Front view under construction
Construction begins amidst odd June rainstorms and neighbor unrest. I’m happy with the progress so far and two of my disgruntled neighbors are not so much.
my neighbor is unhappy with my construction
My neighbors expressed their concerns during the city council hearing and they continue to express their unhappiness. I realize that city council approval does not constitute neighbor approval but I would not have even have had to ask for any approval if my house was “standard” and “compliant.” Because my house is “sub-standard” I need to ask the city for a variance for everything that I do and that then triggers necessary neighbor review and they have a chance to plead their case to the review committee.
I have to be honest and say that I don’t really understand why they hate the idea of me adding my second story. I have designed this addition with the greatest concern for height and appropriateness to the neighborhood. I believe that the building commission and the planning department have recognized that in their full approval.
View of the back of the house
New framing shows the view from my new bathroom window
Meanwhile I am trying to breath through it and enjoy the fruition of my 3 years of work toward this goal.
Construction starts pretty early in the morning and I try to relax at night surrounded by the chaos of construction in a tiny house.
My bed goes in the hallway during the day
Relaxation watching the office on Netflix surrounded by tarps and the general chaos of construction
a potted garden refuge for a tiny space
During the Chaos, a Refuge
While the inside of my house is getting increasingly crammed with building materials and general chaos, I find myself looking for a refuge. It may seem odd to spend time fussing with plants during a construction project but this little oasis provides me with a lot of peace.
It is very meditative for me to spend an hour or so in the garden. These living things respond so well to a bit of attention.
This is all the lumber needed for the lower level reinforcement
Went shopping today for the lumber needed for the lower level reinforcement. Doesn’t look like much and cost about $100. Rather heavy though and definitely tested the strength of my rack. Let’s just say the rack was sagging.
Reminds me of building my fence
just enough room for driving
8' lumber fit in my Geo....amazing
easy loading and easy access
I had a smaller car and no roof rack. It just goes to show you that you do not need a huge truck to get lumber home to your project.
I think even the lumber I just bought might have fit in my Geo but I’m not sure it would have handled very well on the way home……
Here is the way the the brackets are installed :
Hold Down for attaching stud to concrete foundation
This bracket attaches the bottom plate to the foundation
The engineer specified placement and size of the bracket. The studs also have to be built up where it is attached.
Then the horizontal brackets shown below go in between where the vertical brackets are.
There is no escape from the chaos in the tiny house
I’ve started to tear apart my house in order to add the seismic retrofit brackets required by my engineer. I have to open up the walls in order to gain access to the studs.
Below is the engineer’s drawing that tells me where I have to put brackets and strengthen the studs that are in the walls. I suppose it would be different if I wasn’t in earthquake country. I live pretty close to an earthquake fault line as well.
This is the engineer's drawing showing bracket locations
These are the brackets that need to be installed
These are the brackets that need to be installed. The manufacturer specifies how the brackets are to be attached. All of these materials and fasteners are available to the novice home owner like me.
Life goes on during construction
As you can see in the next picture below, I had to move my washing machine out of it’s closet in order to gain access to the exterior wall. It is still hooked up and works fine just takes up a bit more room than before. This is how it will be for some time. I need to do a fair amount of work in that tiny room.