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Build Day 23 (6/02/12)

Been a few days since we worked on the house – I went up to the office for a bit again.  Yesterday the front door came in and we picked up the shower as well.  I can’t wait to see how the door looks on the house!  It’ll also be nice to keep out the bugs…they are quite enjoying their stay in the wee…

Build Days 21-22 (5/27/12 – 5/28/12)

The 27th was window day!  We installed the remaining windows (one was already in from the previous day) and took the rest of the afternoon off.  Honestly I was apprehensive about putting in windows myself based on some comments I’d seen on other blogs, but its’s not hard at all.  It helped that these are new construction so they had nailing flanges on…I highly…

Water Heater Options

I have a few more building days to post but I thought I’d take a break and write about the current water heater situation that had me utterly stressed out.  I am still set on making this wee house off-grid ready, so figuring out how to get an acceptable hot water source going has been rather tough.  Here are the options I found and…

Build Day 20 (5/26/12)

Today was house wrap day!  This was a neat transformation for me, as I’ve been staring at plywood walls for a while now.  I went with Lowe’s house wrap because I couldn’t get any from smaller, local stores.  I did research eco-friendly house wrap but couldn’t find anything legit that was made from recycled materials…they all say “recyclable.”  Fair enough.  My watch happens to…

Build Day 18-19 (5/23/12-5/24/12)

Another rainy day on the 23rd!  Progress has been slow lately because of the weather.  We put roofing paper on just one section of the A frame part of the roof and picked up some kitchen cabinets from the YMCA thrift store.  They’re in great shape and I was able to buy them individually (most places sell them as an entire set, which is…

Build Day 17 (5/20/12)

…and yet another roofing day concludes.  The plywood went up on the dormers so we’re good to go with all the plywood for the roof.  Finally!  Because of the height of the house and weight of the plywood, ladders seemed more awkward than necessary so we used the tractor.  Not sure which would have won the awkward contest, but it certainly saved my arms…

Build Day 16 (5/19/12)

Another roof day!  This one was more exciting than the others though because plywood eventually went up.  First I put on a few more brackets that secure all the planes of the house together, and then some went on over the roof trusses.  Those were a bit of a pain, to be honest.  The height, angle, and my shortness made for a frustrating combination….

Build Days 14 and 15 (5/17/12 – 5/18/12)

Another combo based on the smaller amount of work accomplished both days.  There was still some framing left to do on the dormers, so we put up both long angled boards on each side.  This is what the plywood roof will eventually sit on at the bottom.  Getting the angle cut right on these was a little tricky, since we were sans table saw…

Build Day 13 (5/16/12)

2.5 hours worked today, so this will be pretty short.  We found a small mistake made yesterday around the triangles so we cut out the trusses, trimmed them, and put them back in place.  It looked fine yesterday because sometimes it’s difficult to visualize how the next piece of the puzzle fits with the current one.  Luckily it was a quick fix!  Next we…

Build Days 11 and 12 (5/13/12 – 5/15/12)

I’m combining these since we only worked 2 hours each day and there’s not a ton of visual progress I can show you.  I’m working my real job during the day so the tiny house work doesn’t start until 4 or later, leaving just a few hours each evening.  But hey, it’s better than no construction during the week and having to migrate down…

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