O'Keefe Build Blitz: Day 1

 The trailer and the floor system are almost ready to be joined after Day 1 of the O'Keefe Tiny House Build Blitz!

The trailer and the floor system are almost ready to be joined after Day 1 of the O'Keefe Tiny House Build Blitz!

On Sunday we kicked off the Build Blitz for Erin Maile and Kevin O'Keefe's tiny house on wheels, here in Brattleboro, VT with introductions and orientation. We have a small but mighty crew of fabulous folks: Maile, Kevin, Liliana, John, Peter, and me, of course. Several folks from Green Mountain Panel have also been helping out as they're able (in addition to providing us with a fabulous place to build, just next door from where the panels were actually made!)

Yesterday was Day 1 of the tiny house build and despite a few setback (there are always setbacks!) we made good progress. We started out the day by leveling the trailer (so fun to do that with John's awesome laser level!) and checking the trailer for square. (Wright Trailers did a great job on this trailer!) We did some tool orientation and safety so we could ensure that we're all on the same page and ready to roll. Then we measured and cut our pressure treated plywood as the undercarriage and installed it by screwing it to the cross ribs of the trailer with self-tapping screws (which, unfortunately aren't as robust as the west coast version so we ended up pre-drilling holes - next time I'm bringing screws with me as I did for the Cilantro Poncho Build Blitz in Tucson this spring!) In the afternoon we splined the floor system together. 

The trailer is now almost ready for the floor system and the floor system is almost ready to go into the trailer! So this morning we'll be working on finishing up those components so that the 800 pound floor system can be moved into place with forklifts. I've never done it this way, so I'm super curious to see how it's going to go! Wish us all the best of luck getting the floor system put together and our bottom plates bolted down so we're ready for our wall raising to begin!