The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:

iDRY Vacuum Kilns


Forestry Forum
Sponsored by:


TimberKing Sawmills



Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Norwood Industries Inc.




Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

Michigan Firewood, your BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

Baker Products

ECHO-Bearcat

iDRY Wood Lumber Vacuum Drying for everyon

Nyle Kiln Dry Systems

Chainsawr, The Worlds Largest Inventory of Chainsaw Parts

Smith Sawmill Service



Author Topic: Building a Tiny House?  (Read 1114 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline John Mc

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5770
  • Age: 59
  • Location: Monkton, Vermont
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Building a Tiny House?
« on: June 06, 2017, 07:07:41 PM »
Has anyone on here had experience building a Tiny House? My son is interested. We're looking for a good place to find out more about the subject.  Recommendations on a good forum to join or workshop (preferably not too far from Vermont) to attend would be greatly appreciated.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.   - Abraham Maslow

Offline Dave Shepard

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 11532
  • Age: 2017
  • Location: Alford Massachusetts
  • Gender: Male
  • Geometrically proportional
    • Share Post
    • My homepage
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2017, 07:14:35 PM »
I've been following the movement for years now. The tiny house blog would be a good place to start.
Wood-Mizer LT40HDD51-WR Wireless, Kubota L48, Honda Rincon 650, TJ208 G-S, and a 60"LogRite!

Offline Kbeitz

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 6950
  • Age: 69
  • Location: Millville, Pa.
  • Gender: Male
  • Never enough time...
    • Share Post
    • My Hobbies
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2017, 07:55:48 PM »
Yep... I did...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Collector and builder of many things.
Love machine shop work
and Wood work shop work
And now a saw mill work

Offline tule peak timber

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2856
  • Age: 69
  • Location: Aguanga , Ca
  • Gender: Male
  • The Wizard of Crap
    • Share Post
    • tule peak timber
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2017, 08:05:39 PM »
Looking good! Very nice ! 8) 8) 8) 8)
persistence personified - never let up , never let down

Offline TKehl

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1333
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Sedalia, MO
  • Gender: Male
  • Certified Contrarian
    • Share Post
    • Kehlhof Ranch
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2017, 11:07:59 PM »
For living in or for more like RV usage?

I'm all for small houses.  These (link below) are bigger than tiny, but small, beginner buildable, and has a good user forum with many owner build threads.
http://www.countryplans.com/

If planning to live in it, I suggest trying it before going all in.  Live in a camper or something similar for a while to understand space and flow.  After living in a bus for a year and a half, I found that tiny is not my style. 

The good news is  building a tiny teaches a ton of skills with pretty low risk.  They can be transformed or added onto if needs change.  I wouldn't mind building something like that for a "guest house".  A "shepards wagon" would also be interesting.
In the long run, you make your own luck – good, bad, or indifferent. Loretta Lynn

Offline ljohnsaw

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5146
  • Age: 62
  • Location: Northern California
  • Gender: Male
  • Happily retired... Working harder than ever!
    • Share Post
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2017, 11:29:26 PM »
I think the lure of the tiny house is that, since it is on wheels, you don't have to have a building permit or pay property taxes on it.  And since it really isn't road worthy, you wouldn't need to license it, either.  Though I have seen quite a few traveling down the road lately - perhaps being delivered.  For that, you just ask DMV for a one-day move permit to bring it in for inspection (but never take it in).

Kbeitz,
It looks like you built with conventional (2x4) lumber.  Did you even think about using 1x4 or 1x3 to save weight?  I know that campers used to use 1x2s. 

Seems like with a plywood sheathing, it would be plenty strong with thinner lumber.
John Sawicky

Just North-East of Sacramento...

SkyTrak 9038, Ford 545D FEL, Davis Little Monster backhoe, Case 16+4 Trencher, Home Built 42" capacity/32" cut Bandmill up to 54' long - using it all to build a timber frame cabin.

Offline TKehl

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1333
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Sedalia, MO
  • Gender: Male
  • Certified Contrarian
    • Share Post
    • Kehlhof Ranch
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 11:44:11 PM »
ljohnsaw, maybe that's were I'm missing the boat.  I'm rural:  no permits and tiny property taxes.  (Cars, equipment, house, everything but the land was $326 last year.)   :)  Not much advantage looking for a loophole.   :D

A note on license, I just found out today that Missouri offers permanent license for ALL trailers (all trailers, not just commercial semis).  $56 covers as long as you own it.  Something to look into in your state if planning to be on the road at all.
In the long run, you make your own luck – good, bad, or indifferent. Loretta Lynn

Offline Kbeitz

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 6950
  • Age: 69
  • Location: Millville, Pa.
  • Gender: Male
  • Never enough time...
    • Share Post
    • My Hobbies
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2017, 01:57:55 AM »
I think the lure of the tiny house is that, since it is on wheels, you don't have to have a building permit or pay property taxes on it.  And since it really isn't road worthy, you wouldn't need to license it, either.  Though I have seen quite a few traveling down the road lately - perhaps being delivered.  For that, you just ask DMV for a one-day move permit to bring it in for inspection (but never take it in).

Kbeitz,
It looks like you built with conventional (2x4) lumber.  Did you even think about using 1x4 or 1x3 to save weight?  I know that campers used to use 1x2s. 

Seems like with a plywood sheathing, it would be plenty strong with thinner lumber.

