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 about 3 times as many cabinets as this tiny house needs!)  I also found a quirky cabinet that will be good for the bathroom.

The 24th was way more productive.  We finished up the paper and picked up the windows.  I took a risk going with prairie style grills but I’m happy with the character it gives.  Unfortunately, they’re new windows but they’re all energy efficient and the loft window was made in Rocky Mount, VA.  I think the others came from Ohio?  I’ll check on that again, but hey, Ohio is closer than getting windows from the other side of the country!  I spent a lot of time looking for used windows but I wanted quality and efficiency…and I don’t have 6 months to look for the perfect used windows.  Tomorrow we get to put up the house wrap which will really make it look different!  So excited 🙂

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 this way.  We even sucked mom into this operation!  Basically we just both got in the bucket with the plywood, were lifted up to the roof, and flopped the boards over until all the pieces were up on the roof ready for nailing.  Thanks mom 🙂

We also managed to put up some tar paper on one section of the roof before the day ended.  We’re using some super paper that is way better than regular stuff, so it’ll be really sealed from the weather up there.  The weather is iffy all week, so it’s questionable if we’ll be able to finish the roofing paper tomorrow or the next day.

Build Day 10 (5/12/12)

YES!  We finally started to frame the roof today.  I am particularly excited about this because I can finally see the real height and design of the house in front of me instead of just in my head and on paper.

First we put up the ridge beam that we built about a week ago.  It’s attached to each end of the house with metal brackets and desperately needed some support in the middle until the rest of the roof can keep it from sagging.  The braces we keep making for the walls, dormers, and ridge beam have helped keep everything square as well until the framing is completely done.  Next we started to frame out the “A” portion back over the loft area.  The physical construction of the roof framing wasn’t too hard, but the math and angles were an absolute pain to figure out.  The other issues with angles is how the pieces eat up 2x4s and create a ton of leftover bits…because each board needed to be just over 4 feet long, I couldn’t get 2 out of each 2×4 I had so there’s a sizable pile of scraps now.  Don’t you worry!  I’ll use them for something (interior items, firewood, turning them into sawdust for the composting toilet, donating to Habitat, etc.)

We also managed to frame out most of the above-dormer section that’s in the middle of the roof.  There are some triangular parts that need more pieces and then some extensions out the front and back of the structure, but I’d say we’re 80% done with framing the roof!

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