If you have been asking yourself the question, how long does it take to build a tiny house, we have some answers for you. In building our 28’x8’6″ tiny house on a trailer, we have been keeping track of how many hours have gone into each task. Here are some points to keep in mind when reviewing this time log: Andrew has been building professionally for nearly 20 years. Nearly all of the tasks so far were completed by Andrew working alone. He works for 8-10 hours per day on our house so his time is largely uninterrupted (except for when we stop to film each step for our upcoming tiny house build instructional video).
Some surprises have been how long it took to install the rigid foam insulation on our walls (10.5 hours). Also, how much time (14.5 hours) it took to install our interior wall and ceiling panelling (we went with a pretty advanced panelling design to get the modern look we are going for). But there have also been pleasant surprises. Like how quickly the lofts are going up (about 1.5 hours from start to finish for our large loft).
Another pleasantry has been how much has been accomplished in the time we have been building. Working on a tiny house as opposed to a more conventionally sized house is so much more enjoyable because each task obviously completes a lot more quickly. And though we have truly been blessed beyond measure with a spell of 2 weeks of perfect weather, we know that the turn to winter is just an eye blink away.
In 117.5 hours we have a home that is just a few hours away from being able to be occupied if we so choose. Though it won’t be completed, we can at least have shelter beyond our pop up tent trailer. Not too bad considering we started with nothing but a trailer base a few weeks ago.
Next steps are to complete the second loft, frame the bathroom wall, and cover the wheel wells (we used a drop axle trailer to gain an extra 9″ of head space which you can read about here). These tasks will be completed tomorrow. Then on to renting paint sprayer for the interior. Things are really starting to come together and each step we complete now has a dramatic visual impact which gives us a lot of momentum and enthusiasm. The end is in sight!! We will continue with our time log and post an update as we complete the next batch of tasks.
Here are updated photos of what our panelling looks like after having been painted.