It goes together like stone, steel, cork, and compost.

It goes together like stone, steel, cork, and compost.

This bathroom is roughly the same size as the bathroom in my last house, so it wasn't too hard to work with and get something that provided what I need.  With nearly 40 square feet I was able to get a full bathroom without having to sacrifice too much to do so.  It sports a decent sized shower, composting toilet, nice vanity with a crazy cool sink, and a spot for a 24" washer dryer combo.  Nice big window lets in plenty of light during the day and the LED light bar illuminates the room very well at night time. 

A functional Kitchen.

A functional Kitchen.

One thing I wanted with the house was a fully functional kitchen that was easy to work in, the large layout with a wrap around counter suited me perfectly.  When I had a house and would have people over it's strange how often everyone would gravitate toward the kitchen, I think its because thats where the beer was...  I wanted something that put off a relaxed feel and wasnt something I had to struggle to move around in.  This kitchen features all stainless steel appliances, standard sized hickory cabinets, butcher block counters, and plenty of LED lighting. Its gotta be my favorite little room in the house. 

Making bad cuts on ACX will bring tears to your eyes.

Making bad cuts on ACX will bring tears to your eyes.

The majority of the furniture and interior of the house was built with 3/4 ACX plywood.  I wanted something that had a clean easy to paint/stain face that was crazy strong.  Using 2X4 brackets in the framing and mounting the furniture to the house really made the house feel solid.  Although the 3/4 ACX is a little spendy (about 40 bucks a sheet) the finished product is absolutely amazing and youll be very happy with it.  

A little flavor for the inside.

A little flavor for the inside.

So I wanted to give my house a modern look that accentuated on the natural look of wood.  Some people use sheets of 1/4 birch plywood or other kinds of sheets but then your left with seams that you need to cover up.  I wanted to avoid those seams because those seams remind me of a camper or a trailer...

The inner workings

The inner workings

This part took quite a long time, it was very fun but it was something I didnt want to rush.  There are endless possibilities when youre looking at an empty shell trying to make sure youre going to set it up exactly the way you want it.  Remember, think 10 steps ahead, itll save you some serious headaches and things will turn out the way you want them to. 

How to put lipstick on a pig

How to put lipstick on a pig

The idea of a tiny house is a crazy enough idea as it is, but I felt I couldn't just toss up any old siding.  I needed something that screamed, "Look at me I'm beautiful!"  My friend Matt put the idea in my head that I needed something that would make this thing stand out and really turn heads.  I can honestly say that it was the scariest part of the build because I was sure the thing was going to look awful. 

 

A little junk in the trunk

A little junk in the trunk

If you want to have the house that you truly desire, please please please take your time.  I can honestly say I spent more time thinking about what I was going to do and how I could make it better than actually building the house.

Put a lid on it!

Put a lid on it!

So the shop that I built my house in had a door that wasnt tall enough to fit the house with the roof installed.  So I built the house as I normally would and did as much as I could minus the roof.  When the time came to pull the house out and set it up outside we already had the roof joists cut to length and all the bird mouth notches cut into the joists.

A little wrap to keep the water at bay.

A little wrap to keep the water at bay.

The key to keeping the skeleton of your house nice and dry is wrapping it up with a house wrap. Its pretty basic and straight forward to work with and increases the life of the house you worked so hard to build. 

Where's that draft coming from?

Where's that draft coming from?

Windows are of course a very important and one of the more expensive things you'll do to your house.  I wanted a great deal of light while maintaining the efficiency of the houses ability to maintain internal temperature.  And don't forget they gotta look fly at the same time. ;)

Some skin for her bare bones

Some skin for her bare bones

Sheathing is much more than just throwing up walls, it provides a large amount of stability and protection from the elements.  I wanted to stay away from OSB just for the fact that it is slightly heavier, not as resistant to moisture, and it isn't as ridged. 

Framing the Beast

Framing the Beast

I went with the traditional stick frame house, I stuck with 2x4s and placed them at 24" on center.  It was a bit of a daunting process but once you get the swing of it things fall into place fairly quickly.  I would have to say the most difficult part would be the simple planning of the walls to assure proper window spacing. 

The Foundation

The Foundation

There are so many ways you can go with the foundation of your house, just remember it is the foundation.  The single piece that will hold everything together, the piece you never want to have an issue with.  I chose a custom made trailer from TrailerMadeLLC located in Denver Colorado.