Interior Siding: The Beginning

Last week was quite the week.  Tiny Refuge went from bare studs with electrical, to purple with some studs coming through to beautiful knotty pine siding.  Part of me had forgotten what  a difference siding made to the exterior of the house. It is certainly making a wonderful difference to the interior.

The interior siding arrived just under four months ago when the ridge beam was delivered.  It was stacked beside the big house, protected under tarps, until December when it was brought inside before the snow fell.  Although it might have been fine to stay outside, the thought of snow sneaking its way inside the tarp and then melting, was enough to move the whole lot into the tiny house.  That pile of siding, much of which is 16′ in length was really interesting to get inside the house and then even more interesting to cut and install.

We set up the mitre saw next to the large window on the short wall of the house.  Then we set up a ladder outside, lined up with the window.  Whenever a 16′ board was cut, we had to open the window and slide the board outside, where  it would rest on the ladder and stay level to be cut.  If the board was the wrong way around, it was fed outside through the window, turned and then sent back in through the window.

Fortunately, it wasn’t too cold on Saturday and though colder on Sunday, it wasn’t too bad.  The insulation got it’s first real test and I have to say, it did a great job.  I had read a post by Laura Moreland of Tiny House Ontario on Tiny House Listings that described the effect opening a door had on the heat in her tiny house.  It had me rather nervous, and I am happy to say that Tiny Refuge held its heat fairly well.  Granted it was a balmy -12C (10F) and not -31C (-23).  Nonetheless, it was reassuring that with the small electrical heater going, the house remained comfortable while the window was completely open for minutes at a time.

We started by installing the 2×3 stud that is the beginning of the bathroom wall, with cutouts in it for the wires to be able to reach the breaker panel that will be in the wall.  Then the siding started going up.  It was a little bit of slow going with all of the cutouts needed for the electrical outlets and switches and for the wheel wells and windows.  Stefan used the table saw for the long straight cuts and we used two different tools for the smaller cutouts.  The first was a jigsaw and the second  was an oscillating multi-tool.  We used the multi-tool a little with the exterior siding, but it really got good use with the interior siding.  It was nice tool to use.  The jigsaw was also fun, I even got to cut circles with it and they were pretty fantastic for my first shot of cutting circles with a jigsaw.

We had wonderful help on Saturday from René.  He manned the mitre saw and juggled 16′ boards.

7 thoughts on “Interior Siding: The Beginning”

  1. Hey, I just found your blog via I did’nt know that they were tiny houses builder so close to me !

    As I myself have to project to build a tiny house (on wheels or not, I’m not sure for now…) I will follow your progress with a lot or curiousity !

    1. My tiny house is on wheels so it can be hitched to a truck and moved. As far as how easy that will be – If you are accustomed to driving with a 20′ trailer weighing around 9000lbs, then it should be easy, if you are not, then it will be more challenging. As for the laws, they really depend on where you are. I checked in with the Québec Société de l’assurance d’automobile du Québec, my provincial department regarding all things road bound and have built my house to respect their laws. There are some pretty general rules – must be no higher than 13’6″, no wider than 8’6″, maximum weight restrictions also exist. It is important to check with your local governing body for exact details. The height and width I have mentioned may be different where you live.

      1. My main concern (for the laws) are about parking and living in a Tiny House. Is it really permited to live in what it’s considered an RV by the SAAQ ? And what about waste menagement ? And most of all… where are you permited to park these ? I’ve heard that in most cities you can’t park an RV except in designated space or in your own land, if it’s big enough. Is there a loophole i’m not aware of ??

      2. The laws regarding parking and living in a Tiny House are really municipality dependant. Each municipality creates their own bylaws regarding whether or not RVs can be parked or stored on a residential property in that municipality and then whether or not someone can live in an RV. That’s where things get foggy. The wording is always different and, with regards to bylaws, it may be that unless someone complains, the municipality may not do anything about a Tiny House that is discretely parked in someone’s back yard. As for waste management, I have my own strategies, but you can get portable grey and black water tanks that you can take to an RV park and have emptied there. Unfortunately, in Québec, most RV parks are closed for business throughout the winter. You can check in with the municipality you live in or you hope to have your tiny house in.

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