Well another huge step is complete… INSULATION 23 June 2015

Well it does not seem like a lot but many big changes have happened with the Tiny house. Siding is almost complete and the insulation went in today.

Right side of house with siding.

Right side of house with siding.

"Front" rear end of trailer. Hangover and top end will be sided the same as sides.

“Front” rear end of trailer. Hangover and top end will be sided the same as sides.

Looking towards the front door with the insulation installed.

Looking towards the front door with the insulation installed.

Looking at my loft end with the insulation installed.

Looking at my loft end with the insulation installed.

A wall completely insulated.

A wall completely insulated.

Showing the insulation as it is put in place. Two inches of 3 lb closed cell foam.

Showing the insulation as it is put in place. Two inches of 3 lb closed cell foam.

Inside of tiny house with only refrigerator in it. I had to clean it out for the insulators. It felt so big.

Inside of tiny house with only refrigerator in it. I had to clean it out for the insulators. It felt so big.

Front "rear" end " of trailer. Hangover and top end will be sided the same as sides.

Front “rear” end ” of trailer. Hangover and top end will be sided the same as sides.

It is beginning to look more like a house.. A tiny one but a house.. 17 June 2015

To all:

Sorry it has been a couple of weeks since I last wrote. Well things are coming along. I am pleased with the timeline at this point. The electrician and HVAC contractors are done to this point with what they can do. They will come back after I get the house sided, insulated and the walls on to do the final touches inside and out. The plumber is working on his part this week.  I am hoping to have the closed cell foam insulation put in next week. Not being near large cities I am limited on some of my resources so finding the right contractors has been challenging.

So here is where we stand and what the pictures below will show. There are the two pictures of the outside with the cedar cornerboards on.  There are pictures of the interior showing the pipes, wires and such that have gone in for all the guts of the house. There are two pictures of the door end of the house not only showing the amazing front door (I am especially excited about how it turned out) but also the first pieces of cedar beveled siding that went on this week. Finally, there are pictures of the walls of the bathroom and the back corners of the house.

Along with working physically on the house I am dealing with some major logistical issues. Insuring a tiny home that you built is not easy. It is such a gray area that all of the insurance companies I have contacted (and that is several) will not insure the house. Thus this makes it challenging to get it registered for plates. Another issue is finding a place to put it in College Station. There again is the issue of this is not a travel trailer, not an RV and not a mobile home so who will take me and the tiny house. Thus the saga continues…..

Hope you all enjoy! As things move along faster I will work to post more updates. Hope to have siding completed by the end of this weekend and then start on the interior beginning of next month after the insulation has been put in.

Front of trailer view with Cedar cornerboards.

Front of trailer view with Cedar cornerboards.

Front door view with cedar cornerboards

Front door view with cedar cornerboards

Interior of house. Looking back right is kitchen and back left is bathroom. Refrigerator is blocking bathroom walls.

Interior of house. Looking back right is kitchen and back left is bathroom. Refrigerator is blocking bathroom walls.

Great view up into my loft with cut outs for lights but also a great view of different types of wood being used in house

Great view up into my loft with cut outs for lights but also a great view of different types of wood being used in house

First piece of cedar siding. This piece took time because of the several cutouts on it.

First piece of cedar siding. This piece took time because of the several cutouts on it.

Showing how the beveled cedar siding will be laid out

Showing how the beveled cedar siding will be laid out

Better view to see the bathroom "walls"

Better view to see the bathroom “walls”

Bathroom - Shower on right and compost toilet bottom left to side of window.

Bathroom – Shower on right and compost toilet bottom left to side of window.

On the Road again……. 18 May 2015

So school is out and now the Tiny Home had to move. So my sister and my friend and I made a convoy of vehicles to move the Tiny Home from my school to the plumbers business. The owner was willing to let me put the Tiny Home there while it gets the plumbing, electricity and HVAC done.  I am also able to work on the house while it is being worked on by the contractors.

So these pictures show the inside and it includes the refrigerator that I ordered. Additionally at the back left corner is a wall that will be the one that the shower is nailed to and then I am finishing the other two bathroom walls for around the toilet.  Once that is done it will be time for the contractors to do their magic.

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Additionally, I got some old oak floor last year and last week I was able to plane the wood and the pictures below are what the wood looked like before. There were several layers of stain, sealant etc on it so I was not able to get all of it off but under all of that stuff it is some amazing wood.

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I have also ordered my compost toilet and that will be in next week.  It is one from Natureshead.net, take a look at the site. It is an interesting concept and with some training and time I think it will work out really well.  Once I buy a 3 cubic foot bag of Peat Moss that should last me a year.

