We’ve been slowly plugging away at the tiny house making small accomplishments almost every weekend. I’m on annual leave next week and Pete has been laid off early due to the government shutdown so we’re hoping to get the exterior completed on the tiny house.
Since the last post, we’ve continued putting metal up on the roof and as of yesterday, have all the metal sheets installed. All that’s left for the roof is the ridge cap, end wall trim in front of the dormers, sidewall trim along the sides of the dormers, and the Denver gable trim along the edges of the roof. We’ve had to stair-step the metal roof panels in places due to things not being perfectly square and we discovered how much harder it is to keep the panels square when you cut a huge section out to go around a skylight. So the roof is not perfect, but like I probably mentioned in the last post, it will keep the elements outside where they belong.
We installed all the windows in a day and a half. Putting in the windows has been by far the easiest part of this building project. We decided that if we have to find new careers, we could be professional window installers. We did have a close call with one of the windows though. The instructional video that we watched said to make the windows level horizontally and put a couple nails in. Then it said to check the level vertically and prior to nailing in around the rest of the window, open the window and make sure it opens as it should. So we did this on all our windows, sometimes forgetting to open them before nailing on a couple, but we didn’t run into any problems. On the final window, one of the big ones in the dormer; we did exactly as the instructional video said. Well, we’re just lucky that I was sitting on scaffolding and not balancing on a ladder! After putting in our two nails at the bottom and making sure we were level on the sides, Pete started to open the window. When the window was open most of the way, the window proceeded to fall out of the opening! I was able to stop it from falling all the way out while Pete was pulling it back from the inside so all ended well but it definitely got our hearts beating a little faster.
We also put the trim around most of the windows, got the fascia up along the sides of the house and at the front and back of the house, and put soffits in along the side of the house and at the back of the house. We also have the fascia installed in front of the dormers because we had to do that before we could put the drip edge on and the rest of the metal panels on the dormer section of the roof.
Our local Menard’s is having a lumber sale, so we took advantage and picked up the bulk of our beveled cedar siding at the lowest price you can buy it in town. We spent over an hour at the store opening up each package and picking out the best boards. After going through everything they had in stock, we wound up with forty-one twelve-foot boards. We’ll probably have to get a few more but this is a good start.
Once we put up all the roof trim pieces, we’ll get the last few windows framed in, finish framing in the corners, and start putting up siding. We’ve talked my mom into coming and staying with us next week; she’s very good at staining boards! :) Here’s to a productive vacation!