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This video from Modern Self Reliance features a truly tiny house – measuring just 64 sq ft – which is 8 foot by 8 foot. This is not the main home; it’s a “guest suite” on stilts and there’s an amusing reference to getting guests that snore out of the main cabin!
This fun project is a fairly simple build that could potentially be undertaken by a DIY’er and it’s documented in such a way that you could use it as an instruction tutorial for creating your own. He’s clearly experienced, but having said that, I have to say that I take issue with some of his techniques and his freewheelin’ approach to safety. It’s all fun and games until it isn’t… and if you take a cavalier approach then it’s just a matter of time: I’ve worked on homes – and there were a few things here that raised my eyebrows; I would be concerned about working 8 feet up in the air without any guard rails whatsoever preventing a fall – which can be seen in some of the shots. It only takes one misstep and you could end up with a serious injury.
I wouldn’t dream of doing something like this without a proper scaffold tower. Fortunately we see one in some of the other pics. I have my own scaff tower and when installed correctly – with a guard rail – it beats the heck out of working on a ladder and it just feels overall much safer.
Also I found his use of a chainsaw to cut out the doors somewhat entertaining. It’s not what I would use and I have to say I wouldn’t advise it. But there are just some guys who are “chainsaw everything” and if that’s you, it’s you. I would prefer to measure up, use a track saw and make all my cuts at ground level before moving the finished piece into position.
This project provoked a lot of discussion in the comments from various critics, some of whom were better qualified to hold forth than others, on the techniques and materials used. It was interesting to read the arguments about whether nails were better than screws. Having done work on foundations of timber homes, I absolutely do not agree with him on the claim that screws do not have as good a structural shear strength as nails. It depends on the screws and depends on the nails!
The modern high-strength screws developed by the manufacturers of the joist hangers (i.e. Simpson Strong Tie – check out the Amazon reviews!) are engineered to work in specifically in conjunction with the timber, are load rated and commonly specified by engineers for “real” construction projects with far higher loads than the ones we see here. Certainly, don’t use drywall or cheapie screws for load bearing applications. Personally, I would use (and have used) Simpson all the way – but I can’t make any recommendations other than to observe code requirements in your region!
Building – The Forest Cube – Tiny 64 Sq ft. House On Stilts – Graphic © off-grid.info. Images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNC6ijU7pPA
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