As you know by now, one of Nelson Tiny Houses' driving motivations is to use as much reclaimed and recycled material as possible. A particular manifestation of that is for Seth to go to our hardware and lumber store and pick up all the orphaned boxes of flooring that they have for a greatly reduced price. Most building projects can't make use of 30 square feet of a certain flooring, but tiny houses can. Our current project uses three or four different flooring materials on the inside walls of closets, the wall beneath the kitchen counter, and the floor and walls under the elevated floor of the bedroom. They're all pretty ugly laminate products that we wouldn't want as our actual floors (aesthetically, it wouldn't match the fine wood trim we will be using), but for the out-of-the-way places, these “reclaminate” (a word we just coined) flooring materials are perfect.
This past building-week showed some good progress. We buttoned up the outside with all windows and doors in and all siding and exterior trim up. We moved to the inside and finished the electrical. In total, there are 35 electrical elements in the tiny house – 35 outlets, switches, light fixtures, heater wires and fans for venting. We're curious how that compares per square foot to a big house.
We started closing up the ceiling with recycled T&G. We didn't have enough to do the entire ceiling with one style, so we grouped the kitchen and bedroom ceilings as one type of T&G and finished the ceiling over the bathroom loft with another type. Where the two meet, we will put a strip of wood. We still didn't have quite enough wood to finish the bigger part, so we will complete it with a two-foot strip of drywall that will reflect the clerestory window light really nicely down into the living area.
We also finished prepping the pocket door detailing. We call these the “antlers,” and they serve a double function. One, they stabilize the cantilevered live-edge shelf that is the top of the pocket door. Two, they are what we hope to make one of our signature details – a from-the-forest functional and decorative component of the house. We have a similar detail in our Acorn house, which you can see in the photo gallery. We had a piece of green maple that fit perfectly and Seth hung it over his wood stove to “kiln dry” it in time for installation.
Finally, Mike did a wonderful job prepping a beautiful French door set that we will put into our next house. He took them from a beat-down and weathered state to what you see below. Check these out!