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).
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Ever Wonder How a Tiny House Is Built?
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.
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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
Then Adjustments Are Made Here for the Client First
Once the design part is settled it’s time to start the build.
Step 1: Custom trailer was ordered
Add Flashing to Protect the House
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
Add insulation to the floors. Then bolt the trailer to the floor and wall frames to secure everything (very important).
Start Framing your Walls
When You’re Done Framing Sheath the Frame and Cut Windows Out
Then Begin Carefully Doing your Roof Framing
Sheath the Roof
Seal the Roof
Add your choice of Housewrap
Frame the Interior Rooms
Add Loft Beams
Wire Electric and Plumbing
Install Metal Roofing
Tongue Turned into Deck with Built-In Hidden Storage
Install your windows and door.
The Perfect ‘Twig’ Beam to Match the Robin’s Nest Design
Install your choice of Siding
Paint your Tiny House!
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All that’s left is to finish the interior and move in, right?
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
Learn More About How to Build a Tiny House on Wheels…
How to Build Tiny Houses: Step by Step Guide
If you’d like to learn more about the nitty-gritty details on how to build a tiny house I recommend this tiny house construction guide – it’s specifically dedicated to building on trailers.
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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?
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.
Would love to see pictures of the inside of this house when finished. How big is this house? How much will this one cost?
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!
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.
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?
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?
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.
I realise you made this a comment a long time ago but oh well…
To maximise space that does make sense but there are a few factors here; firstly, thermal bridging is a major issue with any steel framing which of course applies to a trailer. So if you put your insulation between the structure you’re going to get temperature differences being conducted by the steel which undermines your insulation. Going under and around could theoretically be done but is quite difficult with a trailer and brings up another issue in that the insulation would be vulnerable to gravel etc that might flick up off the road. Unless you clad that out underneath as well, quite complicated and you’re still using space. I think the only way to do what you’re asking without any of the downsides is to incorporate it into the trailer design somehow.
So I’m not saying it’s impossible and I have thought about similar concepts but that application is more complicated than the average DIYer is equipped for and not economic for a company.
@Zac D – It does increase the cost but it’s not complicated… Just order the trailer designed to have the floor built into the trailer chassis. Most Tiny House builders get their trailers from trailer manufacturers who will custom make them to order… Few manufacture their own trailers but over the years the trailer manufacturers have worked with the builders to optimize the trailer designs for tiny houses and being able to integrate the flooring into the trailer chassis is one of the innovations they’ve developed, along with drop axles, and other optimizations that now allow builders to achieve up to around 11′ of interior height and up to around 52″ of loft headroom… Basically gaining an extra foot over over bed trailer builds… Just watch out for the reduced ground clearance and increased weight…
You can check out Tiny Nest Project, they’ve worked with Iron Eagle Trailers and developed Sketchup files of the most common tiny house trailer designs available from Iron Eagle for Tiny House builds… Not the end all and be all of what’s available but that’s easy to find and look up…
Other manufacturers aren’t as open about what they have available but there are many custom trailer manufacturers out there…
Looks like a nightmare to tow!
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.
I would like to know what size trailer you used.
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.