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It's time to cover that insulation! We decided to finally put our stack of alder to use as our inside wall covering. After cutting a lap joint and ripping three different widths, we pickled the alder with a layer of SafeCoat from Build It Naturally. Our main goal in doing this was to create a warmer, more open feel inside the home. Many tiny homes feature natural wood finishes on all surfaces. As much as these two woodworkers love the look of natural wood, sometimes it can be overwhelming, especially in a small space. The great thing about pickling is that you can still see the grain of the wood.
Thanks is due to my mom here for her big help with this process. Here she is back in late 2013 going to town with a paint brush. The artist in her comes out in jobs like this. Each brush stroke looks good. It's nice to have talented help around!
The first plank goes in place! We created a pattern using the 3", 4", and 5" widths. It went something like this: 5-4-5-3-5-4-5-3-5. The drummer in me loves the rhythm of it. We are starting at the top and moving down. Lines were chalked to maintain consistent spacing.
We used the same material for the walls as well. I am holding some pics back until we are completely finished... The big reveal.
OK folks, this is our first ***Blog Bonus*** thus far, so stay tuned for a chance to collect them all. I'm reserving this section for randomness. For example, this ***Blog Bonus*** features one of our most stalwart work companions... The MPS. We rigged this bad boy up with a Porter Cable compressor, nail guns, and a retractable hose reel. The MPS is frequently useful for its main purpose (being a Mobile Pneumatic Station), but also as a good, flat surface to work on/place coffee. Thank you MPS for all your dedication and hard work.
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Check out the bike that travelled across the house! I was documenting the day's siding progress when I noticed it and started snapping shots.
The next day we finished the west wall. As you can see, we moved on to the shed as well. Our walk-up traffic has increased notably since the siding has gone up. This tiny house is its own billboard!
We carried the cedar siding forward around the porch. It brings the porch into the structure and tidy's things up a bit. The reclaimed redwood trim on the corners is a great contrast with the cedar.
Below are a few examples of some more notch work that was required for the siding. I loved putting the last few planks in place on the front of the house.
Here you can see the nearly finished siding on the front of the house. We will still need to put in a door (coming soon!), trim it out, and finish the siding around it. For now, we are pleased with the progress! Thanks for following the process, and don't hesitate to comment below.
We were thrilled to take a step back and look at our east wall as we tacked the last piece of siding in place. Suddenly the tiny house looks like a home! Although we enjoyed this brief sense of achievement, we knew it was time to keep moving forward with the rest of the house.
As we cut each piece of siding, we were careful to reseal the ends. End grain is particularly susceptible to water penetration so we made sure to brush it on thick. Once the siding is complete we will treat all of it with one more coat. We don't mess around with moisture!
Moving to the front of the home added to our sense of accomplishment. One note about this cedar siding is that it is prone to splitting if not fastened properly. We made sure to pre-drill nail holes at the board ends and around knots.
... And look at my beautiful pregnant wife! She makes that siding look even better! Folks, we are almost finished with the outside of this tiny house. Before long, it will be an official Wishbone Tiny Home! Thanks for reading and stay tuned...
The day has arrived! After completing our corner, window, wheel, and vent trim, we are ready for siding. Installing siding is like filling in the coloring book picture after diligently tracing the outlines first. It's very satisfying to see progress like this. Even after the first piece of cedar, the house feels more substantial.
Here is what 3-4 rows looks like! Although we love the ZIP system, we are not unhappy to see it covered up. The work is relatively quick, however trimming the siding to fit around our wheel wells and windows takes some slow, careful work. We have continued to seal horizontal edges (like the trim over the wheels) with silicone caulk to prevent moisture loitering. I think I just invented another expression!
... And here is our east-facing wall 3/4 of the way complete. We love the cedar siding. It is light, durable, and beautiful. Up next we will work our way around the tiny house to button it all the way up... Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!
We are so close to installing siding we can feel it! But, we have some critical details to take care of before we can start that step. In this shot you can see that we are installing trim around the windows. Besides creating a clean frame for our windows and an edge for our siding, our main concern here is to minimize any potential resting place for rain water and condensation. Caulk and joint management go a long way to keep our window openings dry...Not to mention all the flashing, caulk, and spray foam we used on the rough opening. These windows are bomber!
We also had to trim out a few penetrations for the water inlet (pictured here) and vent. This particular inlet has two valves: One to fill up the 30-gallon water tank (for when you are away from a source) and one to feed directly into the plumbing. When relying on the storage tank for water, a pump will create pressure in the lines. If close to a supply, a typical RV-style hose can be connected and will create all the pressure necessary.
Ah, the shed. We got to thinking it might be a good 2nd bedroom due to the amount of time we have given it. For now it has a roof, but will soon be sheathed and trimmed out. Doors will be added later to allow quick access to the electrical panel and propane tanks.
Yes! The porch is in. We chose Ipe for our porch decking. If you have never played with this stuff, it is insanely dense and heavy... And expensive. We thought it was a worthwhile splurge as the porch will be getting a lot of heavy usage over its lifetime. No sealant is necessary for this tropical hardwood. Pressure washing every few years should bring it right back to looking new. Well folks, I think we are just about ready for siding, and we can't wait to show you! Until then...Thanks for reading!
Although we were not quite ready to install siding at this point, it was a good time to seal our bevelled cedar material because of the frigid temperatures outside. We were warm. We were dry...But we were not without a few challenges: One, demonstrated in the shot above, was a space limitation. The other was the off-gassing. We used a great product for the job, but when this much surface area (both front and back of each board) is soaked with an oil-based protectant, it releases a lot of fumes and is a powerful experience. We were fine thanks to the hi-tech masks we used, but our neighbors upstairs were forced to crack some windows. We owe a second round of apologies to those folks - sorry guys! We had no idea the fumes would travel.
Another perk to the bad weather is that it gives my dad a chance to get back to the drawing board - hehe. Here he is showing us what real drafting looks like...no AutoCad or SketchUp for this "World's Most Interesting Man" candidate. You can see some of his drawings on our website's home page.
Above, my dad and my dad are standing close by a recently milled stack of alder we purchased from Steve, landlord and friend. As my dad has said, one of the perks about working on tiny houses is that no one step requires that much material. This makes reclaiming and repurposing that much more practical and easy. Although we have been productive working inside, we are more than ready to get back outside to the tiny home. Stay tuned!
We had the help of a friend next door to raise our first and heaviest wall. We installed sheathing prior to raising the wall, which makes glueing and screwing the ZIP board easier. The one draw back to this approach is that it adds weight to the wall, making it a little more difficult to raise.
A note about our sheathing: We prefer the AdvanTech ZIP System for a few reasons: time and money. Our price was $10/sheet (with a $3/sheet rebate available at the time). 7/16" OSB was $20-$30/sheet at local stores. We bought two rolls of tape at $30/roll (we will need some for the roof too...more on that later) which seals up the seems. There is no need for a house wrap, so a tremendous amount of time is saved here. This product is a no-brainer.
The second wall went up according to plan. At this point you can feel the inner dimensions of the home. Honestly it feels larger than it looks. It's easy to imagine the layout of the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. . . Thrilled about getting to the 2nd story!
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