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Hooray, our tiny house skeleton has finally earned its first piece of jewelry – the windows. I admit my anticipation was on par with a child waiting to ride the teacups at Disneyland, but I was also nervous. Many builders warn that window installation can be the most challenging part of the build… but take a look at these happy campers:

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MODEL SHOT! Jessie, Oley and Copper trying to out-pretty my windows. Close call, but NOT possible guys, sorry!

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Colleen laughs in the face of window installation!

Jonathan and Guillaume let the windows get the best of them for a minute…

But they settled their differences in the end.

But, wait.

Before I detail window installation, we need to give out a few “cuteness” awards:

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Copper – 1 million cuteness points.

Copper was, honestly, a pretty terrible foreman. But, come on… look at that face!

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Salies – Cute sprinkled w/ attitude

Salies and the usual teen girl drama. Where’s my ball? Who’s this other dog and why won’t he play with me? Stop putting things on my head mom, geez!! Ugh, she’s such a princess.

Okay, now that the important puppy photos are out of the way, let’s talk window installation.

First step was to cut the windows out of the house wrap. Next, we flashed the window sills.

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Similar to hanging the house wrap, it’s important to “think like a drop of water” when flashing. This means to be conscious of our overlapping pieces and to start from the bottom. We definitely don’t want to create an area for rain to gather under our siding.

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Oley and Copper modeling a freshly flashed window

Next step: we placed the windows and adjusted the shims to level.

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Shims, we learned, are delicate creatures, but Salies was happy to chew on them when we weren’t looking.

Once we found the PERFECT set of shims to level each window, we carefully taped them in place. It’s tricky business – even a millimeter off could mean a crooked window. An outcome that would kill my TYPE-A personality for eternity.

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Jonathan getting crazzzzy-eyed over shims!

Next, we caulked all the way around the opening, placed the window, and nailed those beauties into their permanent cubbyhole.

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We finished her off with more flashing, tape, and love. Now look at that pretty gal! She might actually win the cuteness award after all…

You make a better window than a door… or, wait, how does that saying go?

Whatever, windows –

-Jenna

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27 thoughts on “Windows

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  3. Helllloooo! I am planning on installing my windows over the next two days (have the same entrance as yours but right side) and I’m having a hard making a decision. On your entrance (and mine) you have the big window at the end of the house and then the two 24 x 36 windows on the sides of it. I believe you did casement windows for them (as am I) and I have extra windows so have the choice of installing them so they open either direction (meaning swinging from the core of the house out or close to the big window and front side in)(hope that makes sense, hard to explain…) Do you have advice on which to go with? I am also considering an exterior opening front door FYI. Always appreciate the advice!

    • Well, if you don’t plan on towing your house much, you can do whatever you feel like! If your windows open into the wind (imagine the wind created from driving flipping your window open), make sure they have some good clamping systems. We bought our Jeld-Wen windows new and they wouldn’t have an issue with wind.
      If you have casements, I suggest having one side of your house with windows that open toward the back of the house and the opposite on the other side. This way when you open both sides, you can easily create a draft. If it rains a lot where you are and have a particular window you plan on opening a lot, awnings are best.
      As for the door, we prefer swinging in. We don’t miss the space inside, but we would miss it on our porch every time we’d open the door. You’d have to back away from the door to get in the house. Also, pulling a door to go into a space has a “business feel”, vs pushing the door in which is what we are more used to for residential doors.
      Good luck

  4. What kind of windows did you use in your bedroom loft on the sides (not the skylight, the smaller ones on the sides of the bed)? I am trying to find something similar to that size and am having a hard time! Thank you.

  5. Hi Guys,

    I love your build and I’m just starting on starting on mine. I dod have question about your windows. What kind of windows did you use? Did you get tempered glass like tumbleweed suggests? Did you get used windows from craigslist or new?

    • We got all new windows, all tempered. We didn’t want to mess with used windows and we didn’t want to completely cheap out on them too. You should definitely use tempered for safety. If a window shatters during travel, at least it’s in thousands of tiny pieces. Non-tempered and you’re sending glass swords to the poor people behind you!

  6. thanks for the tip and if you guys every head around to so cal again, let me know, for your tips and website… BBQ on me…..

  7. was talking about the rear window closes tot he hitch and the side windows.. mine seems bigger then what they should but i did follow the plans, i just forgot to take into account of the frame that it comes in will take up space. i am just being paranoid, making sure i am doing things right… also love your idea of the sky lights, you guys have inspired me to put some on, thanks!!!

    • The skylights are great. Definitely worth the investment. Don’t cheap out!
      If you’re building off of tumbleweed plans, they updated them so that the rear window is large enough to be an escape window. So it will be much larger than ours (our plans are fairly old).

    • Rear of the trailer or the house? It can be a little confusing… 😛
      I’m assuming you’re talking about the large window next to our front door. It’s about 47 inches wide by 38 or 42 inches high, can’t remember exactly. Which side windows are you talking about?

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  10. Awesome documentation of your build. I am an aspiring tiny builder, and I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience. Keep up the good work. I’m excited to see the rest!

  11. Hi, Guys! It was great to meet you and to add my small contribution to your project! However, learning how to safely make cuts using a power saw means the benefit was all mine!

  12. GOOD JOB, you have a hot dog also, how old, mine is now 16 yrs and you would never know it, the only thing she can’t do anymore is sit up like your did, shes old and to fat. They are the best dog ever.

  13. Love the photos! You guys win for the ‘most fun’ prize. Wait till she has some siding (and all the branding is covered up) She’ll be even more beautiful! Cheers to progress.

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