A Lofty Challenge

The tiny house was starting to come together! We were feeling great… until we realized that we had built the 2nd floor loft too high. With a 13′ 6″ legal road height limit, we would only have about 3′ of headroom in the loft… not really even enough to sit up comfortably.

I was pretty discouraged as I remembered the 8 billion screws we had used when building the loft, thinking we’d have to take everything apart and start over. Then we decided to try unscrewing the crossbeams and lowering the whole loft as a unit. We started by attaching a 2×4 spanning across the studs at the level we wanted the loft to end up at. We also set up the jack from our car on top of a ladder, sandwiched by two scraps of leftover composite decking, to support the loft during the lowering process.

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Then we unscrewed the crossbeams and carefully inched the loft downward. Much gratitude to Jack for lending a hand to help us out!

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Thankfully without anything crazy happening or anyone getting smooshed, we succeeded in lowering the loft floor about 5 1/2,” just high enough to leave Josh with reasonable headroom in the future kitchen and buying us a ton more headroom in the future loft!

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The whole situation really went smoothly, and now we are back on track to start on the roof!

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I have to once again extend a resounding THANK YOU to Julie and Jack for saving our butts and covering our tiny home when our initial plastic wrapping job didn’t hold up to the rain. They went all out spacing boards and plywood sheets on top of the house to keep it dry, as you can see above me in this picture…

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…I’m sure that was no easy feat!!

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We had a bit of snow this week which makes me feel the clock ticking to get this thing weatherproofed before winter really hits. So… next step ROOF!

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One thought on “A Lofty Challenge

  1. Mom October 25, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Onward and upward!!! Great idea on how to fix the loft problem. We are SOOO glad that no one was “smooshed” in the process!😅

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