Practical shelter for the non-residential squatter of today

Tony Gosling tony at
Wed Sep 19 01:25:34 BST 2012

Thanks to Brummy Photographer Stalingrad for spotting this great little site

I’m in the process of building a tiny free house 
out of pallets of my own and in the past couple 
months I’ve learned a lot about building with 
pallets. I’m not a professional builder or 
architect. I’m a professional web designer who 
works for a giant bank by day and blogs about 
tiny houses and green cars at night.

As hurricane Gustav plowed across Cuba headed for 
the gulf coast of the United States memories of 
Katrina and the potential displacement of 
thousands got me thinking. I wanted to do 
something to help. It occurred to me that someone 
else might find what I now about building with 
shipping pallets useful in the coming weeks and 
months. So I setup this simple micro-blog to make 
it easy to show others one way to build with pallets.

At first I thought I’d just throw a post on my 
main tiny house design blog but quickly realized 
that what I had to say was much bigger than one 
post. In fact I thought it deserved it’s own 
micro-blog that brings all the how-to info 
together in one place with easy navigation. I 
figured if you need this kind of information in a 
hurry and under stress, I bet you’d appreciate it easy to access.

If you decide to build a tiny house like this 
please be careful and use this information at 
your own risk. Pallets are not the best material 
to build with. In fact if you have access to 
ample lumber I’d say use it! It will be faster 
and probably better to build that way than with 
pallets. The main advantage of building with 
pallets is that they are very common and often 
free. In an emergency situation a few dozen 
pallets and sheets of plywood could be easily 
thrown together into an adequate shelter.

This information is 100% free. I hope you find this useful.




Add Windows and a Door

Posted on 
31, 2008 by <>Michael Janzen

Once the walls are up get out the reciprocating 
saw and cut out spaces for the windows and door. 
Use new 2×4 s or some from dismantled pallets to 
frame rough openings for your windows and doors. 
It’s best to build the window and door bucks from 
your best and longest wood since most doors and 
windows require strait and plumb surfaces.

Once your window and door holes are cut, slide 
the 2×4 window and door bucks into place. You’ll 
probably need to build them into place instead of 
prefabricating them. The other important thing to 
do is square up the bucks before fastening a lot 
of screws. I would put one or two screws in 
first, square it up, and then fasten a small 
piece of plywood to the surface of the buck to 
hold it square while you work. Later these 
temporary braces can be removed. They are added 
only to help you keep the window and door openings square while working.

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