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March(ing) forward!

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(Note: I wrote this in March and am apparently only posting now...so a little backtracking action. There was a lot of work done that I forgot about!) Two months have passed since the last update, although progress on the tiny doesn't seem to imply it.  No matter, it's an exciting time with lots of positive changes! As I close out my final days at Grizform finishing Kyirisan - a beautiful little gem of a restaurant (thanks in large part a talented crew of builders!), I am preparing to launch my solo design practice - CEDAR (www.cedararch.com).  The website is in its infancy stages, as is the practice, but check back as I will be filling it in with more detail as I go.  Eek!

This weekend Cory and I are heading to a Tiny House festival outside of Atlanta, to tour and meet and greet, make contacts and gain some inspiration. It will be fun - the first of its kind for me. Although I'm building a tiny house, I haven't fully committed to the trend.

And as for Lillu: the loft is lifted, and it promises decent headroom both above and below. I worked on the details for that excessively.  I'm pleased so far - sitting up there is cozy, and sleeping under a skylight will be magical. Below it, working in the kitchen feels comfortable, even someone a foot taller than I am can pass through with no difficulties!

The exterior insulation is 75% done, with the exterior kitchen wall left to do. I chose to go with exterior insulation to minimize the impact of heat and cold before it hits the framing, and also to minimize the interior insulation requirements. This building is an experiment, afterall. I think it will make a different, though.

The metal roof was finally ordered and will be delivered next week, and electrical is in its final stages of install.  Soon the drywall will be up, and interior finishes can begin. Woot! Getting the metal roof just right took a lot of back and forth, and I'm very grateful to Mike at the Roof Center for his absolute patience and willingness to "experiment" with the material as we nailed down all the parts.  I am always afraid of contemporary materials looking too much like they snap together and are supplied from a superstore, cheap and flimsy, but I think Mike and I came up with great options for the trim around the perimeters. The skylight is leaking a bit, which doesn't seem unusual as the flashing isn't installed yet, but it does make me nervous as the final pieces come together. Cross your fingers!

Learning how to bend sheet metal is my next audacious task, but this moment's learning curve is set around wiring. The first outlet I wired took me a day and plenty of frustration, but with time and practice, it became pretty easy to nail down. Everything on this job has a steep learning curve for me...

 Hello metal roof!  Yay! 

Hello metal roof!  Yay! 

 The loft is in!  we turned the aisle portion framing on its side and added some steel for those extra inches.  It's surprisingly comfortable in height! 

The loft is in!  we turned the aisle portion framing on its side and added some steel for those extra inches.  It's surprisingly comfortable in height! 

 Under the new loft framing.  The vertical 2x4 is temporary - there will be stairs connected right here. Check out that wiring. Man, I got this. 

Under the new loft framing.  The vertical 2x4 is temporary - there will be stairs connected right here. Check out that wiring. Man, I got this.