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…

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We’ve been struggling to find the right roof 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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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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‘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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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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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…

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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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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…

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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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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…

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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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