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

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!