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Monday, June 3, 2013

A recycled barn wood/fence plank ceiling in a tiny house on wheels

      So call me insane, but the last two weeks or so, I've taken it upon myself to design and build a tiny, tiny cabin on wheels (or a bunk house, art studio, or whatever else it could be used for) to debut at the Yestermorrow Tiny House Festival in Warren, VT, where in two weekends, my brother (Dustin) and I will official open the first day of festivities and speakers with a 90 minute talk and demo on salvage construction- basically, "How to save a crap load of money when building". 
    Which ties into this: This planked roof was absolutely free. Yes, it might weight a little more than a plywood roof of the same size, but I think the look is ten times better in the end run, and it has a cool tale behind it. This cabin, for the time being will only be a seasonal weekender on wheels, so we won't insulate it, but should we later choose to, the joist pockets are already there. Meanwhile, we do have this character-laden ceiling to look at when we sleep.

The planks: They were the storm-damaged fencing (true 1" by 6" spruce planks, 8' long) at a very well to-do residence one town over. I passed these blown down, fence segments for weeks until I finally located the residents mailbox, left a note asking if they might be getting rid of the wood, and blammo!- pne phone call and TWO entire trailer loads later, I'm up to my eyes in free wood! It never hurts to ask!

I'll have much more on this tiny cabin soon, one I've dubbed "The Cub" (a name I used for another design wayyyyy back, that never saw the light of day), and might even blog in a step by step manner on this....

 Above, you can see a splash of "tester" paint I used, a color I called "baby puke green". It was a $7.00 "Oops" can from Home Depot, but its not going to be used for this project.

Also, pre-painting the rafters saved me the hassle of having to carefully "cut in" with a brush if I were to paint AFTER the planks were installed.

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen


  1. I Looove painting the rafters and studs before putting the final roof/walls on! Especially if they are part of the overall aesthetic. It is so much easier!

    I used to have a love/hate relationship with visible studs, because I felt like it made things look too shed-like, but upon doing some more research on traditional Gypsy Vardos, it inspired me to not be ashamed of them, and in fact decorate them!

    I love the way your ceiling looks, and it is a great story! I'm about to embark on my first flatbed trailer purchase from craigslist, to be used with my own lumber collection! I've been reading your blog for a while, and I am a huge fan of your resourcefulness. In my opinion, I think that resourcefulness is what the Tiny House Movement is all about!

  2. What did you have to do to the recycled wood to prepare it for construction? My family has an old farm in northern Indiana and there is a ton of old wood and a couple buildings that need to be taken down and materials repurposed. So I'm thinking of building a small cabin by the woods on the property. I'm concerned though about the amount of work needed to make the wood usable as building material again though.

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