Tuesday, April 5th, 2011:
Began forming the structures that we’ve been envisioning for the sleeping loft area. Framed with 2X2’s to continue to be mindful of overall weight. Used 1X8 pine for shelves.
Most of the tiny houses we observed when originally researching this project had sleeping lofts with just enough length for a mattress. We wanted to enjoy some of the closet space we saw available in the smaller tiny houses that had just a sleeping loft and no cathedral ceiling over the ‘Great Room’. Interested in the best of both worlds, we built our sleeping loft a bit longer than the Tumbleweed plans called for. While this cut into the ‘Great Room’, the investment was worth it to have a more complete sleeping area.
We are also borrowing a great idea that we saw on another Tumbleweed Tiny House builder’s blog: small ‘foot lockers’ that run the length of the loft. We will be placing a Full size mattress in the loft, and liked the idea of building structures that will allow us to utilize the 13 to 14 inches of space left on either side of the mattress in an organized and intentional manner. These storage areas will be 77″ long on each side of the bed, 12″ deep, and 8″ high.