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These beauties can't just go around naked, so they will get tailored jackets for year-round protection. The Purlins cantilever beyond the roof and are thus vulnerable to sun and rain. Flashing is recommended in this situation, so that is what we did... flashed our purlins!
After first cutting our 26 gauge metal to the full dimension, we laid out the lines that were to be bent on the big machine called a metal brake. The layout process requires you to plan out the folds in the metal so that you end up with the desired shape. Here we planned for a 1" edge with a 1/2" under fold. Not sure what I'm talking about? That's because I am making up some lingo here and I am not a metal worker. It will become clear...
Here are some shots of the metal in the brake. This awesomely huge machine is very basic in its function. It man-handles the metal and reminds you to keep all limbs inside the ride at all times. I did the 1/2" folds first. Next, we enter the third dimension by folding the 1" sides 90 degrees downward. Once you enter the third dimension on the brake, it is essential to understand the order of the folds. It is quite easy to find yourself not being able to complete a fold because a previous fold is in the way. The last fold is done manually with a hand brake. I folded this upward to meet the rafter. The last picture shows a purlin flashing complete and ready for installation.
Check out the three rear purlins with their newly installed custom flashing! They are much happier under the protection of this metal. They look nice too!
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Due to the unique plumbing requirements placed on a portable home, we decided to tap a few friends for their talents. Phase I of the plumbing project was made possible by Mike and Bryan of Camping World. The plumbing design we chose called for a bimodal fresh water system that allows the homeowner to store 32 gallons on board or hook up to a source directly. Either way, grey water is routed into/through a 30 gallon holding tank mounted underneath the framing of the trailer.
We also needed propane plumbing for the on demand water heater and the Dickinson Marine heater. Tanks are stowed in the shed on the back of the house when in transit and placed outside the structure when in use. Here you can see the home in the Camping World garage, where it looked a little out of place. Honestly the Wishbone Tiny Home got a lot of love from the staff at Camping World as they are accustomed to seeing RV's all day.
Here she is ready for the trip back to the shop. A note on hauling the home: My Ford F-150 handles the approximately 7000 lbs quite well in local commutes. However, any incline at 55-60 MPH requires full power. The wind resistance combined with the overall weight prove to be formidable for the 300-HP 1/2-ton truck. The truth is I will need a 3/4-ton turbo diesel to effectively move these homes to their destinations. Another note: Mike at Camping World measured the tongue weight at 600 lbs... that's less than I expected. When we ordered the custom trailer from Mike Moore, we requested the axles be mounted 18" rear of center, which is more central than most. This helps with tongue weight but does make the trailer more sensitive to turning inputs on the highway.
One of these things is not like the other:
Phase II of plumbing perfection was brought to us by Jeff, of Four Season Plumbing. We hired him to tackle the water heater plumbing. He did in a day what would have taken us five. Here he is peering through the water heat vent... great stache. Jeff made it clear several times that he would be just fine in a place like this. We made it clear that we could make that happen.
Here is Jeff taking a breather to survey the chaos. It's quite easy to make a serious mess in a tiny house. Luckily it's quite easy to clean messes too. We worked with Jeff throughout the day to provide input and framing where needed. Below are some fairly uninformative shots about the roughed-in plumbing. Mainly I want to convey the sense of how much is going on in such a small area.
Cheers folks, and thanks be to the plumbers of the world!
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.
That's it for this one! Thanks for reading and catch you next time.
With the exterior nearing completion, we turned our attention to the electrical work. Although not the most rewarding work for us woodworkers, electrical wiring is certainly one of the most important. There is a lot of discussion in the blogs regarding this subject, so I will share our approach. We opted for a 30 amp, 110 volt service with three circuits. The house will connect through a 3-prong, twist-lock power inlet. A 10-2, 30 amp extension cord will plug into a typical RV-style supply. Also, we will have a 20 amp "dogbone" which will step the service down when necessary.
Our main panel is actually a sub panel. We will backfeed a single-pole 30 amp breaker which becomes the main breaker and distributes current to one side of the main bus. Our three circuits will feed off this. We are placing the panel in the shed as it saves us valuable wall space inside. All of our equipment and connections in the shed are rated for indoor/outdoor applications and our shed doors will have tight seals to prevent moisture penetration while in travel.
Here's a quick look at some of the outlets in the tiny house. Once outlets are placed, lights and switches can go in next... wiring will follow the same order.12-2 wire will be used for the majority of the circuits. We are using GFCI's in the kitchen and bath per code. We strongly recommend that if you are doing your own wiring that you have a licensed electrician approve your plan and work. More pics of the fixtures and finishes to come soon!
So, some of you may know this already, but my dad is kind of a door making beast. He has primarily designed, built, and carved big solid doors for the last 15 years or so. His company, Floating World Wood Design, has been a great success over the years. To view some of his work, visit perceptionofdoors.com. My dad put a lot of emphasis on the importance of the door in a structure and says this about it: "The door has been a symbol of transition because when we pass through, we change. Something shifts in our consciousness. A door deserves to be a thoughtful and beautifully crafted part of your day to day life." This tiny house deserves no less, so we got to work on a door that will live up to this philosophy.
Here, the mahogany door has been glued and is out of the clamps. A round window will be the only glass in the door. The glass is currently being made by mom, who is a clay and glass sculptor. I am really looking forward to sharing that process in the near future... She is going to make a really beautiful series of windows and we will let folks on Facebook decide which one we use! More soon.
I had some fun working on the stops (the small pieces of trim that hold in the door panels). After making the stop material and cutting it to approximate length, I mitered the edges with our stationary sander miter jig. When you use the sander for this process, you can achieve clean and precise miters by removing small, incremental amounts of material. The most difficult by far were the window stops that needed to be laminated around the radius (far right).
Here is my dad hanging the door. It still needs a door handle, deadbolt, finish, and, of course, a one-of-a-kind cast glass window! Stay tuned friends, we will have more soon. Thanks for reading!
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!
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