the walls

Here's the first glimpse at the basic framing with temporary braces. Notice how it goes all the way to the edge of the trailer and right over the wheel wells.  That way, we claim each inch of interior width. 

Looking inside, we can see how the floor will be raised to be flush with the wheels wells in the main kitchen and living area, rather than sitting between them.

3D Update

As a refresher, here are some updated 3D renderings of the finished product. These show some of the changes we discussed since the first look and value engineering (cost-reducing) posts. 

 

the trailer

the trailer

Friends! I know it's been a while. It turns out that building a prototype tiny house also includes "prototype relationships" among the clients, the architects, the generous construction company, and several third-party suppliers that are all needed to bring this project to life. There were lots of details to iron out before we could get started. However, we are so exited to share that The Nest has officially begun construction. The custom-built trailer is finished! We'd like to give a big shout out to the guys at Rockland Trailers in Scottsdale who made it happen. Thanks guys! 

the reality check

This was a new term for me. Do you know what it means? Here's a definition I have come up with. 

value engineering [val-yoo en-juh-neer-ing]: noun. A method of thought that makes you realize you can't afford what you want. Seeexpensive taste; soul crusher. "We need to consider some options for value engineering because what you want is actually completely out of your budget; you need to be realistic."

Ok, maybe that was a little dramatic. But if I'm being honest, our most recent meeting kind of bummed me out. It was as if Hilary from Love it or List it just revealed our asbestos invasion and scrapped the plans for the en suite, kitchen island, and home office in one fell swoop.