400 Hours of Construction

Marc Bilodeau/ Building, Planning, Tiny House

400 hours of construction! That’s another 100 hour milestone crossed. It seems very predictable now that a 100 hour milestone happens every 3 to 4 months. During the last 100 hours, projects focus on details and some finish work.

The majority of the last 100 hours have been during late spring to late summer in Maine. The weather has been favorable for outside work. Yet, due to how long some of these projects take, the majority of this time was still inside until late July.

Happy 1st Birthday

Toward the end of the 400 hours milestone, this tiny house project officially hit it’s first birthday. The tiny house trailer arrived on July 19, 2016, and the first project began on July 30, 2016.

400 hours of Tiny House Construction started a year ago
(left) the trailer arrives, (right) project one – the subfloor

When looking back at all the accomplishments in the last 400 hours, each project is its own fun and exciting adventure. I feel most of the time people miss the main point of projects. They tend to focus on the end goal and mindlessly drudge through the work to get to the finish line. Yet, projects should be treated as the opposite, where the fun is each and every day that work is happening.

Using this mindset, each hour spent is an experience in itself. Each moment can be remembered in its own right to give this tiny house a story instead of just saying ‘here is my tiny house’. The story is partly in this blog, and the other is with me for the rest of my life amongst the many other fun projects I do.

Tiny House Stairs and Storage

At the end of the 300 hours milestone, the tiny house stairs and storage were approximately two-thirds complete. This project is the most complex in terms of construction to date. Overall it took 49 hours between two people to complete.

Finish Work on the Tiny house Stairs

The end result is more impressive than the original idea. Not only does it look fantastic, there are many different ways to utilize this storage. A pull out pantry, broom closet, and different sizes of drawers makes this very functional. It’s a great utilization of space as it’s hidden under the stairs to the sleeping loft. More…

Fresh Air using the LUNOS e2

The LUNOS e2 is a HRV system that consists of two separate fan units that work together. One fan draws the air in while the other pushes it out. The two units automatically switch directions every 50 seconds. The speed of the fans are adjustable by two toggle switches in the bathroom.

Tiny House LUNOS e2 in the great room
Tiny House LUNOS e2 in the great room

With the addition of the LUNOS e2, fresh air circulates within the tiny house. Without ventilation, people will feel the effects of lower oxygen levels. This happens more quickly in a tiny house due to its tiny size.

Secondly, it removes contaminants. People emits toxins such as ammonia, benzene, carbon monoxide, and methane. Additionally, there are chemicals in building materials and furnishings that continue to off-gas for many years. The LUNOS e2 or similar systems are a must to help keep the air healthy and fresh.

Overall, the LUNOS e2 was up and running within a few hours, and only some basic electrical skills were needed. More…

The Tiny House Kitchen: Cooking Station

A tiny house kitchen has its own unique challenges. As space is limited, it’s vital to plan ahead to identify what’s optimal and essential for cooking. There are several styles of kitchens, and it’s important to know what works best for you.

During this milestone, the focus was the cooking station in the kitchen. There are still a few TO-DOs left. Other than painting, the propane and counter-tops will wait until the other side of the kitchen and plumbing are complete.

Tiny House Kitchen Cooking Station
Tiny House Kitchen Cooking Station Layout

The kitchen is an exciting part of the tiny house as it is an essential element to any home. Seeing the kitchen (or in this case half of it) complete transforms the inside of the tiny house. Every complete project makes it look more like a home. It’s always amazing to see each project go from nothing to something.

However, the kitchen still is only partially complete. This side of the kitchen took 37 hours between two people. Overall, I’m guessing the entire kitchen will require about a hundred hours to complete the sink side, plumbing, and kitchen ceiling. Let’s see how that prediction holds up. More…

Crossing the 400 Hours Milestone

The current projects that’s almost (but not quite) complete are the outside utility closet and cedar siding. Both the cedar siding and utility closet have dressed up the outside considerably.

Tiny House Before and After Cedar Siding

What a huge improvement! As these projects are complete, I’ll expand upon them in a future post. In the meantime, there is still a matter of finishing some fascia and cedar siding above the door and painting the exterior before winter returns.

What’s Next

Summer is nearing a close which means the cold weather will be upon the tiny house once again. Right now, the plan is to be ready for winter. This means finishing the outside and having the heating and air conditioning system in place.

400 hours is certainly a lot of time and effort. However, every hour is still a joy and full of new and exciting skills to learn. Reflecting on each milestone is filled with accomplishments and conquered challenges.

There is a lot to do, yet I still look forward to the remaining work. It always amazes me each time I post an update looking back at the last 100 hours. I can’t wait to see what happens within the next 100 hours.

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