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Our Project House Build Update - A Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Cypress 20

April 29, 2014

The roof on our project house is looking great and we thought it was a timely opportunity to share some thoughts with you about the roof building experience.

The front section of the roof and faux dormer certainly add curb appeal to Tumbleweed's Cypress design, but having worked through the process of putting it all together, it raised questions on whether the additional time taken to add redundant features and extra cost with purchasing required materials, versus topping your house with a standard 'gable roof', is actually worth the end result? (especially when two objectives of building tiny are to maximize internal usable space of the house as well as using valuable resources in the most efficient way)...

From a space perspective, adding the sloping front roof reduces the overall room in the sleeping loft. It also means the options for adding natural light into the sleeping space are really just limited to a skylight (which looks good and does an awesome job but also comes at a real dollar cost which is an important factor to tiny house builders).

Adding the slope and dormer, turns the gable roof into a type of 'intersecting roof', which itself means addition of 'hips' and 'valleys' to the roof structure and brings its own considerations to both function and cost.

Any change to a regular roof profile increases opportunity for the weather and insects to get into your structure. We have remediated this risk on our house by properly applying an under sealing of tar paper and then flashing hips and valleys to reduce the likelihood of water penetrating the roof covering and underlayment.

In such a design case, it really means more time in framing and more expense (and yet more time) to buy, cut and fit trim or detail specially designed for valley drainage, hip and pitch break flashing.

One upside of this roof design however, is that having a less exposed surface area to the outside world does provide some energy saving.

So when you're designing your own perfect fun size house, remember to think about some factors that we feel really matter to the outcome, both for your wallet and functionality, for now and in the future. Go for sensible yet equally visually and functionally appealing alternatives, such as having a full roof offering maximum internal space, with opportunity to add small dormers in the sides (versus ends) of the roof, which themselves provide a cheaper alternative for adding plenty of natural light to your loft and don't significantly change the work needed to be done to the underlying roof framing or structure.

If you're looking for some personal support for your project then get in touch so we can help with your own roof design or construction challenges....

front of roof side view of roof

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

February 25, 2014

The two months since we moved the project house out of the workshop and into its backyard home have certainly flown by. We were hoping for a mild winter in New Jersey that would allow us tme to get roofing, outside trim and siding finished, but so far our wishes haven't come true and there has been virtually no progress so far in 2014 - all very frustrating!

The down time on the project house build hasn't gone to waste and we have been busy designing our interactive workshops that we'll be rolling out later this year.

Our current plans are to run the first workshop in north New Jersey (NY metro area) in June. This will be an intense two days of learning and hands-on construction that includes foundation prep, wall framing, sheathing, roof framing, houe wrap and window installation.

Prices start at $375 per person ($325 for companion tickets) and include plans of the workshop build, your own personal tool kit (that you take with you afterwards) and lunch on both days. Places will be limited to 12 people per workshop.

Register your interest today and we will add you to the wait list. Places will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. We will confirm your place and request payment six weeks before the workshop date.

Tiny house outside

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

December 1, 2013

It's been a busy Thanksgiving as we've been working hard to get a few things done. The latest additions include the front window, roof dormer and tar paper.

We are moving the house to its new home next weekend so we're getting it ready to brave the New Jersey winter weather.

Tiny house with roof felt

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

November 18, 2013

It's been a couple of weeks since the last update and there has been some great progress.

The roof sheathing is finally done, just the dormer to to add to the front sloping roof before we add the felt and metal sheets.

The Velux skylight is also looking nice and brings much needed light and a great view to the sleeping loft. It will be great sleeping under the stars!

The pressure treated strips on the side wall and around the windows are in preparation for the siding and provide a drainage plain in case any water gets in behind the cedar.

Tiny house with roof sheathing, skylight and furring

Name the House Competition! Put your mark on the project house and win a $100 gift card...

November 1, 2013

We're running a competition to give you an opportunity to be part of the project house build!

If you're the lucky competition winner who gives our project house it's name you'll not only be part of the story but you'll also win a $100 gift card for either Home Depot, Lowes or Amazon!

The deadline for competition entries was November 30. The winner will be announced on December 10!

enter to win

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

October 27, 2013

The hip rafters on the front section of the roof proved challenging but the effort was well worth it!

Here's the latest picture; roof framing complete and first row of roof sheathing on.

Tiny house with exposed roof sheathing

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

October 15, 2013

Here's the house complete with Tyvek wrap. The wrap provides a weatherproof yet breathable barrier to prevent moisture getting into the walls from the outside while allowing it to escape from the inside. Clever stuff.

We'll be finishing the roof framing next; adding final front rafters and blocking ahead of putting on the sheathing.

Tiny house with Tyvek House Wrap

Four Lights Tiny House Company Workshop. Washington, D.C.

October 8, 2013

Gallaudet University was the venue for the The Four Lights Tiny House Company workshop in sunny Washington, DC this past weekend.

Having attended a couple of workshops beforehand we were wondering how this one might be different and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Jay Shafer and Daniel Bell of (DIY Tiny Homes) work really well together to deliver a top notch tiny house design and build experience for any budding tiny house nut.

