This is it. My foundation. My beginning of a home. (Sure, there's some welding and blasting to be done, but it's only days away now! Yeah, it's upside down in the pic.) I bought the truck frame from a farmer and it cost me 750 SEK, which was the scrap price. The wheel axle (tyres included) cost 6250 SEK from the scrapyard. A friend of my mother's has sawed off a big piece of unnecessary metal from the frame and will weld the axle on, stabilize the frame, and add metal plates with pre-drilled holes to which I will attach the floor joists. I will pay him 5000 SEK. Then the trailer will be sand blasted and painted to prevent it from rusting. This will be done by a professional for 4500 SEK, giving me the total cost of 16500 SEK (about $2550 / £1685 / €1970). A lot of money, but a lot less than it would have been to buy a brand new trailer. This one will, from the research I've done, happily carry about the same weight - 5 tonnes / ~11 000 pounds - as a trailer that would cost me nearly five times as much (in Sweden). Can't wait to see it finished!
Monday, 18 March 2013
So...The thing about sleeping lofts is that (usually) you have to climb up a ladder to get there. If you're a toddler, a grandma, or a drunken buffoon, this might not be a thrilling idea. Obviously, building a staircase in a tiny space is due to make that space a lot more tiny, but what if that staircase is also a pretty awesome bookshelf/wardrobe/general storage unit? Behold the even more, once again, slightly improved (Don't you think?) tiny house design: