Tiny Progress – the Roof is sheeted – “sheathed”

Tuesday.  Man, I feel so tired.  we don’t even do daylight savings time here in Arizona, so I can’t blame that.  building a house is a lot of work!  we’ve been working what feels like non-stop for 3-4 weeks.  I’ve been taking Sundays off, but then not really, because we always end up needing to work out design details or shop the internet for fixtures and materials.

The house is looking so great though!  I am so excited to have something of our own.  I’ve been renting places since I left for college, so 14 years or so.  I’ve lived in maybe, well, twelve houses / apartments.  I just counted.  It’s feeling a bit smaller now that the walls and roof are closed in with the plywood sheathing…. but we are both so excited to have our own place!  And our utility bills last month were almost $200, combined with our rent of $900 (which is really low, thankfully!), plus cable internet, cell phones – phew.  Too bad salaries haven’t increased with the cost of living.  In the Tiny House we’ll still have to pay our cell phone bills, a little more to get internet through our cell phone, and pay for propane, in addition to rent and utilities in someone’s yard.  But that will be $200 to $300 a month, so an absolute max of $450 a month, all in.  Right now we’re paying out almost $1,300 a month.

Oh yes, progress.  Shane got the roof sheathed with plywood on Sunday, and built our two interior walls (with pocket doors) yesterday.  we were going to do surface mount “barn door” sliding hardware, but realized we needed the clear wall space.  so the doors on either side of the bathroom with be sliding pocket doors.

The walls are sheathed, as well as the roof now.

You can see in that photo that we’re adding a deck on the back.  this will be storage for bicycles and motorcycle while the house is in motion, then they’ll get parked under the gooseneck hitch when we’re parked at home.  The trailer had pull out steel ramps (as it was a car hauler) so there are four steel c-channels under the frame that we’ll weld some 2×2 tube steel onto for the deck platform.  we though about making a folding deck that would close up while we’re moving the house, but it’d be nice to have somewhere to park Shane’s motorcycle. (that’s not the living room – ha)

Tiny House Roof is sheathed

You can see the deck and porch overhang in the photo above.  The porch overhang might go…. we haven’t decided yet.  Was quite the discussion figuring out how that porch should be.  Ahhh, the age-old differences between architects and builders.  I wanted an angle to match the angle on the roof in the back.  So the peak of the porch roof would project 3′-0, the sides only 2′-0.  Admittedly, it doesn’t make much sense other than aesthetics.  Which is maybe “bad” design.  Architects are typically trying to make things look simple and clean and effortless (as well as utilizing design principles like rhythm and balance) – not realizing that it is actually more difficult to build something in a way that looks … well, unbuilt.  as if it was extruded from a lump of porcelain!  kind of funny.  if you’re in a good mood.

Next post I’ll put up our materials palette options.  We were looking at rough-sawn siding, maybe board and batten, but now we found a rain screen look that’s nice and clean, less expensive, and modern looking.


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10 thoughts on “Tiny Progress – the Roof is sheeted – “sheathed”

  1. Awesome! Looks great!

  2. It looks terrific! Shane does good work. I noticed you switched out the picture window from your original design. Now, is it those two extreme vertical windows from a post ago or so?

    I did like that tapered porch roof in the original. It was a nice balance to the dormers on the gooseneck. Either way, you both are doing a great job!

    • Hi George! yes, we found some windows at the local salvage yard – (3) 2’x6′ windows. two of them will be installed vertically across from the couch in the living room – providing great views and great solar gain for warmth in the winter. One will be installed horizontally above the couch in the living room. Lots of light! We’re looking at shutter details for protection while in motion and to act as awnings when parked in the summer. I agree with you on the tapered porch roof – it creates some rhythm having the same taper as the gable roof on the back end.

  3. The home is coming a long great and Carrie and I are have a ton of fun doing the blog and really enjoy the comments and folk following the blog. We hope to meet all the great like minded people out there.

  4. Megan Dixon

    I have to admit, I like the idea of the angle matching! just sayin. i know nothing about building…. good luck making that decision!

  5. Well I will post the last comment before I head on over to the shop to start work. As to the angle it has been a bit of contention. After a little more thought and talking about it with Carrie, I will do it (first thing this morning).

    Also will start the Ice and Water shield on the roof before the roofing, and the loft above the bathroom. Which will make a great area with pullout drawers that can access from standing on the bed…

    Stay posted, photo’s to follow!

  6. Forgot to tell you, I see most tinys with a metal roof. I just watched a youtube where they were using some sort of asphalt material that LOOKED just like the metal, but would not be as loud in the rain and offered a bit more thermal performance.

  7. et

    Keep the overhang if you can. My tiny house has a door on the long side – summer project is to build deck with roof/overhang. Snow and rain and door that opens outwards is not a good combination.

  8. Beau Miller

    Wow… I have so many questions guys. I wanna know about the HVAC, plumbing and electrical scheduals… Needs, supplies, and is it going to be classified as a ‘trailer’ home?
    Thanks, -Beau

  9. I have looked at many designs and yours appears to make more sense than most. I question the location since it appears to be rural that any cost savings may be eaten up with travel costs and wear and tear on your vehicles. Propane also has a higher cost than natural gas which at this time is a bargain. Your construction appears to be top shelf. Thank you

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