How to square a circle

Sharing the concept of the Tiny House of Steel with contractors is always a little bittersweet. What to me seems like a never-ending eureka moment to them can seem pretty underwhelming. On the other hand, some of the off-handed remarks they make in response can seem to me like veritable gems. One fellow once mentioned to me:  “Everything is double the money and the time when it comes building with curves. You can count on it.” And he was right.

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So this past few weeks, with the door and the window finally in, I’ve been setting out covering the entrance wall with this Tiger Paw roofing deck material. Part of the difficulty was cutting the material to fit the arch while tucking it under the curved metal edge and sealing up the seam with flashing tape. Not pretty, but pretty sure it’ll do the trick. (cue the heat gun)

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Next came the great detail of flashing around the windows and door. For this I was lucky to get some nice 1 1/2 inch “Z”furring strips from Marjam which fit beautifully around the edges.

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Same deal around the window. The “Z” strips also come in a tighter 1″ profile which makes a nice seal and tucks the house wrap neatly. As soon as the caulk cures, I’ll seal it up with more flashing tape.

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Next is the furring strips to which (one day!!) I’ll be able to nail the cedar siding. I’ve gone back and forth about installing the strips horizontally vs. diagonally but I’m convinced it’s not going to make that much of a difference in how any moisture build up will be able to drain. So horizontally it is.

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Oh, and by the way, if you’re wondering how the SteelMaster steel structure handles a snow load of 2 feet, here you go!

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