Windows all in and door on – 9 May 2015

To all:

Well I got all the windows in, the door in and the roof on.  There are still some things that have to be done to finalize the installation of the windows and door, (i.e. insulation, trim etc) but they are in place and secured and the soffits have to be installed for the roof but otherwise another stage is complete. Below are the latest pictures of the Tiny Home. The next step is to move it from school to the plumbers yard for plumbing, electrical and HVAC work.

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DSCN1177TOP PICTURE: Right side of house.. Bottom windows are from left – Great room, Kitchen (sink will be under) and the top window is the loft.            BOTTOM PICTURE:  Solid wood door. Right now it has only been sanded and stripped. I am planning on staining the outside and then using urethane on the outside and inside. 

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Front door view – Top window is in small loft.

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Left side view – Bottom windows are from left – Bathroom, Great room and top window is in large loft.

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Roof looking from front of house to back. As close to maroon as I could get.

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Front of trailer – Window on bottom is for kitchen and top window is for my loft.

Look into my loft with the windows installed

Look into my loft with the windows installed

Updates on Tiny Home – 3 May 2015

To all:

I am sorry that I have not kept up with this blog as well as I should have. So the last I posted was about moving the Tiny home frame to my community college in Hastings, NE. Well that was done and it was kept inside. After the Christmas holidays were over I was able to get back to it. This semester has been very hectic and getting extra help to get it moving along has been a struggle. This construction program builds an 1800 square foot house each year, done by the first year students from bottom top and that is the focus not building a tiny home. So once we got back from break over Dec-Jan we had alot to do and I had to focus on that. Well in the last month or so a lot of progress has now been made on the tiny home because we got the big house completed and ready for auction this Wednesday. (This is a really awesome program – http://www.cccneb.edu/HastingsHouse/)

So here is the latest on the tiny home. The framing was completed of the four walls. Over spring break I picked up the wood for the loft floors which is also the ceiling for the areas below. This is a blue beetle pine (the wood that the beetles destroyed in Colorado in the last few years is being harvested, beautiful colors) and it was put in on top of the ceda 4×4 cross beams.

Underside of loft with cedar cross beams and blue beetle pine

Underside of loft with cedar cross beams and blue beetle pine

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I also extended both of the lofts out about 22 inches on either end of the house to give them more room. So now the big loft (my bedroom) is 11 feet long and the other loft (storage etc ) is 5 feet long.

Look of the house from the side

Look of the house from the side

View of big loft from inside house

View of big loft from inside house

Top view of big loft

Top view of big loft

Then on top of the lofts the dormers were built. This is a straight up wall about 32 inches in height that allows for more moving room in the lofts and the addition of windows.  I have placed 4 of the 11 windows in the house in the lofts. The large loft has three, two crank windows with one on either side of the loft in the dormer walls and the third is a slide at the head of the loft. The small loft has one window at the head.

Then once the dormers were built up we were at a height that was to tall to get out of the building that I was working in safely (the garage door was 12 feet tall and the house was about 11’9″ at this point so nothing more could go up. So we worked on the outside of the house. Sheathing was placed on the “bottom floor” and the windows were cut out and the then it was time to move the house outside.

Windows cut out and sheathing and tyvex

Windows cut out and sheathing and tyvex

Once outside we have been able to put the rafters on and the sheathing for the roof and put on the roofing paper along with the Tyvex wrap around the house. We also got  the facia board on (cedar) all along the roofline and it looks nice.  The roof was ordered and it will be a metal roof and the color burgandy.

Then it came time for the windows. Currently the 7 windows on the bottom floor are in and calked and the top windows have not been cut out due to some weather we have experienced recently.  The windows are white and the trim will be white pvc. I think that it will look great especially with the cedar siding and burgandy roof. Some of you may know this color combination. (LOL! Gig’em!)

Windows in and caulked bottom floor

Windows in and caulked bottom floor

We are expecting some bad weather the next few days so we shall see how the progress comes along. The roof is in and should be delivered tomorrow along with the threshold extension that I had to order for the front door. The door is one that I got in DC and went ahead and stripped it (four coats of paint on each side.. UGH!) and have now sanded it and cut it down to size.

I have a couple panes of glass that have to be replaced due to me, one on the door and one in a window. That will happen later. If the weather does not stay good for us to work on the roof then I will work on the inside and putting in the bathroom wall.

I currently have a shower and refrigerator in hand for the house and am working with professionals to make sure I get the right stove, split A/C mini unit and compost toilet.

I will try to update more often now that school is down to the last week.  Thank you for being patient. I will now work on getting pictures in order of progress.