After a relaxing weekend mixed with work and vacation, we're ready to get back at it. Kiah and I sat together this morning pondering of the next steps to take in this tiny home adventure.
What we figured would be best to do next is prepare the roof for long term weather conditions. At it's current condition, it's not bad, although it's not exactly good either. We have high standards (or at least we try to).
This is what the roof looks like as of now (not the best pictures, I know)...
You can tell the roof already has a sort of white coating on it. I'm not exactly sure what this is, but I can tell you it is for long term weather conditions, but it doesn't hold up to our standards. There are also a few holes in it from when the snow (I think) built up and pushed down on it.
The other day (while Kiah was cleaning the inside of the trailer) I got on top of the roof and sealed the holes. What I plan to do next is permanently seal the holes with a low cost white roof sealant.
The best sealant that we found (for the right price) was Henry's Silicone Seam and Repair Roof Sealant (we don't receive benefits or support from Henry to use them).
We're confident that after we seal the tiny holes with this, then coat the roof twice with Henry's Silicone Roof coating, the roof will be ready to cut and lift!
What we have planned for now is;
1. Seal the roof, coat it
2. Buy the 6 windows we need for the home
3. Rip out the nasty floor
4. Prepare the sub-floor (but not actually install the wood floor)
5. Begin building the 1st floor frame
6. Cut the roof
7. Place the roof
8. Finish building the loft frame
9. Build the wall on the exposed side of the trailer
10. Place wires where needed
11. Cut the trailer for the windows and door to be placed
12. Place windows and door
13. Put up fireplace!
14. Insulate the beast
As you can see, we have a lot yet to be done. But in my eyes, the hard work is over. Now, we focus on precision and timing. All of the heavy lifting (I hope) is over.
I do talk to contractors and construction workers to get their opinions on the foundation of the home and many think it's good for now. Some express concerns of the tree trunks rotting.
While I do think this is a possibility, I don't think it'll happen anytime soon (within the next 5 years).
Some express concern with the foundation being dependent on the trailer's rear axle due to the shocks; they say it'll bounce. I've asked if the bouncing is a problem and they say no. As long as we can bear it :)
We may make some modifications to the foundation as we go along, but for now it seems sufficient.