Liam O’Brien

PV & Electrical Design Engineer

Engineering a µHouse

A blog following my progress designing and fabricating a modern ~200sqft tiny home

Outside is finished!

And an update on progress.

So far the building of the tiny house and this blog have been pretty far out of sync, turns out building a house and working on half a dozen other projects doesn’t leave much time for blogging.

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Siding in cypress

To paraphrase an interesting trait that a carpenter friend recently told me about:

“The rich folks try to make their real wood siding to look like smooth painted plastic, and the poor people always try to make their smooth painted plastic look like real wood”.

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Victory over subfloor day!

Well after some wrangling and lots of fiddly work the trailer subfloor is officially nailed (actually screwed) down. Now that’s over with the real work begins, framing.

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Trailer and Flooring Woes

Getting the subfloor on the trailer has proved to be somewhat of a fussy and infuriating experience. After first finding out that two 4×8′ plywood underlay sheets place side by side with one edge square to the trailer facia board (exactly as called for in Tumbleweeds plans, see photo) would not actually reach over to the other side (leaving a sizable ~3in gap). read more…

To make an apple pie from scratch….

…you must first create the universe  – Carl Sagan.

And with that famous quote we begin (what I hope is) a series of reasonably funny, interesting, and educational posts, chronicling my journey building a tiny house from close to scratch.

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