I finally have time blocked off to get back up to the farm and get back to work on the tiny free house. The weather is perfect and there’s a pile of pallets is waiting for me. I’m really looking forward to spending some time outside working too. I work in front of a computer screen all day and while the winter here in California is mild, I still feel like I’ve been cooped up too long.
My next steps will be to first decide on the final roof design. Even though it takes up a little floor space I think I’m going to go with the asymmetrical roof design below. It’s unique, cute, stronger, and the steep roof pitch should be pretty good for solar panels if I can find some free ones.
I plan to take a rope and a couple of boards and mock-up the roof line just to get a good idea of how much floor space I’ll loose by having one short 48-inch wall. Google Sketch-Up is handy for picturing the house in 3D but nothing beats standing inside the real thing, especially when designing a tiny house where every inch counts.
Check back next week to see my progress! In the mean time you might be interested in some free tiny house plans I posted on my tiny house design blog.
Just a quick update. I’m hoping to get back up to the house one of these next few weekends and finish the walls and possibly get the roof framing started. We’ve just been having lots of needed rain here in northern California and it’s made the possibility of a weekend trip up to work on the house a bit difficult. Here’s a link to the most recent 3D drawing of how I think the house will look. Here’s a little map from Weather Underground of our current wet weather. The tiny free house is under the yellow somewhere.
Tonight I played with Google SketchUp, the free 3D software from Google. I’m still not very good at drawing with it but I think this wire frame drawing, and video below, really help to explain a recent idea I’ve had about the roof line. There are several reasons I like this design.
It looks really cute without too much extra effort.
I should be stronger since the left wall stays short (about 4 feet).
Not much usable headroom is lost since a bench/bed will be along the short wall.
The loft will be a bit narrower but still 6 feet in depth.
My plan is to mock it up for real on my next work weekend to the farm. The weekends have still been a bit wet and I’ve not found time, but I suspect I’ll get a couple days in a row to get up there and get a start on this. If it seems like it’s not going to work I’ll go back to a more conventional pitched roof. Let me know what you think. Here’s the video: