Friday, August 5, 2016

Tiny House Tour

A few weeks ago, my family and I were in Las Vegas for vacation and I got a chance to catch up with my buddy Mario Soto and his Lime Chili Tiny House RV. After chatting on social media, I met Mario in person at one of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company's Dream Big, Go Tiny Workshops in Sacramento, CA. I talk about that adventure in a previous blog, Making Big Friends in Tiny Places. There are photos there from that visit.

My family had never actually set foot in a Tiny House RV so Mario was gracious enough to give us a nice tour. He has some really neat gadgets in his place: salt water batteries, a solar powered automated skylight that can detect rain and shut on its own, wifi connected LED lights, nifty air quality monitors, among other wifi connected devices that can be controlled remotely via smartphone. This is the footage of that tour. Incidentally, Mario is looking to sell this house and use the proceeds to build another one. 

For more information on the Lime Chili Tiny House, click here.

Thanks for stoppin' by.

-Big Jerm

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tiny House Helpers: Freddy

This guy is my other right hand dude. Can I have two right hand dudes? With two right hand dudes and no left hand dudes, would that make me unbalanced? Would I constantly be falling over to the right under their weight? Or would that mean I have extra support for the right that would push me over on the left? Hmmm...I digress. 

At any rate, if you follow me on Instagram (ig: Tiny Home, Big Jerm), you've seen his face and ridiculousness on most of my travels. He has roadtripped with me all the way across the country from Washington to California to Texas to Florida. He's a great guy to have around on a Friday night when you're hungry and cursing the fact that you live in the country and Pizza Hut won't deliver. He's always good for a couple Hot & Readys from Lil Caesars and a bottle of Manzanita Sol. He's also very helpful in other ways and an all around good guy. 

I would like you to meet Freddy aka Fredward aka Casual Friday. 

Name: Freddy T. Meza

DOB: 5/2/95

Favorite Movie: El Dorado

Bio: "My favorite hobbies are constructing things with my brothers (Jeremy Norman, Scott Nicholson) which at times goes from making chicken coops to making pina colada. Taking hazardous and yet adventurous road trips to the adrenaline fueled hikes to Yosemite Falls or off taking a drive to a nearby beach, I also like to challenge myself to running to the microwave before the timer goes off."

I am so thankful for all the amazing and generous people I have in my life. It's because of them that I am who I am and I do what I do.

Stay tuned for more helper bios to come. Thanks for stoppin' by!

-Big Jerm

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tiny House Helpers: Justin Haukea

I have a knack for draggin family members into my projects and this one is no exception. My nephew Justin has no choice but to help me either but he's always willing to lend a hand. He's helped his dad build half pipes in the past and I'm hoping some of those wood working skills will come back to him. Either that or he'll be in charge of keeping the flies off the food while I work. Or maybe picking the Pandora station.

Name: Justin Haukea Norman

DOB: 3/4/00

Favorite Movie: Star Wars Episode VI

Bio: "My hobbies include dancing, drawing, skating, caring for animals (particularly reptiles & amphibians), and binge watching shows on Netflix. Until my uncle brought up the idea of building a tiny house, I had no clue they existed. They do seem pretty dope and I'm glad I have the chance to help him build it."

I am so thankful for all the amazing and generous people I have in my life. It's because of them that I am who I am and I do what I do.

Stay tuned for more helper bios to come. Thanks for stoppin' by!

-Big Jerm

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tiny House Helpers: Damien Trey

Next on my list of helpers to be acknowledged is my nephew Damien aka Damien Trey aka Dae aka Trey aka Boogie. I am particularly appreciative of him because he has to help me. I'm his uncle. He has no choice. Actually, when I say I appreciate him, I actually mean I feel sorry for him. For all the same reasons.

It's possible that I'm biased but he's a pretty awesome guy. He helps me out with my chickens and is the official farm fresh egg pusher at his school. He's got several of his teachers hooked already with standing orders every week.

Name: Damien Trey Mitchell

DOB: 2/25/03

Favorite Movie: How to Train Your Dragon

Bio: "My favorite hobbies are reading, playing basketball, playing video games and listening to music. I don't like watermelon or vegetables and my favorite color is green. I am a reptile owner and a chicken farmer's apprentice. I also have an affinity for chocolate milk and pizza. Living in a tiny house seems very interesting and helping my uncle build his house will be a fun project."

