I’ve managed to make some modest progress on the siding, squeezing work time between sending our oldest daughter off to college and other family commitments. One of the things I enjoy about working on the tiny house is that it helps distract me from otherwise bittersweet or sad events. It has become a refuge in more than just a physical sense.
As I mentioned in my last posting, I had to make a decision on how to clad the upper part of the long side walls. For cost and ruggedness reasons, I decided against cedar shingle panels instead opting for T1-11, an exterior plywood sheet that comes with decorative grooves and lapped edges. My building instructor always teased “T1-11 can be found on the finer low-end apartment buildings and mobile homes,” but well finished it presents a nice rustic texture. I’m planning on staining it a redwood color to match the to-be-built redwood deck and overhang, though I’m going to experiment with other stain and paint options.
My five sheets of T1-11 came in 4×8 foot sheets which I cut into 4×4 sections and then primed the backs and edges. With my dad’s and daughter’s help, I lifted these up onto the sides and traced the 1-in-12 roofline on the backside and then cut each panel to fit.
I mounted each panel oriented with the grooves vertical to provide contrast with the horizontal siding below it. I manually nailed the panels with 2 1/2″ stainless steel ring shank siding nails – the heads on these nails are larger than the 16 gauge nail gun fasteners and provide more holding power. Three panels down, seven more to go.