Finally ‘opened’ that window on the far side, it’s been covered in tarps since last year. The interior feels spacious and comforting.
Fluffing wool by hand is tedious, boring, and uncomfortable, so it’s no wonder I put it off as long as I did. But, it felt like a good idea to take advantage of the semi-rainy weather and get it out of the way once and for all. So, what I’m saying, is that all the wool-fluffing and installation of teh cedar planking is finally truly complete!! Woohoo!!
And here’s all the (compressed) wool I’ve got left over:
It’s probably enough for another 20 square feet of wall insulation. But I’m thinking of washing it, then making a nice stuffed blanket for the dog with it.
So, that’s done. DONE. Headache gone. But, I do really dig the wool insulation and I’d definitely buy from Oregon Shepherd again, should the need arise.
This weekend, spending time with the parents (both sets of ‘em) so Saturday’s kind of a wash as far as working on tiny. But the weather looks clear for the next couple of weeks. And, since Monday is a holiday, I get a whole two days to work on the tiny house! I’m going to take advantage of the clear weather – will clear up the jungle on the far side, enough to get a ladder in there – then Sunday I’ll throw up the siding on that far wall first thing in the morning, then prime the whole house, and if I don’t goof off too much I can get at least 2 coats of the white-grey ‘base’ paint on!
I fluffed wool all evening last night, but didn’t get as much done as I had hoped. I had other things I was also wanting to do, and that cut into the time considerably: added a layer of dirt to my sweet potato box, put some finishes on test pieces of cedar, and painted some of the small window I’m using to test the color combinations. I want to seal the interior cedar planking, but there’s a few options and I haven’t decided which I want, so I got some small amounts of my top choices and I’m testing them out. So far I’ve tried danish oil and a minwax polyurethane. I like the poly better, but it’s also a lot more work, and fumes while it’s being applied/drying. The danish oil will darken over time, and collect crap like dust out of the air.
Also, since the next major part of the project is the windows, I’ve been thinking about how I’m to construct them, especially the corners. I think I have it figured out. I’ll explain it all later, but so I don’t forget: mitered half lap joints using two pieces of stock laminated.
Tonight, I finish the wool insulation… OR I LIVE WITH MY SHAME FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS!
The constant threat of rain changes stuff, like the plans I had for this weekend. It started early, waking up to a damp world on Friday morning before work, I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to work much on the exterior of the tiny house. So, I switched gears and decided this weekend would be all about playing with paints and wool insulation.
Marcello didn’t fluff all that, Adrienne did most of it.
I got a sample of the white-grey and painted a section of one of the small windows with it, having previously painted the window the dark blue. It looks good, so I went back for more. Sanded, primed then painted the door. 2 hours between coats turns it into a mostly all day thing, and I was in a hurry to get it done enough to put the door back up before it started raining again (and I didn’t want to leave the tiny house open and exposed overnight). Luckily enough, I got the door hung with about 5 minutes to spare before it started raining, and then it was pouring the rest of the night.
I also had set a goal to get the entire remainder of the wool-insulated walls up. Meaning, wool fluffed, cedar planking measured/cut/nailed up, everything. In all, it was essentially half of the tiny house (but only about a third of it, measuring by amount insulated). Over saturday, we got the two short sections done, then yesterday got the small section next to the door done, mostly. Then I ran out of cedar planking. I’ve picked up some more and with a little luck, I’ll have it all complete today after work. Adrienne helped a ton, fluffing wool while watching mindless entertainment is serious business. Thanks Adrienne!!
These are some hard to see pictures, but here’s how the inside of the tiny house looks right now:
So, what’s left is the same sections on the opposite side of the door. I’ve got most of the planking cut to size, but that doesn’t take long anyways, it’s the fluffing of the wool that does. And this should be the last of it. I estimate about 4 to 5 hours remain of the actual fluffing.
Here’s the door, with wet paint, and then just after I hung it up:
I’m really digging the blue. The trim will be green, to match the roof, but I’m not 100% sure I like that, the blue-against-green. In a small way, it feels busy. But I’m going to do it anyways, since nobody else seems to have an opinion on the matter.
I had planned on having the tiny house finished by the end of September. It doesn’t look like it’ll happen. I need to order the flooring, which takes two to three weeks to ship. I also need to design and build the big windows, which I estimate will be a week or two of actual labor, not taking into account any design changes or mess-ups. But, I’m giving up two weekends of September, so I may have to adjust my deadline a bit.
