Designing and Building a Tiny House, and Everything In Between. 

Ribbons, Sails 

& Dandelion Fluff

May 2020 –

Building a Shelter

Steel Frames & Cladding

Apr 20 – Jul 19

Doors & Windows

The Beginnings of a ‘Tiny’ Project

Apr 19 – Aug 17

Succulents & Raspberries;

A First Foray into Gardening.

Oct 17 – Apr 15

Evening, Friday 27th May 2020

Detailing the bathroom alcove sides, I really can’t decide if I’m happy with the paint job. Accidentally reminiscent of the transitional menu animation from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice DVD, I am not entirely enchanted with my attempt so far. I’ve been asking myself all afternoon if I should paint over it and start again. 

Considering the idea was to achieve a wallpaper-esque aesthetic, and that wallpaper looks best thanks to its busy repetitive nature, I should undoubtedly power on, remembering that I am only concentrating on one small aspect of a greater piece, (and that most of it will be hidden by bathroom toiletries). That said, it plays on my mind that, ideally, the objects I create could have a life beyond their first home and so maybe I should have forgone the paint altogether, keeping the design refined by using true timber, and a wipe off polish. No one is going to want a clumsily painted shelving unit, for masterpiece it certainly is not.

Conversely, the reason I am enjoying designing and creating for my home is that it enables me to experiment with concepts and techniques that are only now within my capabilities.

So, I am a shoddy painter? Yet it is truth that I can only develop with practice. Do I allow my aspiration to create heirloom-worthy furniture frustrate my chances to improve?

In actual fact, it is severely unbelievable that anyone is going to desire a plywood lined shelving unit in a hundred years, no matter the artistic execution. Frankly, it’s not exactly Antiques Roadshow material.

Considering this thought, I admit I’ve dallied with the idea of starting from scratch… but be assured that I’m sensible that this would be a waste of resources! Even if it is only two small strips of plywood.. (Remember Fiona, Little Women peasant mode.

Hmmm. 

The time dedicated to such aesthetic touches is already substantial, would spending additional time re-working the pattern be worth my while? If not, I could be working on something new much sooner, which is rather tempting…

Alright, so I painted over two of the three panels, best to catch it early than to plough on with the niggle that it could be better, right? I mean, it could be EVEN better, but it will do. Plus I can use the original decoration as the base pattern. Ultimately some experiments work brilliantly, and others less so. Here I shall strive for humble elegance.

Back Track: February – March 2020

  • As of: 30 . 03 . 20
  • Special Mention: That dowel jig is the very best thing! I do have my own which I picked up at Bunnings, but this old-school, Australian made, Silex dowel jig that my Uncle lent me is entirely superior! I attempted the first batch of holes using my jig, but it failed to keep the drill bit square with the timber. (This is an issue when you’re as wonky as I). The corresponding holes would veer off at opposing angles, causing great difficulty when I attempted to join ends together! Following the laments of my troubles, my Uncle pulled out this gem, and I tell you, I would like to find one for myself.
  • Materials: Left over Dressed Western Red Cedar from my window build.
  • Satisfaction? Immense. First: It is such a pleasure to work with pre-dressed timber for I can get stuck straight into the build without fussing around! (Yes, you could call that laziness). Second: This was a new technique for me- I haven't often used dowels as a joinery method so it was a fun to give it a proper go. Third: Have I mentioned before how much I enjoyed building my front door? This was no less agreeable.
  • Going Forward? The plan is to finish off the door with mesh panels, a good-looking handle and a lick of oil.

Back Track: February – March 2020

  • As of: 30 . 03 . 20
  • Status: Incomplete - Frames only
  • Materials: Structural Eco Ply 15 - 17mm

Back Track: January 2020

  • Completed: 28 . 01 . 20
  • Not Pictured: Countersunk screws were plugged with dowel & later shaved down.
  • Materials: Western Red Cedar

Late Afternoon, Saturday 16th May 2020

As of Autumn, 2020, I am happily settled at my new build site and am thoroughly enjoying living and working on my Aunt and Uncle’s farm. With a shift in priorities and new learning opportunities, the urgency to finish my house has eased and I am enjoying the process of shaping the interior and all the finer details exactly as I please!

~ Who? Fiona  |  What? Decided to build a Tiny House on Wheels

After updating my timeline in February, I’ve barely touched this blog since, despite my assurances to get the site back up-to-date. Truthfully, I just haven’t had the desire to post anything! I’ve toyed with a few posts- written a paragraph here or there but have ended up discarding them as too hard. I am continuing to chip away on the house, if not with the same single mindedness, and almost always have a small making project on the go, but that’s just it- I have been in the mood of ‘doing’ rather than thinking and reflecting about things I’ve previously done. 

This year so far has been crammed with learning of all kind, brilliant and less so, and with these experiences my tastes and priorities have evolved. Perhaps not drastically, but there has certainly been a shift. And so, as with all good things, it is time for change! Likely only small changes, but I wish for this site to be a space I come to for joy, rather than hard work. Content will be of a bite sized nature, unless I am terribly excited about something, and it could be completely abstract in its relation to building a tiny house. HOWEVER, if anyone ever has a question about how something has been built, or decisions that I have made around the creation of this home, I am MORE than happy to delve deeper into the nitty gritty details! To be honest, I would likely put a post together to do just that. 

To me, making a home is the opportunity to world build, and that is more my style. Building a house is backboned with structure and sense, and as much as I love those two things, it’s not how my brain likes to roll. So, from now on, more cosy, less technical!