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Raising The Roof

Ooohhh aaahhh!  Look that that fancy roof!  I just got the roof up and wanted to share this video with you all.

The roof has proven to be the most difficult thing with the tiny house so far mainly because I made the decision that the roof was best left to the professionals and now that I had it installed, I’m very glad I decided to hire someone.  I’m sure I could have pulled it off but the roof costs a lot and to be done wrong would spell disaster and cost a lot of money.

The roof is a standing seam roof, which means that the seams are in a vertical part that makes up the “ribs” of the roof.  I love the look of it and what is even better, the color (though hard to tell in photos and videos) matches my windows exactly.

There are a lot of parts to the roof that frankly were overwhelming to me when it came to purchase.  What makes it worse is that if you forget a part, you have to wait for it to come in (major delay) but if you order something extra, it costs a lot of money and can’t be returned.

All in all, I’m very happy with how the roof came out check out the video for more details.

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Marfa House

This is an interesting house that almost looks like a container home, but in actuality it is just a metal sheathed house.  While I’m not usually a fan of the rusted metal look, in the setting/landscape of this place, it suits it quite well.  Kinda of has a modernist Mad Max feel to it…  I guess I just made up a new style name, maybe its the next shabby chic.  Ha! Regardless of its hard exterior, the inside has very clean lines and simple furnishings in contrast to the outside.  My favorite part of this is the entire wall that opens up to the outside tying the kitchen with the outdoor sitting area.

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Adding The Deck Flashing

After removing the boards for the deck of my house, I then flashed the whole surface of the trailer with galvanized metal flashing.  This will prevent moisture from getting into the insulation and floor framing and prevent mice or road debris from entering into the undercarriage.  I made sure to overlap the seams and then used flashing adhesive to seal it all up.  The sheets then were secured using staples and the vapor barrier was placed on top of that.

It’s worth noting my approach to moisture when it comes to my Tiny House.  I have several layers of redundancy to prevent moisture from becoming and issue.  First is the fact that the trailer is inherently off the ground, this means that there is a good air flow to dry out any moisture that does make its way under the house.  I plan to have a gravel pad to facilitate better drainage under where the house is parked.  From there I have the trailer decking which is pressure treated.  I think it is very unlikely that much water will be able to get up underneath the trailer other than if I were to drive it down a road after/during a rain shower.  From there I have a sealed layer of galvanized metal flashing.  This will prevent any water from entering an because its galvanized, it is well adapt at handling it if it does.  On top of that is a sheet of 6mil vapor barrier.  On top of that is my floor framing and insulation.  The floor framing is also treated and the foam is closed cell so it will not absorb any moisture.  All in all I think moisture isn’t going to be a huge issue because of the air flow, but if it does get in, there are multiple layers to handle it.

First step was to cut a hole for the tiny house deck.  The decking of the actual trailer is treated lumber, to cut the hole I used a sawzall to make the cuts.

Then I attached galvanized flashing to the deck, being sure to overlap the seams and seal them with flashing adhesive.

Then I added a 6mil vapor barrier.

Finally all my floor framing (covered in depth in another post) is all treated lumber.

 

Future Materials For Building Your Home

With so much innovation happening in the technology industry, green tech etcetera, it is no wonder that we are seeing more and more new innovative products to build homes with.

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What about Metal Foam?  Sounds crazy right?  Well its not, it has “a much higher strength-to-density ratio than any metal foam that has ever been reported.  What can this be used for?  Well currently applications are going to be used for earthquake damage protection, but designers are all ready scheme up new ways to use the material.

How about having your next house printed!?!?  In 24 hours!  Behrokh Khoshnevis’ device was originally designed to be a rapid prototyping machine, essentially a 3-D printer, but he has realized its true calling is in building construction.   This technology isn’t anything new, but the use of this cement like substance and its ability to scale to a house size is.  I have seen 3-D printers at work and while impressive(I saw one that could print in titanium), they are slow.  This method here is much faster and can support more applications for residential or disaster relief.

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Obsorbo, its glass meets sponge.  But a very selective one, this glass will swell to 8 times its size while capturing volatile compounds a.k.a. chemicals and pollutants.  Once the glass is full, you can actually harvest the harmful parts and reuse it over and over again.  Originally designed for water contamination clean up, it has an interest implication in green homes or greenhouses where you grow your organic foods.

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Concrete is used for many reasons, its cost, its strength, it ability to repel fire or water etc. etc.  But  what would happen if you were able to use it in new ways, such as accent walls or in lighting?  This material is technically concrete, but is mixed with optical fibers to allow light to pass through, while retaining strength.

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