Another visitor! Michelle was able to come and visit.
You can see the difference in colour between the sanded and un-section of the ridge beam.
A sanded ridge beam!
The bedroom loft with most of the siding up and a ceiling – just the dormer sides to do!
Another dormer – installing the siding on the dormers is a slow process. We started with the top full piece of siding and then did the two pieces above it. The top two pieces are long to do with all the cuts and the angles.
I am really happy with how the siding has come out.
The small loft with all of its siding and ceiling installed. The purple is slowly disappearing.
My door. The company I ordered my door from sent me a door that was ½” too short back in October. The new door arrived this week and was installed on Thursday. The window is a little crooked, but that’s an easy fix – it’s the same window as the door that was too short and I watched him put the window in, so with a little help, I can get the window squared away. Also note that there is a door handle and a lock! I have keys and everything.
We had a mini thaw this weekend, the temperature got to 4C (39F) and the show started melting off the roof. This is the only snow left on the roof.
This has been a wonderfully busy week for Tiny Refuge. The replacement for my door finally arrived and it was installed. The door they originally sent was 1/4″ too short, leaving enough space for the weather to get in. I have been waiting for the new door for months. Not only do I have a new door, I have a door handle and a deadbolt. Much fancier than the scraps of 2×4 that were standing in for a door handle.
I spent quite a few hours this week sanding the ridge beam. I wasn’t sure if the ridge beam was going to be visible or not, so I didn’t get it sanded at the sawmill. It had a few dark marks on it and was rough enough that you could get splinters if you rubbed it the wrong way. I used a palm sander and got that ridge beam smooth. I am going to leave it exposed and as we installed some of the ceiling this weekend, it needed to be sanded before hand.
By the time Saturday rolled around, the tiny house was ready for some more siding. Saturday we finished the dormer fronts and the ceiling in the dormers. The dormer fronts were pretty straightforward, with far fewer cutouts than the main floor. The ceiling on the other hand was a little more challenging. I am using wider boards on my ceiling and unlike the walls, where I manned the saw and Stefan did the installation, we were both up in the lofts getting the boards in place. We started the installation at the ridge beam and then worked towards the walls.
Sunday, we started tackling the dormer sides and I was up in the loft installing the siding. Saturday, I used a nail gun (the brad nailer) for the first time and Sunday I was manning the brad nailer. The dormer sides are slow going. The angles are slightly different on each one and the top two pieces of siding require cuts on the table saw and the mitre saw. The tiny house only has space for the mitre saw, so the top two pieces required quite a few trips outside. We got 5 ½ dormers done and one of the small sections of 12/12 pitch ceiling done in the small loft.
Next weekend: the dormer sides will get finished, as will the ceiling on the rest of the 12/12 ceiling. The bathroom wall will get built and sided and then we start on trim.
During this past week, I was puttering around my sheathed tiny house when realized that I had not measured the width of my tiny house. When the ridge beam was put in place, the height of the trailer was discussed – because the plans I bought clearly state that the house be built for the legal road height of 13’6″ (or 4.15m). What it isn’t as clear obvious about is the width of the house. The width of the house is there, but there is no obvious statement such as “make sure your house is no wider than 8’6″ (or 2.6m)“. So I measured the width of my tiny house and it was 8’10” wide. I have not done much research into building my house wider than 8’6″ because I have no desire to have to get a wide load permit, or move my house with a vehicle larger than a heavy-duty pick up truck as that would be a little more complicated than renting a pick up from a car rental company. All this to say, we had to make some cut backs this weekend. All of the rafters had to be cut back.
The rafters for the dormers already had the fascia installed, so that had to be removed and reinstalled. I am very glad I didn’t have to figure out the math of how much had to be cut off each rafter as they are on an angle, and generally that kind of math makes my brain hurt. Stefan made templates for me to mark off each of the rafters the appropriate amount. He used a reciprocating to cut each rafter. There was an experiment with a chainsaw, to see if it was the better tool. The chainsaw was quickly abandoned, as it was faster, but not as friendly to the sheathing as the reciprocating saw.
After the rafters were cut, the fascia was reinstalled and then a section was added to tie the 12/12 sections of the roof together as per the plans (12/12 sections are the sections of roof that are steeper than the dormers). At the same time, we insulated and house wrapped most of the dormers.
This weekend was reduced to one day of building due to some fairly solid rain on Saturday. Sunday was a beautiful clear and bright day. It was also cold. When we started in the morning, the ground was frozen. I was showered with small pieces of ice as the tarp was removed. Winter is around the corner.
Next week: Windows and Doors! (weather permitting)
Last week, I had to delay building my roof because there was a delay at the sawmill where I ordered my ridge beam (which I keep wanting to call roof beam – new vocabularies make my brain work). The 22′ 4″x6″ ridge beam was supposed to arrive Monday. Tuesday, I heard nothing from them so I called to check in, my ridge beam would be delivered by Thursday. Thursday morning, I called them to check where things were at… they didn’t know if they had even received the lumber yet. I was not feeling very serene, calm or laid back as I waited for them to call me back to let me know if they had received it or not. I anxiously waited for them to call, I am not very good at waiting so I called them back and they had indeed received the lumber and they would deliver the next day.
In the end my ridge beam, interior and exterior siding were delivered Saturday morning at 7:15am. Which worked out for the best as There was only one person delivering my order, if he had arrived Friday afternoon, I don’t think I would have been able to help him carry the ridge beam alone to my tiny house. By the time he was ready to unload the ridge beam, Stefan had arrived and the ridge beam was unloaded. I tried to help, but being at least 6 inches shorter than both Stefan and the gentleman from the sawmill, I was of little help as they carried the ridge beam on their shoulders.
With the delivery all stowed away and the ridge beam hanging out of the large window opening, Stefan and I began working on the rafters. Stefan’s plan was to build the framing to support the ridge beam, get the ridge beam set in place, then build the 3 sections of roof at 45 degrees first, sheath them and then build the dormer sections of the roof. We also, as per the plans, attached the sole plate (the piece of wood on top of the loft framing that the rafters and dormer framing would be attached to) through the flooring into the loft framing with lag bolts. Julie and Julien, who attended the Yestermorrow course, were a great help. By the end of Saturday, the ridge beam was in place, the 45 degree sections of the roof were sheathed, the sole plate was firmly attached and we were ready to build some dormers.
Sunday, saw the dormers built, one of the end sections of the house insulated, wrapped and the furring in place. A big Thank You to Julie and Julien for coming out and helping with my build.