I’ve been working at a steady clip this past couple of weeks getting a lot of detail work hammered out. First up on the playlist was fixing the subfloor.
You see, when I’d started building the house awhile back I’d made mistakes and had to cut up part of it. Add rain to the mix before I’d had it sealed in along with a humid florida environment and you have a perfect recipe for needing some love. I knew of three ways to get the floor leveled and ready for the flooring material; sanding (lots of it), self leveling underlayment, and a mix of sanding and 1/4″ underlayment.
With self leveling underlayment I’d need other tools than what I’d had on hand, time for it to dry, and a bit of expertise that I don’t think I have. I started with standing but alas it still was a bit rough looking. That left adding 1/4″ plywood as an underlayment to fix any remaining issues. Using a mix of skill and table sawing I was able to get it trimmed down to size and layed out throughout the house.
Important notes on prepping this step. You need to make sure to mark on the wall where the subfloor joists are located (look at your screws in subfloor to see this) and make sure to cut pieces so that they end/join mid joist. This allows you to know where to screw the underlayment into the joists beneath the subfloor. You end up with something like the below:
Next up I started painting the underneath portions of the rafters under the loft. Nothing to detailed her in explanation. Just taping and painting:
Last it was time to start working on the kitchen. There were three things I was trying to knock out this round. installing the range hood, kitchen shelving, and the backsplash. Let’s dive into each. First up was the range hood. In a tiny house we’ll need to be able to clear air out of the small space if needed. I have a bathroom exhaust fan but knew we’d need one for the kitchen since we cook so much. I have a 22″ wide stove/oven so I really didn’t want to go for the standard option you find in most home improvement stores (30″ wide). Luckily on Amazon I found a black 24″ Broan F402423 Two-Speed Four-Way Convertible Range Hood. For the through wall vent you’ll need a 10″ x 3 1/4″ Broan 639 Wall Cap Duct. Together I believe they cost me less than $60.
We’d decided to install open shelving for the upper kitchen cabinets rather than actual cabinets. Partly this was due to time/money but mostly this was due to keeping weight down. The benefit to open shelving is that its low weight and very versatile….but the downside is that it makes a house look a bit cluttered. We used simple stick on backsplash tiles and while they look ok, they don’t hold up well in the long term. We’ll probably replace them after a couple of years but seeing as they are cheap…they’ll do for now. The wife got me a meal in the middle as a reward but yours is the awesome pix below.