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Building Philosophy

I saw this video originally on Tiny House Design’s page, but thought it was so excellent that I needed to share it here.  This video talks about how using natural wood that he milled himself and integrating a hand made aesthetic really impacts you deeply.  There are a lot of really great gems in this one, so be sure to check it out.

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Victorian Bus Conversion

I have been spending time looking at bus conversions and came across this video by Jake as he talks about how he built his bus and also give a tour of the bus.  His bus is a Victorian style to it and he use a lot of reclaimed materials to build most of the furniture and storage.  He also shows some of downsides to campers, RV’s and 5th wheels by showing a cut away of a travel trailer he has, he then compares this to the bus.  He gets into some of the details of the plumbing and water systems that I haven’t seen anywhere else, so it was good to see a good application of these systems.

 

 

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An Insightful Speech From An Unexpected Place

This morning I got up to find a video that was insightful from a person that I had not expected.   It is from the actor that brought us Dude Where’s My Car and That 70’s Show, Ashton Kutcher.  Not only did he give this talk, but he did it in a place where he had a huge platform to share it at: The MTV Teen Choice Awards.    His third point was somewhat related to tiny house living, so I thought I’d share with you the video

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Fixing Warpped And Twisted Boards

During the building process, no matter how meticulously you select your lumber, it will never be perfectly straight.  It is something that first time builders don’t consider, that your materials will be imperfect, which can result in your house being off.
The longer the board, the less straight it will be.

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Another common first time builder assumption that is incorrect is lumber dimensions.   To add to the confusion lumber is milled smaller than their names might indicate.  A 2×4 isn’t actually 2″ by 4″,  it is actually 1.5″ by 3.5″ and this is the case for all milled lumber.

What I hadn’t realized when I started is that lumber isn’t all milled the same.  For example I picked up some 2×4’s that were the higher grade studs to find that they were in fact 1/8″ smaller in each dimension.  Also 8 foot boards are often longer than eight feet.  When it comes to ply wood, usually the thickness is the same thickness indicated, but the 4′ by 8′ panel isn’t always 4 feet by 8 feet.  Plywood is also seldom flat, it often has a bow to it, I found digging into the stack of plywood and pulling out the middle sheets of the pile are often flatter.  Also the thicker the board, the flatter it stays.

So today I wanted to share these video on how to handle warped and twisted boards.

 

Fold Up Container House

While this container home isn’t going to win any awards for looks, the fact that it opens up to three times its width in only a few minutes is pretty impressive.  This is obviously geared to remote location work sites, relief work, or military applications but I thought it was worth sharing!

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