Progress! The walls are half way up!

I finally found time to get back up to the farm for a couple days to work on the tiny free house. I got the walls half way up and now only need 6 more pallets for the walls and 8 more for the roof. The walls are a not exactly plumb but not bad. They should be strong enough but they will definitely have a bit more character than most homes.

King, the dog, kept me company the whole time. Unfortunately this time of year (right after harverst) the nearby fields tend to breed lots of flies, especially the tomato fields, so King and I were constantly shaking off flies… yeah yuck. The shower at the end of the day felt really good.

Katie did come out and help a bit though. I’m not sure exactly what she thinks of the tiny house yet but she seems to be warming up to it. This was the first time she actually wanted to get inside and help her dad.

Here’s one more photo at the end of the day. We needed to move it so I piled up all the pallet wood and pallets inside.

I’m also posting updates on Tiny House Forum too.

5 thoughts on “Progress! The walls are half way up!

  1. What an excellent idea! I love it! I have been nuts over the tiny house idea ever since I saw a thing about Tumbleweed on TV a few years back, and having lived with some awful roommates in Phoenix (that didn’t help either) I really, really want a small place to call mine, at least for the time being.

    A few of my own ideas, though. Since I am a far, far better welder than I am a carpenter, I think I could pre-fab plumb and square steel posts to frame the pallets and give them something rigid to bolt to.

    Being an incorrigible scrounger and dumpster-diver, I find pallets, scrap wood and metal, construction materials, old appliances, etc on an almost daily basis. The trailer chassis may be a bit of a stretch to hope to find, but I tend to have good luck in that area.

    Again, what an excellent idea. Truly visionary. I will really love seeing the finished product. Good luck!

  2. hello, the house is a great idea and from looking at the photos, a big project. how about a barn style to lower the peak some but gain some of the loss on the sides?

  3. I’ve considered using a gambrel roof and may end up doing that. It might actually work better with pallets too. I like the look of a normal pitched roof better but you’re right a barn style gambrel is a more efficient use of material and creates more interior space.

  4. I live in Okinawa and recently I’ve been seeing pallets all over the place. Since I’ve been into the “reclaiming thing” making things out of refuse, I’ve been dreaming about pallets and their multiple usage until today when I stumbled across your blog. Fantastic idea! I’ll be following your progress. Good luck! I think I’ll make something for my kids on our tiny yard, I don’t know yet. Maybe a boat-like structure????

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