Trailer & Subfloor
I gave my dad a tour of my tiny home.
All ready to go!
My uncle checking out the lay of the land before backing up the trailer.
It took a couple of tries to get the trailer into the driveway. I am impressed. I had to back the trailer up a couple of times when we were driving it back to Montreal and we only ever backed it up in as straight a line as possible and that was challenging, getting it to turn a corner… not something I was prepared to do. I have the best family ever!
The first of 2 tight squeezes.
Detaching the hitch was pretty straightforward.
Down comes the vine. Thanks for that go to my brother for cutting down the vine and my mother for allowing her vine to be cut.
Through the fence.
And the trailer is in the yard!
For a little perspective, here is Michelle and myself in front of the truck. It’s a big truck.
Clover helping me set the jacks under the trailer. It should be noted the jack in the picture was the jack that I had to return. The stabilizing jacks that I ended up buying are different.
I made that all by myself. Isn’t it beautiful?
Flashing my trailer. I understand flashing usually requires less clothing, but this is a different kind of flashing with sharp edges involved.
After the rust was removed, my dad spray panted the now unpainted metal to protect it.
The metal grinder was a lot of fun to use.
Lining up the rods and the holes
Jump to an insulated trailer!
Look at that subfloor! It’s beauty is only enhanced by the Iron Bridge brown ale sitting on it. It was the last of the beer I brought back from PEI.
Laying out the framing for the wall.
Two walls on the trailer. The end sections of the walls weren’t sheathed so that the sheathing could go over the end walls as well.
It’s a wall!
Two walls up and braced.
Working on the front wall.
Third wall up
With the tarp half up.
The big blue box!
I am generally not a morning person and yet here I am smiling early on a Sunday morning!
The large loft is in place. I chose to go with cedar 4″x4″ for the collar ties for both lofts. The plans called for my flooring to go directly on the collar ties, but Stefan suggested that we go with 5/8″ plywood first and the put the flooring over top. I am very pleased with that decision as that plywood has taken a beating.
My house all pretty in pink!
Wrapping the house. Stefan used roofing nails to keep the house wrap in place.
At the end of the day, I went up to the loft to repair some holes in the tarp and ended up falling alseep in my loft.
Me still asleep and stored below me are my windows which arrived Saturday morning stored safely under the loft.
I am in the background ratcheting one of 6 8″ lagbolts into the parallam beam to attach it to the subfloor. That beam is not going anywhere.
Stefan is measuring, I am daintily ratcheting a lag bolt.
The threaded rod that goes through the wall.
Isn’t the parallam pretty?
One end wall mostly sheathed.
The view from what will be the kitchen
The view from the bay window into the rest of the house.
The ridge beam sticking out of the large window opening.
That’s my Goodfellow Ridge beam!
A beam’s view of my house.
Cutting the extra house wrap off and installing the sill gasket before the sole plate goes on.
Rafters going in.
Sheathing going on.
End wall insulation using the cut off sections from the insulation that went on the main walls. Each of the seams was covered with tuck tape.
A house with dormer framing!
Blue Tarp work shop
Metal Roof Preparations & Siding
Stefan installing the flashing.
A dormer with all of the siding up.
Getting ready to caulk.
Another view of the back wall.
Another view of the dormer and large window siding.
The big window wall.
All of the siding up on the back wall.
Dormer with all of the strapping up.
The bathroom wall (tongue end of the trailer).
First dormer front all trimmed up and with siding installed.
Look at that siding and the windows with trim.
The far wall with half of the siding up.
Installing the siding over the wheel well
Getting ready to make the cut.
The small section of roof that runs under the dormers had to be built up as well so that the metal roof have an even surface to be installed onto.
Ice and weather shield in place.
Vapour barrier going in.
My first attempt at putting in an electrical box.
Electrical roughed in, ready for spray foam
Main loft electrical rough in. I chose to light the loft with two lights at the end of the loft and there will be 2 outlets on either side of both windows.
The bunch of wires on the lower right of the photo are all ready to go to the panel which will go into the wall dividing the bathroom from the kitchen – the only interior wall in the house. The grey tube in the top right of the photo is the housing for the HRV unit. The tube will be cut down to size later on.
The grey box on the lower right of the photo is the new location for the electrical inlet. The conduit will make it easier to make any modifications to that inlet down the road if needed.
A view of the whole wall ready for spray foam. You can also see the box built around the wheel well. The big blue tarp is covering/protecting the interior siding that have to be stored inside the tiny house.
A close up of some of the wiring roughed in and ready for spray foam.
My journey to a more sustainable life