Posts Tagged With: exterior

Tiny House Progress: Exterior Siding is Finished!

We finally finished the exterior siding.  So nice to be done with that.  The galvanized metal z-bar really added a lot of time to the installation, but we like how it’s all flush, whereas lap siding would project out.

Here’s a picture of me installing the LAST piece of siding:

Shane also got the last window installed and trimmed out.

And we’ve installed about half of the metal roofing.

So now we’re onto the task of installing the insulation, which is not easy!  We’re using hard foam panels, and it really makes you realize why most buildings utilize soft, flexible fiberglass batt insulation!  But the foam will give us a much higher R-value and won’t settle with any movement from traveling down the road.  And it was about a third the cost of paying someone to spray foam the house.  As we’re cutting the foam to fit tight into each and every wall and ceiling cavity we’re both wondering if it would have been worth the $1,200 extra to pay someone to do it for us…

After the insulation is in we’ll start on the interior drywall and interior casework and built-ins.  Then it will start feeling like a real house!

Hope all is well with everyone!  We’ll keep you posted as we continue working.

– Carrie

Categories: Tiny House Construction | Tags: , , | 7 Comments

Tiny House: Construction Progress – Roofing

Well, we started installing our roofing on our Tiny House and it looks great!  Metal (steel) Pro-panel roofing in a burnished slate color.  While steel might not often be thought of as a green or eco-friendly product (because it is so sharp?) it is actually a decent product due to it’s high recycleability.  Most steel is recycled and there is very little lost in the recycling process (so it’s not just “down-cycled”).  It is also durable leading to longevity, and no need to replace it with more materials.

Blah, blah, blah, here’s a couple pictures:

Yesterday we trekked to Phoenix and picked up some closed-cell foam insulation to use for insulating the walls and ceiling of our house.  We wanted to use spray foam but the quote came in SO high that we just couldn’t justify it.  $1,600 for the spray foam, and we paid less than $400 for the foil-backed foam boards.  A craigslist find that didn’t seem to be stolen…  haha.  Sometimes you wonder when you’re buying building materials from someone who has a lot of them from an unidentified source.  They appear to be “seconds” with slight voids.

Was a tall, light load coming back from Phoenix:

We also went to Ikea!  Ikea!  (I really like going to Ikea.)  We ended up returning the kitchen sink we had purchased because it was WAY too big.  31″ wide with the drainboard.  It was so shiny…but for the price of that kitchen sink we got a new kitchen sink and all our upper open shelving for the kitchen, as well as hanging racks for the bathroom and some scissor extension mirrors!  Great deals.  Can’t wait until we can start installing the interior components.

Work on our tiny house is squeezed in between our real jobs…  Currently I am working on space plans for a Waldorf School in Flagstaff, getting ready to start construction documents on a residence in Prescott, random drafting for a landscape architect, and, on Thursday, I’ll be driving a diesel bus down to Tucson taking Ecosa ecological design students on a field trip.  I attended the Ecosa Institute and am also a faculty member there.  We’ll be touring Tucson with Brad Lancaster, a rainwater harvesting genius in Arizona.

Okay, hope all is well in everyone’s world.  (it’s the same world as mine, right?  haha)

take care,


Categories: Tiny House Construction | Tags: , , | 11 Comments

Tiny House: Exterior Siding

Hello everyone!

We started installing our exterior siding…

If you read our last post you are aware that galvanized metal flashing is extremely sharp…  Shane cut his knuckle and what appeared to be a [deep] 3/4″ long cut turned out to be a  “lacerated extensor tendon”.  Dangit.  So, we’ll have to slow it down a bit.  Which will be a huge challenge.  For Shane.  haha!  It really makes all the health insurance talks going on right now in Congress very pertinent, as we don’t have health insurance, and who knows the cost of hand surgery!  I tried to get the ER doc to just sew up the tendon last night, but he really wanted to defer to a specialist.  Pshaw.  Could I borrow your needle and thread and some more lidocaine??  Maybe some of those gloves…

Anyway, exterior siding.  We were going to use plywood, stained a natural finish, with galvanized trim between, but after more research of the [very few] projects that have used plywood for exterior siding, it sounded like it could be a nightmare, with the plys delaminating, etc.  Exterior grade plywood has some nasty glues in it too.  So, we went with an off-the-shelf composite compressed cedar chip siding.  We went out on a limb and chose a ballsy orangish color – sort of terracotta – in lieu of the standard fall-back conservative gray.  I was having major painter’s remorse at first, but now I feel like it will be quite beautiful.

