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This is the first tiny house we have built, so it was enough of a challenge to build that the documenting side was let slide to a fair extent. Regardless, I will walk you thorough what we did, and how we did it to the best of my ability.
We used as many natural, unprocessed, and re-used materials as possible, which made it less expensive but much more time consuming than buying everything from the lumber yard. 
 
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Step 1: Preparing the frame

As we used an old trailer frame to build this on, we started by demolishing the trailer, separating out the aluminum to be recycled. The plywood floor was saved to be re-used as the sub-floor. Then we went at it with an angle grinder and drill with wire wheel and wire brushes for the hard to reach parts. As we removed the failing old paint and surface rust we looked for signs of penetrating rust which would need welding to maintain the integrity of the frame. Thankfully, we found none.

So we moved right on to priming with a rusty metal primer, and then a coat or two of quality metal paint.  

Step 2: The floor


As we live near an old steam powered sawmill, we decided to use rough milled redwood 1x6's for the floor, so we ran them through the planner and then the edger to get a beautiful floor. As we were using true one inch thick boards we decided to screw them in with appropriate length screws from the underside so that no fasteners would be visible. To protect it for the rest of the project we covered it with some 1/8 inch plywood pieces we had laying around. 
Steamcrunk5 months ago
Wonderful Instructable! I am curious, did you sell the original on CL?

I've bookmarked your website and wish you the best of luck.
ganeshruskin (author)  Steamcrunk2 months ago

noop, still waiting for a buyer

nekko fox7 months ago
Looks beautiful. If I might make a suggestion? To help prevent the wood from warping/aging prematurely, and to help protect from rain, I'd give the outside a good coating with some kind of super hydrophobic stain or paint like Neverwet. Then you could brand your little houses as 'Long Lastin' and tack on another $500 - $1000.
or a breathable polyurethane. would be cheaper too boot
GeekCrafter7 months ago
That is the cutest little house! I love the curved top on the door. If I could build this, I'd try to find some of our plentiful Colorado beetle-killed wood. Thanks for sharing!
beetle larve can still be there 4 up to ten years. so please use a natural insect killer. steam bath to make sure all the eggs have been destroyed.
ganeshruskin (author) 7 months ago
OK, Yes, I am nude for starters, that is how I work when the temperature climbs over 96 degrees. The tool belt is very protective however..

Thanks for all the comments, all good points. Firstly, weight. I don't know how much it weighs, how do you weigh such a thing? I do know that my little 4 cylinder pickup pulls it without any problem, so it can't be very heavy. However, it was never designed to be a trailer, as in a mobile home or such. It is designed to be towed once, locally, at low speeds, like 55 max, to someone within the bay area. More than that and it would need new tires, bearings, maybe even a new frame, not gonna happen.

As to the use of old growth redwood, we used it because the property we live on has old logs on it from when it used to be a logging operation, so we paid to have them milled up. There is no way we would have paid for old growth from the lumber yard, too f*&%$ expensive. I recommend using whatever you can get locally from small mills, recycled, or mill yourself. So Eastcoasters may as well forget all about redwood.

As to using a wooden roof, that was our first choice actually, with or without NeverWet. But we have never done one before and ran out of time and metal is so easy, foolproof, and fire resistant, and last a LOOOONG time, so it won out.
Next one maybe metal.

Alright, next project is a collapsable gypsy bow-top caravan, off-road suspension and tires, canvas roof and walls, look for it in a few months....

any wiegh station will tell u wat it wieghs
Next time you see a truck stop they have scales.
Maybe you can find scales in an auto junkyard.

