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