Framing happens


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.

verb2 life during construction

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 Calm in the Storm

a potted garden refuge for a tiny space

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.

Going Shopping

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……

Since you asked

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.

Let the chaos begin

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.