Month: October 2016

Santa Claus Haus: red means red

It has been our experience that putting up LP SmartSide pre-primed panels is vastly easier when at least the first coat of color has been painted on. Not only does it ease your workload once the panels are up but it also makes the build seem that much more efficient because you almost instantly get a feel for what the final product will look like. So we did just that! Starting Sunday afternoon we took to painting the panels, cedar shakes, and soon, the trim, for the Santa Claus Haus. Our purchase ran right at $42.63 and included two...

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Santa Claus Haus: LP SmartSide

It seems that while we may have missed Christmas in July and Santa is not expected to return until Dec. 25, we can still believe in the magic of delivered gifts throughout the year. In fact, just this week our build site was left with a beautiful, stretch film wrapped, bundle of LP SmartSide. If you’ve seen the renderingsĀ of the Santa Claus Haus you may notice that it is skinned and textured in what looks to be LP SmartSide, shiplap edge, paneling. You may even have noticed a top portion constructed with SmartSide Cedar Shakes. And if so, you...

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Santa Claus Haus: tags and title

One of the most frustrating things about using a salvage trailer is making sure it is road legal. We had to do it on our first tiny house build in 2010 when we lived in Georgia and now we have had to do it in North Carolina. The process in each state was vastly different and the fees were different as well. First things first. The total fee to get a title for our 12′ Santa Claus Haus “homemade” utility trailer was $103. That paid for the state property taxes, the title itself, the license plate, registration, and the...

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Santa Claus Haus: subfloor

I was thinking about my posts regarding the Santa Claus Haus and how in depth I wanted to be with them. When this blog first started we were one of only a handful of builders, documenting the day in and day out of a tiny house build. We talked about everything from screws and bolts and how to drill pilot holes to how we felt spending money on each part of the build. We covered our frustrations and our victories. But this build it so different. Years have passed and the Internet has become saturated with tiny house “How...

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Santa Claus Haus: trailer salvage

The trailer the Santa Claus Haus is being built on is a salvage one. We liberated our original tiny house on wheels from a 1967 Shasta travel trailer. It was a bit of a mess but we proceeded and while saving thousands of dollars, invested dozens of hours. When we finished with our build and moved into our tiny home I said on multiple occasions that we would never again build on a salvaged trailer. Yet here we are. I have no idea what make/model the trailer is. What I do know is that it was a 5th wheel...

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