Today we added our water resistant barrier (WRB) to the tiny house. WRBs with a score of 5 perms (short for permeance) are required by code. The plastic barrier we used scores anywhere between 5-50 and will prevent water entering the house, but will allow water to exit the house. This feature will help prevent water damage … More Lowe’s Gift Wrap
We started this project back in January, and look how far we’ve come in only a few months. We recently started on the roof and built a makeshift ramp for easy access to the house. These pictures show our progress.
Last week during our class time, we tried our hands at designing a tiny house by laying out all the interior elements. This week, we put those drawings to the test by taping out our floor plans. While the tightness of the space didn’t come as too much of a surprise, it was a great … More Ramping Up Construction
I have always wanted to live in a tiny house for the simplicity, affordability, and flexibility it brings into your life. However, I wanted more flexibility and just a wee-bit more space than what a tiny home on a trailer has to offer. So I began binge-searching “school bus homes.” School buses in America can be … More School Bus Conversions
I recently watched a TEDx Talk covering tiny houses. In this forteen minute discussion the speaker, Amy Henion, covers the topics of explaining what tiny houses are, reasons for their popularity, and ways they can change your life. Her definition of a tiny houses is “small mobile houses built on travel trailers”. Amy’s directed audience … More TEDx Talk: What’s a Tiny House?
On Monday, while two of us finished putting plywood up around the outside of the tiny house, the rest of our team was all hands on deck to start installing the roof. By the end of the class period, we went from an open-air building to what definitely resembles a room. For now, we were … More Raise the Roof!
When recently visiting a friend I saw this book sitting on her coffee table, and I of course had to read it. This book provides profiles of several tiny house owners. In this section you will find a picture of each home, its floor plan, list of utilities. In addition, the author briefly discusses sourcing … More A Good Read
Over spring break, I had the chance to visit Tanzania with fellow UGA students and professor Sandra Whitney. While we spent a lot of time observing animals and learning about geology, we also had the chance to see a lot of the country and to drive through different residential and commercial areas. Doing so made … More American Ideas About Materials
A dead mall in Providence, RI, has been repurposed into micro-apartments ranging from 225-300 square feet. The three-story building houses boutique shops on the bottom floor and 38 micro apartments on the upper floors. There are over 4,000 hopeful tenants on the waiting list for the $550/mo apartments, a steal considering Rhode Island is in … More Tiny Houses, Tiny Apartments?
Before we drilled into the 2x4s and screwed the end pieces in place, we had to apply liberal amounts of wood glue to help hold things still while we lined everything up.