Right And Back Wall Sheathing

Right And Back Wall Sheathing

This week’s article brings us to the next phase of Tiny House construction: wall sheathing!

I never know what to answer when someone asks me how long the build will take. In reality, I don’t even know what I’m doing! And 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 a day but I spent the next couple of days fixing my mistakes. Once all the walls were up, I had finally figured out how to frame properly and efficiently. But, alas, I was finished and now it was time to start sheathing; something else I’ve never done before!

This week I started fastening 3/8 plywood on the walls.

It’s somewhat similar to sheathing the trailer, but vertically, with more cutting and more screws.

Jonathan came by again today, and as usual, he was here mainly for the food. But since I didn’t have any to offer, he just flew away, literally… I drove him to the airport…

I’m hoping to be done by Sunday’s BBBBq, but hey, don’t be surprised if history repeats itself and my guesstimate is off again. We might be screwing more sheets to the frame while eating grilled meats and sipping beers. Who’s in by the way?

As for the timing for the whole build? Well let’s keep it simple: we’re hoping to be done by January 2014 since that’s when Jenna and I would like to start our trip. But in an ideal world, we’d love to take it to Mammoth for New Years. Fingers crossed!

Here is what our house looks like at the time of this post:



  1. October 15, 2013 / 3:36 pm

    We faced that same issue with the bus. You think you’ve become an expert at something right when you’re done doing it. Don’t be fooled though! I promise the skills you’re developing now will come in very handy in the future, even seemingly little things. We perfected our jig and clamping skills when making the walls and continue to save time by using them for trim. Also, fixing your mistakes will stop you from having any regrets. They’re so frustrating at the time but so worth it in the end when you have a clean product you can be proud of. As for deadlines, things happen exactly when they do so don’t stress over a deadline, just build. Great job guys!

    • October 15, 2013 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Kelly. This whole adventure has definitely been a humbling experience!

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