The Move

I built these houses to move. We moved them with steel beams, bottle jacks, and a trailer. The initial move was from one side of the property to the other. It went well, no windows shattered, and the doors still open nicely.

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Water and Waste

Don't be intimidated about plumbing. It's a lot of fun and PEX is easy. My system includes: a tanks, strainer, pump, accumulator, water heater, sink, and shower. 

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Heat

I live in a place with cold winters, so I choose to use a small wood stove with a propane heater. My thinking was to use the wood as a primary source, and the propane if I ran out of wood, or decided to go skiing for a weekend out of town. Couldn't let the pipes freeze.

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Solar Energy

There's a lot of components with today's solar kits. I really enjoy wiring and electricity. I have experience wiring AC, so it was nice to dive into the DC world. I was lucky enough to have a knowledgable friend help me out, and set me in the right direction.

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Siding - Exterior and Interior

This is where you can set yourself apart. I played around with colors when finishing my exterior siding. It was risky, but worth it. I used local cedar siding, and many stains to make it look the way it does. Be careful!

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Roofing, Windows, and Doors

In the two micro homes I've built, I used both new and recycled windows. In my experience the local window stores usually have a section hidden in the back with left over windows. You can usually pick them up for cheap. Recycled windows can take a lot of work to refinish.

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Framing

Framing is my favorite part of any build. The hard physical labor is offset by the feeling of productivity. You can get a micro home framed in a few days on your own; it's nice to see a house take form.

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The Design

It all starts here. I can't stress enough how important it is to spend time on your design. I started using graph paper, and eventually moved up to Stetchup. It is a great resource, and very easy to learn. I highly recommend it.

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