It’s been a very productive week for our tiny house, T42. (It’s also been a very exciting week for Isha and I because we made A Big Announcement!) This week, with the help of a few friends and a couple Tiny House Sidekicks, we managed to install the sleeping loft, the studio pocket door, the bathroom pocket door, the studio wall, the access hatch for our loo bucket, and do the first coat of paint on the interior of our little house. (If you’d like to see more photos and the play-by-play, be sure to check out Niche Consulting on Instagram!)
I worked solo for two half days the first couple days of the week, caulking seams, spray foaming our fenders, and finishing priming. I’d started T42 Sealing & Priming a few weeks ago when my baby cousin was in town and she’s right, it’s boring. But listening to books on Audible kept me entertained. I also got our keyless door lock installed so we can remain Key Free.
On Wednesday, the roofers from TB Quality Construction finished installing our roof. This is the same team that did The Lucky Penny’s Copper Penny Roof and, once again, they did a great job! Additionally, Andy (who joined me for the first two Build Blitzes) spent a day helping the inside of our little house take shape. We built the frame for the sleeping loft out of cedar 2x4s and then attached birch plywood to the bottom and with the help of the folks building near us at Green Anchors, we hoisted it into place and anchored it there with structural screws. We supported the hanging corner of the loft with a 4×4 post and then cut the pocket door frame and door down to size. We also built a little wall next to the pocket door to finish out that wall. The clearance underneath our sleeping loft will be about 5’8″ once our finish floor is installed, which is too short for folks like Andy to stand up in, but perfectly comfy for Isha (who is 5’5″) and me. (I’m 5’2″ on a tall day!) This gives us more room in the sleeping loft, which we’re really looking forward to! I was so excited to have this new room in the house I couldn’t resist getting a little paint on the wall, so I painted our lavender wall that day, too!
On Thursday I ordered our cork flooring, picked up more Colorhouse no-VOC paint at Green Depot, washed the skylights, insulated our sleeping loft with Roxul Safe & Sound mineral wool insulation, and started noodling through installation of the access hatch in the bathroom.
Friday I was joined by my pal Chris and two Tiny House Sidekicks, Christine and Robb, for a painting party. We finished some caulk and priming details and then started playing with color. The ceiling is a creamy white, the long walls are spring green, the tongue wall is lavender, and the tail wall is barely blue. It’s so fun to see the house transformed by color!
Sunday Isha and I installed the access hatch in the bathroom for our loo bucket. It felt strange to cut another hole in the house after working so hard to seal everything up. If I had it to do over again I’d definitely have had it cut out in the factory since the access hatch is harder to flash than the windows. Nevertheless, we got it done and we’re excited about being able to empty our loo bucket from outside the house instead of carrying the bucket through the kitchen and outside! We also installed the pocket door for our bathroom, which we’d been holding off on until the access hatch was cut because we knew it would be more difficult to do once that wall was in place! (Saws require clearances!)
We also made a trip to Ikea to select our sink and explore storage solutions for our studio. Our water heater and exhaust fan are on order and this week I’ll be ordering our kitchen cabinets, our bathtub, and our countertops so that we can work on Cabinets & Built-Ins for Build Blitz #5. If you’d like to join us, please sign up. This is the last T42 Build Blitz before September so if you’ve been itching to get some hands-on building experience, this is your chance!