Good things come in small packages – like this amazing tiny ‘house’! The brainchild of two determined teenage girls, it was built using completely recycled or donated materials. A couple of local tradies lent a hand and the BHG TV team went along to help out.
1. There are no rules with a quirky project like this! Make lots of sketches and even a little model to help visualise your dream.
2. You’ll need a solid structure for the floor and walls. Aluminium sections welded together, as done here, work well. They’re strong yet light so won’t overload the trailer.
3. Use timber to make the roof frame. It’s easier to cut and join than aluminium, especially with the slope of the roof, meaning lots of angles. Screw through the aluminium into the timber to join it to the walls.
4. Now things start to take shape! Once you’ve done all the wall framing and put the roof on, the house is ready for cladding. Building the house off the trailer will make the whole job a lot easier. When you’re done, hire a forklift to lift it up onto the trailer.
5. Before you start nailing on the cladding, attach wall wrap to the outside. The reflective foil helps keep the house cool inside and also acts as a barrier to any water that may find its way through the cladding.
6. Time to clad the walls! There are no rules on what you can use. In fact, the more you mix and match materials, the better it will look. Think salvaged corrugated roofing, cypress pine lining boards and polycarbonate roofing.
7. Plywood’s a great material to line the internal walls. You can put it up quickly and the timber grain is a great finished look. No painting required!
8. Clever use of space is a must in such a small area. Look to the walls and even the roof for ways to use every inch.
9. With the building done, it’s time to decorate! Keep the shabby chic feel of the outside going with bespoke wall hangings inside. Got an old pair of jeans or two?