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.
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
I’ve seen people who find old used trailers that have been lying around for years and choose to fix them up. This is clearly the cheapest solution to possibly the most expensive part of a tiny house. Keep Reading!
The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my favorites growing up. The stories and images of life on the prairie became part of me before I moved to Colorado. The series depicted American Pioneers who traveled west in the late 1800’s in search of land only previously settled and utilized by native populations. Growing up I have clung to this idea of a more simplistic way of life. Pioneers had often difficult lives, but they had the freedom to travel to unknown territories. They settled and built themselves houses and farms to live a life connected to the rhythms of nature. They worked hard to provide the basic human needs for themselves and their families, and populated the Great Plains and eventually the West of America. Without their courage to search for a better way of life, it’s easy to say the West would be a very different place. However, it’s also necessary to acknowledge the native people who lived on this land long before it became divided into a country or state. Some nomadic tribes hunted and gathered, following the herds of buffalo throughout the prairie ecosystems. Other native people lived semi-sedentary lives and farmed as well as traded goods with other tribes. They were all moved by the seasons, and an intricate part of the West before the expansion of white culture.