Tag Archives: BBBBQ

Window Trim

Welcome to the world of window trim! It’s a small house, yet somehow we managed to have 14 windows. 14 windows in 140 square feet! There’s a lot of opportunity for some casanova to toss pebbles at my window, or you know…for leaks. I can’t wait till there’s a thunderstorm so I can stick my head out the window and fulfill my life long dream of re-naming the Child Empress from NEVER ENDING STORY.  Bastian named her “Moon Child,”and everyone knows “Moon Child” is not a real name.…

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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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 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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