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Offline phobos

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2012, 03:07:15 PM »
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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #31 on: December 17, 2012, 07:11:32 PM »
Looking forward to progress, little houses are sweet!

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #32 on: December 17, 2012, 07:27:32 PM »
Next, I used type S mortar and stuck the concrete blocks to the footing. This was another part of the construction process where everything had to be meticulous-I definitely have a new respect for masons and folks who work with concrete. I just used a mixing tub for the mortar mixes (I had a truck deliver the footing concrete). It took a while but I finally got all the blocks square and level. Also, notice that I had to cut one block per side to get the proper fit.



This is a pic of the freshly poured slab. I went with 4" thick and poured the concrete so that it was 2" above the bottom of the blocks. This helps the bottom course resist lateral pressure (refer to Rob Roy's excellent book on underground construction for tons of great ideas).



I've never been more proud of a piece of concrete! 8)


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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #33 on: December 17, 2012, 07:30:01 PM »
A closer pic showing how the concrete rises above the bottom of the block.



And the beginning of the dry stack process.


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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2012, 06:20:04 AM »
nice progress. i wish i could help! i love doing this type of thing and learning

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #35 on: December 18, 2012, 08:57:50 AM »
Are you doing the basement with a dry stacked CMU and surface bonding cement?

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #36 on: December 18, 2012, 11:40:27 AM »
Are you doing the basement with a dry stacked CMU and surface bonding cement?

I am, and here's the next series of photos.



Notice that I have rebar sticking out from a few blocks. I poured concrete columns in 10 of the blocks throughout the perimeter.



And here we have most of the stacking done. After stacking 6 high, I applied a product called Quikwall (a mortar with fiberglass strands) to the inside and out followed by two coats of Drylok. Apparently Quikwall is very water resistant too, so with the addition of the Drylok I feel confident that things will stay dry.
Once the Drylok cured I ran a drain tile from the rear of the basement to the front on a grade so that water would migrate to 2 four-foot deep holes which were filled with gravel. Next, I layed 1" blueboard all the way around the perimeter and backfilled part way.


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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #37 on: December 18, 2012, 01:14:15 PM »
Nice progress.

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #38 on: December 18, 2012, 02:12:53 PM »
That is looking good, Okie!

Can I make a request? Could you please give us an estimate of time on the various steps as you go along?

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #39 on: December 18, 2012, 06:34:10 PM »
I'm really digging this post and watching your progress. It's amazing how once you start putting up the vertical parts, the space seems to shrink a little.

What will the head space be in the basement? Will you be able to stand up in there?

Will you be installing stairs or just a trap door with a ladder?

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #40 on: December 18, 2012, 08:54:15 PM »
That is looking good, Okie!

Can I make a request? Could you please give us an estimate of time on the various steps as you go along?

Thanks Nicodemus! Let's see....Most of July was spent just digging the hole. At first by hand, then with a small rented Kubota excavator and finally with the family Kubota tractor/front end loader. It still took a solid three days with the tractor-the soil was dry and compacted. I couldn't believe how much soil came out that hole.
I probably spent close to two weeks just getting the site squared, digging footings and doing general miscellaneous chores that you don't consider until you get started. Another two weeks were spent cutting blueboard, setting it into place, leveling, cursing and doing it again until I knew it was perfect-no room for error at this stage. And finally we poured the footing.
It took a good month for waterproofing the footing, actually getting the blocks to my place (a story unto itself), mortaring the first blocks (very time consuming), cutting 36 blocks to size and finally dry stacking. A good chunk of the month was spent plastering with the Quikwall, as you have to keep the blocks wet before and after application, painting the inside and out with Drylok (two coats), insulating and backfilling.  :P
Remember, I was learning as I went along and someone with more experience could have finished much sooner. But I had a picture perfect fall, so time well spent.

Here are some more pics from the process.














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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #41 on: December 18, 2012, 08:56:46 PM »
I'm really digging this post and watching your progress. It's amazing how once you start putting up the vertical parts, the space seems to shrink a little.

What will the head space be in the basement? Will you be able to stand up in there?

Will you be installing stairs or just a trap door with a ladder?

It does seem to shrink. At first. Then it suddenly seems roomy. The head space is just a bit over 6', but ya gotta watch out for joists. I ended up stacking 9 blocks high.

