The birth of MOBii
April 2, 2015 "Groundbreaking"
With the leadership of professional architect and Professor Charest our class began the process of designing the micro home. Finally getting to see the actual size of the trailer in person put me at a loss for words. The size of the 5 x 8 trailer made me think of the implications and demand for diligence needed to complete this project.
April 7th – Getting Things Started
Today, we went over some safety and practices of best use with the equipment needed to cut wood. Once we got that out of the way, we started to rip up the old boards from the trailer as they had rotten and dematerialized over time. We thought it would be logical to also create a 3-D printed version of our micro home to get a better idea of how the model will work and fit with everything to scale. Being my first time with a 3-D printer it was difficult to calibrate it precisely so that the printing process would turn out smooth.
April 9th – Frame of Reference
In order to get an idea of the actual height and dimensions of the tiny home, we made a frame with 2x4s. This helped us conceptualize how much room we have to work with. We also made sure to take out the screws of the trailer and properly dispose of them.
April 14th – Making the Floor
Building the floor required some thought before hand, like most other aspects of designing the tiny home. We decided to elevate the floor off the trailer a little by putting glued wood perpendicular to the floorboards. This will help maintain the structure of the floor, hopefully, making it last longer. Insulation will also be placed in between the floor in order to retain as much heat in the cold and as much cold in the heat as possible.
April 16th – The Floor Continued
Cutting the strips for the floor required some precise measuring as each piece locks into another. This results in the floor lying flush on the ground with no overlapping. Support beams are definitely necessary to put in place under the floorboards to ensure no one falls through the floor. This was done by cutting thin strips of wood and gluing them together to make them stronger. They were then screwed and glued to the bottom of the floor.
April 23rd – Insulating the Floor
The floor panels finally are finished, as you can see with Professor Charest testing one out on the trailer. Insulation was placed between the wooden strips connecting the floorboards in order to ensure that no moisture would infiltrate the tiny home. Insulation is key for building a home made to last in tough weather.
April 28th – Minimizing Waste
Careful measurements were made in order to ensure that we are minimizing our waste production throughout the construction of the tiny home. The thin strip of wood on the right shows the waste produced from creating the floorboards…Not bad!
April 30th - Giving the Trailer Structural Integrity
It was decided that the structural integrity of the trailer might need some boosting, when considering the family of three living there with multiple appliances and solar panels. Welds were made at weak points in the trailer to make it a little more structurally sound so that it won’t fall apart when driving down the highway.
May 5th – Adding a Window
Once we measure out all of the walls, it was time to cut out a window. This took longer than expected, but it was done right! Precise measurements were made and checked so that the window fits in flush with the cut made into the wall. Finally the tiny home now has some sunlight.
May 7th – Setting Up the Walls
More support beams were fastened together much like lattice one would see in decking. This checkered pattern provides structure and support to the walls. It also allows for a thin layer of insulation to be added between the walls, helping preserve our tiny home.
May 12th – Making Some Adjustments
Some adjustments needed to be made to the lattice, as you can see, it is covering up our one and only window. Doing this was tricky, as cutting any point in the support beams would ruin its structural integrity. The image on the left shows tool holders made for the pressurized tools at Loy Farm.
May 15th – Funding and Cabinets
This day Cobalt Tools confirmed that they would fund some construction of the tiny home. Anything that can be purchased at Lowe's or tools needed for the construction would be compensated by Cobalt. This meant we could use nicer materials to furnish the home. Here we have some very fine wood for our cabinetry on one side of the walls in the tiny home.