I’m getting really bad about this whole blog thing. I haven’t posted any progress updates in… gosh, I don’t know how long. Too long – that’s how long. This post is going to be a doozy – encompassing a bit of everything interior from top to bottom and everywhere in between.
I think I started working on the tiny house again back in February. I generally work on it full time during the week and relax on the weekends. I do take breaks from the tiny every now and then…
Like when the weather isn’t cooperative and I get stuck home in Seattle.Or when I fly off to Hawaii to elope. Or just to hold a sweet little boy for a while.
But mostly I’ve been working, working, working. Day in and day out – the tiny house is consuming my life. I think it’s worth it though, things are shaping up pretty nicely. Have a look for yourself.
I bought my kitchen from Ikea – some assembly was required. The plan is to use the open counter area as an eating/cooking area. There will be an induction burner and toaster oven that can be taken out for use and stored the rest of the time. A couple of bar stools that can slide under the counter will complete the dining space.
I had to chop a bit out of the cabinets in order for them to sit against the wall at the wheel well bump out.
Step one – build cabinets
A 24″ sink cabinet and a 15″ drawer stack.
Lovely butcher block countertop.
I had to build a little pedestal for them to sit on.
The upper cabinet still not in its up position.
The big batch of boxes and bags.
Shiny stainless steel sink and faucet.
Hooked up the plumbing under the sink.
A tiny curtain rod, to hide the plumbing but still have it accessible.
I wanted to keep things simple with the trim. Just a wood frame, slightly protruding from the face of the wall, finished off with a bit of caulk. It’s amazing what a little trim can do to make a space seem nearly complete.
The little loft windows were the first to finish.
A nice straight caulk line around the edge of every window.
The mass of tape leftover from caulking the trim
Skylight one done.
Skylight two done too.
White trim around the bathroom window.
There was a lot of sanding and staining in the process.
The little lofts little windows all trimmed out.
And another window.
And even more windows.
Did I mention all the sanding and staining?
I used tape to get a nice straight caulk line.
Have you noticed a bit of a theme? Keeping the interior simple with a palette of white, grey, and light toned wood. The flooring choices follow this too.
Laying out the hardwood floor for sizing and placement of boards. Installation coming soon.
Carpet in the big loft.
Carpet on the treads, vinyl on the risers.
Vinyl on the floors of the stair storage cabinets. This same vinyl is in the bathroom, I just forgot to get a photo.
Carpet in the little loft.
Holy moly! This alone is quite the fete and I’m still not finished. It took a long time just to figure out how to route wires and place outlets, switches, and lights with no access to the exterior walls. I knew this was going to be an issue when I chose to use SIPS for the walls and roof. It took some creativity and a bit of electrical hide and seek, but I think I’m getting things where and how I want them. It also took a while to figure out how to wire different items and in what sequence so as not to be switching off items that were not intended to be switched. Very confusing indeed. Good thing my grandpa is an electrician, because this stuff can be tricky. I will get his seal of approval prior to plugging anything in. Fingers crossed.
Hooking up the little LED can lights in the living room.
Working on the electric panel.
A future entry shelf area with outlet and decorative LED lighting switch.
I used a combination of metal conduit and boxes as well as traditional in wall wiring and boxes.
Running the wires for the living room lights.
Big fat wires from the instant hot water heater. Now to hide them with some trim.
Creative wiring for the kitchen outlets.
Another living room outlet.
Running wires under the stairs to the bathroom.
Wiring outlets in the big loft.
Wires running behind the kitchen cabinets.
An outlet for the incinerating toilet.
A junction box to conceal the water heater connection.
A wire channel made with 1x2s to conceal electrical wires running to the kitchen, bathroom, and little loft. It wraps around the entire kitchen/stair space and will be covered by a piece of trim that will also conceal a LED light strip for a decorative light feature.
There always seems to be something else to do. Random odds and ends to make this house a home – albeit a tiny one.
First living room soffit up.
Second living room soffit up.
End caps for the soffit are in and painted. Just need some trim for a boxed beam look.
Had to balance the soffit board on a couple of ladders to get it up to the ceiling.
A 6″ in circular drill blade to cut a big hole in the wall.
A big hole in the wall.
A heat recovery ventilator to help keep things fresh and dry (hopefully).
Handrails at the upper stairs.
Finishing the interior wall of the little loft with an outlet.
Adding trim to make a bookshelf area in the little loft.
Finishing the interior wall in the little loft.
The inside part of the HRV.
Well now, that is a bit of stuff. No wonder I’m tired. Can’t stop now though, the end is in sight and it will be glorious when I finally get there.
Thanks for reading!