Here’s one more photo of the start of the siding install:

Our roofing has arrived so we have that to install – “burnished slate” color pro-panel metal roofing.  And we got a quote on spray foam insulation which was way too high – $2.30 / SF so we’re looking at hard foamboard options now.

Okay, hope all is well in everyone’s world…  take care.

– Carrie

Categories: Tiny House Construction | Tags: , , | 4 Comments

Tiny House Windows: flashing video, installing trim, painting

We’re plugging away on construction of our Tiny House.  We’ve had the plumber out installing propane and water lines.  Our mechanic is fixing up the trailer.  And we’ve installed windows, flashing, window trim and started painting the exterior trim.

Shane did a video of how to properly install window flashing:

Here are some photos of installing window trim and painting the exterior trim:

Here’s our plumber and mechanic working on the Tiny House:

It’s surprising how even though the house is super small, it still takes a lot of time to get everything installed.  Building on a trailer platform adds some complexities.

Shane built a box for the water heater.  It’s located outside the kitchen, right between the kitchen sink and the shower, our two hot water needs.

It comes into the kitchen on the interior but we’ll build cabinetry around it.

We’re using a Rheem on-demand gas/propane exterior water heater:

Our propane tanks are on the front tongue of the gooseneck / trailer hitch.  The piping runs back to the water heater and propane heater via an exterior channel we built under the floor platform.  This channel will be closed in once we get piping / plumbing installed.

Okay, off to the shop to do more painting!  We should be getting our metal roofing in this week, as well as scheduling the spray foam insulation for the exterior walls and roof.  We’ll keep you posted!

have a great day!


Categories: Tiny House Construction | Tags: , , , , , | 8 Comments

Tiny Progress – the Roof is sheeted – “sheathed”

Tuesday.  Man, I feel so tired.  we don’t even do daylight savings time here in Arizona, so I can’t blame that.  building a house is a lot of work!  we’ve been working what feels like non-stop for 3-4 weeks.  I’ve been taking Sundays off, but then not really, because we always end up needing to work out design details or shop the internet for fixtures and materials.

The house is looking so great though!  I am so excited to have something of our own.  I’ve been renting places since I left for college, so 14 years or so.  I’ve lived in maybe, well, twelve houses / apartments.  I just counted.  It’s feeling a bit smaller now that the walls and roof are closed in with the plywood sheathing…. but we are both so excited to have our own place!  And our utility bills last month were almost $200, combined with our rent of $900 (which is really low, thankfully!), plus cable internet, cell phones – phew.  Too bad salaries haven’t increased with the cost of living.  In the Tiny House we’ll still have to pay our cell phone bills, a little more to get internet through our cell phone, and pay for propane, in addition to rent and utilities in someone’s yard.  But that will be $200 to $300 a month, so an absolute max of $450 a month, all in.  Right now we’re paying out almost $1,300 a month.

Oh yes, progress.  Shane got the roof sheathed with plywood on Sunday, and built our two interior walls (with pocket doors) yesterday.  we were going to do surface mount “barn door” sliding hardware, but realized we needed the clear wall space.  so the doors on either side of the bathroom with be sliding pocket doors.

The walls are sheathed, as well as the roof now.

You can see in that photo that we’re adding a deck on the back.  this will be storage for bicycles and motorcycle while the house is in motion, then they’ll get parked under the gooseneck hitch when we’re parked at home.  The trailer had pull out steel ramps (as it was a car hauler) so there are four steel c-channels under the frame that we’ll weld some 2×2 tube steel onto for the deck platform.  we though about making a folding deck that would close up while we’re moving the house, but it’d be nice to have somewhere to park Shane’s motorcycle. (that’s not the living room – ha)

Tiny House Roof is sheathed

You can see the deck and porch overhang in the photo above.  The porch overhang might go…. we haven’t decided yet.  Was quite the discussion figuring out how that porch should be.  Ahhh, the age-old differences between architects and builders.  I wanted an angle to match the angle on the roof in the back.  So the peak of the porch roof would project 3′-0, the sides only 2′-0.  Admittedly, it doesn’t make much sense other than aesthetics.  Which is maybe “bad” design.  Architects are typically trying to make things look simple and clean and effortless (as well as utilizing design principles like rhythm and balance) – not realizing that it is actually more difficult to build something in a way that looks … well, unbuilt.  as if it was extruded from a lump of porcelain!  kind of funny.  if you’re in a good mood.

Next post I’ll put up our materials palette options.  We were looking at rough-sawn siding, maybe board and batten, but now we found a rain screen look that’s nice and clean, less expensive, and modern looking.


Categories: Tiny House Construction, Tiny House Design | Tags: , , | 10 Comments

Create a free website or blog at