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This spring/summer/fall I'll be building an off grid tiny house on wheels to live in. I'm going to use this account to document the build and thoughts about relationship to land, subsistence, etc. Feel free to boost if you think your followers would be into this!
This is my first ever toot and def don't know how to use this platform properly but I'm learning...

The weeks are flying by. It's hard to believe I'm at 5 weeks of building and now have a dry place. We finished sheathing, wrapped the house, finished the roof, installed gable end soffits and began strapping the exterior walls to prep for siding. And unexpectedly, today, someone accepted my low-ball offer to buy their land down the road next door to my good friends. Suddenly in the same week I have both access to land and a dry home that I am allowed to be.

The other thing that happened this week is a piece of land went for sale next door to a good friend's land project. It's ~25 acres, partially clear-cut with a small camp, a seasonal brook and some beautiful maple forest. So a friend and I decided to make a low-ball offer, given that the market here has slowed down significantly. Unfortunately they were not willing to come down to a price we can afford. Back to the drawing board for a long term spot for my home. Disappointing but predictable.

My roof plan took a lot of youtubing. I felt so on top of it like I knew what I was doing. Then I realized I was confused about what foam closures were and didn't need to spend the extra $ on vented ones. In the end my venting plan is simple: a few soffit vents on each eave end and a space between the decking along the peak for the air to escape through the ridge cap. No condensation is getting stuck in my roof! As long as we installed everything correctly...

Last week was a lot so it'll take a few posts to share updates. On Monday and Tuesday we prepped the roof (whilst at times retreating and getting soaked due to thunderstorms) and Thursday we installed half the roof! Roofing is more technical than anything I've don't yet and the most high stakes. It was quite physically taxing. I think we did a decent job though. Getting the chimney installed took some troubleshooting but it worked, and now I have a funny orange silicone chimney boot on my roof.

We finished framing and started on roof construction today! I've been learning a lot about roof venting this week and trying to plan for a good ventilation system that will allow for condensation to have a way out so mold doesn't develop. I'm putting vents on the lower parts of the roof that will allow air to travel through the rafters and insulation, and then up through the peak via vented foam closures under the metal roofing. Here's hoping it works and I don't have a moldy roof.

End of week one, we have four walls! They are square and level! The local mill came through just in time to get us more lumber to keep working this week and overall everything just has gone very smoothly. We are making much quicker progress than I anticipated. I'm learning so much.
Still don't know for sure where my house will get parked once it's done but I have some solid leads...

Day 2: Finished blocking the floor joists and almost finished fastening the bottom plates to the trailer (We ran out of washers of all things lol). It was a hot day, definitely moved a bit slower than yesterday. Did some planning for materials we'll need next week so we can just keep going consistently. Oh and our borrowed chop saw broke today... So I'll be looking for another one tomorrow. Tried borrowing one from a neighbor but it won't cut rough cut 2x4s...

Day 1 of my tiny house build. Almost done framing out the floor! We are using pressure treated 2x6 lumber, carriage bolts to attach to the metal trailer, and joist hangers for the cross pieces (joists). This was such a fun day and I'm feeling so excited that this is what I get to do this summer. I'm having so many feels about this process and the idea of having stable housing, what a huge benefit to be life this will be. Tomorrow we will finish the floor and start working on walls.

Here is the trailer I'll be building my house on. What a beauty, it's so well built, I'm very grateful to the local welder who designed and built this for me.

I'm deep in ordering materials right now and goddamn is it expensive. Needing to remind myself every day how much $ I'll be not spending on rent once I can live in my tiny home.

The first step will be jacking and leveling the trailer, then we start building a floor frame. Stay tuned!

Other updates:

My trailer frame is almost done and ready to pick up! Will share pics when I get it.

I got a smokin deal on a Norcold DC 12V fridge that will be direct wired into my solar power system. It's extremely efficient in terms of power usage and storage space. Upright, 3.2 cu ft. I got it for about 30 percent of retail, brand spanking new. Thank you kijiji. It was left in the basement of a building this guy bought, it was supposed to get picked up by the old owner but never did.

This week I gave my lumber order ("cut list") to the local mill guy. He doesn't really use phone/email etc so I kept driving by his place until he was there. Buying local milled green lumber is about a third of the cost of the building center. The downsides are that it's heavier to work with, will warp a bit as it dries if it isn't stored right, and it can cause mould to grow in your walls if you are sealing them in. My walls will be able to breathe so it can continue to dry over time.

Big trash week! Incredibly successful day being trash pandas with @nausikaa.
9 tempered windows including a beautiful 4'x4' with blue wood frame.
A moveable house can only have tempered windows so they don't break. Windows are one of the most expensive parts of building if you buy them new, so finding a few in the trash is ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Other scores: outdoor patio table and chairs for the wood squat, working long arm stapler, propane on demand hot water heater (unknown if working).

I don't know yet where my house will go once it's done. I'll be building it in the driveway of the house I'm currently renting. I have neighbors who would welcome me to park on their land (not ideal, because I'd still have a landlord - BUT also access to amenities like showers and a freezer in the shed wouldn't be so bad?). There are quite a few abandoned lots around that I could potentially squat, which would be ideal save for the lack of amenities nearby.

Why a house on wheels? One of the main benefits I see to a movable house is that I don't have to "own" the land it sits on to have housing security. With the real estate market going bonkers even in middle-of-nowhere nova scotia, buying land is not feasible. Plus, I reject the concept that land can be "owned". More like... controlled... Buying real estate is a trap of debt and entitlement, while I never liked the idea, it seemed like the most feasible way to have long term relationship to land.

This spring/summer/fall I'll be building an off grid tiny house on wheels to live in. I'm going to use this account to document the build and thoughts about relationship to land, subsistence, etc. Feel free to boost if you think your followers would be into this!
This is my first ever toot and def don't know how to use this platform properly but I'm learning...

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