50 Shades of Green

January 11, 2016

Happy new year!!! After a great visit with family in Kentucky, we’re back and ready to keep going on the house. This is a quick post all about deciding what color to paint the tiny house. Thankfully I had about a million different colors to choose from…

How many dark greens can there be? I mean, seriously.

How many greens can there be? I mean, seriously.

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Let’s Pretty This Up! – Siding for the House

December 19, 2015

Over the last few weeks we’ve been slowly catching up on various projects on the tiny house. We had a door to install, one final window to put into the loft, an outside storage box to build, and a leaky window to fix. Once those smaller projects were taken care of we moved onto a biggie: Siding! Siding isn’t a biggie because of difficulty, but rather because of its transforming powers. This was really exciting for us to see the house change so much in just a few days, and it really looked so great. It was the first taste of seeing what this whole project could really turn into. (Be sure to read the picture captions, because I try to provide extra info and explain myself more.) So let’s get to it!

Cutting out the window hole in the siding.

Cutting out the window hole in the siding.

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Big Green Box – Roof & Wall Sheathing

October 29, 2015

Oh boy, I am really falling behind in blogging duties. When we started sheathing it was still considered summer, but now fall is in the air! I am definitely a cold weather person, so the change in the weather is certainly welcome here. Crisp air, crunchy leaves, bonfires, and hot tea…it’s the best. Along with the cool air has come even more change to the house. With these changes, we also have exciting news of a sponsor for our tiny house: our local Meek’s Lumber & Hardware.

Meek's logo

After researching different sheathing options, Eric learned about ZipSystem sheathing. This sheathing system is far superior to any other product we found. The main feature of the ZipSystem boards is the vapor barrier painted on to the boards, which removes the need to use the plastic house wrap. The boards are self-spacing, so there’s no difficult install and no worries about future swelling or bowing. To seal up the seams between boards, the ZipSystem includes some amazing tape that is some sort of crazy combination of super adhesive glue and thick rubber. The ZipSystem is the easiest and most efficient way to enclose a building, hands down! Nothing could make the ZipSystem better, except for the fact that Meek’s GAVE us all the sheathing and tape for our walls and roof! Meek’s is pretty awesome, and we highly recommend working with them for all your future sheathing projects!

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Framing : Part Two – Building Phase Three

September 15, 2015

So much has been happening around here, I can barely keep up! The tiny house has quickly transformed over the last few weeks. I’m a bit behind in our updates due to a quick girls’ trip with my sisters and mom, but now that I’m back, it’s time to get everyone caught up on all of Eric’s hard work. The last post was a simple explanation of basic framing. I didn’t go into to much detail about our walls specifically, but I’m going to jump into all of that today. Each wall presented it’s own challenges, but we finally got the walls up and rafters in place. In other words, things got real.

Our Future House

Our house…just not assembled yet.

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Framing: Part One – Building Phase Three

August 23, 2015

It’s raining today so we are getting a much needed break and maybe I can finally write this post. Eric has been working like crazy, and so much has been going on around here, I hardly know where to start. So let’s just jump right into it, and hopefully I won’t leave any of the details out. I’ll try to include a lot of pictures in this post, but also be sure to check out the Picture Gallery to see even more detailed shots of the process. The last post talked about finalizing framing plans and the tedious details involved in that process. Not long after that post, Eric wrapped up the plans, and it was time to get to building. Looking over everything and realizing we shouldn’t put it off any longer, Eric set out to level the trailer so the walls could go up.

Leveling

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