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My Copper Penny Roof

Portland greeted the arrival of autumn with the return of the rain. So as I’ve fallen asleep and woken up to the rain the past couple days, I’ve been feeling especially grateful the Lucky Penny has her roof. Back in … Continue reading

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Tiny House Shingles

It was another gorgeous August weekend in Portland. Perfect for working on my tiny house. I spent it running errands, helping with a work party at Simply Home Community, and playing with siding and shingles for The Lucky Penny. On … Continue reading

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My Flip-Up Front Porch

After taking a break from The Lucky Penny for a few weeks because I was Doing Life, it felt good to get back to building this weekend. On Friday I helped Ben who has been building his tiny house at … Continue reading

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Musings on My Vardo Roof Box

Today I met with Fred at Taylor Metal Products and Tim Bancke, the roofer who recently completed the beautiful curved roof for Lilypad, a tiny house currently under construction for my friend Anita by Walt Quade of Small Home Oregon. … Continue reading

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Day 1: Tiny House Design-Build

Today’s guest post brought to you by Katherine Arathoon, a student in this summer’s Tiny House Design-Build class at Yestermorrow. Thanks, Katherine! It’s Day 1 of the Tiny House Design-Build, and we’re off to a roaring start! Lo, the blank slate … Continue reading

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Hello Again, Tiny House Design-Build

This evening we kicked off the fourth two-week-long Tiny House Design-Build course at Yestermorrow. This is my second time co-teaching the course with Paul Hanke, Patti Garbeck, and Lizabeth Moniz. (And I blogged about last fall’s class in a set … Continue reading

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Tiny House Helpers

My tiny house is now dried-in and I’m taking a break from building for a few weeks. This past weekend I made My Annual Pilgrimage to the Oregon Country Fair. This weekend I’m headed to Yestermorrow in Vermont to teach … Continue reading

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Tiny House Rain Screen

Let’s talk about rain screens for a moment. In the Pacific Northwest rain screens are recommended because they prevent siding from rotting by draining away water that gets behind the siding. (Note that I didn’t say any water that might … Continue reading

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Tiny House Trim & Siding

On Independence Day I celebrated the freedom The Lucky Penny will give me with Tiny House Window Installation. I even had my very own version of red, white, and blue in the form of My Arched Window. The rest of … Continue reading

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Tiny House Window Installation

On Monday we finished Sheathing My Vardo Roof with a great crew of Tiny House Helpers. Yesterday we turned to window installation and I had the two perfect helpers: my build buddy Laura Klement who has installed dozens of windows … Continue reading

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