Construction

A Fine Metal Hat

We got a decent deal on a nice metal roof, so we went ahead and paid to have the roof installed along with buying the materials. First we had to do some prep work to get ready. We had to rip out the asphalt-gravel rolled roofing that we installed last summer because if we left it on, it would absorb and retain too much heat.

Next we drilled holes just under the plywood roof for soffit venting and air flow. From all the Googling I have done, this seems to be important. Last image above is hard to tell, but I cut off our overhanging plywood and added a 2×4 trim around the roof perimeter to give the roofers a better final edge to work with.

Now the day of the install. We hired Vertex Roofing and could not be happier. If you are looking at getting a metal roof or metal siding done and live in the greater Phoenix area, contact John Roper at 404-429-0172 and tell him you saw the Browns tiny house roof.

It was great to get to watch the installers at work, even the resident hound Buddy wanted some action. He was making sure that the ridge vents were cut to spec. Thanks Bud!

The actual metal weighs in at about 120 pounds and the installers made sure to face all the metal seems and the ridge pieces in the direction we would pull the house. I cant stress enough how right this kind of roof is for a tiny house, the price is very worth it.

Construction

Stairs and Loft

We have the strange challenge of creating closet-stairs when we don’t exactly know the size and location of the shelves that will be underneath them.┬áThese “floating” stairs that we came up with turned out to be a perfect approach. When complete, the closet, pantry, and general storage for the house will be located here.

For the building of the loft, we bought some angle iron and pre-drilled holes into it in such a way that we can screw one side into the studs on the wall and the other side into the ends of our 2×10 planks. Sorry I spaced on the pictures of the process at this point so all thats here is a finished loft base. Later after electrical is done we will add plywood to strengthen the loft.

Construction

Windows 10

If you count the small crescent window built into our front door, our tiny house is sporting 10 windows. For the last couple months we have been moving at a pace of just one or two windows per Saturday with a few weekends off for planning and some special occasions (go August birthdays!).

We also added another layer of decking down on top of the first for a 1.5 inch deck. We will be putting hardwood floor down on top of this for a total of 2+ inches for the floor.

Gallery time:

Window types:

  • 2 slide up – tiny great room
  • 4 slide left – loft and upper tiny great room
  • 1 slide right – bathroom
  • 1 awning – kitchen window
  • 1 casement – over stairs

We wanted to make sure every window could open (of course the door crescent cannot). We have three windows just for our loft space so we can enjoy the nice Arizona winter weather and have plenty of fresh air when needed.

It’s now time for siding and we are thinking stucco! Thoughts and comments are welcome below. Would we be the first tiny house to use stucco instead of neat wood or vinyl siding?