Tiny House Roof!

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Ryan put on the brown standing seam metal roof on the upper roof first. The roofing pieces were 8 feet long so he did not have to cut them. The upper roof is 8 feet wide from front to back. He put on metal flashing that he painted the same color of brown as the roof.

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Here you can see the lower roof is almost finished. The metal pieces had to be cut to fit. I have not talked a lot about the costs of building my Tiny House, but it occurred to me some people might be interested. The roofing materials cost about $800 total.

I knew we needed to get the outside of the Tiny House finished and waterproof before winter. However, I was out of money. So I took out a credit card to buy the windows, cedar siding, and deck lumber. In case you are interested the total for all the windows was $1,672 and the total for 8 inch wide cedar lap siding was $1,664. The deck materials for an 18 x 8 foot deck, including cement pier post blocks was $506.

 

 

 

 

Building a Tile Shower in my Tiny House!

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I picked out porcelain tile that looks like wood. Here is a photo from the Home Depot website.

The back 4 feet of my Tiny House will be a tiled shower/bathroom. It will be the full width of the house. It has 2 small windows.

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A wall will go halfway across, and a sliding door will slide the rest of the way. The pex plumbing is installed. The blue is for cold water, and the red is for hot water.

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Ryan put in a cement floor for the shower that slopes gently towards the drain. For the under layer Ryan used perlite as a filler in the cement mix. It makes the cement much lighter. For the top layer, plain cement made the surface smooth.

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The next step was insulation in the walls, and a 3 mil plastic vapor barrier. After that, Ryan put up the cement backer boards.

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Ryan built a box on the back wall of the Tiny House to hold the 15 gallon hot water heater I ordered. He put the shower valve hardware into the wall.

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Next Ryan taped the cement backer boards, and sealed the whole thing with waterproof sealer that is bright red! The product is called RedGard 1 Gallon Waterproofing and Crack Prevention Membrane. Now it is ready for tile!

UPDATE: Today Ryan started the tile!

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Morning photo.

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Afternoon photo!!!

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The next day!

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The next day Ryan started the floor! The smaller 2 inch square tiles are better for flowing over the slope of the shower floor. The small tiles are “mesh-mounted” and they come in 1 foot by 1 foot squares perfectly spaced and ready to glue down. The mesh backing can be cut to fit the tiles in odd shaped places.

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The tile with grout looks fantastic!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beautiful Days of Summer!

Photos taken in Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island in July 2016.
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I thought I would take a break from the Tiny House building report, to celebrate summertime and the beauty of nature!

 

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View from a table out on the deck at the Cama Beach Cafe.

 

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They have tiny cabins on the beach they rent out to tourists.

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Building My Tiny House: Roofing Underlayment

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First Ryan put the Fascia boards on the ends of the rafters. Then he started putting on the rolls of roofing underlayment. Some people use felt or tar paper. I bought Liner Lock – 140 M a heavy duty premium grade roof underlayment with 100 % recyclable polypropylene water barrier. It is advertised to be 20 times stronger than #30 felt, and lighter weight. We will see if Ryan finds it easy to work with. He is securing it with roofing nails.

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He will need to cut the 4 foot wide roll to fit on the lower roof.

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All finished!!!

 

Building My Tiny House: Plywood Sheathing!

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Yesterday I bought 22 sheets of 1/2 inch plywood for sheathing the house. My son Paul helped me unload them. Today Ryan started with sheathing the roof.

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The long rafters are 8 feet long. It was perfect for using 8 foot long pieces of 2 x 6 wood for these rafters, and then putting 8 foot long pieces of plywood on top.

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Now Ryan has started sheathing the walls. I know 22 sheets is not enough to finish the job, but we will see how far he can get. Then we will know how much more plywood to buy.

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Meanwhile, I have been using my new weed whacker to trim weeds on both sides of the LONG driveway.

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And here is how my feet look afterwards!

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