Today we started the roof for the Tiny House and began nailing the plywood onto the walls, the campers also built two parapets. The campers all had a lot of energy and their cooperation was excellent today! The day ended just as a very intense storm was headed our way. We were able to clean up and pull a tarp over the Tiny House just in the nick of time before we were hit with a downpour of rain. It was a refreshing end to the day, allowing us all to cool off after a hard days work in the sun.
Week three of the Tiny House build has begun and there are a lot of new faces and a few familiar ones too. Today the campers built and assembled the walls that will piece together the bathroom and utility closet of the Tiny House. With that now finished the frame work of the Tiny House is fully complete and we will be ready to move onto piecing together the roof!
Two weeks have come and gone and the project is really starting to take shape. Today, campers raised the four walls they build during the previous days. Moving the walls was definitely a team effort and good communication was a … Continue reading →
Today the kids took a field trip to Second Chance, a nonprofit salvage company for building materials such as furniture and lumber. The goal of the field trip was to search materials that we could use for the Tiny House project. The trip was a great experience and the kids loved it! We were even given a full tour of Second Chance’s 200,000 square foot warehouse. We ended up leaving with a set of windows, a bit of lumber, and a door for the Tiny House. All in all it was a very successful day!
Today the kids finished building the last of the framing for the walls of the Tiny House. Everything ran smoothly and we are now ready to hoist the walls onto the deck to erect the skeleton of the Tiny House. A reporter and photographer from The Capital Gazette came by to interview us and write a article about the Tiny House project. The kids got a chance to share their views on the project as well as some of the volunteers. You can view this article from The Capital in the link here:
Today the architect behind tiny house came in to talk to the kids about reusable and Eco-friendly building materials. After that the kids worked on putting together the rest of the framing for the walls of the tiny house. The kids learned how to install the headers and studs that support the wall in this process, and got some hands on experience using the chop saw. Today’s final product was perfect thanks to the continued hard work of the kids!
It’s hard to believe week one has already come and gone. The campers did a fantastic job and really got this project started on the right foot. The final morning education session for the week included a showing of Plastic … Continue reading →
Day 4 of the Tiny House Build here at Indian Creek started off with a morning session on the art and significance of using reclaimed and re-purposed materials by our very own lead builder RB and Indian Creek teacher Mr. … Continue reading →
We’ve made it to the halfway point of week 1 and today was all about insulation and installing the subfloor. The day started off with a visit from our good friend and former SustainaFest employee, Wade Boarman. Wade just returned to Maryland from a cross-country trip and a month at the Earthships Biotecture Academy in New Mexico. He shared his experiences with the campers, highlighting techniques he learned to create extremely efficient, completely sustainable, and wildly unique homes. Then it was back to work. A few brave campers spent much of their morning underneath the trailer getting a good arm workout, tightening the carriage bolts that hold the house in place. While they worked away, the rest of the group installed the band boards, batt insulation donated by the great folks at Complete Home Solutions, and OSB subfloor. We still have a few pieces left to install, but this crew will undoubtedly make quick work of that task tomorrow.
Day 2 started off with an education session from guest speaker, Merv Roussell from Complete Home Solutions. Merv conducts home energy audits and spoke to the campers about insulation choices, why it is important to treat one’s house as a system, and tips on home energy saving. The rest of the day consisted of piecing together the floor assembly onto the trailer. A process that emphasized the importance of using even measurements and attention to accuracy when building. The kids did a spectacular job, and it showed in the result of the final product at the end of the day. It was another job well done filled with great enthusiasm!