I finally feel like I’m in the home stretch. I also know that this is a lie. Early on I naively thought I’d be done with the tiny house in just 6 months. By the time I’m done it’ll have been 2 years. Unfortunately most of that is due to me having such a busy schedule, having to do research for major phases of the build, and having to make money for the build as we go. I wish that early on I’d found these two resources, Finding Money For A Tiny House and the Tiny House Construction Guide.
As I have moved along in the build process I’ve had to take care to choose low weight but strong options. For the wall covering rather than choosing tongue and groove boards I opted for 1/4″ thick panels. They are lightweight, easy to put up for large portions of a wall all at once, and easy to paint. The wall panels themselves went up pretty easy so there isn’t a ton to cover. For the ceiling I used finishing staples and for the walls I used finishing nails. I chose the long finishing staples for the ceiling to prevent any potential loosening of the panels due to gravity. Long staples just hold better than a finishing nail.
Both required a finishing nailgun which I’ve had ready for some time. As for cutting the wood panels that was done with a combination of a jig saw for cuts that required two directions and circular saw for straight cuts along an edge. If you’ve worked with plywood then this is no different, except that its pretty light and easy to work with. Here you can see the mostly completed paneling (minus trim work) and below you can see a bit more detail.
I cut panels, brought them in, held them up with just friction, then nailed them up with the nail gun. Leave a gap between panels for expansion and when measuring for things like windows, holes for vents, and electrical outlets always measure from the same directions on a given panel.
What I mean by this last part is this; If you have a cut out for a window and an electrical outlet, take your measurements from the left side side of the previous panel that is already up and top of the wall. Then when you are drawing your measurements on the panel, measure from the left and top of the panel. You could do it from the right and from the bottom as well. Just make sure its the same on both the measurement you take and the template you put onto the panel. This keeps errors at a minimum.