Joe at Homesteadonomics has been building a Travel Trailer and sharing each step of the process with how-to videos on his Homesteadonomics YouTube Channel. In this most recent update he works on completing interior seating. There’s a ton of relevant tips in his videos for tiny house construction.
Inspect the trailer. Look at the springs to see how much they are stressed under the weight. For example if the house is sitting on it’s suspension bump stops, that would indicate an overloaded trailer. Also check the hitch for any stamped weight ratings to make sure it matches the weight of the house.
Ask how heavy the house is empty and full. This will factor into your tow vehicle needs. Also ask about the tongue weight and if it’s well balanced. Ask if the trailer has breaks and corner jacks – definitely features you’ll want to have.
Look at the windows, skylights, and doors for signs of water penetration. Every opening in a wall or roof is an opportunity for rain and ice to penetrate and damage the home.
Ask about how the house is constructed and insulated and consider the climate you intend to use the house. Some types of insulation are better suited for extreme climate conditions with spray foam or SIPs (structural insulated panels). If the house has spray foam insulation the roof doesn’t need to be vented, so if it’s not spray foam look for soffit vents to make sure the roof is properly vented.
Derek and Hannah have a large awning/porch that’s about as big as their tiny house, and basically doubles their usable living space when the weather is nice. But until now the lighting out there has been a bit inadequate. In the video below, Derek from DIY Homestead Projects demonstrates in detail how he installed LED lighting in the awning. He worked as an electrician for several years – so he knows his stuff, making his DIY electrical videos awesome.
Derek at Life Inside a Box has started plumbing their tiny house. He has experience as an electrician, but not a lot of experience with plumbing – so we get to watch and learn as he does. This is also an opportunity for us to see how a tiny house owner-builder can really accomplish seemingly difficult tasks – like plumbing a house.
My plan was to eventually paint them gray, but that just hasn’t happened. The “tan” was starting to grow on me until this, which now raises the question: do real men have yellow hunting cabins?” – Steve at Tin Can Cabin
This is a 69 page book that documents the construction process from beginning to end, from the customization of the trailer to the installation of the hardwood floors. The book provides an excellent visual aid during construction.” – Sol Haus Design
The blackhouse is built on clay where the base stones of the wall stand on pebbles to prevent movement. The thick insulated walls of the home are built from two layers of dry stone with an infill of peat topped off with a layer of clay to prevent water getting in to the wall and then capped with turf which absorbs any excess water.” – Natural Homes