As I have been working on the trailer, I have also been researching tips and techniques for building tiny homes. One of the challenges I face with the 4 x 8 base frame is a VERY limited living space. So I have been looking for a way to expand that living space without having to weld on more steel to the frame. Well, I found one that will work.
Using 1″ x 12″ board, I constructed a 3-sided box. Then to the top sides of this box, I secured another a pair of 1×12’s to create a ledge. This ledge will extend my living space a foot on each side! Woo-Hoo!
Now I just had to figure out how to extend the length of the home once I park. I have read of slide-outs for some time, but in researching, these are expensive, metal-roller systems with motors, and large power requirements. So … after a conversation with a carpenter friend, a low-tech solution arrived.
The 1×12 structure afforded me the opportunity to have a broad base for something to slide back and forth on. My carpenter friend pointed out that by applying a thick coat of wax to the side and tops of the boards, another set of boards on top would slide fairly easily. O-k-a-y ….. Well, that meant I had to change something. In the picture above notice the metal brackets. There are two right on the end where I will need to place my slide-out section. UNGH! Ok, now to re-factor the supports.
So I first constructed the slide-out floor framework – basically 2×4’s bridging the 1×12 corner pieces. Next, a test slide to make sure it would not bind when sliding.
Now, with the 4 foot slide-out extension, I have established a 6 foot wide by 12 foot long living space! Course, once the frame, wall coverings and all are in will it still slide? We’ll see.
Next time: Wall Framing Begins