Pitched Roof Looks Much Better

As I fell asleep last night after posting the plan that just used pallets in their original form I realized a simple way to do the pitched roof. I think this looks much better and suspect it is as strong or stronger than the one I did a few hours ago. I’m also estimating about 45 pallets. If you wanted to have a flat bottom, without wheel wells, you might need two more pallets.

What do you think?

Update: Thanks Dave for the quick feedback. You’re right I did put the horizontal weakness back in. Here is an updated plan. If you look closely you’ll see I staggered the joints in the walls. This should be fairly easy to do by just cutting a few pallets in half.

Update: Added the wheel wells in the elevation plan. Also drew a dotted line showing where the siding might be cut around the wheels.

21 thoughts on “Pitched Roof Looks Much Better

  1. It looks like you have the put the horizontal midline weakness back in.

    Otherwise, sure this saves the work of taking the pallets apart, but you are still going to be doing something to fill the gaps. Somehow I do not expect there to be much free plywood available.

  2. Thanks Dave… very good point (again). I think I’ve got it figured out and have update the plan to reflect the staggered pallet walls. What do you think?

    As far as the siding… you’re right. Free plywood gets picked up fast and it usually comes in small pieces. I may stick with the lap jointed pallet boards nailed on top of the pallets.

  3. hi been following your progress and love tiny houses myself and planning on building one too. just thought. how wide are the pallets? as with using full pallets then cladding outside and inside will mean the walls are a couple of inches thicker all way round which doesnt sound a lot but over all walls i gbuess you would lose a couple of square feet floorspace plus i thought the panel that you made yourself and clad with your slats looked pretty good.

  4. Hi Jonny… Pallets come in many sizes but most north american pallets ar 40″ by 48″ with the 2×4 being 48″. Thickness is a bit variable too but the standard pallets are about 5 1/2 inches thick with the pallet slats.

    Building with the pallets in their original form will add thickness because I’ll nail/screw another layer of material (at the moment I’m still thinking lap jointed pallet slats) over them on the inside and outside. So the walls will be a little ticker. But at the moment this seems to make the most sense.

    Thanks for the questions!

  5. Why do you need a pitched roof? Most recreational trailers don’t have pitched roofs. If it were flat you would maximize the use of space and make the interior feel roomier.

  6. I did consider a flat roof but long ago decided a pitched roof was what I wanted. I really want this tiny house to look like a little traditional house, not a modern home or a trailer. I also have too much experience with flat roofs and promised myself I’d never build one. The center of the ceiling here will be around 11 feet so it should feel pretty good inside.

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  8. I suppose where you live there might not be a need – but you should fill the in between teh walls with insulation – it will save money in the long run (especially if you get it free ;-) ) But we would need it here! (New Zealand). My personal opinion tho – I like the flat roof and I think that it will give you more room when you are in bed (I have tried to find the split floor and I am not sure it is still there (where the bed was going to go) Or are they really tall windows/doors?

  9. Hey Michael, You said you have experience with flat roofs. What is it that makes them undesirable?

  10. Wayne… No real prejudice against flat roofs… I
    m actually a big fan of mid-century modern and other modern designs with flat roofs. I’ve just seen them leak and require visit to the roof in the rain. A metal pitched roof just seems like the most practical way to go. On this little house the added benefit of separating itself from the normal ‘trailer’ look also seems like the right thing to do. I think more people will appreciate it and the overall story will make more of an impact on them if the house is really cute.

  11. Warren.. yes I’ll insulate it for sure. It actually gets really hot here in the summer, 100′s. Winters are fairly mild dipping into the 30′s from time to time.

    The bed will be in a loft. Using the pallets for the walls makes the walls 96″ tall but I’ll put the loft down a bit. I’m 6′ so I was going to give myself plenty of clearance and make the bottom of the loft at 80″. I think this will give the loft enough headroom to move around but probably not sit up unless you’re right in the middle.

  12. what about having the walls going slightly higher and the roof pitch slightly shallower overall height would be the same you still get the pitch roof and you would get much more usable floor and bed sace in the loft.i.e. if your in the loft then their would be perhaps 6-9 inches of vrical wall before the pitch starts. just an idea as noone can seem to agree on roof design. done with right proportions i dont think it would compromise the exterior cute look of the house. even a couple of inches would add alot of cubic space upstairs.

  13. Jonny… great minds think alike… that’s exactly what I’m doing. The wals in the last drawing are 96″ high. The loft will start at 80″. I didn’t include the loft in the framing plan but that 16″ (minus the thickness of the loft framing) should add a little space. As I work on it this weekend and eyeball the real deal I will keep your suggestion in mind. The pitch you see here is an 8:12. If I went with a shallower pitch and went with slightly higher walls I might find the ideal balance you suggest. Thanks!

  14. You are right that pitched roofs are better than other shape of roofs but they are most common in United States. Pitched Roof or Leon to which has a stair-step design to accomplish the sloping portion looks very nice and used in Scotland and England as well.

  15. We are building a pallet playhouse or going to try to. For the siding, to cover the pallet, instead of plywood, I am planning on using the discarded top slabs from a lumber mill. We have a lumber mill here and the top slice of the logs are discarded. I think these would be perfect because one side is cut flat and the other has a bark covering on them. Hope it will look like a log house when finished.

  16. I love this idea even though it is real small. I have read some things that other people have said here and there is one thing that sticks in my craw. If you work for a living and like to build things you can get just about any thing you need for free, even plywood!!!
    Just go to one of the places where they are building a housing track and ask the workers there if you can dig some wood out of the dumpster, there will be enough wood being thrown away and pipe and wire and dry wall and metal and just about any thing else you need to build any size room or shed or any thing else you want. You have to think like a scavenger and just get out there and see what you can find. It’s not just going to drop into your lap. Well there you have it now if you want to build this little house go get what you need and get your hands dirty…

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