tiny house update.

Around noon last Thursday, Casey and I were sitting around bemoaning our frustration with how things were going with the tiny house. He’s been working hard to save up for the final materials buy for the build, but it’s still been difficult to not *see* progress at the house.

Then Casey said “What’s the one thing you would do right now if you could?” And I said I wanted to clean up the build site. Ten minutes later, we were in the Beetle. Three hours later, we had a full U-haul trailer of scrap wood and plywood that needed to be dumped. Friday we drove around finding landfills, and on Saturday, we purchased a full flat of 3/4-inch foam insulation and wall paneling from Lowe’s. Sunday the ceiling went from looking like this:

DSC_0018To looking like this sometime on Monday:

DSC_0003We put Reflectix up as a heat barrier (adds no r-value because there is no air gap between the roof sheathing and the Reflectix). I wasn’t sure if it would work, but we left and went to lunch on an 85 degree day. When we returned, I stuck my hand behind the Reflectix and was STUNNED to feel a 15 degree difference between the sheathing and the shiny stuff. I’ve spent the last three days groping the ceiling as the sun changes places in the sky. From bare plywood to behind the Reflectix to on top of the Reflectix to on top of the three sheets of 3/4-inch foam, I’ve been feeling and exclaiming my temp estimates aloud to Casey, who has been hard at work on the ladder.

DSC_0005The first obstacle we had to tackle before the insulation, though, was to close the gap between the roof edge and the top of the walls. It looked like this:

DSC_0006See the light there? That was all open to the outside. We decided on super-fine mesh screening, stapled along the 2×4 and liquid nails-ed to the sheathing.

DSC_0020This will keep the bugs out and allow for the house to breathe a bit (and allow heat to escape, which is perfect for our climate; not ideal for all of you Northerners out there). So now it looks like this:

DSC_0023 And as of last night, the main ceiling is totally insulated.


And the loft ceiling is screened, Reflectix-ed and waiting for insulation:

DSC_0034Yesterday it was 90 degrees (right now it’s upper 40s!!!) and inside the house it must have been around 80 degrees. Not bad considering the walls aren’t even insulated yet.

So there’s the update. Nothing like one little action (cleaning up the build site) to restore momentum to a long-dormant project. Next is insulating the loft ceiling, hanging the 4×8 plywood wall panels on the main ceiling, and then closing up the porch roof. It’s incredible to be at a stage where the progress is so practical (making the house cooler) and easily seen. The visible changes were exactly what we needed. For the first time, I can really see the end, and the end is exciting. 

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6 Responses to tiny house update.

  1. iamchesapeake says:

    I don’t know…at least 800?

  2. Derris Felder says:

    casey….nice haircut you have bud! you growing it back?

  3. sfevera says:

    Just read some of your earlier posts, I like your style of writing, even when you are not writing about tiny houses.

  4. Grace says:

    So, you used the Reflectix in place of traditional foam insulation in the loft? I’ve read on their website that you need an air space between materials, which you mentioned in your post. What material are you using for your walls/ceiling of the roof, and are you going to use a second layer of the Reflectix for added R-value?

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