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Ordering Windows

This past week I have been busy ordering the windows and the trailer.  The windows will take 4 weeks to be delivered.  It has been a lot more involved than I ever thought possible.  Even with house plans, which meant I know all the dimensions needed, there are a lot of choices to be made when it comes to the trailer, but especially with the windows!

With windows you have to decide on the style, the way the open (if they open), metal/vinyl/wood/mixed, what kind of hand crank, what color is the crank, choose from one of the 10 options for screens, but then match the screen to the screen frame color!

So for those of you who are interested in the details here is the details on the windows. Please note window sizes are approximate:

  • 4 windows: 20″ x 30″ ($321 each)
  • 2 windows: 24″ x 24″ ($279 each)
  • 2 windows: 22″ x 40″ ($460 each)
  • 4 windows: 15″ x 40″ ($177 each)
  • 1 Skylight: 21″ x 27″ ($428)

Grand total for windows and everything (taxes, flashing, etc.):  $3,962.65

That price tag might seem like a lot to many, but anyone who has purchased windows will let you know that it is an expensive proposition.  Many people use stock window sizes or windows found on craig’s list or the Re-store to save money.  While I really like the idea of re-purposing old items, you often cannot find windows that are tempered which is really important if you are building your Tiny House on wheels.  While the house goes down the road, you want it to be able to withstand the bumps in the road.  Here is a video attesting the to strength of tempered glass.

All the windows are made by Jeld-Wen and are Low-e Tempered glass, double pane and filled with Argon.  The windows are all awning style so that you can still have them open when it is raining (to compensate for small eves).  They are natural wood on the inside and metal clad on the outside (mesa red).  I chose the hide away cranks and just went with the standard metal color that they use because it saved about $800 on the whole order.

The sky light made by Velux, which is one of the biggest manufactures of skylights and I got a standard size.  This was a simple choice because they don’t give a lot of options.  You really choose size, deck mount (what I choose) or curb mount, and whether it opens ($428) or is fixed ($189).  I decided to spring for the one that opens with a crank because it is the window that is at the highest point of my house, so I wanted to be able to vent hot air out.

  • Builder’s Tip: Be sure to read up on how to properly flash a window.  Windows and doors are the most vulnerable spots on a house for the water to seep in.

Tiny House Checklist

Today I have added a new menu item to the main bar, it is called “Ryan’s Tiny House”.  I am going to be covering my Tiny House build in two places:  here on the blog as regular old posts, then also will be cataloging it in the mentioned tab.   This tab will outline the details of the house build in a step by step manner and will be designed for those who wish to build their own Tiny House.

The other thing I have added to this menu is (if you hover over the link, a drop down appears) is my Tiny House Checklist.  This is my master plan – if you will- to allow me to keep everything straight in my head and in the building process. After checking it out, let me know if I have missed anything or should change anything.

Your Turn! – Join The Conversation In The Comments
  • What am I missing on this checklist?
  • Is there anything I should change?

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST

I’m Building A Tiny House!

Over four years ago I discovered Tiny Houses and fell in love with them.  I have always been fascinated with alternative housing, from the time I was a boy I built countless forts in the woods.  So we have arrived, I will be building my Tiny House starting in just a few short weeks!

I have no idea how long it is going to take me, but it will be a challenge for sure.  To set the bar for you all, the biggest thing I have ever built has been a chicken coop.  I have no finish carpentry experience or house building experience, but I have been researching vigorously, talking to a lot of people, and will have friends help out where they can.

 Many of you might have remembered that not too long ago I thought building my Tiny House was going to be a dream differed for another year or so, but recently I received a sizable bump in income with my other job and things started to fall into place.  It’s kind of crazy how everything just clicked all of a sudden.  Within two weeks my income grew, I had a place to build the house, and the last few details clicked too.  I then found myself sitting here asking myself, “is there anything holding me back from doing this?”  The answer was no, I have arrived at the edge and all I had to do was take the plunge.

So I got plans from Tumbleweed – I am going to do a modified version of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company’s Fencl – and started shopping for my big items: trailer, windows, water heater, and appliances.

 The land that I will be building on  (on a trailer that is) is 2 acres right on the lake here in Charlotte, NC.  I am currently house sitting for them so I am keeping an eye after it and mow the lawn.

Going forward I will be detailing all the steps of building, have videos, interviews, informational posts and once it is complete I will be opening it up to tours for those of you who are close by.  Once I start doing these posts I will also have a new menu item that will easily categorize the building process for those who are building their own Tiny House.

-Ryan

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