Dawn and Scott Hines recently completed a tiny house and asked me to share it with you. Dawn and Scott had a tough time finding detailed information that could help them build a tiny house. So they did something different. They had their friend (a licensed builder) tape the process and explain what he was doing and why and it really makes it much more clear. They hope this may help others too.
So be sure and visit their website Our Tiny House to view some clips and if you choose purchase their DVD of their tiny house being built. I’ll let Dawn tell you more about the build.
This is the story of the construction of our tiny house built by C&E Construction. In December 2008 we attended a construction seminar in Florida and were fortunate that our general contractor was able to attend the seminar with us. While the seminar was helpful for design, it really did not give us any of the details we’d need in order to build a tiny house. As Chuck Peterson of C&E Construction built our beautiful tiny house he taped the construction details, showing the specific methods and critical tips for success. We now offer a detailed 2 hour construction DVD full of these details and helpful hints that are necessary to actually build a tiny house.
We did buy a set of plans for our tiny house and modified the plans to fit our needs. Some of the changes we made to the original plans were:
- We wanted the tiny house to be usable in a sub-freezing environment.
- We raised the loft ceiling height to accommodate Scott’s height so that we have 7 feet clear.
- We wanted a full size 36″ x 36″ shower.
- We wanted to sleep on the main level.
- We plan to use this as a weekend house and not as our full time residence.
Chuck took the plans we bought and handled the modifications. We went home and taped the tiny house dimensions onto our basement floor so that we could really see how the space would work for our needs. Based on this we decided on a few more changes.
Once we had the trailer we pulled it to the building where Chuck would build the tiny house. This building was owned by friends of ours, who own King Cut – Concrete Cutters, Inc. and we were very thankful for their generosity.
The King Cut building is where the filming begins of the construction. The step by step process explains the difference in the roof pitch, a different framing process, plumbing that is easy to drain, and many more details that need to be considered when you decide to build a tiny house of your own.
Be sure and check out the video clips and see if this DVD would be a help to you in your tiny house construction. Thank you Dawn and Scott for sharing your story with us.