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Putting in the soffeting.

Monday, March 5th, 2012:

One of the last projects on the ‘to-do’ list can be checked off… We have finally gotten around to putting up the vented cedar soffeting under the edges of the roof. We made these by cutting long oval holes every few feet into cedar 1X4’s and protected the openings with small-gage chicken wire. Attached them to the fascia with 2 1/2″ coated deck screws.


Corner Trim on the Roof.

Saturday, February 26th, 2011:

A great many thanks to our friend, neighbor, and Camp Ondessonk’s Assistant Ranger, Eric Brennan for his help with putting up the corner trim today. This was one of the remaining pieces that needed attention to tidy up the roof project. The galvanized metal corner trim will keep wind and rain from blowing in under the sheets of metal roofing, adding to the weather-proofing aspects of the tiny house.

It was a bit tricky getting the corner trim to fit at the edges of the front porch roof. Eric got pretty creative with the tin-snips, and the place looks great!

Monday, October 4th: The Ridge Cap is on!

Many thanks to Mike Jennings for assisting me with the placement of the Ridge Cap. It really completes the roof!

Alex Mitrevski (former proprietor of the Ozark General Store, and a skilled and knowledgeable electrician) stopped by as well to walk through the Tiny House with Gabby and I to begin planning out the electrical needs for the place. Got some great ideas on where to start!

We have also begun the 1×4 Cedar trim in preparation for putting up the Cedar siding this weekend with some friends!

Sunday, October 3rd: The roof!

After much prep to get it there, the roof was finally ready for the metal sheeting!

The metal roof, while maybe a bit loud in a rain storm, will be much more ideal on a tiny house that will be transported on the highway. Shingles would most likely blow off when driving down the road.

We decided to go with plain galvanized metal for a couple of reasons. One, we believe the lighter color of the roof won’t absorb as much heat during the baking summer months, thus keeping the tiny house from turning into a solar oven. Next, we like the more simple look of the plain metal roof over some of the other color choices we had been considering (dark green or brown). Less maintenance in caring for a painted roof over time as well?

We installed strips of 1×4 along the length of the roof above the tar paper to allow for venting below the metal roofing. We then attached the 6′ sheets of metal to these with 2″ sheet metal screws. The screws come with rubber washers to nicely seal the holes they make to keep the roof water-tight. The impact driver came in mighty handy while driving the screws into metal!

Thanks go out to Eric and Alessa Brennan for showing up right as the first sheet was going up and sticking around to get the very last sheet in place. Made the job so much easier!

Saturday, October 2nd: The Composting Toilet Arrives! Also, putting up the drip edge and designing the shower…

The Biolet Composting Toilet has arrived! Pretty light weight, and not too many working parts or gadgets… Looks like it is going to be pretty straight forward. It was fun to pull it out of the box and set it where it will live in the bathroom.

Put up the aluminum drip edge along the side of the roof in preparation for the metal roofing installation. Getting closer to wrapping up the roof project!

A friend of Camp, Ed Cler, stopped in to check out the Tiny House project and offer his stainless steel expertise. Ed is part of a family owned metal working business in Villa Grove, IL, Paul’s Macine and Welding Corp, and will be helping us meet the challenge of staying away from a fiber glass shower stall by designing a custom built stainless steel shower. We will also be following the Tumbleweed design suggestion of installing stainless steel counter tops in the kitchen. Ed and Paul’s Machine will be able to create these custom pieces for us as well!

Wednesday, September 15th: Framing the Roof!

What a GREAT day! Thanks to Larry Davis, Mike Jennings, Jeff Scruggs, Eric Brennan, and Lucia Hodges for their help with framing our roof! As with every step of this project so far, it took WAY longer than anticipated to get the roof framed. A few challenges met us at every corner it seemed, but the end product speaks for itself. We are ready to put up the 1/2″ plywood sheathing and then tar-paper it! Tomorrow after work perhaps?

It is starting to look a little more like a house!

Behind the scenes: we ordered the cedar siding today! We’ll be putting up the plywood decking tomorrow after work, and then plan to get the metal roof on and siding started this Sunday.

If anyone is free and would like to be a part of this project with us, we’d LOVE for you to join us Sunday! Shoot Evan an email or message on Face Book if you’d like to jump in… Thanks!

Slower Progress Today, but Progress None-The-Less…

Slower progress today in regards to construction, but a lot of progress behind the scenes…

Cut the rafters today in preparation for beginning the roof.

Was able to arrange for some friends to get together tomorrow to attempt to frame and cover the roof. We also picked up the roofing metal, ordered the windows, and purchased the toilet.

A major challenge for us was determining what to do with black water discharge, especially if the tiny house is not parked near a sewer or waste disposal facility. When looking into possible solutions Gabby suggested we consider composting toilets. As with the insulation, not to mention the whole tiny house concept in general, I thought she was completely nuts at first. The thought of our waste sitting around in such a tiny space was intimidating to say the least. After a lot of research the idea became more and more attractive. As we began to learn more about the concept of composting toilets not only did our black water waste problem get solved, but we realized that its use was very well aligned with why we are pursuing the tiny house to begin with. The final selling point was being able to deal with the waste we generate in a way that does not grosly waste or contaminate water. As with the rest of the folks in our culture, we have done both of these things to an unimaginable amount of the resource in our lifetimes, and it feels pretty darn good to try a different approach as we begin our lives in this tiny house.

We looked at several brands of composting toilets and finally decided upon the Biolet 10 Standard. This unit, while a bit funny looking and bulky, should more than meet our needs with no impact on our modesty or senses. You can check out a video from Biolet to get an idea of what their products are all about. The clip is a bit dated, and the narrator is kind of a creeper, but it offers a nice summary!

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