Utility Annex

Over the tongue of the trailer I have designed a space to serve my secure storage needs. This is where I plan to install all the components for the tiny house that for one reason or another do not need to be inside the living space. The propane tank, tankless water heater on one side, and batteries, inverter, charge controller, electric panel on the other with a partition in the center. There will also be some shelves for tools and other misc. storage.

Utility layout

Utility layout

Utility subfloor insulation

Utility subfloor insulation

This is the same process I used to construct the main subfloor for the rest of tiny house.

Polyethylene feet will keep the subfloor off the trailer tongue.

Polyethylene feet will keep the subfloor off the metal trailer tongue

The polyethylene feet will prevent water from staying in contact with the wood of the subfloor due to condensation or rain. Also, they are durable and will not rot.

Utility framing started

Utility framing started

I wanted to have as much utility space as possible, but without infringing on the bathroom window trim and utility roofing system. In order to achieve this I measured down from the window for each material that would take up space including the window trim, endwall flashing, aluminum shingles with underlayment and the roof sheathing. This gave me the maximum height I could frame to. The purple lines on the underlayment show the progress. I also marked the studs for secure fastening.

Sister-in-law Heather helps with construction

Sister-in-law Heather helps with construction

Heather wields a nail gun for the first time and does a great job.

Utility framing with partition

Utility framing with partition

The utility partition will separate the wet side (water heater and propane) from the electrical side (batteries and electrical panel).

Utility framing with rafters and sheathing

Utility framing with rafters and sheathing

Stained cypress facia and underlayment started

Stained cypress facia and underlayment started

Roofing the utility annex

Roofing the utility annex

I roofed the utility annex with the same aluminum shingles used on the main roof.

Utility roofing and underlayment

Underlayment applied and fastened with staples

Even though the underlayment is sticky, it is still is a good idea to use staples to hold it in place on vertical surfaces until the siding is applied.

Doorless utility annex

Doorless utility annex

The completion of the utility annex also allows us to continue the siding up the bathroom wall.

Bathroom wall fully sided

Bathroom wall fully sided

Utility annex completed with hardware

Utility annex completed with hardware

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4 thoughts on “Utility Annex

  1. Yes! How much more do you have to complete before it is move-in ready?

    • Focusing on the exterior until it is 100% complete — possibly by the beginning of August. Then it’s all about the plumbing, electrical, propane, insulation, interior bathroom wall with sliding shoji door, interior sheathing, cabinets and built-ins, appliances and finish trim in roughly that order. Soon to be followed by a hundred details that escaped attention until that very moment. At this point I’d estimate close to the end of the year for move-in, but it will still be tied to the grid.

  2. Daniel

    Amazing! It looks so professionally done like you do this stuff for a living everyday! The detail is just beautiful…

    • I’m glad you like it Daniel, because that’s the spare bedroom whenever you come to visit. :)

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