Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tiny house is looking like a tiny house!

Finally, a blog update! As it tends to, life has gotten in the way of progress on the project and as always, its been slow going.
Some more major milestones though: door and windows installed, tar paper applied and siding and trim is installed (on the south wall) and we are now living in the tiny house! Its been a week living in it so far and its been great. So weird and exciting to live in the project you've put so much sweat and energy into; feels good. What also feels good is the 15 degrees warmer it is in the tiny house compared to the main house! The south facing glass and insulated space really makes a huge difference, we haven't had to turn on the electric heater at all.

Door and window installed and tar paper

Here's a picture of the 1" foam sheathing that was applied over the tar paper

And here's that wall complete with fiber cement siding

The fiber cement siding is pretty interesting; was somewhat of an experiment. The price is similar or less than wood but unlike wood, this never rots and paint will last much longer. However, wood is much easier to work with and less messy. The fiber cement siding dust is rather harmful if inhaled and it drys out your skin like crazy. Best is to wear a good mask and to avoid cutting it with power tools when possible (you can score it and snap it like drywall).
The yellow color above is just the primer, although it actually doesn't look too bad. Still thinking about the color scheme

Planted the green roof with some carex grasses and spread some CA wildflower seeds which have sprouted. Not sure if the wilflowers will thrive in such shallow soil but I figure it is worth a shot. Its a lot easier to cover the space with seed than individual plants. Im amazed at how much water the roof can soak up! Theres been a few big rain storms and theres hardly any runoff; just a few drips from the drainage trough.

So, we are going on winter hiatus, doing some traveling, and will be back in the Spring, so the project is going to sit fallow for a while. Then hopefully in the Spring, I can get the utilities connected and work on the interior

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this update! I'm glad that you pushed for fiber cement. It can be risky, but with its lasting durability, we can say that it's worth it. But of course, we should ensure our safety by taking precautionary measures.