The vocabulary on this kid, right? He's definitely a reader.

I am so thankful for all the amazing and generous people I have in my life. It's because of them that I am who I am and I do what I do.

Stay tuned for more helper bios to come. Thanks for stoppin' by!

-Big Jerm

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sub-floor Installation, Day 2

Day 2 of sub-floor installation was focused on finishing up the fascia boards and insulation. I went with the foam board stuff. Dealing with those things was pretty easy. It was messy cutting it but otherwise it was no big deal. It took a little practice to work the spray foam in the cans to fill in the gaps. The only issue I really ran into was that the local Lowe's only had the 3/4" thick boards instead of the 1" and 2" ones. The spaces between the metal framing is 3" deep which meant I had to use more boards to fill it. It took four of the 3/4" boards as opposed one each of the the 1" and 2" boards. Just a little more time consuming.

One highlight was I finally got to use my Dewalt DW326PL framing nailer. I was a little apprehensive at first but I quickly got the hang of it. I purchased it a couple months back, refurbished on It worked great. I had a smallish Bostitch compressor that we used previously with a staple gun and brad nailer attachment. I was concerned it wouldn't be good enough to work a nail gun but it worked beautifully.

Again, I was working in the elements. 90+ degree heat mixed with some nasty humidity. For the time being, I am able to work under my parent's carport and that provided some relief. Lot's of water and breaks. Once I start installing walls, I will have to find some other shelter to work under.

Day 2 of construction:

Such power!

Insulation and the cutout for my porch.

Working under the carport.

Insulation installed.

Foam board makes a mess!

At the end of day 2, I was feeling more confident. I realized that my plans are drawn up for a passenger side porch but my trailer was built with a driver side porch. That meant I had to do some of my own calculating again for that framing. It worked out and I feel good about it.

That's all for now. Stay tuned for Day 3 of sub-flooring. Thanks for stoppin' by!

-Big Jerm

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tiny House Helpers: Scotty

For this first installment, I thought I would start with my best bud, Scott aka Scotty Gee aka PJ. He's been my right hand dude in almost all of my shenanigans for the last 10 years. We've been partners in crime. We've been coworkers. We've been podcast hosts. We've been classmates. We've been roommates. More than once. He's really the muscle and the nerves of this operation. When hands have to get dirty, Scott steps up and we love him for it. He's also the guy that talks to the cops whenever they show up. 

Name: Scott Alan Nicholson

DOB: 8/9/83

Favorite Movie: Yojimbo

Bio: "My hobbies vary by mood and interest, but I like to create. Whether it's painting or arranging plants or writing poetry. If I had to describe myself: I am what I am, but I'm working on it."

I am so thankful for all the amazing and generous people I have in my life. It's because of them that I am who I am and I do what I do.

Stay tuned for more helper bios to come. Thanks for stoppin' by!

-Big Jerm

Monday, July 4, 2016

My "Tiny House Helpers" Series

Ever since I first started planning for my house, I've had people offering up their services to help. From family members to friends to other tiny house enthusiasts, so many people want to lend a hand. I'm a slight control freak mixed with a perfectionist so I'm not sure how letting people help is going to work. I remember being told by someone who's built tiny houses that you quickly realize who in your circle of friends/volunteers should help with framing your walls and who should bring the potato salad or beer. By the way, if I ever ask you to bring potato salad or beer to my build, know that I take both of those responsibilities very seriously.

Almost immediately, I started doing a lot of thinking about ways to show my appreciation to those who lend a hand along my journey. I'm still mulling around one idea I really like. The logistics need to be worked out but I'm thinking of having my helpers names engraved on my house somewhere. Sort of like a wall of fame. I could either do an actual part of my wall (internal or external) or maybe the under side of my loft. I think it would be a nice, lasting homage to those involved in my project. Anywhere my house goes, so do you. Anyone that visits, sees your name. Seems like a cool idea to me. I don't know. Does anyone out there know someone that can engrave names into wood siding for me?

But in the meantime, I thought I could at least do a feature on my blog for my helpers. They get some recognition and you get a name to go with the faces you will see in the pictures. I think I'll do one a week or so.

Stay tuned for upcoming bios. Thanks for stoppin' by!

-Big Jerm