• Locate and obtain a trailer
  • Obtain flashing or other rodent proof from the bottom side
  • Obtain 2″x4″s for foundation of tiny house
  • Fasten foundation to trailer
  • etc. etc. etc.

There are parts of building a tiny house trailer that are rather universal. The above list are just the beginning steps. But the similarities of each home more or less end there. Once the wall have been framed and raised the house begins to take a shape in a very custom way.

Sites like tinyhouseswoon, tinyhouseblog, and tinyhousetalk, shows us daily the multitudes of unique designs and builds. From the Tiny Colonial House to the Kootenay Lake Gypsy Wagon to the Beach Bungalow Tiny House each tiny house is as unique as the family within.

As we began documenting the process of building our own tiny house via video available on our YouTube channel I quickly realized that a number of our processes were in no way universal. They were little more than personal documentations meant for personal review and eventual homage. Sure it is fun to see how we planed 45-year old white pince and turned it in to ceiling paneling. But in order to truly learn how to do it, make it attractive for us to live with, the ability to video became fleeting at best. Despite what I once thought holding an iPhone turned around backwards while trying to video yourself using a table saw is neither easy nor safe. And when put on a tripod I was lucky to get anything remotely interesting in the frame at all. I had to come to a place where learning a new skill, working hard alongside my wife and my dad, and creating a house that would eventually become our very unique and personal home, was more important than a video that may not be relevant or helpful to anyone else.

This doesn’t mean the videos have stopped. There will be more. But right now we are at a place where our build is very personal and is a lot of trial and error; footage that is neither informative nor helpful….unless you like 20 minutes of footage of me staring at a wall trying to envision the difference between trimwork that is 2.5″ and trimwork that is 3″.

As of today we are at about 65% complete with our tiny house trailer. We worked hard this past week on planing reclaimed wood, turning it into 3/4″ thick 4-1/4″ planks, and then installing them overhead. And we are incredibly pleased with the result thus far. But it hardly makes for a How-To video at this time and still perplexes me that we were able to turn a discarded lot of lumber into something so unique and wonderful.

Have you tried your hand at How-To videos on your build? How are they going? Do you find yourself spending more and more time doing and less time filming/photographing?