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4 Walls.

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Lovely day to be outside today, sunny, warm and my office is quite a special place to work, I’m very lucky.


Framed up the fourth wall today, which was very satisfying. Managed to put all of them up and temporarily screw them together. Like yesterday I spent some time just walking around in the space, getting a feel for it, imagine the things that will fill it and looking around to see if there’s anything that needs changing.


I marked out the bathroom wall roughly, penciled in where the shower and toilet will go and realised that the bathroom window would be better positioned if I moved it 3 inches towards the back wall. That’s the nice thing about this sort of framing, it makes for easy changes. Took about 10 minutes once the walls were back down to actually shift the framing. The window in question is the left frame space in the photo below.


You can see the floor layout below, the wall between the bathroom and kitchen is marked by the 2×4 on the floor, the shower tray will go in the corner. To the right the 2×4 on the floor marks where the kitchen counter with the sink will be.


At the other end is the living room with the two big windows. I was surprised just how big they looked like this, but then remembered that the frame and dividers will take up a chunk of that space but, even so, that corner is going to let a lot of light in given that one window will face south and the other west. I keep imagining the evening light streaming through them and giving the place a real sunset warmth.


I’m thinking of making a stable type door with a window in the top. I think it would be lovely to be able to just have the top part open to let in the breeze. I’ve been keeping an eye out for doors on ebay and have seen some nice ones but I’d have to cut them down to fit. The height between the top and bottom pieces of the frame is 6 feet and there’ll be a frame to go in too, so the door will only be about 5’11″ high, although there’s room for a 30-32″ wide door so perhaps I’ll buy one and cut it down. You’ll have to duck slightly going in but once inside the headroom should be about 6’2″. Given that I’m 5’11″, that’s fine for me, plus the living room will have a cathedral roof about 11′ high.

Had to take the walls down once I’d finished walking around and dreaming and until the trailer’s finished that’s the end of the woodworking. I stacked the frames on the trailer and tucked them up as there’s rain forecast. It’s been a very satisfying day and I have a real feel for how my tiny house is going to end up.


Before leaving, I took advantage of one of the nice things about my office and picked a box full of fresh blackberries from the field next door to add to my breakfast muesli.


Peace, out.

Written by justin

August 25th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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  1. If it wasn’t for the trailer … (what an emotional energy drain!) … You’d be flying forward with the walls, loft, and siding.

    I’m so excited for you!!

    When I reach that point where “Got Wood” … I’ll start tearing apart my camper (already checked the bottom and what I can see of frame is okay) … I’ve even talked with a guy here in town that has already built one and has it in his yard.


    26 Aug 09 at 1:41 pm

  2. Justin,

    Congratulations on the framing. It’s moving along nicely!

    Yes, walking around inside gives a sense of the place. This will go here and that will fit there…

    Keep up the good work,


    27 Aug 09 at 3:14 am

  3. Hey Justin,

    first of a compliment: I really enjoy your writing and this project, I read the whole blog in one hour.

    may I ask you a question about the framing/planning? I am interested in building a Weebee-like house for myself, but since I am just 19, I do not have that much of construction experience. A must have for me is a really big window on the south side – think 4′-5′feet wide and 6’3″ high. My concern is if the framing can still support that kind of gap? what are your thoughts on this?

    greetings from germany, and thanks for this great documentation!


    28 Oct 09 at 10:29 pm

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