WE FINALLY FINISHED THE LAST WALL!
Well, mostly. I'm still missing a door and one lower window, but since locations and sizes of both have yet to be determined, we're just going to wait to add those after the walls are up and I can get a better visual of the interior layout.
BUT BESIDES THAT WE FINALLY FINISHED THE LAST WALL! Now we just need a solid week or two of awesome weather to get all the walls up, strapped down, and sheathed, add the roof joists and roof, and then seal it all in with Tyvek. Then I can get siding on and start on the interior! It's all coming together! :)
We started with the bathroom end of the wall (the left side, when looking at the front).
We also framed in two of the three loft windows that first day. They're all 5' wide, 18" tall sliders. In order to keep the 24" on-center stud spacing, we actually framed the far right and left loft windows to be 6' wide instead of 5'. You can see how that works in the picture of the upright, (almost) finished wall farther down this post.
The following weekend we laid out the frame again and secured the two pieces together with the wheel-well header and the center loft window header. We then filled in the space below that center window with studs (doing our best to stick to the 24" spacing).
In order to ensure that the studs that sit on the wheel-well header were properly attached, we drilled screws at an angle into the studs, as well as nailed brackets securing the studs to the header. (Having just thought of this idea, we went back and did the same to the other long wall.)
Below is a picture of the "finished" wall! I'm planning on having the front door be located near where my neighbor Roy is standing (on the left end of the trailer). My mom is looking through what will be my bathroom window. Don't worry, it'll be frosted. Nick has his arm through what will be one of the kitchen windows (on the right). I'm thinking about putting another window near where my dad is standing, but I'll figure out exactly where when I get a better idea of the interior, which probably won't be until after all the walls, roof, and lofts are up.
I thought it would be fun to see pictures of both the front and back long walls next to each other to gauge their size differences. You can definitely see how much taller the front wall is than the back wall (almost twice my height!).
Now that all the walls are complete, I'm super excited to get them set up on the trailer! Even just standing them up one at a time has been a great visual as to just how big my "tiny" house is going to be. When it does finally come time to raise the walls, I may be recruiting some volunteers to come help us out, so keep an eye out for an enthusiastic Facebook post hinting at free beer and high-fives!