Author Archives: dirk

About dirk

I'm living in a very small house and documenting my processes and discoveries in the hope that it may be useful to someone else.

From the Practical to the Fanciful

I’ve been dealing with a smorgasbord of engineering and design issues. The seismic retrofit is done and inspected except for the final application of plywood sheets to solidify the newly reinforced wall areas. With help from my brother (an engineer) … Continue reading

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November 2011 Update

I have been spending a lot of time underneath my house There is a bunch of new metal holding my house together. Drilling concrete and inserting epoxy seems second nature to me now. Of course, now that I know what … Continue reading

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September 2011 Update

The Contractor is Done and now I have a lot of work to do : I have new plumbing, new heating, new electrical and new stairs to design, build and install. You can see a window I am still working … Continue reading

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Framing happens

Construction begins amidst odd June rainstorms and neighbor unrest. I’m happy with the progress so far and two of my disgruntled neighbors are not so much. My neighbors expressed their concerns during the city council hearing and they continue to … Continue reading

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A Calm in the Storm

During the Chaos, a Refuge While the inside of my house is getting increasingly crammed with building materials and general chaos, I find myself looking for a refuge. It may seem odd to spend time fussing with plants during a … Continue reading

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Going Shopping

Went shopping today for the lumber needed for the lower level reinforcement. Doesn’t look like much and cost about $100. Rather heavy though and definitely tested the strength of my rack. Let’s just say the rack was sagging. Reminds me … Continue reading

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Since you asked

Here is the way the the brackets are installed : The engineer specified placement and size of the bracket. ┬áThe studs also have to be built up where it is attached. Then the horizontal brackets shown below go in between … Continue reading

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Let the chaos begin

I’ve started to tear apart my house in order to add the seismic retrofit brackets required by my engineer. I have to open up the walls in order to gain access to the studs. Below is the engineer’s drawing that … Continue reading

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In the beginning

This is the first post for this blog. I’ve recently received my building permit and this blog is here to document the process of adding a second story. This is a tiny house and I am not doubling the square … Continue reading

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