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Wood Stain

It’s not easy to pick the perfect wood stain, particularly when you are “designing on the fly.” In fact we procrastinated for so long, we had to stain our window trim AFTER it was hung! Once again, defying gravity and making our build just a little more complicated.  Guillaume and I chose redwood for our trim, mostly because it’s a weather-friendly wood that is readily available at Home Depot. Redwood can come in a variety of grades, going from a solid heartwood to a swirly rustic…

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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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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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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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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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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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Right And Back Wall Sheathing

I never know what to answer when someone asks me how long the build will take. Gosh I don’t even know what I’m doing half of the time. And the other half of the time, I’m just fixing what I did earlier that I shouldn’t have done in that way because I didn’t know how to do it in the first place! For example, I thought it would take me about a day to frame a wall… think again. The back wall was framed in…

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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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