After waiting 5 weeks for our custom trailer to be made, we were eager to pick it up and start working. We had a rough idea of when the trailer would be ready so we prepared the backyard for the arrival of our trailer, the foundation of our house. The last couple of days before we picked up the trailer were spent researching and locating the materials and tools we’d need for the first few steps of the build.
We especially spent a lot of time considering how we wanted to construct our subfloor. Most tiny house builders choose to construct a wooden subfloor much in the same way normal buildings’ subfloors are designed. We, however, opted for a more uncommon approach to subflooring. We chose to use the trailer itself as our subfloor, allowing the steel beams of the trailer bed to be the subfloor framing. We’d designed our trailer with the crossmembers flush with the side of the trailer so that we could do just this. With this plan, we will gain an extra four inches of vertical height because the wooden framing will be absent. This is especially valuable because in California, and in most other states, the legal height limit is 13’6’’. We’ll talk more specifically about this subflooring plan in further posts.
Once we got the notification of our trailer’s completion, we borrowed a friend’s truck and headed down from Granada Hills to Gardena to pick it up and tow it back. The pickup and ride home went smoothly but getting the trailer into the backyard, our build site, proved to be harder than we’d expected. Knowing that it'd be a tight fit, we removed the gate doors from their hinges, allowing a couple of more inches for the trailer to squeeze through. As it turned out, we needed every single inch of clearance. Getting the trailer into the backyard took three hours and lots of starting over to get a better angle but once we finally got the trailer settled into its spot, we were stoked and ready to start the build!