June 28

Several trips to Lowes and Home Depot and I’m ready to start.

Here’s the flashing under the trailer.  We used galvanized which was thicker, and will last longer than aluminum.  It’s only a little bit heavier than the aluminum would have been.

Got sheep?

The sheep arrived this week too.  All 250 lbs of it!!!!  So fluffy!

Believe it or not this and the sheep wool insulation took us a week.  This was one of the hardest parts.

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2 comments on “June 28
  1. You are one a the few that use the frame of the trailer to insulate instead of building another framed subfloor above the trailer. I was thinking of doing that to to save height inside the house. What were your reasons?

    • noxnouveau says:

      Tyler, we are building a tiny house and have had to research that very subject! What we have found is that there seem to be two main “styles” of tiny houses, the Tumbleweed version, wherein your subfloor is built on top of the trailer and hanging off the sides, carrying the weight bearing walls, or the PAD (Portland Alternative Dwellings aka Dee Williams) version, where you order a custom trailer so you can frame in a subfloor and drop it inside the trailer frame.

      The pros of the Tumbleweed style: you can get any heavy duty trailer and build a tiny house on top, so no ‘custom trailer’ charges. Downsides are that the loft ceilings in those houses are super low, and in order to save on height, 4″ thick subfloors are the norm.

      The PAD houses require a custom trailer (Iron Eagle Trailers in Fairview, Ore is GREAT!) with the cross members welded on the underside, which apparently takes special technique and many trailer manufacturers will tell you it can’t be done due to warping stresses. They are wrong, but consequently you can’t buy those trailers just anywhere, so they are more expensive. Upsides are that you can have a MUCH better insulated floor (6″ deep rather than 4″) with much better head room in the the loft, and the walls are weight bearing on steel, which intuitively I would assume is more structurally sound. We went the PAD route, and do not regret it. Your trailer should be as high of quality as you can get, and so although nearly everything else in our house is secondhand, we did not skimp on the trailer. Happy building!

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