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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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……

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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…

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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…

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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…

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BBBBq #4 completed, high strength steel rod installed, but sheathing is still unfinished… We had a couple of hurdles slow the build yesterday: our usual delicious food and blistering sun!

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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…

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Here is a quick video and update of what we accomplished this weekend on the Tiny House build: loft & mezzanine framing! We had another successful Sunday BBBBq. I have to admit, that it’s becoming…

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We framed our final wall, and it was more difficult than the other three. Why? Because the front wall requires a parallam beam to be structurally sound. Thanks a million Jonathan and Aaron for coming over and helping…

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Over the weekend we had our first set of helpers. I think we’re going to make that a regular thing! Barbecue, Build and Beers! It’s a great way to get a lot done in a…

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We’re finally framing a wall!!! So far I’ve only been prepping the trailer, which included leveling, insulation, sheathing, and installing the fascia boards. I thought this day – the day of Tiny House framing –…

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In this video, you’ll see me install the fascia boards to the side of the Tiny House trailer. This is the next step after sheathing the Tiny House trailer.  Watch The Below Video to see…

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This gives you an idea of what it takes for Tiny House trailer sheathing. You’ll notice how I struggled on the very first board because I didn’t have the right screws. Make sure you get…

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