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Tiny House Progress Report: Walls and Roof Complete

I have been working away on the Tiny House and filming for the past month or so. Progress has been slow and steady and the familiar outline of a house has finally taken shape. I have been working mostly alone, but have had some dedicated support from a few good friends.

Before I set out on this crazy project, I always pictured building the house alone, some sort of primal act of manly independence. I didn’t foresee just how this project would interest others. It has, and it has also brought me closer to several friends. Perhaps in the past, when houses were primarily built by those who would live in them along with friends or neighbors, houses meant something more to those who inhabited them because it was a home built by a community. Likewise, I think this house will always have a special meaning to me because so much of my energy has been poured into it, along with a great deal of love from friends and family.

Below are several pictures I took on my iPhone from the past week or so. It shows the methodical process of the roof going up (which is still happening!).

~ Christopher

Box with windows.

The rafters start to go up.

Rafters not yet complete.

Scaffolding that I rigged to start working on the roof.

6 Responses

  1. Awesome progress! Looks to be nice and solid — and carefully done. Keep up the good work.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:31 am

  2. It’s surprisingly beautiful in its raw state. As is the exploration of self through the development of this project. I think I understand a little better why you’re doing this. Nice work, little brother.

    June 23, 2011 at 5:55 am

  3. Milla

    Hi Chris
    This is so impressive – and I think what you say about the ‘meaning’ in houses that people build themselves and with their friends is very true – isn’t ‘barn raising’ an American tradition? Keep it up and enjoy!
    Much love

    June 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm

  4. Elizabeth Daffer Smith

    I am so impressed, Christopher. Since you were a teenager you talked of building a cabin in the mountains. I am just amazed at how you strive to live out your dreams. I learn from you all the time. When you are weary of the seemingly endlessness of this project, remember that your friends and family are pulling for you!

    June 25, 2011 at 7:22 am

  5. it looks so.. fresh. a fresh house!a new place. your hand-made home. its very ery cool. I only have one concern about the ‘tiny’ house- will there be space for visitors to sleep?

    July 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    • Yes! That is, if you don’t mind cozy-ing up in a corner of the loft or on the downstairs loveseat. 🙂 We’re also considering making the downstairs table drop down into a small bed. After the tiny house is complete, Christopher may work on a small art studio/guest cottage next. And there’s plenty of space for camping during the summer…

      July 11, 2011 at 12:53 am

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