June 13, 2015
Andrew and I had a pretty productive, but long day working on the tiny house yesterday. I started working at about 6:30 AM yesterday and did not quit until about 7:30 PM. From 6:30 AM to about 10:00 AM, I finished sorting all the packages of interior siding I had purchased (I have now sorted 28 packages of siding), selecting the pieces I needed to finish the ceiling and cutting them all to length. Andrew showed up shortly afterwards and we spent the rest of the day over in the RV lot working together to install everything I had selected and cut before he arrived.
Just like on the right side of the ceiling, we had real difficulty getting started with the left side. The 45° transition between the wall and the ceiling is not fun to put interior siding on. The last strip of siding at the top of the wall needs to be absolutely, perfectly straight along the entire 16 feet of the house. Otherwise, the first strip of siding on the ceiling will not install flush with that strip and there will be large, visible gaps. It took Andrew and I a couple of hours to install just those two strips. We had to nail up and tear off the siding several times before we figured out exactly what combination of shims were necessary to get the top strip of siding on the wall perfectly straight. However, we eventually got it to come together properly and I’m really happy with how it looks.
After we got past the 45° transition, things started to move much more quickly. It was really fun to watch the transformation of the ceiling over the next couple of hours. I was amazed at how fast it went. Having a second pair of hands really helped and made it so much easier than all the work I did by myself on the right-hand side of the ceiling last weekend. In addition, I think I got better at cutting all the pieces to the right length since only one piece in the entire left side of the ceiling had to be trimmed to fit in place. Within a couple of hours, we had all the rest of the siding put on the ceiling except the last strip below the ridge beam, which needed to be ripped to size.
At that point, it was 3:30 PM and we finally took our first break. We walked back to the house for a little bit of lunch. Then we set up Gregory’s table saw and created the three pieces we needed for the last strip based on a small test piece we had created by hand before we quit for lunch. After we had the pieces cut, we walked them back over to the house and installed them. They fit perfectly, which was great. The only minor problem we ran into was that the plastic that I had run over the ceiling ended up being a little bit tight along the ridge beam in a few places. I solved that problem by simply slicing the plastic open along the ridge beam in the tight places to give it a little bit of room to expand, installing the last strip of siding and then patching the slices with rubber flashing.
When we finished all of that, it was 5:30 PM which might have been a good time to quit. However, I really, really wanted to completely finish the ceiling before we stopped for the day. That meant cutting one more strip of siding to go along the ridge beam. This was the most complicated piece of siding to create because we needed to cut the whole strip with a 45° bevel along both edges so that it would press up flush against the siding on both sides of the ceiling. Once again, we created a test piece while we were at the tiny house to see how it fit. Then we walked back to the table saw and created a total of 16 feet of siding the same shape and width. Finally, we walked back to the tiny house and installed the last strip. I’m so glad we took time to do that and that Andrew was willing to stay and help me because that final piece really made all the difference.
My favorite part of this weekend came on Saturday afternoon when Sheila finally got home from a two week business trip and I got to show off everything that we had gotten done in the house since she left. We both crawled up in the loft and lay down on our backs, side by side and hand in hand. It was the first time since I have started this process that we have been able to experience exactly what the house is going to look like when it’s done and I have to say that it was a pretty special moment. One thing is for sure … I have never gotten so much pleasure out of staring at the ceiling.