After about a year of working nights and weekends, the exterior of the tinyhouse is almost done. Its been a very long road to get here, filled with all sorts of unexpected pitfalls and set backs. It provides a bit of relief knowing that the house is now safe from the elements and could be lived in if necessity required.
One of the last steps in getting the outside of the house ready was staining the exterior of the house. For this I used a product called Penofin. Which is primarily a Brazilian rosewood oil blend. Its a bit more expensive but is a great product for protecting the beautiful cypress that Garry Norton from theTimbershop.com provided.
This is what it looked like in its unstained form. It took about 6 days of sanding to get the house to the point where it was ready for stain. I sanded the house in 3 passes. One pass at 80 grit, then filled in the holes from the fasteners. Then another pass at 180. Then I washed the house and gave it one more pass to touch things up. Then another wash and then on to stain.
Right before we began to apply stain.
The Difference between the two surfaces is striking.
Here we go, Thanks again to Dom and Wolfgang (wolfgangkahler.com)
The finished product came out quite nicely and should be protected for 2-5 years according the the makers of the stain.
There are still a few things to wrap up on the outside of the house. I have to install the ridge-cap for the roof and a few other pieces but its mostly done now.
Next step: insulation.