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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Exterior Trim – The Longest, Worst Project Of All Time, Ever

August 1, 2016

You can tell this is going to be good, right? Exterior Trim. Ugh, just typing those words makes me angry. I never thought that something could be so deceiving: it seemed so easy and simple and quick, and yet it was the longest and most irritating and the worst. The worst, I tell you!!!

About 10 years ago, Eric and I began staining wood for our trim…. Just kidding, it was only 4 years ago months ago, but you get the idea. Way back in April, Eric and I decided it was time to tackle the trim around the windows, the door, the metal siding, and all the edges of the tiny house. How hard could it be? Slap some stain on a 1×4 and screw it down. No. No no no. No no no no no no. No. Little did we know, we were about to embark on a four month long journey of misery and headache. Now, because this project took 4 months to complete, and I don’t want to think about trim ever again in my life, I’m going to try to make this post as compressed as possible, while still giving you a glimpse of this torturous process. Be thankful you’re only reading about it and not living it.

Staining a.k.a. Slowly killing myself with boredom and tears

Staining the trim a.k.a. Slowly killing myself with boredom and tears

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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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Heavy Metal

July 3, 2016

Soooo, maybe it’s been almost 4 months since my last post, and this blog is embarrassingly behind. I apologize for the delay in updates. Do you guys even remember what this blog is about? We’re building a tiny house, you’ve been coming to this site to follow along, and then you were abandoned about 4 months ago with no word on what was going on anymore…? Ring a bell? Yeah, sorry about that.

Yes, lots of projects are being worked on, but life got really crazy for a while there and the blog had to take a back seat. More like the blog was moved to the trunk and forgotten about…completely, for a long time. But now, I’m back, and we’re going to jump right in! I was planning a super long catch-you-up-on-the-many-projects-all-at-once post, but that seemed a little too daunting. Instead, I’m going to try to keep these next few posts a bit shorter. I usually try to wait until one project is completely finished and write about the whole process at once, but the next few posts will probably be about the beginning of a project with a follow up later on. Otherwise, I just don’t think I’ll get caught up! Continue Reading…

Got My Mind on My Money & My Money on My Mind

March 18, 2016

Tonight’s post is a little break from construction updates, and instead a few details about our budget for our tiny house project. I’ve debated going into this only because I get really uncomfortable talking about money. But, we’re sharing everything else about this project, and it’s undeniable that money is a big factor in many of our construction and design decisions. So, I’ll try not to bore you and let’s get to it! Continue Reading…