Yesterday afternoon with the storm predicted we finished up the ends of the tin foil cap for the tiny cottage, adding vertical sheets of the Foil-Bubble-Bubble-Foil to the end walls and taping down the roof flaps with duct tape. This appears to have improved the insulation appreciably as the temperature went up a couple of degrees inside the cottage.
Today we worked on figuring out ideas for how to pour the attic and loft floors as well as deconstructing the interior scaffolding and taking out the cement blocks we had been using inside for steps and supports. Will and I carried out a pallet and a quarter of blocks. Rather funny to be carrying block in and then back out but they did make great stabilizers for the scaffolding and steps – Good workout too!
The sections of the staging and scaffolding that were done with screws were much easier to take apart than those that I did with the double headed nails. There was not a single sheared screw either. One big issue is not to have screw heads facing upward where they’ll catch drips of concrete. That makes it difficult to unscrew them. Screws done up from below and on the sides are better. It also is important not to drill the screws below the surface of the wood when setting them and to do them perpendicular to the face of the wood when possible. Keeping to those rules makes removal easier.
It now feels so much roomier inside the cottage. We still have some of the original scaffolding to remove but the difference is amazing. I look forward to getting all the wood out and being able to really feel the space, all 252 square feet of it. Actually, it’s more like 247 square feet within the outer walls, but then you have to remove the space occupied by the wall partitions… Still it feels roomier than it did this morning!
We unpacked the woodstove and set it in place, just to see it. It is very cute. Seeing it in the house Holly said she was less worried about it being able to do the job. When it had arrived, the back of the big truck, it had looked so tiny. It will be a while before we’re ready to hook it up though so no tests yet.
Outdoors: 36°F/29°F 3″ Snow in morning, Overcast
Farm House: 65°F/55°F two logs
Tiny Cottage: 61°F/52°F cleanup inside