Two days of action packed agenda; with Jay covering the seven design principles in detail and sharing his life experiences, and Dan supporting with his expert building knowledge; explaining the nitty-gritty of the tiny house construction processes, materials, tools and techniques (with some hands on demos) to pull everything together nicely.

We also presented at the end of the first day to share some of our own experiences; sharing pictures and speaking about our project house build, which was well received by the 40 or so other tiny house addicts in attendance.

The group took a visit to Boneyard Studios (pictured right) on Sunday morning to see the showcase of urban tiny houses and meet with (the other) Jay, who introduced us all to the 4 houses and their project which is all very impressive. Definitely check them out online (and you can even pay them a visit if you get chance to visit one of their open houses).

The bottom line on this weekend? If you’re looking for an unmatched tiny house workshop experience where you’ll learn from two of the best and most passionate guys in the business, then check out a Four Lights Tiny House workshop. Details on workshops, very cool houses and lots of other tiny house stuff can be found on their Website.

Pictures: Boneyard Studios (top-right) and Minim House. Get more details about the Boneyard Studios project and their own tiny house workshops on the Boneyard Studios website.

Boneyard Studios Minim House, Boneyard Studios

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

September 30, 2013

A couple of weeks since our last update and we have most of the roof rafters in place, the side walls sheathed with window openings cut out.

Great to see it starting to look something like a real tiny house!

Less than a week to go now until The Four Lights Tiny House Company workshop in Washington DC.

Jay Shafer himself his hosting and has kindly offered us a slot to present details of our project house build to everyone there.

We're excited to meet Jay, his team and the other workshop goers next weekend.

There's still time to sign up if you would also like to join. Click this link to read all about Jay's book and his new venture.

Tiny house with wall sheathing and roof rafters

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

September 17, 2013

Many thanks to the team at The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company for giving us the opportunity to present at their NJ workshop in Toms River this weekend.

It was a great experience and fantastic to meet some north east tiny house fans!

Our project house is in great shape; all walls framed, secured and sheathed, with work in progress on the roof construction. The 18 foot ridge beam provided a challenge to get lifted into place but it's finally sitting pretty!

More work needed to get all roof rafters into place which we'll be tackling next...

Tiny house build two weeks in

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

September 9, 2013

The wall framing is coming along nicely with the back wall, left side and front door opening in position.

Heading into week two, we'll be finishing the wall framing, tightening everything down onto the foundation before starting to sheath the outside.

Also very excited for the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company workshop in Toms River, NJ this weekend!

Tiny house rough framing

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

September 4, 2013

We are up and running at the new workshop and progress is going well on the Cypress!

The foundation and subfloor are all but complete.

Facia boards are on and we have a nice air tight R15 ridgid foam insulation, with sill sealer to cover any remaining bare metal, all topped off with a 3/4 inch ply subfloor.

Next steps are to thoroughly screw everything down nice and tight before preparing the porch deck and starting on wall framing.

Tiny house trailer

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

Three big pieces of news to share on this project house update ...

It was third time lucky when we found our new tiny house workshop in north New Jersey last week. Many thanks to our land lady (who now has a new found love for the small house movement)! We pick the keys up this weekend and very much looking forward to moving into our new backyard....

The foundation is being prepared on the project house. Materials for the walls and roof have been ordered, so next Tuesday it will be full steam ahead on the Cypress build! The very helpful staff at Kuiken Brothers in Fairlawn, NJ made the whole process nice and easy, as they usually do, so thanks also go to them.

We checked in with the folks over at The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company this week and they are so pleased we're building a Cypress, they've invited us along to their New Jersey workshop in Tom's River, on the weekend of September 14, to tell everyone all about our experiences during the build of one of their coolest house designs.

Tiny house trailer

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Cypress - Project House Build Update

We're building a Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Cypress!

To give you some insight into the process of building a tiny house on wheels, we'll be running a blog from the site so you can follow our progress throughout the project.

With our 'name the house' competition, you'll also have an opportunity to give the house its official name! details coming soon.

Tiny house trailer

Four Lights Tiny House Company workshop - Washington D.C. - October 2013

Workshops offer us an opportunity to network and learn latest industry news and views on tiny home construction, as well as getting information on the latest designs and houses available on the market direct from the companies that offer them.

We'll be at the Four Lights Tiny House Company workshop in Washington D.C on October 5 and 6, which is also an exciting opportunity to meet Jay Shafer himelf and other tiny home enthusiasts.

If you're interested in joining an interactive Backyard Cottage Company worskhop, where we'll show you (not just tell you), how to build a tiny home on wheels, then let us know!
read more and submit interactive workshop interest form.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company workshop - Boston - June 2013

We met some great like-minded tiny house fans in Boston this June.

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen hosted an amusing, informative and inspirational Tumbleweed Tiny House Company workshop and we were lucky enough to hear first hand experiences from guests Chris Haynes and Sage Radachowsky (check them and their amazing projects out).

To round off a great weekend, what could be better than stepping inside Jay Shafer's original 'Tumbleweed', currently residing in Boston (pictured right) - awesome!

If you're interested in joining an interactive Backyard Cottage Company worskhop, where we'll show you (not just tell you), how to build a tiny home on wheels, then let us know!
read more and submit interactive workshop interest form.

Jay Shafer's original Tumbleweed - Boston - June 2013