It’s looking like a house


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.

First things first


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.

The trailer has arrived


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.