The following photographs were taken during the construction process and provide information about the actual construction process and the various decisions made. As described elsewhere, the cabin was designed with specific goals in mind and is the first attempt to build a tiny house with minimal prior experience. Construction takes place in an old barn. Total time spend, about 18 months or 1000 hours.
1. Building floor from three sections to accommodate the wheel wells.
Ice guard to protect from dampness
Installing 3″ polyiso insulation in walls
Installing pex-al-pex tubing 1/2″ for radiant floor heating
Installing subfloor T&G OSB 3/4″
2. Construct the walls
Install insulation in wall
Erect the walls
Install external insulation skin (1/2″ polystyrene) and the 7/16 ” OSB sheathing (T&G)
Install tar paper over sheathing
Flash window opening and install window
Repeat for all other walls.
3. Construct shower stall using 1//4″ Magnesium board
4. Install mg-board (3’x5′) interior walls and electrical wiring, outlets for 12V.
Quiet computer fans (12V) for bathroom exhaust
5. Roof construction
Determining pitch and angle
Install 6″ polyiso, and hurricane straps
6. Finish bathroom/wardrobe closet
Install shower door
And a small sink
Space for composting toilet bottom left
7. Install white metal roof over ice guard on top of 3/4 OSB
Hidden box gutter
8. Install French doors and casement windows living room
Just in time closed in for winter to begin.
9. Constructing Water Compartment and mechanical “room”
Fits over the hitch and holds 40 gal water tank; propane/electric 110V 6 gal. water heater; 12-24 V water pumps for radiant floor heating, thermal solar collector, and faucets; water filtration system piping to connect it all.
The Solar thermal panel
Testing for leaks
Passed! Ready (still has protective film present)
10. Time to paint the 20 year old trailer (5 ton Eager Beaver). Wire brushing, priming, finishing with oil-based hammered dark bronze.
11. Completing the cedar siding.
12. Finishing the roof, gutters and installing the solar systems racking
(a little hard to tell below the barn beams)
Wiring up the combiner box, charge control and circuit breakers
13. Putting the floor (tile) and kitchen in.
14. Finishing living room, bed room, shrine room, planing poplar boards for trim.
14. Time to get it on the trailer and out of the barn to install solar systems
15 Construct and install battery bank
16 Time to test and get it ready for winter
17. Final destination (at least for near future), finishing touch, including board fencing