The entrance is through a trap door with a ladder.

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #42 on: December 18, 2012, 09:42:48 PM »
once you are finished, or maybe even before i think it would be great if you did a show with jack about this. he mentioned tiny houses on the hands off BOL show. i would love to hear more about as i find it fascinating.

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #43 on: December 20, 2012, 03:51:09 PM »
Found this blog the other day when I was searching for tiny houses in VA.

http://smallhousebigadventure.com/2012/12/19/virtual-tour/

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #44 on: January 02, 2013, 09:49:25 AM »
All right! Done with the holidays and now I can get back to it.

So this is a pic of me installing the joists on top of the sill plates. I used J bolts and anchored them in each of the concrete columns, and after setting, I flipped each sill upside down, pounded it w/ a hammer to make marks then drilled the holes. Miraculously, every hole lined up perfectly. (I put down sill sealer before bolting them). After tightening them up, I sealed the outside and inside of the sill with silicone.
As the pic shows, we then placed the pre-built subfloor on the sills and toe nailed it. Also, I used 90 degree brackets with lag bolts to really make sure it was secure.



And another. I added more bracing once everything was in place.



Flooring in place. Note the trap door just in front of the broom.


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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #45 on: January 02, 2013, 10:39:45 AM »
Wow you are moving right along.  Looks good.

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #46 on: January 02, 2013, 10:42:37 AM »
looking good!

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #47 on: January 02, 2013, 06:34:37 PM »
Looking real good, Okieboy.
Just curious, is the house going to have a loft for a sleeping area?

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #48 on: January 02, 2013, 09:33:10 PM »
Looking real good, Okieboy.
Just curious, is the house going to have a loft for a sleeping area?

Thanks Morgan. Yes, it does have a sleeping loft and a rather roomy storage area as well.

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #49 on: January 02, 2013, 09:57:04 PM »
You are cruising on this... good job on it!

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #50 on: January 03, 2013, 06:14:54 AM »
Looking good!

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #51 on: January 03, 2013, 08:01:17 AM »
Up with walls! I pre-built all of the frame, but it still took quite a while to get everything leveled and squared up.






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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #52 on: January 03, 2013, 12:33:49 PM »
i know it's a 'tiny' house, but when the framing goes up things always seem to shrink, IMO. but once the walls go on then it gets big again...

do you have an estimate on what the cost will be once you're done?

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #53 on: January 03, 2013, 01:51:44 PM »
do you have an estimate on what the cost will be once you're done?
I would also be curious to the cost. But more so to your process. Have you thought about starting a tumbler blog, I think they are free, and posting detailed write-ups on your progress there?

Also was this design zoning approved ?

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #54 on: January 03, 2013, 02:30:32 PM »
looking very good

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #55 on: January 03, 2013, 04:38:45 PM »
Looking very good. I am very interested because i have a large man made hill in my back yard that I wanted to basically put a small bunker/storage area into it. Was thinking I could hide it with putting a playhouse/kids fort on top of it, with a trap-door to access the underground area. It would actually be very, very similar to what you are doing except I won't be running power, water, heat, etc.

1 question have going back is the board insulation you used. Is that needed? I was hoping to keep it like a cold storage area that kept a steady temp year round. I would think I would not want insulation. Maybe I am confused. If you have any insight please shoot me an answer (but not at the expense of furthering your progress and documenting it)
Thanks

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #56 on: January 03, 2013, 04:43:42 PM »
my 11-yo wants to build one.  me too, actually.  with the basement as an extra cold food storage, and the upper part as a guest house.

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #57 on: January 03, 2013, 04:50:50 PM »
Doing great! Keep up the good work.

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #58 on: January 03, 2013, 06:46:27 PM »
+1 for effort and for sharing!

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Re: My Tiny House
« Reply #59 on: January 03, 2013, 09:42:38 PM »
When it's all done it should still be under $10,000 and that includes spray-in foam insulation and casement windows.
A Tumblr blog sounds like a good idea, although I think TSP forum will work for what I'm doing.

Erigorn, the insulation's purpose is to prevent thermal bridging, and therefore condensation on the basement walls. The Rob Roy book I read was pretty adamant about using it. The basement still hovers around the 40-53 degree range, so I don't believe it really is that drastic. Also, it is one more barrier to water movement.