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.

Tiny Free House in the NY Times

Not long after I got started down this path, Steven Kurutz, a reporter from the New York Times contacted me about this project. We talked a few times on the phone and they sent out a couple photographers to take pictures of me working in the tiny free house. The article is in the paper today!

Photo credit New York Times

Preparing For Pallet Panel Making This Weekend

I ran out today and scavenged some pallets with my father-in-law. He knew of a good spot near his old pre-retirement job that always had lots of pallets. There weren’t a ton of good ones but enough to fill the back of my truck again. Now that I’m learning where to look I’m starting to think that craigslist might not be the best place to find pallets. It is an excellent place for finding lots of free stuff but it seems that a lot of businesses just toss them out back and hope the garbage man picks them up. There were piles like this one here and there throughout the industrial park we visited this afternoon. Just be sure to ask permission before freeing pallets.

My plan is to stay home this weekend, get caught up on a few things around the house, and knock together a few pallet panels. As I worked on the tiny free house last weekend I found that it’s best to screw 2x4s onto the open ends of pallets before putting them in place. It makes them stronger and give you more places to screw them together. To get the 2x4s I’ll just bust up odd size pallets, use the 2x4s for augmenting my good wall pallets and the slats for exterior siding. I expect to make another pallet run or two before the long weekend is over. As I build these pallet panels I’ll photograph them so you can see what I mean.