Heat

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

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 knowledgeable friend help me out, and set me in the right direction.
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Siding - Exterior and Interior

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

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

I used two different framing methods when building my micro homes: The first, post and beam; the second, conventional 2x6 framing.  I really love the beauty of post and beam.  The first house I built, I treated it like an art project; it was a home I was going to live in.  
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The Design

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 Sketchup. It is a great resource, and very easy to learn. I highly recommend it.
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