Winter seems to be digging in a little bit here in Nelson. We've had a lot of beautiful snow, below-freezing temperatures and some good blizzards. The only thing right now that hints at spring is the ever-increasing daylight and the steady forward progression of our building schedule. Our current build, V2, which this blog has mainly focussed on, is almost finished and has started a late-winter hibernation. All that are left to do on it are tasks that require warmer weather. In the meantime, we've started on our next house, a beautiful 24' x 10' V House, unimaginatively (and only in the interim) named V3.
Building V3 will be a similar process to V2. This house will eventually be moved from our building yard via trailer to a new, semi-permanent location. Like V2, this house is being built on temporary supports which we will remove once a trailer is ready and once the house is prepped for moving.
We started with the floor, which is 2X8s on 16” centres insulated with about 5 inches of rigid foam that we got from a roofing company from a renovation they did. Next, we stood the tall front wall (with the help of a few local strong-men – thanks guys!), the shorter back wall and then placed the massive header/beam that runs the length of each wall and ends with the “wings” that Nelson Tiny House enthusiasts like so much.
The roof structure for this house will be different than anything we've done. We are building an insulated ceiling made of 2X4s that will be clad on the inside with local hemlock 1X material. That ceiling structure will then be temporarily tarped, shielding the whole house from snow and rain. We will build the 2X8 rafter system on the ground, and in modular parts. This will allow us to transport the house without the big shed roof that would greatly increase the house's length and width and pose all sorts of logistical problems. Once the house is in place at its future home, we will put the rafter system up in a short time and the whole thing will be warm and weather-proof. We'll post pictures of all of that once we've built it.
Thanks for reading. Here are some current photos.
Things are wrapping up with our current build. Time flies when you're building tiny! For this week's post, we want to show some of the final touches we're adding. In the next few months, we'll post a tiny tour video of this incredible build. You've seen the work-in-progress video – we're excited to show you the finished product.
As a side project, we put together a short video on Seth's composting bucket toilet that he uses in his own house. We want to explain the simplicity of the system with this video and we've already received a lot of good feedback. A few clients have requested this same system in their tiny houses; it's simple and effective. Check out the video.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this next post is worth that many at 24 frames per second. At the end of last week we filmed a quick tour of our V House in progress and are happy to share this video with you. Check it out!
Meet Mr. Tiny
Also, here's a look at our Spring 2014 ad campaign. When you say it like that, it makes it seem so professional. Tobias created our new mascot – aptly named Mr. Tiny. Over the next few months, Mr. Tiny will use his muscles, bulk and moustache to convince people that downsizing can indeed be uplifting, and that yes, tiny is the new sexy. We have a few more ads on the way. Do you have any catchy slogans that you think we should use? Comment on this post or on the facebook page.
Have a great week!