Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Someday we'll be done.....but not today!

We were up into the wee hours last night trying to get all of the plywood up, but when our fingers froze we thought we'd better go inside
Blocking in the rafters

Sort of looks like an ark, don't you think? We're putting all of the plywood up first and then deciding where we want the windows after it's all boxed in. We only get a very few days without rain here this time of year, so being water tight is more important than windows at this point. The windows will go between the existing studs, so that won't be a problem, we're just not sure yet how tall we want them and how many of them we're putting in.

I think people get nosebleeds when they are that high in the air :o)

In an effort to make sure that our home will really be non-toxic, we are skipping the Tyvec house wrap (it's plastic), and using a coat of no VOC, organic woodstain on the siding underlayment to give it an extra water-tight oomph! Plus, my giant tarp won't quite cover the bottoms of the walls, so this way I don't have to worry about rain saturating my new plywood before the siding can be put up.

Up goes the sheathing!

And here he is, the man responsible for making all of my tiny dreams come true.....my loving husband. Someday I will run out of projects for him, but not likely in the near future :o)
We started putting up the sheathing so that we can have some sort of water barrier before the rain sets in again, gotta love the Pacific Northwest!

The back section is almost finished, we took care to space out the plywood sheets so there is room for expansion and contraction if need be.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

It feels like we're on top of the world!

I guess I didn't realize how high our new house was going to be, it is much taller than our 5th wheel that we're currently living in....
But the views from the loft are fabulous!

The roof goes up easily, we utilized less of a roof pitch so that we can have more head room in the loft

And there she is in all her glory!

Wall construction begins.....

The entryway wall goes up without a hitch ;o)
But then the rain sets in so we have to halt construction and rush to get our huge tarp in place, we can't have water getting into the insulated floor

More framing.....

After all of the exterior framing is done, we pulled the tarp over the whole thing and started work on the loft inside.

Time flies when you're building a house!

We got the floor framed in and are ready to insulate the floor

Wool insulation proved to be a really easy, non-toxic solution to conventional insulation and we were lucky enough to find some locally, even though it's produced in Wales, UK.

Beautifully insulated floor! We were out working on our little house until about 11pm, so the pictures are a bit dark.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Work on the sub-flooring

Well, it took A LOT of homework and searching, but we FINALLY found an all organic, non-toxic, no VOC wood stain. We used this on the underside and up the sides and top edges of the sub-flooring to waterproof the underside of the trailer and keep any moisture from creeping up. We'll also use this same product to stain our siding once we get the exterior walls up.
Smells a bit like canola oil, but that's it! No stinky fumes!

We painted the boards for the trailer and let them sit for the recommended cure time per the instructions.

And lo and behold, we have a sub floor! Next stop, floor framing and insulation!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Yay! My tiny house has a foundation!

It finally arrived! Our custom made trailer for our new home!
Very exciting indeed!
We painted the frame in Rustoleum so that we won't have to worry about it later on.
There she is, in all her glory! 24ft of tiny living space!
Now the fun part begins! We actually have to get ourselves in gear and get working on our new house :o)