Putting Up Rafters and Closing It In (Tiny House Part 3)

It’s been about a week and a half since I’ve checked in…. and we’ve gotten so much done on our house!!! I got to spend three days over the weekend with Judah and his family, and I’m so thankful for their help and support in this project. In case you missed them, here are part 1 and part 2 of our tiny house journey.

Putting Up Rafters and Closing It In

First, we did a supply haul. It was actually really fun marching around Home Depot with Judah, picking out windows, fasteners, lumber, siding, and lots of other things! Once we got to the land we started on the ridgepole and rafters as well as framing most of the windows and the door.

I learned a ton, and one of the more interesting things was getting to see how supports were used to keep everything square and plumb and in place. You can see that in this picture – all the diagonal boards and the two ones sticking in the air are temporary supports.





We had a fire going almost all the time because we (I say “we,” but I wasn’t always able to help due to a lack of knowledge or skills) often worked until it was quite dark and cold. Judah’s dad and siblings were often there too, helping and keeping us company. The yahoos (i.e. siblings) and I made a tire swing and a lovely fire ring!



Next we put sheathing (OSB) on the roof. It was pretty steep and slippery, but thankfully Judah is good at working on roofs so it went pretty smoothly. Also, check out that sunset! I’m so looking forward to living in this beautiful place.


Next came Tyvek house wrap, in the dark.


Early this week Judah and his dad put tar paper on the roof, some of the windows in, and most of the siding on! Now it’s weather-proof and we can work on the inside.


Next up is electrical wiring, putting metal on the roof, and framing the bathroom…. It’s a big project, but it is such a blessing to be able to do something like this with my fiance! And whenever I tell him what an amazing job he’s doing, he says, “It’s all for you.”


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