Laying it all out

Started work on our guest house/prototype small house. This weekend I cleared the land a bit more. Our driveway does a circle before dropping down to our carport. Last summer I had the guy that does Bobcat work for us install a cut through to allow guests to park without descending the hill, which can be tough to get back up without 4 wheel drive! The guest house will utilize that cut through.

I leveled out three areas to set up some posts and get an idea of the slope that I'll be building the house on. The house will rest on (2) 4"X4" beams, that will sit on 6 concrete piers. While the dimensions of the house will be 10'X14', the beams will be 8' apart with the extra foot on each side cantilevered. 

Looks like our elevation drop over the 14' (the deck will extend past that) is just under 3 feet. Now I have to decide exactly how I'm going to build the piers. The ones on the upper side will probably just sit on the ground (with a deck block underneath), while the middle and lower ones will probably be pour tubes with deck blocks on top that will allow me to level it should there be some settling over time. Honestly, this should be the hardest part of the entire process, since I don't have a lot of experience with foundations.

Several people have asked me for a timeline. I really don't know. I still have to work on other jobs, and I'm hoping to salvage some materials for this project, so it will all depend on time, budget, and availability of materials. I would like to have a framed-in structure by the first of the year. Stay tuned to this blog, as I will try and document every day that I spend on this project. In the meantime, if you or anyone you know is possibly interested in a tiny home/studio/guest house of their own, recommend them to my site!  Thanks!

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This will be the view from deck level, about 3' off the ground. I'll clear some limbs to have a nice view of the pond.

Looking back up the hill. Aden, my helper, is on the right.

Looking back up the hill. Aden, my helper, is on the right.

Leveling the four corners.  

Leveling the four corners.

 

Aden, my helper for the day. He is cheap labor.

Aden, my helper for the day. He is cheap labor.