How do I know the coolest people? My friend Will -- who I met through local artist//coolChick//now-co-worker Laura (winner of The Art of Wellness Award), is doing magic on my trailer. Mechanics are the coolest, for real.
When I first got my trailer, it could support 7,000lbs. For a single-story, 18' tiny house I could squeeze by on that. Especially if I counted every construction pound and crossed my fingers that nothing was too heavy. But I'd be holding my breath a lot (Just see Ella Jenkin's account). And who wants to do that?
Enter Will, stage Awesome. He offered to take off my old springs and put in new ones -- letting my trailer support thousands of pounds of extra weight. He had springs on hand to put in (that came off of a 30' mobile home), and put a bunch of hours into making all that mechanic whats-he-doing-ness, happen. There's one part (around $50), however, that he has to order special online that will take a few weeks to come in. I don't care -- having that extra weight allowance for my tiny house is completely 100% worth it.
In the meantime, I'm watching Tiny Home Builders videos, planning out all the dimensions of my interior shelving (including the tall wall of storage!), making thought-maps for all the questions I still need to research, ordering 2x6s for decking//seeing what I already have, and looking forward to finishing framing plans with Jim (who should be back from the East Coast right abouts now!). As soon as that last spring part is in and on, I can level+stabilize the trailer and put on the decking. Then next comes Ec0-Foil and the framing Subfloor!
Example of a few of the questions I need answered:
-Do I have enough height to work with that I can use 2x6s for the roof joists?
-Can you paint vinyl siding?
-What sort of adhesives will I use, and what are the most eco-friendly options?
-Which kind of hurricane strapping do I want to use in each necessary place?
-How do I secure the 2x6 decking to my trailer, since the trailer didn't come with any?
Some are easy as a quick google search. Others involve math, taking notes from you-tube videos and books, and reaching out to others in the tiny house community. These are questions I probably should have already answered this winter. But I guess in Tiny House Adventures, there are no "shoulds." All of it is unfolding beautifully, in many baby steps and surprises from the Universe.
With my new schedule (as of June 1st), Tuesdays (before 4) are officially for working on my tiny house! So happy #tinyhouseTuesday, everyone! <3
(btw, the title of this blog post comes from a Beatles song. In case you didn't know)
I believe you become a healthier person
-- mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually --
the moment you start living the way you believe you should,
whatever that may be." - Mark Boyle