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Finished exterior

Time sure flies. It's been a long time since I have posted and a long time since we managed to get anything done. The house is at lock up and has been since Christmas 2014. There was a concerted push on as the newly weds were coming to spend some time with us. Since then, they have stayed a number of times as have other guests. It works well as an auxiliary bedroom but we have been waiting to purchase solar panels etc to finish the inside.
Pictured is the ceiling treatment. We have used this approach in various clients' projects in attic spaces and above pole frames.

Tiny by design - Catching up

This past year did not pan out quite as planned. Our friends returned to the great white north and Steve returned to work. We still have to eat, homeschool and pay for a wedding in August! We also had to move house in June so that took a little chunk out of our lives as well.

It wasn't until April that we had time to spend on the Tiny House.  As promised, the iron on the roof was the next stage. It took a few days over the Easter break to finish it off including dormer.





 


It was then wrapped in the Tyvek house wrap.

Tiny By Design - Roof framing



     Here is the promised roof post. I felt that the windows needed to be mentioned first as they were all built except the dormer, even before the frame went up.



   Enter our good friends from Dryden, Ontario, out for a break from the winter blues. Rob helped Steve in their last week with the framing  of the roof. Again it changed the experience of the building.     




Next, the platform for the loft was installed. Brianna, Abella and Georgia were responsible for this.

Tiny by Design - Windows




Designing is done on the fly here: we look at what we have and incorporate it accordingly. We have a basic idea in our head of what we want to achieve i.e. poetry with functionality, but it involves a lot of discussion and to-ing and fro-ing! All the windows are either reclaimed or Steve has made them or modified them himself. Using them in the floor plan to the best advantage is lots of fun! 


This  window was made by Steve using the 3 lead light panels as a base. We picked these up at the local demolition outlet.

Tiny by Design - Floor

The next stage was laying the floor which meant that some decisions had to be made about the floor plan. There are some design principles which are true no matter how  large or small a place is. These include light coming from 2 sides and a sense of shelter and welcome when arriving which led to us adopting one of Jay Shaffer's basic designs. 

Therefore to delineate the entry from the rest of the tiny house, we used hardwood on the 'verandah' and pine inside. Then we finished it with a tung oil and polyurethane product.

Tiny By Design

Welcome to Tiny by Design!

 It may seem as if we have jumped on the tiny house bandwagon but , in fact, we have been interested in the tiny house movement for years. Finally last October, we found ourselves a car trailer which met the minimum length requirements and also had a straight bed. It was also a handy place for the girls and friends to congregate for a chat!

We made some decisions at the beginning, namely that this model would be a prototype on which we would try various options. One decision was that we would not put  suspension on it, thus its intended use is as accommodation on site, not as an on road "caravan".