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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Tiny House Gets Off the Ground, Literally

Alisha McDarris

Last weekend we finally got our walls vertical after building horizontally in the driveway for a week and a half. It was a pretty exciting step, getting those monsters upright and leveled out on the trailer after three weeks of flooring, flashing, and wall construction.

We built the walls one at a time, splitting the longer ones into two pieces, and discovered early that it is not one of our strengths. We can write, create stunning motion graphics, and photograph until the cows come home, but give us a nail gun and a framing square and we're going to need a couple days. It wasn't pretty and there were several times we just had to stand back and laugh and say out loud, "We're not good at this."

But we did it! And when friends and family came over to help us raise the walls, there were only a few things those with construction experience pointed out that we might want to change, so maybe we didn't do as poorly as we thought! In any case, it was a great help to have all the extra hands (and a couple people who actually knew what they were doing) to help get the walls up and we knocked the whole thing out in one afternoon. And then we rewarded everyone with homemade pizza and cookies. 'Cause why not?

Next stop: roofing!

Alisha McDarris / Author & Editor

Alisha is a freelance writer and photographer based in Austin, TX. She loves her tiny house, vegan food and experiencing the community of travel in far away places. She’s also pretty sure she’s addicted to coffee. [Portfolio]


  1. Where did you buy your trailer and how much did it cost?

  2. We got a great deal on a custom trailer from RJ Cox in Arcanum, OH. We paid $4,290 for a 28'x8.5' trailer that we helped design (which we would do a little differently next time, but just the same).


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