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.
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
- It takes a very LONG time and a TON of drill bits to get through the steel frame of a tiny house trailer.
- 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.
3. We should live closer to Home Depot. Three trips in a 12 hour time span. Woof.
4. Fashion statements are everywhere.
5. Fencing contains arsenic. Again, wtf.
6. You can look like you are working, when you are not. I need to learn this one.
7. Construction is great bonding for men.
9. Tiny houses look huge.
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!