Category Archives: Framing

Skylights & Beer Brewing

We had almost as difficult a time installing our skylights as Salies did that time she ate leftover New Years Eve balloons. Which is why no skylight should ever be installed without a “hair of the dog” remedy – a beer brewing kit (unfortunately, sold separately). So, in a desperate effort to make this post more interesting, below we’ve detailed both processes: 1). Installing skylights, and 2). Brewing beer. Consider this a “choose your own adventure” post. Pick your poison, and tell us which you’d prefer to…

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Eave Extension

We proudly present our first purely cosmetic B.B.BBQ. Guillaume and I decided to extend our roof eaves to create separation between the dormers and the first floor. This means creating a farce roof extension, and when you think about it, it’s obvious! We don’t actually have an angled roof cutting through our loft. Come on! I’m ecstatic to be getting into the pretty decorating stuff. Jenna’s about to take over! (Not really, we still need things to work properly after all). Here’s a photo before…

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Round Window Framing & Sheathing

Happy New Year everyone! Do you have some brand new resolutions for 2014? Ours is pretty simple: Build a house! (duh…) The good thing is that Salies, Jenna and I are back in business after our little NYE trip to Mammoth Mountain. So let’s get to it! Laurent, Ana and their dogs Elvis and Yogi came to help frame and sheath the round window. Well, the dogs just helped entertain Salies. Salies modeled her nicest necklace for our guests (she was just spayed). Laurent got straight to work started…

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Dormers Sheathing & Roof Framing

The road to tiny house roof sheathing seems endless! That’s partially due to the fact that we’ve been busy lately with things that are not “build” related. Ha, go figure, life can get in the way of our tiny house construction! Anyhow, life didn’t keep Jenna and I from hosting our tenth BBBBq! Our friend Laura was visiting from Colorado, so we got the old gang back together. Jen, Gabe, and Aaron joined us, and my brother Justin showed up later. When we all get…

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Strapping, Sheathing, Framing & Being Stupid

I only remember two things from last Sunday’s BBBBq. 1. The amazing working team. 2. The grilled veggies and sausage dish that we served as a thank you! And that’s about it. The rest is kind of a blur since we had so many people helping (a little like the previous BBBBq). On the other hand, having so many “Tiny Slaves” allowed me to run around doing something I hope I’m better at than building: taking pictures! So I’ll just go through the shots to…

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Framing the Loft Rafters

When we worked on framing the dormers with my brother Justin, we couldn’t quite finish and install the rafters before the sun disappeared behind the horizon… at something like 11am. Or at least that’s what it felt like! Stupid daylight saving time. Anyhow, today we were able to finish installing the rafters and started strapping every single one of them. And if it wasn’t for my brother’s performance 15 seconds into the timelapse, that part of the build would be pretty boring (lots of hammering). And…

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Framing The Dormers

Guess who’s in town visiting from France for a month? It’s my brother, A.K.A. free-labor. Catch his surprise talent showcase: nineteen seconds into this video. Justin (my younger brother) wanted to get some experience building, so I put him straight to work. He helped me pre-cut all of the wood to frame the shed dormers and then assemble it.  I used the opportunity to teach him a few lessons. I hope I wasn’t too hard on him, I fear he might go on strike… Lesson #1: Be…

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Rafters – Part 2

Well, I’ve done it again… I messed up. I installed the remaining rafters (not the shed dormers yet), which requires intensive “measure twice, cut once” technique. Well guess what I did? I measured, twice, sure… and I even marked the ridge beam and sole plate correctly. But I managed to install some rafters on the wrong side of the line… And of course I secured it with a slew of ring shank nails. If you want to take a walk in my shoes, follow these steps:…

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Rafters!

After our amazing visit to the Ojai Green Home & Building Tour where we learned everything about permaculture and aquaponics, we had to get back to work. And by “get back to work” I really mean “enjoy another BBBBq“! Last week I had some family from France visiting, so substituted Beer for Wine – hence the change to BWBBq. It was time to correct that! But before we could fix our mouthful of an acronym, we installed some rafters. Anmol and Gabe showed up to…

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Loft Flooring

Things are getting serious, we are putting floors down! April came over to help today. We were supposed to have her over for our fifth BBBBq but we already had too many people coming. She’s eager to help and learn so she came to assist with the loft flooring. And since she is now proficient in miter-saw, I put her straight to work! For the tongue and groove flooring, I found that my local lumberyard, Southland Lumber, was more advantageous than Home Depot. One thing to consider when…

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Ridge Beam

After this past Sunday’s BBBBq, I can safely tell you three things I learned: Stop staying up late to dimension our Tiny House. A 20ft 4×6 ridge beam is one heavy hunk of wood. Last but not least, handling both the build and barbecue without Jenna is tough (thanks for helping Ashley). On the bright side though, the food was delicious and the beam was placed in the correct location (we hope!). I made sure it was nice and sturdy too (thank you Matt for snapping those…

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Mezzanine & Loft Framing

We had another successful Sunday BBBBq. I have to admit, that it’s becoming more of a “Beer and BarBecue” event, than a Building one. Although I’m not complaining, since Jenna grilled some amazing pork ribs that paired beautifully with a few home-brewed Smoked Pale Ales and Coffee Porters courtesy of our guests. Alex and Ashley, two fellow rock-climbers, are the famous home-brewers. They also brought along Kona, their chocolate lab, who decided he best served us by napping in the middle of our narrow walkway,…

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Strapping And Loft Framing

Our friend Gabe came over to help today, again. Thank goodness because hammering the metal strap all the way around the house, as tiny as it might be, is quite challenging! Although this gave us a good excuse to practice our left hand swing, until we realized it would take us three times as long to make it around the frame. Once our feat was accomplished, we started working on framing the loft. We were about halfway through when we ran out of 4x4s, so we…

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Front Wall Framing

With the framing of our last wall came our first dinner party! Thanks a million Jonathan and Aaron for coming over and helping out. While the guys were playing with power-tools; Jenna was updating our website. And despite being super busy on the computer, she managed to put together and grill awesome skewers! This is where the BBBBq acronym in the post title comes in play: Build Beer and BBq (in that order) We’ve been hosting those every Sunday. A couple of friends come over and…

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Framing The Left Side Wall

Here’s our third wall! You can thank YouTube for the exciting elevator music by the way. Framing this particular wall showed me how skillful I am with a hammer: despite continuously clubbing it, I never broke my left hand. Now THAT takes some talent, wouldn’t you agree? It goes to show that you don’t need to be a mason to build a tiny house. Or maybe it just tells me that I’ve been left-handed my whole life, don’t know… Any-who, back to the important stuff:…

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Framing The Right Side Wall

Jenna here! It’s about time I chimed in. Over the weekend we had our first set of helpers – big thanks to Gabe Evans and Jen Hedger helping us get our right side framing up. This was my first time ever using a saw, let alone a “miter saw” (I had to look that up just now). I was a little squeamish as first, but by the end of the day I wanted to handle all the sawing. The power! The ABSOLUTE POWER! I was the…

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Framing The Back Wall

FRAMING! Finally! After all this hard work, it’s time to drastically change the look of this whole project! Framing is probably one of the most exciting steps in the build as the house really starts to take shape. Naaaahhhh, let’s be honest here. The real reason framing is so exciting is because we get to use a big ol’ nail gun! That tool is so much fun to use that I ended up nailing way more than needed to… Which means that I became really…

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