Getting started

There's always a boring and laborious part to building. That was the first day working on this tiny house, but it's also, literally, the foundation for everything that comes after.

Rewind to Saturday, where I attempted to back the trailer down to my preferred build site closest to my workshop. 28 feet might now sound like much, but when you add the tongue of this trailer, it's about 34 feet...and that's a pretty long piece of equipment to back 1/4 of a mile. Shannon walked behind as I slowly worked it down our narrow and twisty driveway. It was clear that even if I got it to its intended location, that I was only going to be able to do the first week of work before I could no longer get it out - the drive is just too narrow. I got it all the way to the turn where I wanted to put it, and could go no further. I'm no stranger to hauling or backing trailers of all sizes, but basic geometry dictated that it just wasn't going to make it. So, back up the hill it went. A quick couple of phone calls, and I now have a leased piece of my neighbor's land to build on.

The trailer is built on 2x4 and 2x6 steel beams. For some reason (I presume for saving weight), the middle six feet of the trailer is framed with 2x4s and the exterior is 2x6s.. No problem, I would just install wood 2x4s in the centers to bring it up, and have a nice platform to nail into. The only problem is that a steel 2x6 is actually 2 inches by 6 inches. Meanwhile, a wood 2x4 is 1 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches....so, I had to sandwich a 1/2" piece of plywood under each 2x4 to make up the difference. I spread adhesive on the steel beams, laid the plywood strips down, then add more adhesive, then placed the 2x4s, and then drove 2 3/4" self tapping screws every 10 inches to hold the whole thing down. Pretty time consuming stuff. 

I'll finish the rest of that installation this morning, then start installing the subfloor. I'm planning on having the client come out tomorrow to finalize our floorpan...so I better get to work! I promise that things will get exciting soon!

Construction adhesive on each beam. The leaves fall faster than I can remove them! It's nice working outside...for now.

Construction adhesive on each beam. The leaves fall faster than I can remove them! It's nice working outside...for now.

I cut 1/2" plywood into strips, then laid the 2x4 flat to bring the floor level with the outside. 

I cut 1/2" plywood into strips, then laid the 2x4 flat to bring the floor level with the outside. 

The adhesive and screws make the wood feel every bit as solid as the steel. The subflooring will overlap to the steel on the outside, tying it all together.

The adhesive and screws make the wood feel every bit as solid as the steel. The subflooring will overlap to the steel on the outside, tying it all together.

Got about half of the trailer done yesterday. Did I mention that it's pretty long???

Got about half of the trailer done yesterday. Did I mention that it's pretty long???