We left framing in the wall under the bed platform for last. We knew we would have to build the wall complete with siding painted and all. Due to the support steel beams, it had to be installed from inside.
Backside of the wall.
Front side with the siding installed.
We built it to be a very tight fit. We had to knock it into place with a sledge hammer.
We bolted it in 3 places to the upper steel frame of the bed platform.
We bolted it the floor in 3 places as well.
We sealed in the gaps between the frame and the siding with Great Stuff. After it hardened, we trimmed it flush and taped the Tyvek together over the foam.
It's fun to watch this stuff expand and grow. :)
Trim came next. We cut out around the beam so it was a solid
piece of trim.
It's a bit hard to see but we used galvanized flashing under the siding to prevent water from splashing up and getting into the house from under the wall. We pop riveted it down to the trailer on the outside.
A better picture of the flashing before we riveted it
Now all we have to do to the exterior is build the door and finish the trim around it. That will be a bit down the road since we still have to move in appliances and such.
On to the interior! Bracing that is. :)
We used all-thread to tie the walls down to the frame. It goes from the top rail of the wall all the way through the bottom of the frame of the trailer. We used locking nuts and a connector in the center to tighten it down tight.
We did this in all the corners and in the half way point of the walls.
This was an extra step we took to insure the walls would stay fastened and tight to the frame during hauling.
That's the bottom of one of the pieces peeking through the trailer frame. We trimmed them up a bit to keep them from getting caught on things.
We plan to have some exposed brace beams in the house. Since our trailer is much longer than most tiny homes, we wanted something supporting the walls in the center of the trailer.
The beams across the rafters will be finished and painted to match the ceiling.
The cross beam brace is 2 2x4's that we notched and glued together. They run from the wall, just above where the kitchen counters start to the roof rafters. They will be finished and painted to match the interior.
And finally, we got the end caps up on the roof. We couldn't find any manufactured end caps that went well with our roof. The Hubby took a piece of flashing and bent a small one to the specs he wanted it to be. We have a great local steel source we have used for all our trailer steel.
JCS Enterprises has been wonderful. They were able to bend the end caps to our specs. And we love them!
End cap profile.
We are ready for the Arrango Insulation Co. to come out and spray the interior! YAY!
The electrical and plumbing will come later. We plan to run both in pipe on the exterior of the wall. That way we can easily access it if we need to fix anything or add circuits down the road. With the house being mobile, we worry that connections might loosen up or break. Accessing either through a wood wall would be a pain in the you-know-what!
So what do you all think so far? Leave me some comments and thoughts on the job so far. We would LOVE to hear from you! :)