Thursday, October 15, 2015

It has been a while.

Yes it has been a while since I posted anything up here.

I am working two jobs again, so my weekends are taken up by working and not by the assembly of pieces of my tiny house. Alas and alak.

On the plus side, I have gotten some work done, and my exterior is 95% finished, and in deed the structure is almost road worthy.

yes that is the siding done, the roof done, and the facia up on two sides of the structure. I still need to put siding on those little triangles up by the loft on both sides, and the side not pictured needs to have the last courses of siding run and the facia put up. The front also needs to have the facia put on, put I didn't do it on my stolen three days off since I wanted to fix my roofing overlap.

I didn't quite overlap it enough to cover the siding (an easy enough error to make your first time doing roofing I imagine).

I like the way the rock looks now. Two courses fits so much better then one, and it ties all nicely with the weathered wood style vinyl siding.

I need to finish the last bit of siding and facia on the other side and the front facia, and hang my front clearance lights. Then maybe I can get it road inspected and actually licensed.

Then maybe some interior work can be done.

I have cut the stringers for my stairs, and I did get my toilet in.

I want to drop the loft space floor an inch (I have just that much clearance from the door) to give myself a little headroom. Right now it is just a bit too cramped for my liking.

If I did it again, you know that the center area between the wheel wheels would be a good spot for a rolling bed, and I would shed roof the house to make the loft a little office/work space/library.

Ah well. that and another window or two are my should haves.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Snow and progress

So I went up last weekend and did a little work. Got some pressure treated decking set up on front and then fiddled with the siding. I am going to do the double rock as I have it done on the back. I need to get more and go back up and stick in on. At least I need to remove everything so my screwup with the edging is fixed easier.

Toilet should be here next week.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Missteps and missing people.

There are times I really miss my dad. he was a font of knowledge, mostly because he bashed his knuckles on the same projects back in the day.  I would love to pick his brain on certain topics, and on others he might have saved me some pain.

Such as the sudden realization that I have been doing my vinyl siding wrong.

In most things, you but up the siding and then the edging to cover it. In Vinyl you need to do it the other way around since it fastens underneath.

Oh joy, undoing work to get these things in place is going to be a pain in the ass.

Also I just heard my VISA card cuss me out as I dropped the money on a Separett. Best to get it now, so that the place will be at least semi usable. Worst comes to worst I can use it on my property that septic would not work on.

So going up this weekend to deal with things such as putting decking on the front, pulling off those side railings and getting my siding on the front, and then fixing my mistakes with the Vinyl. Not necessarily in that order, but still.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Siding Ho!

I had some time off over Christmas, and wonder of all wonders my siding finally came in. I had decided to go with a weathered wood style vinyl siding from Kaycan.  The swirls in the siding match both the roof and some Polyroche fake rock that I am using to break up the huge mass there is.
Overall, I might just need to pick up another course of the rock and double it. Right now it looks good, but a second course of it might look better.

I also have ideas floating in my head for changing how I was going to frame up my front deck area. Dad did some railings and the like at the cabin out of  actual trees/logs and I might just want to copy that style for my porch. It means pulling off what I have already put in place, but the wood touch would look so much better I think. (I was planning to do something like this on the inside for my loft area, but adding some outside would tie everything together.

Ah weight. I get nervous about my frame more and more. ;)

Ah I want to get back up there and fiddle more. The snow just makes things so much harder though. I was getting nervous with my ladder.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sliding glass door

I sprung for my siding and a sliding glass door this week. Very painful on the wallet but it makes the exterior that much more close to being done. The siding I chose looks awesome though and brings in the colours of the roof and the polyroche.

I have the polyroche faux stone siding for the bottom course and might have started on it, but the corners are really wiggity and I wanted to look up the installation methods to make sure I was doing things right. As it, I know how to do it now, but I need to cut stuff on the corners since I am not going to do the installation over the lathes. If I cut back my tyvek for that spot, I can do the alternate installation method of directly over the plywood.

It was bloody cold up at the cabin, in fact record cold for the region on that day. So while I got the door in, I did not do much else on the day. And then the cold had the truck not starting, so I was a little panicked that I might be stuck up at the cabin for longer then I'd like.

The door looks great though, and I sprung for the blinds between the glass, double sided opening doors that Home Depot had. I installed a five footer, but I would have gladly pirated their display model which was all of 3 feet perhaps? A perfect size for a tiny home I thought.

I still think I will need to install one more tiny window on the blank side of the house. If I stick it above the level of the large landing steps I am planning for my stairs it will add light to a semi-dark corner. Tiny to pick through the boneyard (or new and used) again.

Once I get all of this exterior work done, I can always do interior work over the winter when there is snow on the ground.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Minor things

I wish I had this place a little more accessible so that I could do work on it after work hours. But I went up and got the ridge cap on plus did my caulking around seams that might / and did leak. Started to fiddle with the front porch but as yet I need to pick up the sliding glass door so I don't want to get too far ahead with it making it a bitch to get the door in place.

At least I used up the majority of the crappy 2x4's in that porch.

Oh and I got my bird blocks in place. Happy time.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Roofing and stuff

God, I am so my father's child.  Went up over the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and tried to get my roofing material of choice on.  I am going worth a slate blue metal roof and with the days of time and the end of summer,  needed to get it on before all my hard work was ruined.
But of course I am fully able to screw things up. Something like lapping my tar paper/roofing underlay the wrong way around. Or little things like trying to get flashing sucked in just right.

At the very least I managed to get 90% of the  roofing on before I ran out of screws. I need to go back up, put the last sheet on and then get my ridge cap on. Then I can think of other things like siding and fun topics like that.