How We Build Tiny Homes

We build our tiny homes indoors in “The Big Tent”.  There are four main jigs:  one for the platform (floor), one for the side walls with no windows, one for the front and back walls, and one for half of the roof.

 

We prep the lumber in this area so that everything is ready for the Crew Members (volunteers) when they build.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have areas for power tools, hand tools and material storage.

     

 

The jigs themselves are simple and are designed for “non-construction” people to use.

 

All materials needed for construction of a jig are located either underneath the jig or in another designated space and clearly marked.  Team Leaders make sure that all the tools needed to construct that component are located in a tool box near the jig.

 

 

Each jig has “Ikea-like” instructions.

 

Here is a close up of one of the jigs and what it looks like after some assembly.

 

 

Every component of the tiny home is built on a jig system, both inside and outside.

 

We assemble each component in teams of three:  One team leader and two crew members (volunteers).  (Photo taken before the pandemic.  We now wear masks and practice social distancing whenever possible.)

 

Every crew member signs their work and adds “love notes” to fill the home with good wishes.

 

Here the front wall is completed and ready for Tilt-Up.

 

 

We use a unique venting system seen here  from the inside (left photo).  This allows air flow and moisture to naturally go up and out which prevents mold.  Before the final roof cap goes on, a special membrane goes underneath which protects the interior from the elements and allows air and moisture to go out through its side panels.  The photo on the right is the same interior shot with the vent cap on.

 

Insulation and interior panel installation is next.

 

 

Then the roof. 

 

The trim, both inside and out are then installed.  All trim is caulked to prevent mold.

 

Paint comes next, both inside and out.  Inside, all the seams on the panels are caulked and then painted with a primer that is mold-resistant before the finish coat is put on.

 

 

Almost done!  Floors and doors are last.

   

 

Now another person is now warm, safe and dry.