Lookin’ Like a House!

Everything has been coming together these past couple weeks. My steel framing by Volstrukt came up from Austin thanks to Damon DesChamp at Trailer Made. They are now the official distributor of Volstrukt framing nationwide. It’s so great that they are only a 35 minute drive from where I’m living. This made it possible for me to go out and witness the Trailer Made crew panelizing my walls and roof in the timeframe I needed so I could close in my house before the snowstorm. We all stood it on the trailer over the weekend and my Dad and I took it off to Isabelle Road.
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From the Bottom Up

My first real physical steps of the building process commenced a couple weeks ago when I decided it was time to build the subfloor of my tiny house. Tiny house builders go about the structure of the subfloor in many different ways. As with most aspects of the tiny house, there are reasons and personal preferences that sway the decision making process, and that’s exactly why building a custom tiny house is so fun and unique. Building codes don’t really exist. 
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Sourcing Materials

During the past couple of weeks I have spent most all of my free time sourcing materials. I’ve connected with some pretty interesting people on Craigslist, one of which is named James, who is building a tiny house on the bed of a big 1963 truck. I went out to his place to buy his extra house wrap, which just happens to be the exact amount that I need. He also sold me window sealing tape and roofing underlayment at a super great price, all the while giving me building tips about metal to wood temperature conductivity and how to find deals and recycled materials. He has some cherry wood flooring that he pulled out of a house from 1900, and if I’m lucky he will have enough left over to pass on to me. His blog is: https://muttandmapestinyhouse.wordpress.com
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The Bones of my House

Holly Hursley and I took a crazy leap and went to Austin a couple weeks ago to visit a tiny house framing company called Volstrukt. We went to their manufacturing warehouse to see the process, solidify my design, and meet with the managing director – Marc McQuain, and Jayson Laipenieks – the design and production manager. I was super excited to finalize my plans in person, and to learn about their steel framing.
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