The Builders wanted everyone to know how super tough they are, so here are a couple pictures.
We are ready to get some siding done! Mr. Holland spent most of the weekend getting the roof finished and the trim on. The classes will work on siding this week. We are expecting precipitation at the end of the week, so we need to hurry.
Well, I think every group got to put in at least one window. It was cold this week, and the classes meet from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, so it doesn't have much time to heat up. We had a good discussion about how important it is to seal the windows well. We used Tyvek Straight Flash and Flexwrap. We were very impressed on how well it sealed it up along the flang.
We were able to start putting on siding. We are using Smart Siding by LP. Mr. Holland used it on his house last year, and was impressed on how well it went up.
Mr. Holland hopes to finish the metal and put on the fascia this weekend. We are looking for an electrician to wire it if anyone knows someone in the area.
We had several people stop and look at it this week.
Today the 1-3 graders put in screws to hold the OSB to the frame. It was very windy, which made it cold. We also looked at Tyvek and another type of house wrap. We did an experiment and found that Tyvek was much better, but it cost a lot more. We decided to spend the extra for a better product.
A lot of work was done over Thanksgiving break. Because we are behind and the uncertainty of setting walls and working on high areas, Mr Holland, his brother, and nephew did that work.
Well the floor is done. It has R-15 rigid insulation, 3/4 in. tongue and groove, on a 2x4 floor joist framed floor. All securely fastened to the trailer.
Well, the moment all the G/T classes have been waiting for, the trailer is here. Mr. Holland picked it up yesterday and we got right to work. We learned to use a pop rivet tool today. We used it to attach the galvanized metal to the bottom of the trailer frame to keep out mice mostly, but if is moved it will keep out road spray as well. The coolest thing was, we got hard hats!
Today is a good day. We found out the trailer will be ready tomorrow. Mr. Holland will drive to Washington to pick it up on 11-7-17.
While discussing our plans to start the floor, someone suggested we order hardhats and safety goggles. So, we got online and ordered a variety of colors, which we will model when they come in.
We found out some sad news, one of our builders will be moving back to Singapore to attend school. We will miss her but she can follow our progress online. We will also send our greetings to her through our blog.
This week, we have been discussing types of insulation. We talked about the cost, the process of putting it up, if it is safe, and its quality. The classes decided that we would put rigid insulation in the floor, alpaca fiber in the walls, and denim insulation in the ceiling. Rigid insulation is going in the floor because if there are any leaks of water it will remain dry. We have chosen alpaca fiber for the walls because it can easily fit between and around wires and cords. Denim insulation is going in the ceiling because it is very easy to put up.
Also, we have talked about the trailer for the tiny house. There are two options for where we are getting the trailer. The first is from Tiny House Basics. The second is from Tiny Home Builders. We are leaning towards Tiny House Basics in Olympia, Washington because the wait for it is only about three weeks. The trailer from Tiny Home Builders in Logan, Utah is supposed to take eight weeks. Tiny Home Builders trailer is about fifty dollars less and it is shorter drive, so that option means we are spending less money. Tiny House Basics is farther away and fifty dollars more, but we do not have to wait that long.
The students are all very excited to start building the tiny house.
We are a Gifted and Talented class in the Mountain Home School District