Tag Archives: Tiny House timelapse

Siding

I know I say this in almost every post, but this is SUPER IMPORTANT. Siding is so important, in fact, that I might say it again… and again. We wanted our tiny house to be clothed in the finest, strongest, and most stylish materials before embarking on our adventure. Therefore, Guillaume and I spent countless days searching for siding that would reflect our personal style with the gusto to withstand a colossal journey.

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Roofing

roof: (noun) The structure forming the upper covering of a building or vehicle… or both!!! < p style=”text-align: justify;”> We’ve been struggling to find the right roofing material for our Tiny House. Conventional asphalt shingles aren’t very attractive or wind resistant; wood shingles and shakes are heavy and require care; ceramic tiles and slates are expensive and heavy; thatching will burn your house down; and finally, asbestos will give you cancer. Great… So what’s left? Metal roofing? This seems to be the go-to material for Tiny Houses out there. It’s readily available,…

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Insulation

A few fun facts you should know before embarking on your rigid insulation adventure: 1). It’s a sticky, disgusting, toxic mess that never ends. 2). I can’t even donate my clothes to Goodwill after using spray foam. They’re destroyed. 3). There’s always another gap or crack that needs foam. Have I mentioned it never ends? 4). If you screw it up, you’ll be shivering in your bed for years to come in between unpleasant nightmares about cracks and holes… 5). You WILL get it in…

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Roof Underlayment

Scenario: Water gets under your metal roof or shingles, finds its way to one of the nails holding your shingles, seeps through your plywood sheathing, and slowly waterboards you in your sleep… Doesn’t that sound like fun? No. That is why it’s important that you apply roof paper on top of your sheathing. And because a tiny house roof is so small, you should probably just buy the good stuff! We bit the bullet and purchased some Grace Ice & Water Shield roofing underlayment. You might only need…

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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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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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TinyGiving

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving, which meant we had an excuse to cook without having to build! But, admittedly, we are addicted to the tiny house. So the moment our 20 pound bird started sizzling on the rotisserie we had a brilliant idea: to host our very first Tiny House Thanksgiving (or “TinyGiving”). We had eight attendees including my parents, Guillaume’s mother, brother, grandmother, and uncle. At first we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to fit eight bodies around the table, but luckily our tiny…

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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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