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How to Build a Tiny House: The Robins Nest by Brevard Tiny House Co.

In this post I get to show you the basics of how to build a tiny house on wheels.


The Brevard Tiny House Company is working on their second project called Robins Nest.

This is a tiny home on a trailer with a deck built right over the tongue of the trailer (a feature that I really like).

Related: Brevard Tiny House Company’s First Tiny Home Build

Ever Wonder How to Build a Tiny House?

It all begins with design. In this case the team at Brevard Tiny House Company develops a scale model to work with their clients and better meet their needs. Check it out below.

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All Images © BrevardTinyHouse.com

If you ever wonder how these tiny houses are built from the trailer to the framing then you’ll enjoy getting to see it all come to life below:

One of the First Steps: Develop a Model of Client’s Design

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Then Adjustments Are Made Here for the Client First

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Once the design part is settled it’s time to start the build.

Step 1: Custom trailer was ordered

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Add Flashing to Protect the House

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This metal flashing prevents critters from getting in and also protects your home when it’s being towed on the road.

Add your first layer subfloor and start floor framing

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Add insulation to the floors. Then bolt the trailer to the floor and wall frames to secure everything (very important).

Start Framing your Walls

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When You’re Done Framing Sheath the Frame and Cut Windows Out

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Then Begin Carefully Doing your Roof Framing

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Sheath the Roof

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Seal the Roof

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Add your choice of Housewrap

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Frame the Interior Rooms

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Add Loft Beams

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Build Staircases

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Wire Electric and Plumbing

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Install Metal Roofing

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Tongue Turned into Deck with Built In Hidden Storage

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Install your windows and door.

The Perfect ‘Twig’ Beam to Match the Robin’s Nest Design

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Scale Model

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Install your choice of Siding

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Paint

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All Images © BrevardTinyHouse.com

To continue following their progress you can “Like” them on Facebook and visit their Robins Nest section on their website to continue watching the construction process.

Video: Three Days of Building the Robins Nest Tiny House

Learn More About Brevard Tiny House Company

  • Near Asheville, NC
  • Affordable Pricing and Delivery
  • Benefits of working with a team

See the links below to learn more about them below at their website:

View more photos of this tiny house here.

Check out more designs from Brevard Tiny House Company.

Meet the team behind this company.

Learn about hiring them for your own micro house project.

Follow and “Like” them on Facebook here.

How to Build Tiny Houses: Step by Step Guide

If you’d like to learn more of the nitty gritty details on how to build a tiny house I recommend this guide.

Ready Made Trailers to Build Tiny Houses On

Also- if you need a trailer to build your tiny house on- I recommend these trailers since they’re made for it.

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Alex

Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!




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  • Jeremy Little May 7, 2014, 10:55 am

    This looks like a great project.

    Alex, I am interested in building homes like this for people to purchase. Can you tell me a little about the market?

    Jeremy

    • Alex June 21, 2014, 11:45 am

      Hi Jeremy- great question! The best way to build these for people is by building them on order which means… You build one exactly to someone’s requests/plans. This way you don’t have to sit on it for several months before you sell it. Most people like to build it themselves because of the labor cost savings but I’m noticing they are selling more than in the past.

  • Maria May 8, 2014, 7:53 am

    Would love to see pictures of the inside of this house when finished. How big is this house? How much will this one cost?

    • Melinda Ruth June 30, 2015, 1:57 pm

      I have plans to one day have a get away, weekend tiny house on family land and have looked at lots of plans. I felt like I found THE ONE when I saw the Robin’s Nest. It looks so doable!! Could we please see pictures of the finished inside??!
      Thanks so much!
      Melinda Ruth

  • alice h May 8, 2014, 7:38 pm

    Nice model! Oh yeah, the real house turned out nice too! But I reeeeeally like that model. And the deck over the trailer tongue. And the stairs.

  • Jesse May 15, 2014, 11:50 am

    Alex I can’t figure out why they’d put the metal flashing on the top side of the trailer… I’ve seen that done so many times on tiny homes on trailers… why don’t they put it on the under belly of the trailer that way you gain a good 4-6″… Any idea?

    • Alex May 15, 2014, 9:08 pm

      Hi Jesse I believe it’s because you want to insulate that space in between as well as build floor framing in there to lock everything together (and to create space for the floor insulation). Does that make sense?

      • Jesse May 15, 2014, 10:54 pm

        I dunno buddy… I mean, what your saying does make sense… but it seems like you could still utilize those extra 4″ by flashing the undercarriage, put down the subfloor/insulation on top of that, and then the underlayment (if you’re even using it). And then build up from there… I mean I’m no contractor, so I still may be wrong (my knowledge is Web based and common sense… well mostly)… I just want to maximize the available space on my tiny house when I build mine.

  • Yikes! May 19, 2014, 12:52 am

    Looks like a nightmare to tow!

  • Robert May 22, 2014, 8:17 am

    Hi,
    Got dilemma. I build my 16′ tiny house on a Texas Brags trailer thinking that I would build it on location and then take it off the trailer when I got it to my home site not to far away. So I didn’t attach the house to the trailer as to make it easier to get off later. Thought I cold do some exterior tie downs or something. So now I have a finished exterior shall, unfinished on the interior. Due to health problems need to sell the house. My question is, do you have any suggestions on how I could attach the house to the trailer at this stage? Another is the trailer doesn’t have any trailer brakes. Is it necessary to have these? Can I get buy without them? Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you

  • tersa March 13, 2015, 5:24 pm

    I would like to know what size trailer you used.

  • Tim March 18, 2016, 4:53 pm

    Alex… I can’t help but notice that these units are getting bigger and bigger and heavier and heavier. Many “professional builders” are popping up and the cost just keeps rising. As lenders and insurance companies get involved this kinda goes back to square one. Now the mortgage is on an expensive tiny house on a trailer and still comes with the restrictions of the traditional lifestyly of fixed stick and brick housing.
    I fear that the expensive evolution of the Tiny House movement will be self defeating in the name of progress. (Money)
    Sad to see this great idea heading in this direction.

    • Alex March 19, 2016, 11:45 am

      Tiny is relative, I’ll always cover everything from micro-size to small. Normally as tiny as 30 sq. ft. and as large as 1300 sq. ft. to showcase all options for people from singles traveling/adventuring to large families who want to simplify or couples who want to entertain/have people stay over frequently.

      • Tim March 19, 2016, 2:38 pm

        Alex… I agree that tiny is relative but what I was mainly referring to are the tiny homes on wheels. I keep seeing bigger and heavier.
        I live in a small 550 sq ft cabin I built 30 years ago and if I were to do it over I would make it a few sq feet smaller.

  • Deb September 8, 2016, 1:22 am

    Is plumbing checked prior to the spray foam insulation? If one were to get a leak after the house was completely built, how do you find it and work around the spray foam insulation?

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