Tuesday, May 7, 2013


What am I building!?

I started off designing in an old architectural design program call Punch Pro Platinum. It was very simple and a great sandbox to get used to basic layouts. These are some of the original concepts I threw around. 
Later on, my sister, Sarah (who was working on her Bachelors of Interior Architecture from UofO) turned me on to SketchUp Which is now owned by Trimble, but developed by Google. 

THANK YOU! This program is sweet!

If you are even thinking of building a Tiny House get this program and play around! SketchUp gives you the ability to build damn near anything you can dream up, has workable lighting, physics add-ons, and access to a database of Billions of designs from other users for FREE.

Below are some of my more current designs. They have fundamentally the same layout as above, save for a few tweaks.

I'll put up some more of these as I make my way through designing the kitchen, bathroom, electrical, plumbing and HVAC. I'm in the process of getting hard data for each module.



Walls and Attatchments

I've had a busy few weeks! Between work and other projects I have managed to make some headway here.

I chose to go with plan B for wall attachment. I tracked down a welder off Craigslist to attach my sacrificial angle-iron. Thanks Paul Borella, & Ian Frank for the further advice! Bought iron and am currently getting it cut to length and in place. The prep work of sanding down the trailer surface to have a clean place to weld has been more time consuming than expected, powder coating really likes to hang on!

Today's Note To Self:

Apparently the 12" DeWalt miter saw has a PLASTIC fitting on the back to guide sawdust away.
It doesn't hold up so well to the fiery storm of spark and slag that is the product of cutting metal. Take that off next time...

In other news:

I had framing lumber delivered! This is everything needed for walls. I'll buy materials for the sub-floor, roof, and lofts down the line. I'll be able to work over the next few weeks to pre-fabricate each section and rough fit them before assembly. No kidding It felt like Christmas in a Folgers commercial when I woke to the sound of a flatbed pulling up with my lumber this morning! I was damn giddy :)

My workspace is put together at last!  I've managed to Tetris my way into space for lumber, bench, storage for wall sections and a spot for my bike.  I can tell its going to be tight for a while.

My task list outside of the welding prep work for the trailer and beginning the wall sections, 

I've got to:

1. Pick up a nail gun on the cheap.

2. Make a list of brackets and bolts for the walls.

3.  Replace a section of the plywood decking on the trailer. The boards flexed up enough that they are 3/4" over the frame which would keep the walls from sitting flush. I may be able to get away with flipping the boards over. We'll see!