The Scrap House

Thursday the 30th, Loftey. | April 30, 2009

Yesterday we got the fourth wall up without breaking it. And that was a really weak pun, sorry. Anyway… we have our three windows and the front door framed in, and the bathroom walls are up. Today we ran a 2×6 across the middle of the house, and a 2×4 across the back. Then we ran 2×4 joists using the lumber from the fences that are pictured in the truck in my last post. Then the plywood went down. Feels really sturdy. I like the spacial definition having the wall and loft off-set provides. It’ll be a lot easier to do the roof now that we have a platform to stand on. The loft is only offset 6 inches from the top of the wall, not the foot I had hoped for. But I think there will still be plenty of height.



Who’s side are you on?

Blogs have to have punny titles, right? We’re trying to decide on what to use for siding. We’re thinking of just using pallets. They’re oak, so they’re strong, and they’re incredibly plentiful. There are 7 or 8 4 foot 1×4’s on each, and given that the house is 12 feet long, each pallet could do 2 and a third rows. It would take a lot, but I think it would make for some decent looking clap-board. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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  1. Great project with the kids. I am an educator as well and this is a great hands on project they will never forget.

    One of my hobbies is cabin design and I think your plan is dead on. I am very interested to see the finished product. Tell your kids to keep up the great work.

    Comment by Buddy — May 1, 2009 @ 1:19 am

    • I am actually one of “the kids” doing this. It was actually our idea from the get-go, but our teacher has been hugely supportive, and for that we are grateful. I’ll pass the message along in some form. And God bless you for being an educator; both my parents are, and it truly is one of the most admirable fields.

      Comment by austinminiman — May 1, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  2. Hi there! You guys are GREAT! I love what ur doing!

    Hey, what are you doing with that house when ur done building it?

    Would you be interested in, say, donating it (or getting, say, $1,000 for it)? I have been wishing for the longest to build a tumbleweed for me and my daughter to live in, since I’ve been without gainful employment for such a long time, and I’m in my 40s now and not as strong as I used to be. So, we’d be so very appreciative to have a functional house to live in. Something we couldn’t be evicted from, you know. I’ve just been so scared of the “H” word, since I’m going through a divorce/annulment and got late on my rent payments. They already took my car.

    So, I got my income tax refund back and thanks to the earned income credit and child tax credits, I can give you and your friends a total of $1,000 for the house. Be sure to put screws in the frame to hold it together good for when it is moved down the road…I would have to get it on a trailer…that is where the other $1,000 of my refund will go to.

    I don’t mean to sound like I’m begging. I’m just exploring possibilities, that is all. Don’t feel obligated by any means…I’m just thinking to myself that it never hurts to ask.

    I am a member of my local group…I have given away SO MUCH of my stuff. I had a storage room that i couldn’t pay anymore, and so have blessed my community with my belongings for free.

    You might have someone local there who needs this shelter as much or more than I do…I’d follow your example, but I live in an apt. and have no place to store up anything, much less build it.

    Anyway, you’re doing great work. Keep it up, and keep inspiring us!
    Love & cheers,

    Comment by Donna F. — May 1, 2009 @ 3:40 am

    • Yes, Freecycle is a great thing. Our local one moves pretty slow, but that is where we got our shower. As it stands, we aren’t really interested in selling the house. Depending on where you live, maybe you could find someone who would be willing to let you use a corner of their lot or warehouse to store and build materials. Ours is being built in the school drainage ditch… it doesn’t require a lot of space. Maybe post to craigslist and see if someone would be willing to let you borrow a little bit of space for a month or two while you build it. Never underestimate the kindness of others. Don’t know where you live, but there are some places with some pretty cheap lots these days. So it could potentially be done for very little money. Good luck. -Ted

      Comment by austinminiman — May 1, 2009 @ 10:35 am

  3. ps. You ARE adding a sleeping loft, right??

    Comment by Donna F. — May 1, 2009 @ 3:43 am

  4. Ohhhhh….NOW I see it! YOU ARE! YOU ARE adding a sleeping loft! Bless you!

    Comment by Donna F. — May 1, 2009 @ 3:44 am

    • Yup. Built the loft yesterday. Lofts are WAY too cool to not have one! -Ted

      Comment by austinminiman — May 1, 2009 @ 10:35 am

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This blog is dedicated to an experiment a group of three other fellow students and I are doing at our school in Buxton, NC. My Drafting III class and I set out to see if we could build a house for free. It's small, but functional. All the materials come out of dumpsters. And most of all, it's working.







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