As we live so far away from what one might call civilisation, the ‘Thursday’ delivery of wood, arrives at around 1pm. This means that the majority of my day was spent googling, reading, worrying and figuring stuff out.

The rest of the day was spent gathering supplies and moving stuff around in the temporary ‘tent shed’.

After a short text to a construction friend about my concerns with the ‘odd’ sizing of my trailer, he showed up. He busted out his tape measure and started to wonder why on earth someone made a trailer this size: 100” wide by 241 1/2” long?

It threw me for a loop about 30 seconds after I put the phone down from ordering it.

When I called back, the advice from the local dealer, was that the local tiny home manufacturer had collaborated with Rainbow trailers to create this trailer, so things are good.

Annnnnd….. I’m sure they are. But when you’re an amateur builder, making it as easy as possible would certainly be a good way to start, right?

Maybe not! Maybe I’m supposed to learn a shit ton about building tiny homes in the shortest amount of time possible, on the most intense, hands on, self-directed, university-of-life kinda course, ever imagined?

Well, it sure seems like I’ve signed up for that one!

So, back to my construction buddy…

I was so grateful that he showed up, but even after 30 years of building stuff, he had a puzzled look. He offered some great advice and helped a lot with a few things, his parting words of advice; “Good Luck”, which were delivered with a laugh and a look of relief that he didn’t have the task ahead of him, that I did.

Plywood Measuremets

So for those that don’t know plywood comes in 8’ x 4’ sheets. That is 96” x 48” – anything divisible by 16 or 24 (depending on your stud / joist spacing0, work really well for building. Anything else, is a pain.

Especially 100” and 241.5”.

I took to Sketchup to figure out some stuff.

Skechup

I defintely recommend if you’re going to build a tiny house, first learn how to use sketchup and build your house digitally first. It’s a practice run and it’s fun, if you like spending time on the computer!

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The last image is the one I’m going to go for as it was recommended by my construction friend, who reminded me of the ‘staggering’ system of plywood.

Staggering System

You start one side with a full 8’ piece and then stagger the seams by 4′. So the second row, you turn the piece sideways, trim off the excess and work along that row with 8’ pieces.

You can see with the colour coding which off cuts work fit which gaps.

So after a lot of time cutting out digital pieces, it’s time to do it with the real deal.

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