Can A Pre-Fab Be Made Into a Tiny House?

The question is asked so often and so often people respond with affirmative as if it is the easiest task in the world. Perhaps it may be. But it still requires some planning, some elbow grease, and some skill. What are we talking about? Turning a pre-fab garage or barn or shed into a tiny house.

PRE-FAB

Yes, there are modifications to be made. Perhaps the biggest stumbling block is that these pre-fabs are not rough plumbed or rough wired.  They also don’t have insulation or interior walls. However, they are sturdy and typically have a sound build structure.

In the video below I submit it can be done…and for under $20,000 USD.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

Using Wheel Chocks With Your Tiny House

I don’t quite know what there is to say about wheel chocks. They keep your trailer from rolling down a hill. Fact. Stick them in front of your wheel and behind your wheel, give them a little snugging, and that is it. Gravity does the rest.

Using Wheel Chocks With Your Tiny House

But it is important to note that there are several styles of chocks on the market ranging in price, weight, and material. Each one targets a different type of trailer and each one is better suited for one trailer over another. Don’t forget there are also a few cheaper and more atypical solutions to the problem of trailer rolling as well.

In today’s video I introduce you to several different styles of chocks that range in price and function.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

All Jacked Up or how to use stabilizer jacks to make your tiny house more steady

When we first moved into our tiny house trailer we almost immediately built a porch and stoop. Coupled with the piers and straps we had to install to be legal in our county we felt very little difference between our THOW and any sticks ‘n bricks we lived in. This was vastly different when we moved into our travel trailer.

Everytime I walked the length of the trailer or used the scissor stairs the trailer would react violently and disturb anyone inside. That is until we found out about good, ‘ol fashioned stabilizer jacks.

In this video I introduce you to stabilizer jacks which are widely available and help make your THOW as solid as a brick foundation.

ALL JACKED UP

Before you watch the video though here are a couple of tips when using stabilizer or “stack” jacks:

  • Always carry with you a few six to eight inch long 2×6 blocks. The blocks are placed under the jacks to give them more support if you are parked on soft ground or if the jacks are too short.
  • Consider using plastic ‘blocks’ which are also easy to find and have some advantages over wood blocks. The biggest advantage is less weight to carry. They are also stackable and have a larger surface area.

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Tiny House Technique: Making Room For Recreation

A year ago when passing through Ft. Myers, FL my wife decided on a whim to rent a paddleboard to take advantage of the glassy water and beautiful sun overhead at Lover’s Key State Park. All through the fall and winter she talked about that experience and how she loved it. By early 2015 she was looking at SUPs on the Internet and talking about investing in one. Truth be told I wasn’t all that game as my first experience was less than stellar and about all I did was entertain the observers on the beach as I sort of stood up, wobbled, and fell. I think I even did ‘the Running Man’ at some point that cause the 10′ board to shoot up into the air and right out from under me.

When we passed through Ft. Myers this past snowbird season though we came across the notion of inflatable SUPs and realized something like that would be perfect for her and our tiny house lifestyle. Minimum space yet maximum fun. This time I was (pardon the pun) on board and we found a well-reviewed board at Costco. For less than $400 we were well on our way to becoming complete beach bums without sacrificing our much coveted space in our tiny house.

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So in putting togethers blog post I had an idea. Why not show other tiny housers how much fun SUPing can be and how an inflatable SUP (as well as other toys like inflatable kayaks, frisbee golf, geo-caching, etc) can be perfect recreational activities for the tiny house lifestyle. To watch the video just hover over the image below and click on the red, centrally located, standard YouTube play button.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]