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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tiny House Update: Dealing with Rain


After insulating and attaching the subfloor, it was a mad dash to raise the walls, attach the roof and the house wrap before any inclement weather. Unfortunately, we didn't quite make it. Fortunately we managed to get plastic sheeting over the whole thing just in time.

For those of you building a tiny house outside, rain can be a real problem. Water on your subfloor is bad enough but water between the subfloor and your flashing where your insulation lives can be a nightmare - near impossible - to dry out. The key here is to have plastic sheeting on hand in the form of a 10'x100' roll - available at your local hardware store. If you have a smaller tiny house, this may cover the entire thing. We had to use one of these rolls coupled with a few tarps to seal it up completely - our tiny house being approx. 28' long x 8.5' wide x 13' tall. Of course, after we go the roof on and only had to wrap the sides we had plenty! (Here's me wishing we didn't have to cover it more than once.)

But as luck would have it, we had to hang it three times. Even though walls were partially covered, house wrap was up and windows were installed, there were just too many vulnerabilities to cross our fingers and hope that not too much water got it. Sigh. Maybe we'll managed to get the exterior sealed up before the next time it rains (or snows!).

Have questions about tiny house life or building? Let us know in the comments below!

JoshMcDarris / Author & Editor

Alisha is a freelance writer and photographer based in Austin, TX. She loves her tiny house, vegan food and experiencing the community of travel in far away places. She’s also pretty sure she’s addicted to coffee. [Portfolio]


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