Photo Courtesy of Pat Piasecki


THE HOISTING ROOF


 

One of the first things we decided to do with our tiny home was involve expandable spaces. We had seen many tiny homes struggle with height and width restrictions, which, when maximized, really create a formidable trailer to tow. Including a roof that rises and drops allowed us to reduce our travel height to a manageable 12.5’, which is the height of most moving trucks.

If you’re unfamiliar with pulleys and hoisting setups, our contraption may seem a little complicated, but the way it works is actually pretty simple when you break it down. It’s like lifting up a table by its feet, only we used rope and pulleys to do the lifting. There are four legs, and four pulley setups. Four ropes run along paths to one spool. Turn the ship wheel, and the spool gathers rope. Because the four ropes are gather on one spool, they gather at the same speed and therefore hoist each leg at the same speed.

When the roof is fully ascended, the longer walls, which are on hinges, can then be folded up and loosely bolted in place. The small walls, which are not attached, are simply (or not so simply…) carried into place by hand, and are also loosely bolted. The roof can then be lowered, pressing downward on the walls, and all the bolts can then be tightened.

               Note: Anywhere there is a seam where two walls come together, there is rubber weather-stripping,
               which fills the gaps when compressed, creating airtight and water tight seams.

When the roof section is completely expanded, two and a half feet are gained in height, and fourteen windows are added, which let in tremendous natural light from all directions. Also, four of the windows hinge open, which permit a nice cross breeze and heat escape during the summer.


Bedroom Loft


Photo's Courtesy of Pat Piasecki, & Morgan Karanasios


Couch, Daybed, Guestbed


One of the things Chloe had her heart set on during the design process was a built-in sofa. I had experimented with a variety of configurations, but each one proved lacking in form and function. This become even more so true when the trailer we purchased, which was a great find - practically new, a solid diamond-plated steel bed for only a thousand dollars - was two feet shorter than we had planned for (18' instead of 20'). Tinkering in SketchUp, it suddenly occurred to me that the the loft area, which we had intended simply as a storage space - very boring - could serve not only as a suitable space for a sofa, but that the space was quite large, large enough to work as a guest bed. This was a wonderful revelation, as it suddenly opened up the possibility of having guests stay the night, in a bed no less. 

For the materials, Chloe thrifted the pillows from many different places: thrift shops, flea markets, some were gifted from friends, but most she found by haunting weekend yard sales. Chloe commissioned a seamstress to make the sofa cover from leftover fabric she had used to make curtains for a prior film set, Aimy in a Cage, and we made the cushion from old boat seat cushions that were being scrapped; oddly sized, we cut them up into a dozen or so rectangles, which we stacked together like pieces of bread in a loaf. It's a little uneven, but quite cozy.

We are in the process of designing a removable bed rail, as we fear friends staying the night might inadvertently roll off in their sleep - a 7' drop in a dead sleep would be, well... We need a rail. Stay tuned. 

Photo's Courtesy of Pat Piasecki, & Morgan Karanasios