This week was spring break for me (Christina). Since I was able to be with the kids, Jason put in a lot of time on the terrapin.
First he worked at putting up the roof rafters, then added the dormer shed roof. On each window, he put a double sill for nailing siding to later. Then he leveled out the shed.
He used cedar 2x6s for the loft supports, which will be exposed when done. These are on 2 foot centers, which he chiseled out for the loft to sit on.
The final step this week was adding brackets to attach the house frame to the trailer. It’s getting close to time for windows, roof and siding. Stay posted!
It’s turning out to be a rainy spring here in Portland, but they worked through the showers. If they stopped every time it rained, they’d never get this terrapin on the road. Jason’s cousin, Patrick, came to help again, and our neighbor, Jared, showed up too. Now all the outer walls are framed, including the small ones where the door and the tiny porch will be.
This weekend Jason framed in the floor and the walls. He needed a second set of hands to help with attaching them to the trailer, so his cousin Patrick volunteered. It was amazingly sunny for part of the weekend, which made for an unexpectedly pleasant beginning to the project.
Jason is using open source plans he found at the Small House Catalog. Be sure to check out their website; this is the design he fell in love with first. It is a tried and true plan, which Shawn and his wife lived in for several years. I love his reasons for giving the plans away, see these here.
Today the trailer arrived. The boys decided right away it was a plaything, and it created quite a stir with people walking by asking about it. Soon enough, it will be obvious what is going on here. For now, it’s just another thing crammed into our tiny front yard.
As much as possible, Jason is using only local companies my building supplies. He started with an 8′ X 20′ Iron Eagle custom trailer. They were very helpful, and his research tells him they are one of the best for a tiny house.