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
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.
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.
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!
Yesterday Merete and Christopher, producers of Tiny the tiny house documentary posted on their facebook profiles a series of videos of them being interviewed about their journey of making their documentary. The interview grew to include a lot about the Tiny House Movement and their commentaries were really great. So here are the videos!
Recently a full length documentary on Tiny Houses called We, The Tiny House People. It is a great documentary on the Tiny House Movement that even had a few tiny house I haven’t even seen, which is pretty impressive. The idea came to her when she was sitting around bored at her parents retirement home, way out in the country, where at first glance, nothing was going on. Little did she know, she was in the hot bed of a social movement that would take her on a wild journey.
My aha moment was cinema-worthy. It was early September 2009, I had spent my first summer at my parents’ home in Cloverdale, California (the part of Sonoma County where few tourists stop).
Desperate to create value during my time here, once or twice a week, I’d been leaving their tightly-planned Truman-Show-style retirement community (you can barely cut your grass without a permit) for surrounding towns where residents were building Permaculture Homes and creating a livelihood from their backyard organic produce.
I don’t remember how I first heard about Jay Shafer and his teeny home, but at the time he was just another excuse to leave the retirement community. It wasn’t until I turned a street corner and was confronted with an impossibly-small-but-perfectly-complete home that it dawned on me that I’d stumbled onto something big.
As I opened his picket fence, Jay Shafer stepped out of his gingerbread house and began apologizing for all the shoes on his porch and mumbling something about being the “Imelda Marcos of Tiny House People” and I understood: I had just met the first of a breed of people who would soon occupy my life.