Construction has BEGUN!

This past weekend we began construction on our tiny house! My dad, my dad’s friend Paul, Jake’s dad, and Jake’s brother Drew all came over to help with the building. Framing the house was the main goal of the weekend and I’ll be danged if they didn’t come very close to fully achieving that goal despite the torrential downpours that occurred basically the entire weekend.  I made food, which I had to force them to eat because no one wanted to take breaks when the sun was actually out. I also made coffee. Oh and I handed them materials when they needed them. I was incredibly useful this weekend.

The pups and I hard at work.
The pups and I hard at work.

All joking aside, I was in charge of picking out all of the wood for the exposed beams on the main floor. Which was harder than you think, considering I wanted a very specific distressed look! On the other hand, the guys worked very hard this weekend and we would have never been able to get this far, this fast without their help! There were many lessons learned on this first weekend of construction that I thought would be a great way to sum up the weekend.

First Weekend of Construction Lessons

  1. It takes a very LONG time and a TON of drill bits to get through the steel frame of a tiny house trailer.

    I was not at the house for this part, but they guys said it took hours.
    I was not at the house for this part, but they guys said it took hours.
  2. Heavy and light are real construction terms and construction involves a crap ton of fractions. For example: “Hey Paul, cut me a 2×4 to 31 1/4″ heavy”. Wtf.
The men hard at work on the first day.
The men hard at work on the first day.
The end of Day 1!

3. We should live closer to Home Depot. Three trips in a 12 hour time span. Woof.

Jake closing down the store at 10pm while sweet talking the cashier to get discounts.
Jake closing down the store at 10pm while sweet talking the cashier to get discounts.

4. Fashion statements are everywhere.

Trash bags can be rain jackets.
Trash bags can be rain jackets.
Towels can be worn over your head while smoking a cigar
Towels can be worn over your head while smoking a cigar
Crocs are Jake's go-to construction shoe
Crocs are Jake’s go-to construction shoe

5. Fencing contains arsenic. Again, wtf.

Loading up all of the pressure treated fencing wood that I was going to white wash for our inside walls, good thing I didn't get to that before someone mentioned something!
Loading up all of the pressure treated fencing wood that I was going to white wash for our inside walls, good thing I didn’t get to that before someone mentioned something!…Back to Home Depot we go

6. You can look like you are working, when you are not. I need to learn this one.

Jake's brother, Drew. Just kidding by the way, he was a big help.
ust kidding by the way, they are both a ton of help.

7. Construction is great bonding for men.

Look at our Dad's working together on our first home!
Look at our Dad’s working together on our first home!

8. Beer.

A great way to end a successful construction weekend!
A great way to end a successful construction weekend!

9. Tiny houses look huge.

The end of the first weekend of construction!!
The end of the first weekend of construction!!

10. Family and friends are awesome. Especially ours, who have been so supportive and helpful throughout this and it is only just the beginning of constuction!

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2 thoughts on “Construction has BEGUN!

  1. I know how you can save some money!
    We built our porch in May and saved a lot of money by using ebates.com.
    What you do is go to ebates.com and search for which store you want to shop from lowes, home depot, sephora, etc. Click on the store, and start shopping. If Jake knows what he needs, he can select store pick up option so its ready for him when he gets there. Each store has its own % you get back from shopping online with them. It can vary day to day. When we bought our supplies from Lowe’s we got 4% back! All your savings is automatically collected in your ebates account. You can cash out a few times a year. Since March we already have $88 in our account.

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