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Building Phase 6 – Inside the Walls

Light It Up – Tiny House Lighting

March 19, 2017

Ok, let’s just skip the same intro to every post I write about how it’s been too long since I’ve updated the blog and am terrible at keep this thing current. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with this quick little update about our tiny house lighting. It’s probably not going to be a groundbreaking post, but try to enjoy yourself.

Lighting was one of the first things we tackled when planning the house, and we actually bought our light fixtures pretty early on. We just couldn’t install them until we gotten to a certain point in our building process. We got our main lighting up a while ago once the ceiling was installed and painted, including the dimmable light in the sleeping loft. You might remember reading about how we struggled with the brightness and whiteness of LED lights here. But, overall the installation of the ceiling lights was fairly straight forward and easy.

The LED lights for the ceiling.

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The Magic of Spray Foam Insulation

August 15, 2016

Almost from the very beginning of building, we had planned to use spray foam insulation. So, for quite a while, our goal line was just to get to that point. Just get to the insulation. We kept talking about all the things that needed to be done before we could insulate the house. Many times we would say, “Just get this done so we can spray foam. Just get that done so we can spray foam.” It seemed like we were always motivating ourselves to keep moving forward to reach the magical moment of Spray Foam Insulation. This might seem like a strange target to set for ourselves, but I think it comes down to the fact that once the spray foam goes into the walls, they become unchangeable. Because spray foam is fairly permanent, we knew we had to have everything ready, installed, working, and perfect before hand, and so it became a logical target to work towards.

After a lot of work, it finally became time to insulate the house. We knew spray foam was more expensive than traditional insulation like fiberglass, foam boards, or even stuff like shredded newspaper or denim, but the benefits heavily outweighed that extra cost. And, after our whole experience with the nightmarish foam boards, I was dead set against having anything else to do with insulation. A girl has her limits! Spray foam insulation it is! Onward and upward!

Everything is ready for spray foam insulation.

Everything is ready for spray foam insulation.

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Plumbing the House

July 29, 2016

Today’s post is going to be a short one, because plumbing in our tiny house is super simple. Once the wiring in the house was installed and ready to go, it was time to tackle plumbing. This was the last step to finish before we could insulate the walls. Because our tiny house is moveable, we won’t be hooking up to the sewer system like traditional houses, so our plumbing only required hot and cold pipes to the kitchen and shower. So, we mapped out where the pipes needed to go, and got to work.

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We’re Gonna Rock Down to Electric Avenue

July 14, 2016

…And then we’ll take it higher…

Confession: I miiiight have planned to use this song lyric as the heading to the electricity post before we even started on the house. The song is actually really weird, and I have no clue what it’s about, but I’ve probably sung the chorus in my head at least a 1000 times in the last few months. Every time we do anything with the electricity, this song pops in my head. And, now I bet you’ll be singing it for a while, too. You’re welcome!

Anyway, you guessed it, this post is about electricity and wiring the house for power. I should clarify now that I don’t fully understand what went on here, so this might end up just being a bunch of pictures. Also, this process was a good few months ago, plus I was in and out of town a lot, so I missed a few steps along the way and barely remember the rest. We’ll just get started and see how it goes!

Wires. All the wires. Wires everywhere.

Wires. All the wires. Wires everywhere.

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Styrofo-My-Goodness I Hate This Stuff – Part Two

June 12, 2015

Part Two of our flooring adventure!

On Sunday, after church and then saying our farewells to Chris, Anna, and the kids, Eric and I began the process of fitting in the insulation and attaching the subfloor to the trailer. Remember how I was saying that this job was so easy and everything was falling into place? That abruptly ended about 30 minutes after we started working again.

Too Tall

While Eric and Chris were setting the insulation into the trailer the day before, they noticed that the insulation seemed to be as tall or even taller than the 4 inch cross beams. We all reasonably assumed that was no big deal because A) the metal flashing that the foam boards lay on isn’t perfectly flat so of course some pieces looked taller than expected, and B) the very heavy subfloor boards would squish everything down and into place. Well, when we tested this out we realized the foam boards didn’t squish, and the subfloor rubbed against the foam making it sound like we were walking on a bunch of squeaking styrofoam coolers. Want to know what the most annoying sound is in the world? Walking on a bunch of squeaking styrofoam coolers.

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