Category Archives: vardo

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 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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Sheathing My Vardo Roof

Yesterday the carpenters came out of the woodwork! (This is a good thing, by the way. Wouldn’t be so good if it were carpenter ants, but carpenters coming out of the woodwork is magically good!) I had just pulled out … Continue reading

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Sidestepping with Siding

Where did the weekend go?! Last weekend I got in three good building days. On Saturday we worked on Plan F. Sunday was Plan F: Take 2. And on Monday we were Insulating My Vardo Roof. I was looking forward … Continue reading

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Insulating My Vardo Roof

Friday I picked up Eave Caps for My Vardo Roof and Saturday we worked on Plan F. Yesterday we worked on Plan F: Take 2. And today we (finally!) insulated my roof box! In the morning Matthew helped me air … Continue reading

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Plan F: Take 2

Yesterday evening were working on Plan F and just placing everything together so we could decide whether to assemble the system on the ground or in the sky when I discovered that 2 x 6s are sold in “dead-on” pre-cut … Continue reading

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Plan F

I’m on Plan F. Over the past three years I’ve considered dozens of different ways to build my vardo roof, with its exposed rafters and skylight box. This weekend I found myself working on Plan F. Fortunately, I had some … Continue reading

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