Category Archives: Build

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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Windows

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: But, wait. Before I detail window installation, we need to give out a few “cuteness” awards: Copper was, honestly, a pretty terrible foreman. But,…

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House Wrap

If someone would ask me: What is the worst part of the Tiny House build? I would answer: Putting the tarp over the roof when it rains. Well, thanks to Southern California weather, it doesn’t rain that often. But wrapping your house can be even more painful if you don’t do it properly and patiently. Especially when there’s a little bit of wind! The house wrap helps keep your tiny home nice and dry in case water makes it behind your siding. When you install…

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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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‘Twas the BBBBQ Before Christmas…

‘Twas the BBBBQ before Christmas, when all thro’ the tiny house… Every builder was working, even causing a rouse; The sheathing was hung on the dormers with care… In hopes that our framing was all nice and square! The loft windows were cut, from edge to edge; While visions of BBQ steak sliders, danc’d in our heads.  And pups watched with envy, and contemplated a nap… While Alex and Ashley, took to measuring the gap. When Jonathan showed up, there arose such a clatter; Because in followed…

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Dormers Roof Sheathing & Window Cutting

Things are getting serious here! Our roof is now completely sheathed. And the windows are being cut out. Andrew and Cara were in charge of cutting and sheathing the roof, and they wouldn’t do it without a smile! While those two were having a ball, Gabe was burying himself under sawdust cutting out our windows. Building tip: When your wall is sheathed, use a long drill bit and, from the inside, drill a hole into the plywood in each corner of the window frame. Now…

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Roof Sheathing – Part 2

Jenna’s parents flew in for Thanksgiving from Illinois, and so we put them to work! No one comes to visit us, be it from France or the heartland, without holding a hammer and drinking a beer. Seriously, we won’t let them leave until they’ve practically choked to death on saw dust. For the second time in my life, my father – Mr. S, decided to put a roof over my head. Only this time he literally placed the sheathing on the rafters, which is easier said than…

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Roof Sheathing – Part 1

Long time no talk! I never thought being so full from Thanksgiving dinner would hinder my writing and building abilities (post about  our tiny house Thanksgiving to come). Nonetheless, my brother Justin and I were able to install a couple pieces of roof sheathing. Justin started with Liquid Nails on the rafters. The sheets of plywood are 48 inches wide so we had to apply glue to the rafters accordingly. But, we forgot the tape measurer down on the work bench and we still have…

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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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Strapping The Roof

It’s interesting how much work a team can do, yet it doesn’t look like any progress was made. Which is what happened over our last BBBBq. We worked and worked but it doesn’t look like anything changed in the house. That’s because we were mainly just strapping the roof and walls. You tell me if you see a difference: See? Not much for fifteen man-(and woman)-hours worth of work. We had a whole team of slaves come and help us. My brother Justin and his…

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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 Extension

For our 6th BBBBq, we modified our loft and changed the second “B” of our famous acronym to a “W” (you will understand further down). We looked at our loft a few days ago and thought it was “too normal”. I wish I had thought earlier about making it angular or even arched. For me it was too late, the whole thing is framed! Well Jenna convinced me that it was worth modifying the frame and thanks to her we now have a slightly different loft!…

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Mezzanine Flooring

This post will be short and sweet. SHORT because flooring the mezzanine was a breeze once I had figured out how to do it for our loft. The only real challenge was not knock myself out on the ridge beam! SWEET because, in case you missed it, our story was feature on Tumbleweed Tiny House’s official blog today! Soon I will publish a post about this past Sunday BBBBq; but in the meantime, go read the interview done by Pepper from Tumbleweed here. That’s the news and I am outta here, -Guillaume

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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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Front Wall Sheathing

After wrapping up today’s BBBBq, I noticed that I never posted an article about sheathing our front wall! Some people have been asking why the window openings weren’t cut out before putting the sheets up. Well when you sheath a wall, you can go either way. Doing the cutouts before is theoretically easier but I have a history of getting my measurements all wrong; which, now that I’m thinking about it, might be the real reason why I quit my job as an engineer. For those…

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