There’s also some small things I need to work on, such as re-designing the connect ports, like external power, the through-wall propane piping, and such. But these are things that I don’t consider necessary to the goal of ‘completion’ – that goal is simply this: the tiny house is complete enough to be habitable and secure. So, probably end of October. We’ll see.
That’s all for now.
In choosing paint there’s two aspects to consider, of course: color, and sheen.
For the color choices, well, I already have one color on my tiny house, the dark green of the tin roofing. I do like that color a lot, so I think it’s a good choice for the trim. The base color will be some variant of white – probably an off-white with just a bit of gray, probably. So the roof and the trim are a dark green, the base is off-white. What about the accents, like the door and windows? I’m seriously considering a navy blue for those. I think they’ll look quite nice, and they do kind of complement each other well (I used a color wheel and it kinda works).
Next, the sheen. How about a satin for the base color, and gloss for the trim and accent colors?
Thoughts, comments, input? Yes, I’m asking you!
It’s been raining off and on, so there’s not much I can do outside. I’ve got the small windows primed, and part of the front-door window primed. But no paint yet, was waiting for payday for the paint. If the weather’s good this weekend, I’m gonna install the windows and their trim. The small windows on that back wall will be a little tricky due to the trim, but I think I’m gonna make it easy on myself and integrate the trim for both windows together.
I also haven’t yet finished the closure clasps for these windows. I’ve got some nice brass rod that I’m going to use, but it’ll just be easier to build these clasps once it’s all painted and ‘done’, so I’ve been putting it off.
Other than that, no real progress to report mid-week. Fluffin’ wool for the rest of the walls, taking care of small tasks and details, nothing much to say!
See y’all this weekend.
I found a ‘stack elbow’ at the hardware store that wasn’t the right dimensions for the top of the water heater, and I had other ideas in mind for it anyways. But this stack elbow doodad gave me some good inspiration.
I was thinking of just hammering out some kind of shroud with sheet metal, but my metalworking skills are less than awesome, and I’ve been flexing my woodworking muscle lots lately. So, I figured I’d build a very simple frame in wood, somehow, and line the inside with metal sheeting. I also knew that I wanted to build something that can be easily removed if necessary, which is why I lined the vent hole with sheet metal, thinking I could use magnets.
I’ve been feeling the need to practice dovetails as well. So, I grabbed some 1/4″ poplar and framed out a simple design, attaching it together with dovetails. One mistake I made was on the lower sections, the dovetails I cut out were too close to the edge, and as I was chiseling the tenons flat, I snapped them off (both of them! durrr!), but wood glue fixes that stuff. I compensated on the top section but insetting the dovetails further in (then later decided that it was pointless since the grain of the wood was on the opposite direction for that section).
Test fit on top of the water heater, looks good.
Then I cut the sheet metal pieces, using a spare bit of ABS pipe to add a nice curve to them, then noticed that the angle was a bit wrong in the frame, so I added a little section to the middle:
This was a really good idea, because it allows me to separate the metal ‘director’ into two separate sections. The top section, I bent the ends so I can fit it over the front lip and that little wood brace that I added. Then the bottom section just sits into place over that. I used screws on the bottom to hold it in place, I don’t have absolute faith in the adhesive I used. Also, on the sides. Then, silicone to seal the gaps, so the carbon monoxides don’t escape.
I added strips of magnets on the bottom edges (to ‘stick’ it to the water heater), and one big piece on the top to stick it to the wall, and voila, it’s pretty good!
The one part I haven’t finished yet is the little partition Inside the vent hole, to keep the air going outside instead of coming back in around where the vent fan will be. I’ll tackle that later, it’s a simple addition and will take only a few minutes.
Today I also finished adding some siding to the tiny house, on the same wall you’ve seen before, and then the section above the door, below the window. It was a hot day, though, and I’m pretty tired so I didn’t get much else done outside.
I’ve almost completed the small windows, plus cut their trim pieces. I’d like to prime and paint the windows before mounting them, but I haven’t yet decided on colors; I’m likely to end up priming them, and then painting them later. But the small windows are highly likely to get mounted sometime this week.
Building everything by hand and generally from scratch is hugely satisfying. More and more, I feel that the woodworking skills I’m learning enriches me, and is close to the core of my personal lifestyle. Sure, I’m not doing everything ‘by the book’, or even the best ways possible, and half the stuff I do lacks professionalism in the extreme (and often seems like a ‘hack job’ in retrospect) but it is fulfilling, and helps me learn.