- House Moving Tennessee Style
Our 16,000 Pound Flying
Cottage Is Finally Home
On May 16, 2007 Sunshine Cottage was delivered to
Neal Creek Farm, set off and leveled
on concrete blocks. See more about
learning to live off grid.
On August 17, 2011
Country Barn Construction returned to Neal Creek
picked up the cottage with their sliding tilt
trailer and moved it up the road
near the new full basement foundation.
The sliding tilting trailer used to move the
building is an amazing machine
that is highly maneuverable.
Setting the cottage down at the pick point for the
On the morning of August 18 we were up early to get
ready for the arrival
of the crew and crane. Granddaughter Sierra
stayed home from school
for the morning for what might be a once in a
lifetime learning experience.
The cottage is on the left, the foundation is on the
Bryan Johnson's 60 ton crane backing up the road.
The outriggers on wooden dunnage stabilize the crane
to handle the load
and the reach of the crane, also known as
counteracting the moment.
Extending the boom is done with hydraulic cylinders.
A spreader beam is rigged with heavy steel cables.
Below the cables round polyester lifting slings are
added to the cables.
The poly slings are in a sheath to prevent abrasion.
less than nylon when lifting heavy loads.
Polyester slings and steel cables joined with
The spreader beam is now ready for connection to the
under the cottage.
Steve on the ground and Carlos on the roof move the
rigging into position.
Almost ready for the lift.
The ropes around the ends of the cottage are called
a "tag line" used to
control the rotation of the cottage when it is in
the air. They are also helping
to control the position of the straps beneath the
cottage to keep them from
moving toward the center of the lift point.
The test lift.
Up we go! Jessie on the corner.
Moving toward the foundation.
A little over 16,000 pounds in the air.
Marc on the forward tag line.
Steadying the load for descent.
Checking the clearance of the cottage beams and the
Checking the clearances for the outside beams.
They had to be removed.
Holding steady while the outside beams are removed.
Carlos is trimming the ends of the beams with a
chain saw to clear
the foundation end walls.
Down we go.
Jessie ready to make the final positioning on his
Carlos on the opposite corner.
Moving into the final position.
Sunshine Cottage is finally home. The move took
about 2 hours 40 minutes.
October 1 the cottage remodeling work is completed,
a 10 x 36 foot covered
deck overlooking the creek, an addition to the front
cottage roof to shelter
the front door and provide the support beam for the
solar panels, the turbine
has been moved to the front column, and the cottage
has been re-roofed with
aluminum coated galvanized steel. We are ready
for a little landscaping.
The panels are mounted on T-hinges and are angle
adjustable using a cable
winch. The extended porch column includes a
directional antenna for the
cell signal booster and an antenna for the radio.
A view of Neal Creek from the deck.
There are a number of manufacturers who make
portable and transportable
barns, sheds and storage buildings.
Country Barn Construction was our
choice because of their excellent design, use of top
quality materials and