I used 2x4's because it was all free machine crating from Grizzly tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Collector and builder of many things.
Love machine shop work
and Wood work shop work
And now a saw mill work

Online Peter Drouin

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 9770
  • Location: New Hampshire
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
    • A&P Saw mill LLC
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2017, 05:56:26 AM »
I see all the talk on them. But I'm thinking going down the road all the time the wooden box on a trailer would fall apart or rack over time.
A&P saw Mill LLC.
45' of Wood Mizer, cutting since 1987.
License NH softwood grader.

Offline fishpharmer

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4716
  • Age: 55
  • Location: South Carolina
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2017, 07:01:18 AM »
I like the idea of "tiny houses," not sure I could live in one.  Around here, in MS, there aren't to many "tiny houses" built on trailers like that.  I see more people are living in the small shed type buildings. 
Built my own band mill with the help of Forestry Forum. 
Lucas 618 with 50" slabber
WoodmizerLT-40 Super Hydraulic
Deere 5065E mfwd w/553 loader

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work. --Tom A. Edison

Offline John Mc

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5770
  • Age: 59
  • Location: Monkton, Vermont
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2017, 07:02:36 AM »
For living in or for more like RV usage?

He's 15. He thinks he's going to live in it. I think he'll get tired of it, and it's going to end up as a guest cottage, or possibly something he could rent out to families in the area when they have more company than they can accommodate in their house.

Quote
If planning to live in it, I suggest trying it before going all in.  Live in a camper or something similar for a while to understand space and flow.  After living in a bus for a year and a half, I found that tiny is not my style.

His experience so far is our camping trips in a pop-up camper. So he's not totally new to it, but has never done this long-term. I'm not too worried about how much it gets used. If it doesn;t work out, we'll sell it.

Quote
The good news is  building a tiny teaches a ton of skills with pretty low risk.

This is the main reason we're supporting the idea. In addition to the building skills, he's going to have to do the planning, come up with a budget, and make ongoing decisions that keep him within that budget.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.   - Abraham Maslow

Offline John Mc

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5770
  • Age: 59
  • Location: Monkton, Vermont
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2017, 07:05:04 AM »
I see all the talk on them. But I'm thinking going down the road all the time the wooden box on a trailer would fall apart or rack over time.

For now, this one would be moved only occasionally. Something that is used more as an RV would have to be built with that in mind.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.   - Abraham Maslow

Offline John Mc

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5770
  • Age: 59
  • Location: Monkton, Vermont
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2017, 07:17:06 AM »
I think the lure of the tiny house is that, since it is on wheels, you don't have to have a building permit or pay property taxes on it.

Our town (and a lot of towns in our area) have tried to close that loophole: IT has to be easily moveable (no attached deck, porch, etc.), and it has to actually be moved every so often (I forget the time frame, but it's months, not years). If it doesn't meet those criteria, it is taxed as a permanent structure.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.   - Abraham Maslow

Offline gspren

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2542
  • Age: 70
  • Location: Airville, PA & Fenwick, DE
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2017, 09:06:05 AM »
  From a purely financial aspect you can buy a nice older travel trailer remarkably cheap but they don't have the "quaint" look of the tiny house.
Stihl 041, 044 & 261, JD 2355 4X4 w/fel, JD 620, Yamaha Kodiak 400 & trailer, Kubota 400 RTV,  P&M OWB, 75 acres to play.

Offline John Mc

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5770
  • Age: 59
  • Location: Monkton, Vermont
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2017, 09:42:31 AM »
  From a purely financial aspect you can buy a nice older travel trailer remarkably cheap but they don't have the "quaint" look of the tiny house.

I agree, however in this case, our primary goal is not finding the cheapest lodging. It's the learning experience that organizing and building something like this would provide.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.   - Abraham Maslow

Offline TKehl

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1333
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Sedalia, MO
  • Gender: Male
  • Certified Contrarian
    • Share Post
    • Kehlhof Ranch
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2017, 10:36:57 AM »
Sounds like a great father/son project to me!  Looking forward to progress updates!
In the long run, you make your own luck – good, bad, or indifferent. Loretta Lynn

Offline John Mc

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5770
  • Age: 59
  • Location: Monkton, Vermont
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Building a Tiny House?
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2017, 10:43:27 AM »
Sounds like a great father/son project to me!  Looking forward to progress updates!

It may end up as more of a mother/son project, since he and I tend to spend way to much time arguing about the best way to do something when we work together. (Mom's main issue is that she tends to do her design work with a saw, rather than with pencil & paper first, but since we'll probably be building this from purchased plans, this may not be such an issue.)
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.   - Abraham Maslow

Offline Kbeitz

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 6950
  • Age: 69
  • Location: Millville, Pa.
  • Gender: Male
  • Never enough time...
    • Share Post
    • My Hobbies
Collector and builder of many things.
Love machine shop work
and Wood work shop work
And now a saw mill work


Share via delicious Share via digg Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via reddit Share via stumble Share via tumblr Share via twitter

xx
Daughter’s tiny house

Started by shinnlinger on Timber Framing/Log construction

32 Replies
3216 Views
Last post May 06, 2021, 02:57:33 PM
by red
xx
The Not So Big House...or tiny houses on trailers...how about 70 Sq. ft?

Started by Paschale on General Board

18 Replies
3624 Views
Last post May 23, 2006, 01:02:15 AM
by Bill
xx
Sheds and or Tiny House plans

Started by Klicker on General Board

6 Replies
1284 Views
Last post March 28, 2016, 06:05:24 AM
by scgargoyle
xx
Efficient Tiny house ideas?

Started by shinnlinger on Timber Framing/Log construction

44 Replies
2480 Views
Last post June 08, 2020, 02:15:40 AM
by thecfarm
 


Powered by EzPortal