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A Tool Not In Your Tool Box

So I have been trying to make a final push on my tiny house, but I’ve had some delays with a window.  One of the things that I realized the other day was that there was a really important “tool” at my disposal that I’d never really thought of and frankly, at first didn’t realize I was even using.  It isn’t a traditional tool, but I’ve found it has been invaluable during this process.  The best part is that you have several of these in your possession already.

So what is this tool?  It’s a chair for thinking.

3132_Casual Adirondack Chair There are times in your build that you find something that stumps you, there are times where you have discovered a mistake, or there are times when things aren’t going your way.  Enter a chair to sit in and consider the problem.  It seriously have been invaluable, sitting in that chair, staring at the problem with your plans in your lap, you work it out in your mind.

A perfect example of this was when I went to put in my collar tie beams for the loft.  I cut them to the correct length, put it up on the top plate and notice there was some wiggle room.  At first I freaked out and thought I had cut the beam short, but after remeasuring I realized it wasn’t them.  What had happened was over the span of the wall, the center had bowed out slightly with the weight of sheathing.  The left side was bowed out 1/8th of an inch and the right side was out a 1/4th of an inch at the top; the bottoms were spot on.

Now at this point I had to figure out how pull the top of the walls inward the correct amount.  This is much easier said then done, because these walls now are secured firmly and are very strong.  I also had to pull one wall in more than the other.

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So I sat down and thought about the problem, several ideas came to mind, but after a while an elegant solution emerged.  I didn’t want to put holes in my floor and I noticed one important thing.  I had to bring one wall in twice as much as the other.  So I went to the store and bought a huge eye hook and fastened it halfway up the wall into a stud in the center of the bow.  From there I connected my trailer ratchet strap to the eye hook, and then to the top of the other wall.

What this did was allow me to pull the wall together, but since I fastened one side half way up the wall (the side I need 1/8th), it gave me a mechanical ratio of 1:2.  Meaning I pull in one wall an eighth of an inch, I pull the other wall in a quarter of an inch, which is exactly what I needed!  From there I dropped in my collar tie and fastened it through the outside of the wall to hold it in place.  After securing all the ties, I released the straps and the wall stayed perfect.

There are times you will get frustrated, upset, maybe even mad, but I have found the chair to be an important thing to use to clear my mind and get to a solution.  It has saved money, time and frustration; ultimately building a better house.  So consider a chair as a valuable tool that you already have.

 

Tiny House Chat – This coming monday

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We had planned on having our tiny house chat last Monday, but our guest had a family emergency and we had to postpone to this coming Monday.    We are going to be talking about building a business in your tiny house, so that you can leave behind your 9 to 5 and live life on your own terms.  We will also be talking about how this is a vehicle for you to follow your passions in life while still earning a living.

We have two amazing guest: Danny Dover and Kacie Erikson

Danny is from Life Listed and has made a living for himself, independent of a location and travels the world while working remotely. He is best know for his journey of pursuing his bucket list.  I recently found his TED Talk and I knew we had to get him for this chat!

Kacie is the perfect guest because that is exactly what her business is AND she’s building a tiny house! Check out her background over at www.ikilledthejoneses.com and her tiny house at www.treadingtiny.com.

 

All the details are here

 

 

Make Your Tiny House Swoon – able

My good friend over at Tiny House R(e)volution is hosting a tiny house decorating class.  Learn about tips to decorate your tiny houses, explore double duty furniture, and how to effectively use windows to make you tiny house feel big.  It’s Big Style For The Tiny House!  Drew’s course is 2 hours for $10 so check it out!

Here is a photo of his gorgeous kitchen counter tops

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From Drew:

Do you have a flair for the decadent? Does your style read more modern bohemia than Appalachian cabin? Maybe you prefer color over monochromatic. Whatever the case, this workshop is the one for you.

Over the course of two hours you will be part of a dynamic, online conversation that mixes live video/audio, presentation, practical examples, and live Q&A. With Andrew Odom as your facilitator

You can sign up here

 

Black Moutain SOLE

Untitled-1Today I wanted to share with all of you an interesting partnership that I have started, its with a non profit here in NC called Black Mountain SOLE.  I first heard from them because they were in love with tiny houses and then I from there I got to see the exciting things they are doing.  Black Mountain SOLE is the next evolution of education, the SOLE actually stands for Self Organized Learning Environment.

The concept is that students enter into a self directed learning process, where passionate students learn real world skills as they pursue their “big idea”.  Along the way they get consistent coaching from mentors and business leaders to help take their idea from concept to reality, while developing income along the way.  Now at first I was a bit skeptical about the true viability of such a model, then I learned of how many processes, key staff and a well appointed campus they have in place to take a person passion into a well defined learning process.

Here is a photo I snapped of the road to their campus… its so gorgeous there!

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The concept instantly resonated with me because I have a Bachelors and a  Master’s, which have served me well, but did little to teach me real world skills.  Take this blog for example.  The amount of things that I have had to learn to run this blog is really incredible now that I think about it.  I have to know web coding, server management, SEO, taxes, budgeting, marketing, keep up with tiny houses, publishing, building codes, building techniques, and most importantly: how to build relationships.  These are things that no classroom (as far as I know & as of now) will ever be able to teach you in a few years.  It also goes to point out that learning doesn’t stop, I was up till 2am last night researching something new for you all.

So the reason I thought I’d post this is because I think its an interesting concept, I’ll be doing some work with them on tiny houses and I think a lot of the ideals that they hold have major overlap with the tiny house community.  They are doing a scholarship contest check it out here

Some neat things that they will have:

  • Business coaches and mentors
  • Co working spaces
  • A full facility including cafeteria, dorms, work spaces
  • Located in gorgeous Black Mountain, NC minutes from Asheville

 

 

Cornwall House Truck

House trucks are a unique type of tiny houses that offer a great design, look and feel to them.  This awesome house truck is a little funky and a whole lot of cozy.

Lighting is provided by solar panels, and romance by lanterns and tealights. Cook here, in the small fitted kitchen with gas cooker and oven. A short distance away  from the horsebox is a hut with a private compost loo and shower room. The hut also has a large sink to wash-up in, a small fridge, and a place to store coats and boots after a walk, or sandy things after a day on the beach at quaint St Agnes.

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