Friday, September 25, 2015

BUILDing up to another workshop...

After the Window & Siding workshop (see previous post) we have continued on to finish the siding (Smartside - lap siding by Lousiana Pacific).  I have been very VERY thankful to have Susan (BuilderSusan) helping me so much, she has been sooooo generous with her time and knowledge!  Plus, we have a great time and get at least one humongous belly laugh per day (the kind where you are laughing so hard that you double over and have to hold on to something so you don't fall over).  There have been some tricky cuts to navigate and fancy thinking to be done but she is always able to navigate through it and come up with solutions that look good and work great.
Build day 21 (Crew: Robin & Susan & I) & 22 (Susan & I) were days we spent finishing up the siding. Here are a few pics of what it looks like right now...

Susan puts the top course of siding on what I call the "back side" of the house. 

Siding almost done...just a bit to do over the window bumpout

All siding is on, need to finish up the soffits, then finish caulking then paint!
Now the (seemingly) never-ending task of caulking will continue and then paint. I really want to see what it looks like ALL painted (you can see the blue color that I chose on the short wall in the 1st photo).  I need to get that done before the rains start hampering the outdoor work.  Every time I leave the build site I have all the lumber covered in plastic JUST IN CASE.  (As it is right now, there's been a rain shower every 3-5 days or so, nothing MAJOR but a good 15 minutes of soaking). Aaah, Texas.

The only thing that will remain to be completed on the outside will be the wee piece of metal roof that goes over window bumpout. Clark Louver Roofing company wanted to make sure the fit was perfect so they wanted us to complete the siding and window installs before they put that on.

AND THEN...   electrical and plumbing is next!
BANina is getting ready to host an awesome workshop for it and it will be a fantastic opportunity for folks to learn from an expert in implementing The Best for their specific wants/needs in their tiny house. I cannot wait to learn this stuff! I am WAY too excited to get electrical going...just...giddy!  The plumbing too but after seeing it lit up on the night of the mixer, I can't stop thinking about it!

It's funny, there's definitely a checklist/timeline that you follow as you build a tiny house and I've been planning, purchasing, and checking things off on my list.  I find that it's tough for me to jump ahead and think of the details of the next phase. I can tell you the general ideas and big pieces but the particulars get me all wigged out because I haven't thought ALL of them through.   Like right now... there's plenty to be done before the electrical...yes, the loft(s), yes, pocket door to the bathroom, yes, the shower... but I just want the electrical right now!!
I never said I was patient.

So, now I ask YOU to be patient with me...and we'll report back to you with all the nitty-gritty details about the workshop and the expert we have assisting us with the electrical and plumbing schematics and dates and ... ooh...makes me all lightheaded.      I need to calm myself down. 

The next time you see pictures of my house it should be painted. Thanks for following!

~The Nina in BANina

Prematurely grey. Primeraturely gray. Ha.  I crack myself up.


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  2. It is nice to see the siding at different stages. The blue colour is a good choice. It always helps to have a good team of people to work with. That makes every task easier. Putting on siding is a bit tedious for some people but those who are experienced can find ways to make the job easier while making it fun as well.

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