having so much fun. Watch a time lapse to see what I got up to this week: Build Day 5 Today I finished bolting the blocking in place. I also found out the hard way that a 5/8th inch bolt does not have a 5/8th inch nut (the bolt is 5/8" in diameter,
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
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