Bathroom cabinetry & fixtures

Finally, we were getting into the “fun” stuff – the things that would make it a functioning home: cabinets, fixtures, stairs and appliances. It felt like we were so close to being done, but it was only the beginning of May and we, unknowingly, had another three months of work ahead of us.

At this point, I didn’t really have a clear picture of what all the cabinets and such would look like. I’m not a designer and have trouble visualizing designs in my head, so we just Continue reading “Bathroom cabinetry & fixtures”

Trim and Moulding

Now we were getting into the nitty-gritty, and the days of rough carpentry were over.

Once all the flooring was installed, we started the finicky detail work of trim and moulding for the walls and windows. It’s impressive how many hours you can spend at the lumber store comparing all the different options and prices. It is equally impressive how many hours it takes to cut and install said items. Completing this part of the project took about forty-five hours which included an initial three-hour trip to the lumber store to price out our options.

The precision in this kind of detailed work takes patience and dedication. It would be so easy to do a shoddy job, but half-ass isn’t in Mike’s vocabulary.


Cutting the first piece of trim for bedroom loft ceiling.
Mike planing the ceiling paneling so the two trim pieces come together evenly.
Since I stained the ceiling paneling, I had to stain the trim as well.
Halfway done with bedroom loft ceiling trim.
Ceiling trim completed.
More trim and window moulding done!
Trim in weird triangular area done.
Installing last piece of oak trim along bedroom loft floor.
Window trim and moulding done.
Trim around the exposed beams. An absolute nightmare!


Interior work begins

Well, would you look at that… another year has gone by as quickly as it takes me to write another post 🙄. Another soggy and windy winter has settled into the Pacific Northwest and it only seems fitting that this next long-delayed post detail the interior process.

Before the insulation was installed, I had already ordered my interior paneling for the walls and ceiling. I went with 5/8” TNG pine paneling to keep weight and cost down. We spent a fair amount of time comparing 5/16” paneling vs 5/8” paneling. Of course, it would have been nice to go with the thinner material to reduce weight. But after trying a small test area, we determined the 5/16” was a little too flimsy. When the material Continue reading “Interior work begins”

Electrical, Plumbing and Insulation

It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve put up a post. Oh, wait. It has. Just about a year to be exact. It’s now winter again, and it’s hard to imagine we were in the throes of this massive project this time last year working in the frigid rain. It was about this time Mike began hassling me about my dwindling blog performance. When we started this project, I was ignorant of the time, effort, and stamina it would require.  The tiny house was all-consuming. There was little energy for much else, for instance, this blog.

For those who are unaware, the tiny house was successfully completed in early August of 2017, and I am happy to report living in the tiny house for the last five months has been, for lack of better words, like coming home. For the first time in my life since moving out of the house I grew up in, I feel like I have a true home again. This entire house was built by Mike and me. Everything in this house was chosen by me. In essence, this house is me: simple, low maintenance, a little rustic.

Now that the house is done and I’ve had some time to breathe again, I am eager to finish out the write up on the rest of the build. So, if you’re interested in seeing the interior process, please read on!
Continue reading “Electrical, Plumbing and Insulation”

Exterior is done.

It was now nearing the end of October and we were feeling the pressure to complete the exterior before settling into cold and wet wintry weather. Before putting the exterior siding on, we first had to install the window trim. This went fairly easy and well, aside from seeing the first signs of issues as the temperature started to drop Continue reading “Exterior is done.”

We have a roof! And windows!

Before we knew it, it was already September and many of our weekend days were booked up for the next two months with birthday celebrations and various engagements. We tried to make up some of that time by having Mike stay on the island during the week so we could work on the house after work. In case you’re wondering, yes, it was terrible working on the house after a day’s work with our real jobs. But, we had to Continue reading “We have a roof! And windows!”

It’s starting to look like a house!

The morning of our next work day, I was making breakfast in the RV and could hear a steady sound of something dripping outside. It wasn’t raining at the moment, but it had showered the night before. So, I went outside and followed the noise which led me to look under the trailer. Lo and behold, water was streaming from Continue reading “It’s starting to look like a house!”

Subflooring installation (take 2), and then some…

When the entire subfloor was complete (or so we thought), we began constructing the framing for the walls of the tiny house. Things were getting a little more exciting now. This is where I began to see the beautiful “guts” of my house! On a Friday afternoon, we completed one end wall. Continue reading “Subflooring installation (take 2), and then some…”

Subfloor installation, take 1

The week following the installation of the aluminum flashing, a thunderstorm rolled through in the night and it rained with a fury. The entire deck was covered in water. Since we had sealed up the seams of the flashing with tape, the water had nowhere to go. This solidified our decision from last week to not install a vapor barrier on top of the flashing. To prevent any future water-logging, Mike thought it would be a good idea to Continue reading “Subfloor installation, take 1”

The tiny house build begins!

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Many of our friends and family have heard Mike and I talking about possibly building a tiny house for me for some time now. I’m happy to announce that the building of my tiny house has actually begun! It was at some point early in the year that I finally made up my mind that I wanted to live in a tiny house. I had continued living in ‘ol Betty (my RV) after I got back from my road trip last summer. The winter was harsh with Continue reading “The tiny house build begins!”