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.

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Tiny House Stairs and Storage

Marc Bilodeau/ Building, Planning, Tiny House

One of the most time consuming projects to date is the tiny house stairs. At first, it seems fairly straightforward to put together a staircase. As long as I know the depth, height, and width of each stair, it should all come together without a hitch. Right? These tiny house stairs serve two purposes. The first one is obvious. It provides a means to get

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300 Hours of Construction

Marc Bilodeau/ Building, Planning, Smart Sensors, Tiny House

300 hours of construction! With that, another 100 hour milestone in the books. This time it took 4 months to reach it, unlike 3 months for the 100 hours and 200 hours milestones. Regardless, progress continues and more TO-DOs are being crossed off the list. The majority of the last 100 hours have been during the cold months of Maine. With the exception of one inlet, all work

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Finishing (most of) the Interior Walls and Ceiling

Marc Bilodeau/ Building, Tiny House

Since the cold and snow are still here in Southern Maine, tiny house work continues inside. Soon there will be more complicated projects like plumbing, or outside work such as siding when the weather is warmer. Now that the loft closet is complete, and there are several interior walls that do not require inlets from the outside, the Loft, Great Room, and Storage Loft walls can be finished. [photo

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Tiny House Closet: The Loft Closet and Storage Shelves

Marc Bilodeau/ Building, Planning, Tiny House

Storage is important, and efficient storage is paramount. Shelves, closet space, drawers, and cabinets can provide unique solutions in a tiny house. However, tiny houses mean tiny spaces. Therefore, careful planning is critical to determine what’s best for a persons needs. [photo album] First, Planning! Planning storage needs and where to put the storage requires a lot of thought. It means asking yourself questions, hashing out ideas,

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200 Hours of Construction

Marc Bilodeau/ Building, Planning, Tiny House

200 hours, wow! How time flies when you’re having fun. It seems like a few days ago that I posted a recap of the first 100 hours of construction. In reality, it was three months ago, and this tiny house project just passed the 200 hours milestone. Regardless, everything is progressing at a steady pace. Each moment is exciting and continues to be a learning experience. Continuing the

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Tiny House Insulation – Baby, it’s cold outside!

Marc Bilodeau/ Building, Tiny House

With phase one of electricity complete, and the fact that it’s Maine and Winter, it’s time to add insulation throughout the tiny house. Although, I’m still a few steps from adding a vapor barrier and closing up every wall, it will help keep the heat inside while the inside projects continue. Compared to the last task, this one is a walk in the park. [more photos of this process] Overview As

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Tiny House Electricity: Let There Be Light!

Marc Bilodeau/ Building, Tiny House

As the weather gets colder and the days shorter, work continues inside. With that said, the first item on the list is electricity. The goal has always been to build an off-grid tiny house. However, I realize that I don’t have decent estimates to size a home solar system correctly. Therefore, the entire electrical system will be completed in three phases. On-Grid Use. First, wire all lights, switches, and electrical

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Preparing to Work Inside the Tiny House

Marc Bilodeau/ Building, Planning, Tiny House

As the outside of the tiny house is almost complete, I’m beginning to plan for inside projects such as electrical and plumbing. There is much to do in those systems. However, the inside must be ready first. Before any inside work starts, there are a few things to do and double check. Will everything fit as planned? Framing the fenders Add threaded rods for more stability Does the inside leak?

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