Spring is here in Nelson BC! and our summer is packed with new tiny projects. We just successfully took a 45 foot long house to Saltspring Island. It was an amazing adventure to a magical place. Now we are in the midst of pulling two shinny new trailers into our shop to start building on....kind of like a giant blank canvas. We are also converting an old city bus and working on our first treehouse this summer :)
We will share pictures as we have them.
BIG TINY finally made it to its home outside Vernon, BC.
We delivered it last week and then spent a couple days there putting the finished roof on.
It was an absolutely beautiful place to work and hopefully some day, once its being lived in, we can go revisit it and shoot another video tour.
Now its time to get back to the video series and finish up the house that is going to Montana this fall.
As normal, we have been too busy building tiny houses to do much blogin' but we are in the midst of a couple exciting projects that are deeply entwined. One being our first house that is going to the states (Montana to be exact)
and the other is a 'how to' series that is following us as we build this house. We are hoping this 15 episode series we be a useful tool in helping people build their own dream tiny house.
Keep your eyes out for more pics and we will also be releasing video clips of the series....
hope you enjoy
Way up in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere, Nelson Tiny Houses recently finished installing a 380 sq foot tiny house. Bringing a tiny house from our shop to your piece of land is generally a straight-forward event, and while this particular move went smoothly, there were certain adventures involved. Namely, a steep access road that required us to use a front-end loader to pull the semi truck and house up to its final destination. Luckily there was a big loader on site and with a little luck and a little elbow grease (not to mention some big diesel engines), the house climbed the hill and is now perfectly placed on a beautiful piece of mountain property.
After moving a house to your piece of land, several things can happen. If it's a self-contained off-the-grid Acorn, with a composting toilet, all that we do it park it where you want it, and it's pretty much ready to be lived in. If services need to be hooked up, this process can take a little longer. With our V House, we build the roof in sections at our yard and then install it on site. This allows the house to be road-legal (height and width requirements are met) for transport, and the final house has an aesthetically pleasing and protective roof overhang. This is what we did for the 380 sq foot tiny house.
We have just posted a video that describes this procedure. Seth also gives you a tour of the house, in all its tiny glory. Check it out at this link or in our gallery section
As always, thanks for all your support and keep checking back for more cool builds!
Unable to stop building tiny houses because really, they're way too fun to make, Tobias has had little time to edit and post two upcoming videos. Here's a quick teaser shot of an insanely beautiful Acorn House that we drove to Edmonton this fall. This week, we'll upload a video tour of this house, but for now, would you just look at that counter/dining table? It's basically a thing of perfection. Handcrafted with solid fir (the black stripes are fir from an ancient beer barrel), it hinges down to open up the floor space and up to create the dining table. Replete with storage opportunities, this is the magnificent centrepiece of an already stellar house.
Enough self congratulations though; let's get that video posted!
(The aforementioned second video of the 350 plus sq ft tiny house will be filmed on location in Nakusp, B.C., sometime this winter, and posted ASAP thereafter.)
Thanks for your ongoing support everyone! It is much appreciated.
Seasons are changing in Nelson, which serves not only as a reminder to get more firewood in the shed, but also that a significant amount of time has passed since our last blog post. As autumn approaches, we're happy to be finishing up three new tiny houses for three separate clients in BC and in Alberta. Our BC house, which we shipped to a beautiful piece of land on the side of a mountain, overlooking a lake, is our biggest tiny house yet, a 300 plus sq. ft. V House. This house is a thing of beauty. As you can see, we shipped this house without the roof, in order to meet width requirements for the highway. We installed the roof on site, and finished it with a copper coloured standing seam metal roof. So classy. We are still working on a tiny video tour, but we do have a few photos of the move and some glamour shots of the house itself. Check these out.
Our second project is almost ready to ship. It's a slight departure from our previous builds because it is in fact a tiny office, and not a tiny house. The regional government in the Nelson area put out a tender for an office for the local transfer station (what many of us continue to call “the dump”). Our bid was accepted and we're now wrapping up the interior of a 12 foot by 8 foot V House that will serve as the pay station for the transfer station. It's exciting for us to get our work recognized by folks beyond the tiny house movement. Pictures of this are forthcoming.
Our third project is an Acorn House that will soon call Alberta home. At 20 feet by 9 feet, it's a more spacious version of our current off the grid Acorn that is still for sale. We are starting on the interior finishing on this house and will also post photos and shoot a video tour before it makes its way across the Rockies to the flatlands.
Hi to all Tiny Housers out there!
It has been a very long time since our last blog post. It's not that we're done with tiny houses - in fact, it's the opposite. We've been so busy building that the blog took a back seat. Over the past few months, we have completed some impressive projects, among them a two storey tiny house! We will post photos and a video of that job soon. Over the next few months, we are re-vitalizing the blog, bringing in more information and material and making sure that Nelson Tiny Houses stays connected with the world!
The NTH Team.
As part of our job in increasing the function and look of our new building site, Nelson Tiny Houses built a great little electrical/storage shed. One of the challenges with the property is that with the mobile home gone, we need a place to plug in all our tools in the interim. This awesome little shed solved that problem as well as giving us a safe lock-up. It houses our main 200 amp panel, and once we build our shop, we'll run another 100 amps underground to a sub panel there. This will give us 100 amps of plugs for the yard (via the shed) and 100 amps for the shop.
The design is based on the V House look, and we clad it in corrugated steel roofing. This gives it a clean look that will last forever. Our plan is to side the shop in a similar fashion, once we build it, and visitors to the site will be dazzled by the galvanized glory. We re-used the main door; it was the door to a motorcycle mechanic that lived and worked on the property prior to Nelson Tiny Houses.
The back of the electrical shed faces inaccessible forest, so rather than putting metal siding where no one will see it, we up-cycled a bunch of cut-outs from steel and foam doors that we got for free from a local door builder. It works!
Thanks for checking in, more to come again soon.