Raising the Roof

After our shower and window ordeal, we finally got our undamaged shower in!


Here is a picture of the inside of the tiny with most of the windows shown on the front end of the house.

And here is a picture of our pretty white trim!


Our most recent project on the house is our roof. It was one of the best quality materials we could get our hands on and we’re pretty excited for it! It is a standing seam roof and it’s the only roof that doesn’t leave any exposed fasteners which prevents leakage. It is galvalum which is half galvanized steel and half aluminum.

Until next time

kendi & sten

Some more progress

So far, this is what our inside looks like. After waiting weeks for our shower to arrive, it finally came in DAMAGED. So was 2 out of the 5 windows. Our door luckily arrived in one piece and we couldn’t wait to put it in. We also went ahead and installed the working windows (two loft windows and the bedroom window).

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FullSizeRender 18.jpgHere, we are test fitting our plumbing! It was difficult trying to find a way to work around the trailer beams.

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Just using a few fly swatters to visualize our light fixtures haha.

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And here is how our flashing is done!

Until next time (when hopefully all our windows are installed),

Kendi & Stennes

Tiny House Festival 2017

We bought our tickets and headed over to Eatonton, Georgia for their second annual Tiny House Festival at Ooh La La Lavender Farm! It was SO much fun and we got so many ideas and inspiration for our own tiny. We met and talked with amazing home owners and builders who all share the same ideas and aspirations we have for tiny living. There were bus and van conversions as well as the traditional tiny house on wheels. We recognized people we follow from Instagram as well as people we’ve seen on TV. It was so exciting and everyone was having a great time. We definitely will be going back for years to come!

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We can’t forget about the lavender ice cream!! It was nothing like I’ve tasted before but so good!!

Until our next adventure,

Kendi & Stennes

We are vertical!

It seems like Sten is building faster than I can blog! Not complaining though, seeing such fast progress on our tiny is so exciting. Stennes has been working on the land every chance he gets and I’m along side him on the weekends for a helping hand and moral support. We have recently started building up and I’m loving everything about it!

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Details on how we framed the loft windows on each end.

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Put the rafters up! Our inspection with the building inspector went perfect. Next step is plywood sheathing.

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Here are the details on the crows feet for the rafters.

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Plywood sheathing done and done! We exceeded the requirements for  traditionally wood framed house per the AWC wood construction manual.

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The excitement when it finally starts looking like a house!

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This is where we currently are at. The plywood sheathing on the back and roof wrap on top.

IMG_5246.JPGThe whole family stops by occasionally to see our progress and help out.

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This is how the edge sub plate is positioned to let the plywood sheathing come flush to the trailer frame.

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xoxo Kendi

Down goes the floor

It was time to pick up our subfloor and insulation!

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Before anything else, we put Thompson Water Seal on the subfloor so that it will be mold and moisture resistant. Once we finish framing, we will also seal all the walls.                    FullSizeRender-2-1.jpg

Here is our 28 gauge hot galvanized steel! This will go under the trailer as flashing to protect the insulation, plumbing, and electric. We will wait to put it on until the utilities are roughed in.FullSizeRender-10.jpg

Here, we are using a transit to level all four corners of the frame to 1/8th of an inch. This is one of the most accurate ways to level!

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Once we got all our 3/4 t-g plywood down, we put in self-tapping, self-countersinking screws every 6″ around the edge, and every 8″ across the members. Best screws ever made!!FullSizeRender-4.jpg

The whole trailer is water sealed and ready to go! That means next WE GO VERTICAL!

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Until next time,

Kendi & Stennes

Let’s get to welding!

After talking with the building inspector, 5/8″ bolts (rather than 1/2″ bolts) are required for our 90 mph wind zone. If you put them in yourself, buy the 10″ anchor bolts for concrete and just cut them to length. They come with the square washer and nut, and are about $2 a piece rather than $6-8 for a regular 5/8″ bolt. We welded the bolts every 32″ around the trailer frame. They come up at 3 1/2″ to go through the 3/4 plywood and 2×4 floor plate.

We decided to put 2×4 3/16 tubing over the fender wells. This is to support the wall better than wood framing could do over the long 8.5 ft. span that 3 axles takes up. It should be sturdy!

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I also got a crash course on how to weld. It’s definitely not the easiest…

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Until next time!!

Kendi

It’s really happening!

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After about a month of waiting, we finally got the go ahead to pick up the trailer base for our house! We talked with many different trailer companies and decided to go with a manufacturer in Rockmart, Georgia. He worked very well with us to customize the trailer how we wanted it. We went with:

•96″x28′ trailer

•3, 7k lb. axles

•Cross members flush on the top

•Metal flashing by itself for later installation.

We wanted to go with a third axle for more weight grading. We also went with flush cross members so we can lay our subfloor on top of the trailer which allows for more support on the floor. We are waiting to install the metal flashing until we are done running the electrical and plumbing.

Why are you building it on wheels?

A tiny house on wheels doesn’t fall under the building code. One reason for building it on wheels is that most places you can’t build foundation houses less than 1,000 sq/ft. The other reason we went with building a house on wheels is mobility. We have the option of transporting our home if we want to.

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Our vision

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We want to go with a shed style roof to give us maximum living area, especially in the lofts.

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As for the interior, it will consist of white shiplap, large windows,  subway tiles, grey/brown hardwood floors and an open as possible concept with some unique features like a sliding barn door.

Until next time,

Kendi & Stennes

Why are you going tiny?

After talking to different companies and businesses, Stennes and I noticed that some people have never seen or heard of a tiny house before. We describe it to them as an actual house with all the normal amenities, but it’s just extremely downsized and on wheels.

Reasons for us to go tiny

  • Life Simplification: Today, bigger is better, more is better in this consumer driven world. Why does “stuff” consume so much of our time, energy, money, and passions? By downsizing our possessions, we hope to experience real freedom from being tied down and overwhelmed by “stuff”. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about having a lot of stuff! But when that stuff holds you back from personal growth and improvement, you might be putting too much of yourself into physical things. There’s many different ways of simplifying your life besides living tiny, but Sten and I decided that this is how we want to achieve life simplification!
  • Environmental Consciousness: Tiny houses can in-fact help the environment! On average, a normal sized home emits 28,000 pounds of CO2 per year while a tiny home emits an average of 2,000 pounds. Per year, tiny houses can save 26,000 pounds of CO2 from going into the atmosphere.
  • Owning: We have always wanted to build our own house a few years down the road, but right now that is not feasible for us. Instead, we can put our own design and touches into a little place of our own; make it exactly how we want it! Instead of spending the same amount of money in renting an apartment for a few years, we figured it would more affordable to build.
  • More Adventures and Experiences: Because we will be saving a lot of money by not paying rent or a monthly mortgage payment, we will have the extra money to do things that we enjoy. If either one of our jobs require us to move, then we don’t have to worry about selling a house or ending a lease because we can pack up and move in a day. Not to mention, I’m very excited to own a few chickens and start a vegetable garden, both of which are not very feasible while living in an apartment 😉
Until next time,
Kendi

Let the adventures begin!

 

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After months and months of dreaming and planning, we are finally able to start this exciting journey to build our own tiny house on wheels! For those who may not know who we are, let us give you a little bit of a background. We are Stennes Austinson and Kendi Castoro (soon to be Austinson). We have been inspired to live a more simple and efficient life while being mortgage free. We want to challenge the idea of the “bigger is better” philosophy by living light without the excess clutter.

So excited to have you following along!

-Kendi & Stennes