DIY Tiny House Built By Retired Teacher
Bill Knapp is a retired industrial Arts teacher who after 8 years of teaching teenagers General Shop, printing, and drafting; migrated to teaching adults Industrial skills such as pneumatics, robotics, and electronics.
He retired in 2005 and managed his own construction company renovating inner-city row houses and single-family homes.
Bill started designing his tiny house on wheels when he purchased a scraped 33? travel trailer frame in 2019. Since then he has completed the exterior and is now working on the interior fit-out.
In today’s interview Bill Knapp, and Ethan talk about his build and watch it take shape. It’s been a couple of years in the making. Bill is a retired educator and he’s quite skilled in construction, among other disciplines.
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In This Episode:
- Electrical design and solar setup
- Water collection, storage, and plumbing that won’t freeze
- Walls, trailer, and floorplan
- Collecting materials and building the tiny house
- Lessons learned and fortuitous accidents
- Finding parking and preparing the site
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There is a little porch over the hitch
The diagonal pieces allow bill to forgo rigid sheathing in the corners of the house
He did have to build new bump-out slides
A part of the electrical system
He was thoughtful about his insulation and sheathing
The leaded glass cupboard doors were a great find!
Moving the tiny house was an adventure, completed by getting stuck!
The original plan was to mount the solar panels on the roof, but that changed to a freestanding panel array