Monday, November 30, 2015

Tiny House Barn Raising Day

On Saturday, Chuck, Darren, Jesse, and I added the loft framing to the tiny house.  We hit a few snags along the way, but it went really well. We also nearly finished furring out the sides.  It looks kind of funny because some sections are 16" wide while others are 24 and others are 30.  Chuck said: "This is Lewis Carroll meets MC Escher of construction." It was a lot of fun, and it's looking great.

I was hoping to create a time lapse of us pulling the framing up and securing it, by my camera doesn't do time lapse.  It does video, but only in eight minute bursts (which I learned while filming).  Hopefully the next one is better.  Next up: Trusses

Friday, November 27, 2015

More Work

So here's an update on progress.  

Last week, Chuck and I leveled the trailer, getting it on 8 concrete footings.  Darren and Chuck moved all the gravel.  

Last Saturday, we had some volunteers, and they removed the cabinets inside, enlarged 3 of the 4 windows, fixed the rotten areas, and began adding 2x2s to the exterior.  Once the 2x2s are added, we'll add foam insulation (bottom left), place the framing on top, OSB sheets to the outside, and the trusses on the top.  We probably won't be able to do the final siding and shingles until the spring and warmer weather. Hopefully the framing and OSB will be done within a week and half (before the really crazy busy Christmas season gets going in full gear). 

Inside progress:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

It's Framing Time

Rick and I (but mostly Rick) built the frames.  The frames will make the structure taller and make the loft space.  Next week's plan: move gravel around, level the trailer on blocks, "fur out" the side (to fur it out is to add some width - I'm learning all kinds of things), add more insulation, attach the new walls, and maybe start the outside sheeting, and wrap it in Tyvek.  we have some volunteers coming Saturday.  Then things start to get crazy with Christmas, so I'm not sure what's going to happen.

What needs to be done before the crazy winter gets here is: trusses (which arrive Monday), and decking.  Most of the interior stuff will be done in the new year.  The exterior siding can be done later.  The shingles will have to wait for warmer weather.

We built 8 8 foot sections and they'll be lifted up top and nailed into place (once it's level and we're ready to start).  Rick was a HUGE help because he's done it before and knows exactly what to do for windows and spacing and corners and edges and all of it.

In process


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tiny House Progress

So, we ripped out the old windows and the old siding, as well as began figuring out the roof/loft area.  Our goal is to finish the outside and roof first and then get to the inside (which is the normal way of doing things).  I'll post more pictures as progress is made.    The plywood looks a little rough and has some rot and mold, but it in pretty good shape.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tiny House Update

After two trips, many many hours, twice visits with the Police, emergency roadside repairs, and other adventures, the trailer is here!  It needs work - we're going to replace the door, siding, flooring, and possibly the roof.  There is much to be done.  

So you know what happened: a few weeks back, we traveled to Olympia, WA only to be told that no, they didn't have the trailer and we had to come back later.  Despite the fact, I called and the email said to come pick it up.  So we went back last Wednesday and found the trailer, after the DOT workers told us, "We don't have anything like that." After stopping for some needed parts, we began the long drive.  We were stopped twice by the police for taillight issues.  We also had to pull over twice to fix the metal siding which was peeling off.  When we fixed the siding, we had no hammer, nails, or screw, so I used a hatchet and the old rusty screws that were falling out.  It was a very long day, but it was fun and Ray and Diana Holt are the best - they're the ones who helped me big time!