|Josh is excited to finally have the front door installed. And yes, we know our house wrap is on upside down.|
And like just about everything else on the tiny house build, it took a bit longer to install all the windows that we initially anticipated. Go figure. And while we are certainly not experts, we know a lot more about window installation now than we did a few weeks ago. So check out how we did it and feel free to have a chuckle at our misadventures.
|Alisha installing window trim on the very last nice day before it got permanently cold. Blech.|
First off, all of our windows and doors are used. Well, not all are strictly "used," but none of them were custom ordered. All but one we bought off of craigslist and the the one we didn't was a sample from a local window company. Even that window was supposed to be one we got off Craigslist, but when it came time to install we realized it just wasn't going to work and had to scramble to find one that was a similar size to the opening we had created. We still had to alter that opening a bit to fit, but that's really nothing new.
|Our first fully finished side! Caulked window and all!|
See, I don't know if we measured incorrectly or cut 2x4's incorrectly or my dad laid it out in Solid Works [3D engineering software that we used draw up our plans] incorrectly (we're going with this one if only to make ourselves feel less foolish), but probably half of our windows openings were wrong, which we didn't realize until it came time to flash and install them. So that was fun. Headers had to be cut and moved up or down, boards had to be inserted to decrease opening widths, it was a mess. Plus we didn't get the advice to slant our sills downward to encourage water from sitting until after we had already built the walls, so we had to get creative with 1/4" board and/or a belt sander before the flashing went on.
|Flashing around our front door.|
|Flashing at the top of our sliding glass door. Keepin' it (water) tight!|
|We went with 45 degree corner angles on the window trim. Not because they were easier, but because I prefer how they look to straight boards.|
|We caulked the wider joints and just painted over the smaller gaps with our primer/paint combo.|
|Windows and window trim on the tall side of the tiny before we added the glass panels in the sliding glass door frame.|