Cost for weighing...around $10.
ganeshruskin (author)  Dr.Bill7 months ago
Cool, thanks!
morkwa7 months ago
You say that you use "star drive screws" in your project, - get yourself
some Robertson head "square drive" screws and you will find yourself
throwing the slot, phillips and star drive screws as far as you can into
the bush, going into the bush to find them and then throwing them as
far as you can again, - that's how much more satisfied you will be with the Robertson
screws and not to mention the pleasure of pitching those other ones
as far as you can (twice over)
ganeshruskin (author)  morkwa7 months ago
No thanks. Have you ever used star drive screws? I like square drive screws marginally more than philips, but star drive aka torque bit are hard to strip, I mean you have to TRY.

seriously, give them a try....
unless thier comin from CHINA then thier easy as pie to strip.
you could be right - by star drive I thought you meant Pozidrive
Here in Canada in construction the robertson is the most used
as it only takes one hand (once it's inserted on the bit) to drive the
screw in. Anytime I come across something put together with phillips or slot or pozidrive and has to be taken apart these screws are
immediately chucked into the garbage and replaced with square drive.
I have skinned too many knuckles and stripped too many screws
to bother with those other three kinds. Don't see too many star drives
here - only in special applications.
jonsnent6 months ago
Love your tiny house. What did you use for insulation under it? If you did how did you install it?
try recycled shredded Levi jeans thier R value is a r45, self draining - if they get soaked, they'ill drain. an fire resistance, best of all u dont kneed gloves or long coats to use it. just saftey glasses an mask. an yr done,
craftyone2116 months ago
wow
Buen Trabajo
Blaise_Gauba7 months ago
Nice work guys and gals...and baby too of course.
boaslad7 months ago
Very Cute! I've been thinking of doing something similar. I don't like the prefab little trailers you can buy because they put too much into them (cupboards, shelves, storage, built in seating... blah blah...) All that stuff just takes up space. I think a small trailer should be more like a "hard shell tent". Simple basic utilitarian designs rock and I think you guys have nailed it. And unlike a tear drop, I could actually stand up in this. Well done.
Glenn7817 months ago
If you wanna sell stufff only show the chick with the kid sooooo hot
I'm not sure how kosher the Instructable community is on sharing that out in the open.
rayleb7 months ago
Looks beautiful, I am wondering what the finished weight is and getting tagged and road approved?
michiganhiker7 months ago
Very nice job and it was great to see the little one helping out or at least hanging out on mom's back. Super cute. But the creativity of your work is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
DiKayess7 months ago
I love your tiny house. Congratulations it looks like so much fun as well as work. Di
artworker7 months ago
Nice! Reminds me of that Disney's Micky, Donald and Goofy caravan episode!
Beautiful finish!
WesleySwain7 months ago
I am not certain he is wearing pants.
bLiTzJoN7 months ago
I've always been facinated by micro-homes. I'd to build a series of adobe homes surrounding a small courtyard that each of my kids could have their own space. As the elderly in our family need space we could simply add on to the village. "Kids, go clean your house!"
thirst4know7 months ago
Fantastic work brother! Right size home for travel and good natural choices for the vibes.
pantalone7 months ago
Nice job. Love the door!
jjimenez7 months ago
Awesome!
andre rezende7 months ago
Very cool!
onemoroni17 months ago
Nice build. Thanks for sharing. How does it handle when towing?
john33477 months ago
I am wondering why you went against both convention and safety considerations in putting the entry door on the left side of the trailer. You have the only trailer in captivity with the door on the "wrong" side. I would not want that particular trailer at any price because if I had to stop on the side of the road somewhere to use the bathroom or to prepare some lunch, I would be fighting passing traffic every time I opened the door. I didn't see the kitchen or bathroom in your write-up either. It is a nice looking trailer tho.
mg99907 months ago
I don't know anything about roofing, but i theorize that it could be done a lot cheaper by just using wood and then coating it with a substance called Never Wet, a hydrophobic spray that allows the material to never become wet and therefore never rot due to moisture.
Ortzinator mg99907 months ago
That wouldn't last nearly as long.
ski2moro7 months ago
How much does it weigh? I'd venture a guess that it is over the weight that the little pickup truck can safely pull.
dtwhitney12207 months ago
nobody noticed that the guy is nude?
dtwhitney12207 months ago
nobody noticed that the guy is nude?
LancasterPA7 months ago
Nice Job. No bed, no kitchen, all you have is a kids play house on wheels. Can't see a use for that. I would not pull it too fast with the roof catching the wind under the eves. Drive at 70 and it will be like a tornado tearing off that roof. It is a beautiful object.
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