Siding

We have been going back and forth on what to do about siding. We love the look of cedar, but were hesitant about the price. We’ve been looking on craigslist, but haven’t found anything. All of our other options just did not work with the aesthetics of what we want to do. After several hours of looking at siding pictures online, we decided to just bite the bullet and go with cedar board and batten siding.

Here’s our siding inspiration picture:

B took a mini road trip to pick up the cedar boards. They are so beautiful and they smell amazing!!!

Windows windows windows

Last week B noticed that his elbow was painful and swollen. And it just kept getting worse and worse. He really didn’t know what had caused it, but assumed he must have bumped it working on the house.  Luckily, it was not broken!! We were nervous that B might not be able to work on the house much during the weekend, but luckily there wasn’t much heavy lifting. Also our friend D showed up to help on window installation day which was an unexpected blessing.

Here’s a brief look at the progress over the weekend. Enjoy!

Wrapping the house. B did most of this by himself, but for the long sides of the house it was easier to have 2 people.

Our windows arrived! We decided to do awning style windows so there is nothing blocking the view. The screens are there, but they really don’t block anything out.

Our work crew/security guards

Installing flashing on the bottom of each roughed in window opening

Finishing the corner of the flashing.

Finishing the corner of the flashing.

Rooftop view

Installing windows. First, B put a layer of caulk around the edges

Leaning the window into place. Our friend D was a huge help getting these lined up in the proper place.

Making sure it’s level…

Securing it into place

After they were secured, B put the window flashing around the other sides of the windows

View from the lounge side of the house. The two large windows do not open, so there are no screens to block the views. I am so in love with these windows.

Time for some power!

B’s dad spent all of Friday helping us with the electrical work. We don’t have any experience with that part, so it was SO nice to have his expertise. It was really fun to walk through and decide where we wanted outlets, lights, and light switches.

This is the wiring for the kitchen.

On Saturday, B started working on our closet. It is weird because we’ve been so used to having the entire interior open (and it looked SO spacious), but now as we’re starting to fill it up, it looks so different. I just need to get used to it :)

We decided to extend the closet all the way to the ceiling. We’re going to put a water container in the top section to be able to use gravity for water pressure in the sink.

Sunday, B started on the loft floor! Our friend D dropped by to lend a hand.

Legs from above!

As promised, here’s the (mostly) finished deck. We still need to add the sides and decide on a stain color.

Next up, we need to wrap the house to get ready for windows and siding. Our windows arrive tomorrow. We are SO excited to get those in.

Where did June go?

Hi friends! I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post. Our June was SOOO rainy that progress really slowed down. However, during the breaks in the weather we were able to get a few things done. The main highlights include picking out our exterior stain color, putting up the metal roof, and building the front porch deck. Now that it actually seems like summer is here, I hope to be able to post many more updates.

Oh! and B put the trim up along the roof line.

Our stain color! It was difficult trying to find the right color. I really wanted a light grey, but still wanted the wood grain to show through. I think we found it with this stain from Cabot (I think it’s called driftwood, or something equally beachy). I think it will look really good with the red roof.

The roof felt is up and ready for some roofing action!

And here’s a picture of our door that I keep forgetting to post. I think I’m going to paint it a cheery red.

Our friend D spent the day helping us with the roofing. It was definitely a 2 person job.

It looks so different with the roofing on. Almost house like! :)

Trim stained, roof on (except for the cap and edges), getting the porch prepped for it’s new deck.

Our trailer had a metal ramp on the end when we bought it. We decided instead of cutting it off to just build our front porch over it.

B bolted wood down onto the metal.

B showing me how the decking will get laid down. Looks good to me!

There it is! The deck is built! Don’t mind the blue tarp.. since our roof is still open in the center, water was getting through. So B created this tarp slide for the rain. I’ll try to post a non-tarp picture of it soon.

I have been trying for months to find a window similar to this one for above our tiny house door, and I’m excited to say I found it! We are getting a quote right now and I’m praying it won’t be too insane. I am in love with this window.

Hopefully I’ll have a lot more to post and share about on Monday. Have a good weekend!
-S