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Tiny House Construction Update: A Porch is Born.

My favorite part of the tiny house’s new porch has been watching Christopher figure out how to build it.

Because of the house’s cantilevered porch (Chirstopher’s invention, to maximize floor space inside the house), the design was a bit trickier than your standard tiny house deck. When the house is stationary, the 3-foot section of the porch that hangs suspended over the edge of the trailer is supported with jacks. But when the house is transported, there will be nothing but air beneath this section. Most porch designs would have put too much weight on the ends of these beams, so Christopher had to get creative.

First, he did some sketching:


Then, out at the building site, he did some sawing of boards into various lengths, holding them up to the house at different angles, shaking his head and muttering, sawing some more and finally settling on a basic shape:


Next, the main porch beam went up, secured right where the actual trailer ends, so the overhanging pieces of wood won’t have to support too much weight:


Next, the roof beams:

 


Once those were secure, the roof beams were covered with the same corrugated steal that we used for the main roof of the house, and then we stained and secured the boards for the porch floor.

Last but not least, the built-in bench, a key element for enjoying morning cups of coffee, after-dinner sunsets, and the sound of crickets on hot summer nights.

It’s incredible how much more home-like the tiny house looks—no longer just a roofed box on wheels, but now the sort of building that you want to be invited into.

The days here in Colorado are getting shorter and colder and we are now officially turning our attention to the interior of the house.

~ written by Merete Mueller, 10/20/2011

6 Responses

  1. Anna

    An engineering feat! ;) Love it of course.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

  2. Fritz

    Great job to you both! Christopher is officially a builder.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:24 am

  3. Joe

    I love the porch and the coloring, you should really put in a photo gallery to the site so we could see what the inside looks like, the outside is different (which is awesome since most look the exact same) but it is really the inside I think that gets personalized with your style, I’d love to see it!
    good luck! :)

    October 27, 2011 at 3:11 am

  4. Mo

    The porch at our place is my favorite room.

    Look forward to following your progress. Best of luck to you.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:43 am

  5. staceyranae

    143!(lol) Mo! me too.

    December 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm

  6. shawn

    Hey, that porch looks handsome. and so does your work – don’t sell yourself short!

    December 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm

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