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Project by SuperJoe posted 11-24-2021 04:12 PM 1404 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch






This is my daughter’s tiny house. We built it over a span of a year and a half. She had talked about it for some years before calling me to tell me; “The trailer will be here at the end of the month”. When you tell my daughter; “Sure honey, we’ll do that someday”. She takes you at your word. There were no drawings for this, we knew what the envelope was going to look like and how wide and tall it could be to travel over the road. So, in this 26’ trailer she wanted 18 windows and 5 skylights. The most often asked question was; “Have you watched that show about tiny houses?”. Our answer was always, No. As we started framing the only set in stone dimensions were the wall for the head and the lengths of the 2 lofts. All the framing was done with screws not nails. The sheathing was attached with screws as well. So up we went and soon she was weather tight. All the “furniture” is built in, there was a great deal of thought given to the interior layout, each area weighed and considered. I take no credit for this; it all came out of my daughter’s imagination. All I brought were tools and some construction experience. The end result is truly amazing, the innovative way she made sure that everything she would need had a space with some left over for luxuries. Here I should mention that my kids grew up cruising oceans on a sauboat so small spaces were nothing new. Heck, we even built it in a boatyard. So anyone who knows boats would be impressed with the dinette, setee, lockers, galley and head right down to the kerosene lamps. The first piece we constructed inside was the “nav station”. When a friend came to help sheath the roof, he looked at the rafters and asked why they were labeled port & stbd. My daughter and I had to share a common language when addressing something so we used boat terminology. It is a completely off-grid residence and I only wish I could post all the pictures. At the christening I was payed the most extreme of compliments. “Dad, I’m so glad you can build something from one of my doodles!”. A compliment indeed.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.





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Ocelot

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#1 posted 11-24-2021 04:25 PM

That’s really very nice!

Questions come to mind.

How much does it weigh?

What does she intend to tow it with?

How does the air flow over it? Is it aerodynamicallly stable while towing?

-Paul

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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SuperJoe

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#2 posted 11-24-2021 04:32 PM


That s really very nice!

Questions come to mind.

How much does it weigh?

What does she intend to tow it with?

How does the air flow over it? Is it aerodynamicallly stable while towing?

-Paul

- Ocelot

We figured it’s weight at 10,000 lbs. “wet”.
It’s been towed quite easily with a 3/4 ton truck. It has it’s own brakes.
As you can see it’s about as areodynamic as a thrown brick, at freeway speeds there was no drifting or control issues. Having said this I would not take such a slab sided vehicle down the road in extreme winds.
This was not built as a travel trailer, it was moved to property purchased for it’s setup.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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#3 posted 11-24-2021 04:48 PM

Nice long project. Give her a hug and thank her for giving you something to do.

-- Ron

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#4 posted 11-24-2021 04:57 PM

Great Job, wonder if I could talk my Wife into something like this:) What type of HVAC in it?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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pottz

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#5 posted 11-24-2021 05:05 PM

very cool build joe those tiny homes are the big thing right now with housing costs soaring.as for pic’s you can add all you want,just click on the img tab and load all you want.id love to see more of it.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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mtnwild

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#6 posted 11-24-2021 05:30 PM

There it is…heard all about this but never saw it…Looks great…

How many miles you got on this so far?...

Cool man…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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SuperJoe

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#7 posted 11-24-2021 05:31 PM


Great Job, wonder if I could talk my Wife into something like this:) What type of HVAC in it?

- Andre


Here is the H it is a Dickenson newport marine diesel heater with forced draft fan and a dedicated “sterling” engine circulation fan. As for the V&AC there are 15 opening windows and 2 opening skylights and a big dutch door..

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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SuperJoe

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#8 posted 11-24-2021 05:41 PM


There it is…heard all about this but never saw it…Looks great… How many miles you got on this so far?... Cool man…

- mtnwild

About 110 miles total.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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recycle1943

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#9 posted 11-24-2021 05:54 PM

Having never attempted anything as detailed as this I can only imagine the pride and self worth attached to this home.
Congrats on a well done family project

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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JCamp

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#10 posted 11-24-2021 06:30 PM

Man that’s just such a amazing build. Great story to go along with it too. Only problem is that now she can leave. Maybe you can make another one and go with her!

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Ocelot

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#11 posted 11-24-2021 06:44 PM

Thanks for the answers.

A great project for sure!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#12 posted 11-24-2021 07:06 PM

That is a great project especially to build with you daughter. you can be very proud of all the work in it. I’d love to work with my daughter on a project like that.

What does she do for electricity? Generator and batteries?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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oldrivers

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#13 posted 11-24-2021 07:41 PM

Super Build, Great job Joe!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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SuperJoe

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#14 posted 11-24-2021 07:50 PM


That is a great project especially to build with you daughter. you can be very proud of all the work in it. I d love to work with my daughter on a project like that.

What does she do for electricity? Generator and batteries?

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

It was built to operate more on 12v than 110. Even the refer and freezer. That said an inverter was installed along side 4 AGM 8D batteries. Solar, wind and a small generator supply the electric requirments easily. The biggest draw is the washer/dryer combo. I don’t belive the dryer has been run with the inverter although both were purchased with that in mind.

The refer and freezer.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 11-24-2021 07:52 PM

Awesome build!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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