9.18.12 Update

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I wish I had a little more exciting news but it’s getting closer!  I got my bathroom sink, I love it, it’s perfect!!  Other than that I have just been working on the electrical, going around in circles trying to figure out the switches, i think I got it though.  I am having Steve come back out when he has some time to double check me.  I have also started looking at splitting up my electrical so that when I go to plug in wherever I park I won’t require anything too special as far as electrical demands.  I don’t think I would have to be wondering about this if I didn’t have a radiant heat floor system, since I do though I have a few things to consider.  More to come soon.  I am aiming for having power either tomorrow or Thursday.  Right now it is all wired but I still need to run the main lines to the breaker box.  I have been holding off on this until I get a chance to actually talk through the rational with a real life electrician.   More coming soon, wish me luck, I hope I don’t burn the place down!
Also, on another note, James is taking his second to last A.R.E. exam in the morning, wish him luck!  He’s already scheduled his next (and last) one for Monday, that’s crazy!  The man is simply brilliant though and is going to breeze through the last two.  That means, in less than one week I get to tell people that I am dating an architect and not be exaggerating the truth.  Good luck Love!




  1. Hey Macy, I’ve got another question for you! In the photo that shows the part of the ceiling without any insulation installed, there is a metallic wrap showing, on top of the rafters. Is it a radiant barrier? I’ve only seen a radiant barrier installed on top of the plywood sheathing, as the last step before the shingles or metal panels – but since you have a fabulous white rubber roof, did that force you to put it under the plywood sheathing? And will that make a difference in how effective it is?

    Since I live in a place where the heat in summer is more of an issue than the cold in winter, I already thought a white roof was the way to go. And then when you mentioned in a previous post that your house was staying cool, even without the insulation installed, I was even more sold – so I really want to understand the process you’re using!

    1. Hi Cheryl!

      I LOVE questions! 🙂 There IS the same radiant barrier wrap under there that I used on the exterior of my house. It is a radiant barrier/moisture barrier/breathable air barrier, as the air barrier its best to keep it around the entire house. I was speaking with Jason with Key Energy Solutions, who is who donated the material to me, the original purpose is to use this in an attic space, which is under the roofing system. The nature of this material lends itself to being used in a lot of ways and it doesn’t decrease how effective it will be at all. the majority of the benefit is from reflecting UV rays which will basically penetrate all of the surfaces that don’t reflect it (UV goes through sheathing).

      The white TPO is infact what pushed me to place it under the sheathing though I didn’t necessarily HAVE to. I could have done a built up roof (BUR) system and incorporated it into the layering on that then finished it off with the TPO. I did a lot of research and ALMOST went that way, ultimately decided it would be a lot cheaper, mostly since it was a lot less material, to attach the TPO directly to the OSB. I probably wouldn’t do that on a commercial application where it wasn’t looked at every day but it made sense for my house. I did the TPO in an bit of an atypical way, because of this and it took some looking to find a glue that would adhere the TPO directly to the OSB. I was surprised how well it worked though and, with my trellis system I feel it was an ideal solution. I am going to use my trellis system as extra adhesion for my roof… the glue is like an industrial rubber cement so I’m not sure I entirely trust it honestly but my trellis will cover all the seams and pin it down a little more firmly.

      Long answer short.. yes that’s the barrier and being under the sheathing won’t effect how efficient it is 🙂 Thanks for the question, I hope my long blurb was at least a little helpful 🙂

        1. 🙂 We use that all the time on our commercial projects, for large surface areas it’s a really durable and really cost effective solution, for a tiny house… maybe… everything just depends with these things! It’s sure fun learning though, and applying that knowledge!

  2. In the picture with the GFCI outlet for the kitchen, the sticker is still over the load side terminals, the other outlets downline from it are not GFCI protected unless hooked up to the load side of the GFCI outlet, I’m hoping this picture was taken before you finished…

    1. I just learned this last night! I also learned I can’t hook up switches AND that it’s handy to have an electrician friend! Update coming soon! 🙂 (Thanks for keeping me in line!)

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