We left off last time with frankenframing and all that came with it. Once the tiny house on wheels was framed or franken-framed, there wasn’t much left to do. Granted the tiny house is not livable, it also was not intended to be. In fact, I really only set out to build a shell until February or so of 2017. But why? Why take the time and make the effort to build something if it couldn’t be lived in?

First of all, an empty tiny house shell is cheaper to build and lighter to tow. Secondly, it allows you to show folks how a tiny house is built and allow them to see various aspects that are usually covered up with finish work. Thirdly, the Santa Claus Haus was conceived for marketing purposes; the holiday parade(s), Santa Claus holiday photos, and promotion for the 2017 TinyHouseNC Street Festival.

parade

So for those purposes, the house is done. Each night now it is lit up with white, LED lights (Christmas strings) via the 2-100 watt solar panels on top of the house and the rest of solar system. It is a lot of fun to see and to think about. After the first of the year we will head inside to build it out a little in preparation for future events. Until then though? You better just think about whether you have been naughty or nice this year!

To see the build process in a more scalable time frame, click on the play button below.