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Tiny House Construction Update: The Hardwood Floors.

With the installation of the hardwood floors, we’re proud to say that now (almost) every inch of the tiny house interior is covered with some sort of semi-finished surface. No more unsightly plywood or insulation sticks out, and each day it’s looking more and more like a real house. (Except the bathroom—the tile floor will go in later this month.)

We’re finding ourselves asking questions that have seemed far away for so much of this process. Questions like, “How deep should the built-in shelves be?” or, “Should we put a desk or a dining table under the front window?” These are Finish questions, and our minds are drifting to thoughts about curtain materials and light fixtures…

But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. Ahem. Back to the floors.

Good-quality hardwood flooring seemed hard to come by at ReSource, our local reclaimed building supply lot, but a pile luckily appeared just a few weeks ago as we were gearing up for this step of the process. We pounced on it, not completely sure if it would be enough to cover the kitchen and great room.

We laid out alternating fat and thin strips, using a rented floor stapler to bang the pieces into place. (Our backs and shoulders were so sore the next morning—mad props to the people who do this kind of work professionally, day in and day out.)

I love the little round dowels in each piece of flooring. They remind me of an old country schoolhouse.

Turns out we had more than enough to cover our floorspace. Christopher has come up with a brilliant idea for using the few pieces that remain—stay tuned for that little surprise!


~ Photos and writing by Merete Mueller, 1/2/12

 

6 Responses

  1. My word. It is stunning. If y’all didn’t need a house out there on all that land I would be tempted to make it an empty space….er, uh…a transitional space. Something that could be almost anything. Heck, I might would put a tub in the middle and just stare out at the mountains for extended amounts of time. Beautiful work. I am happy just to say I know y’all!

    February 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm

  2. Anna

    Gorgeous! Anxious to see the finishing…but I agree fully with anotherkindofdrew, empty it is so enticing!!

    February 2, 2012 at 10:56 pm

  3. Nice work and great choice, glad you ran into the wood and got it.

    Funny how are brains like to begin thinking ahead when we have something to focus on right now. Shelf depth, that’s important, though!

    February 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

  4. Nice work and great choice, glad you ran into the wood and got it.

    February 28, 2012 at 4:54 am

  5. What a great find, meant to be yours!! It looks fantastic. You must be so excited. :-)

    August 1, 2012 at 4:38 am

  6. Presey Ferguson

    Fabulous!!I’m going to build one up here in North Cali Mts. for my grandson, Thankyou for posting!!X

    November 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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