If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.
The Colorado Tiny House Festival is this weekend! I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about green building and how it specifically applies to tiny homes. I’m speaking on Saturday at 10:30am. Come check out my booth where I’ll be selling green building materials, and pick my brain!
I’ve abstained from writing for a while now as an act of keeping my sanity and directing my focus towards building. This ambitious project is all consuming with the amount of research necessary for an amateur builder. Sourcing materials without networks previously in place while consistently making decisions, compromises, and creatively thinking of alternatives to road blocks that present themselves has been a huge learning experience. I’ve reached the point where documentation is possible again, and I’m excited to share The Honey House’s progress.
Despite the harsh temperatures and the un-melting snow (unusual for Colorado winters), we have continued to build throughout the holidays and into the New Year. We took days off during the holidays, hence my lack of documenting, but have stayed loyal to the project. I’m proud of my team of helpers and especially Brian Sisk (my main building man), as our build progresses slowly but surely. We try and keep warm in our down jackets, hats, gloves, layers upon layers of clothing, and all fueled by a determined vision and thermoses of hot chocolate.
With the holidays upon us and snow steadily falling outside, building has slowed, but not to a halt. We are still chugging along out on Isabelle Road and are hoping to get all of the windows in this weekend. It seems that I anticipate each step of the build to be faster than it is, and it’s definitely a practice in patience and planning.
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