Some of you are familiar with Louis Burns, who built his own tiny house on a trailer in Austin, Texas not long ago.
This little house was built inexpensively and take note that it was Louis’ first attempt at building a home in general.
So there are plenty of mistakes that he made which he is very open about. I’m sure if he did it a second time, he’d do a heck of a better job.
Some of the errors were major while others were minor but either way you can learn a lot about what not to do from his experiences and we should all still give him a hand for not only starting the project but finishing it.
He even took the time to document his entire experience in an ebook and video format which is great value if you find yourself interested in learning even more from his mistakes and experiences and you’re not able, or cannot afford to attend a workshop yet.
I will point out two of his major errors for you..
Mistake #1: The first and most obvious will be the placement of an outdoor water heater directly inside the bathroom which is not a great idea. You’ll see below..
You can easily create a micro vented shed on any of the exterior walls (I recommend on the tongue of the trailer) to house this, as Dan Louche- of Tiny Home Builders– has done with all his homes so far.
Mistake #2: The other serious mistake that he made was the order in which he installed the siding. You have to keep aerodynamics in mind before you do this otherwise your panels are going to come off because of high force winds when towing the house.
So without further ado, the Austin Tiny House Project..
Photos Courtesy of Louis Burns
Again, what you see below is NOT recommended. This instant water heater is meant to be installed outside and plumbed into the home. As I mentioned above, you should create a mini shed over the tongue of the trailer to house it.
At just 80 square feet this tiny home ended up weighing less than 5,000 lbs using a 16 foot trailer with double axles rated for 7,000 lbs.
You can see way more photos over at his website, Austin Tiny House. He shares photos of pretty much the entire construction process for free, and if you want to download those shots along with his book and videos in one package, here’s the link to his tiny house design build sales page.
If you buy and you don’t like it or don’t find it helpful, not a big deal because it’s backed by a 60-day money back guarantee. So Louis will refund your money if you don’t feel it was a good value for you. Although if you’re a beginner to construction, I think it’s a pretty good value that will prevent you from making some of those common ‘rookie’ mistakes.
UPDATE: I highly recommend Dan Louche’s Tiny Home Builders construction video series if you’re serious about learning how to build tiny houses on wheels as he’s built more and done it right time and time again.
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