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:
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