When I last posted back in December, the Matchbox was a sad shell of a house—a Tyvek billboard with plywood floors and a lone table inside. Over the past four months, the tiny-house-in-progress has underwent many changes; here’s a quick photo update on some of the most notable:

Siding

The Matchbox’s shou sugi ban charred siding is a little more than halfway complete, with the facade and south elevations fully-sided. Learn more about why I’m using charred siding here, how the wood gets burned here, and check out a video of the process here..

The Matchbox with a nearly-complete facade.

The Matchbox with a nearly-complete facade.

From left to right: Lee's Pera House, Elaine's Lusby, and Jay's Matchbox

From left to right: Lee’s Pera House, Elaine’s Lusby, and Jay’s Matchbox.

Inside: Trim & Baseboard

Tony and I spent a good portion of the winter working on the inside—first plastering the walls with an all-natural earthen plaster that (a) allows the house to breathe by absorbing and releasing excess moisture and (b) looks wonderful, then installing floors and cabinets, and finally finishing the rough edges of the Matchbox with trim and baseboard. Lots of photos below:

Applying earthen plaster to the walls.

Applying earthen plaster to the walls.

Troweling the plaster.

Troweling the plaster.

Dried plaster finish.

Dried plaster finish.

Kitchen cabinets and finished walls.

Kitchen cabinets and finished walls.

Completed floors and walls.

Completed floors and walls.

A blurry shot of the interior, with floors and cabinets and trim.

A blurry shot of the interior, with floors and cabinets and trim.

 

A blurry shot of the interior, with door trim, window trim, and baseboard.

A blurry shot of the interior, with door trim, window trim, and baseboard.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be focusing on finishing up siding, building the gutter and rain catchment system, and helping Tony get started on furniture. As always, let me know if you’d like to come out and help (there’s still a small amount of burning to be done), and for more in-depth posts about design choices (and updates on my next adventure, a three-month cross-country scooter trip starting in May), head on over to my personal blog.

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  1. Great to see your progress & photos, Jay – Kudos!
    Common Ground Worldwide would like to create a co-op community of small cottages for un-housed families w/ children. As a result, your project and how you are dealing w/ zoning issues is of great interest to us.

    Blessings along the journey,
    Rev. Cynthia
    http://www.commongroundworldwide.org

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  2. really cool!

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  3. Jay Cassie here just wanted to say thanks so much for allowing me into your personal space today. I love love love your tiny house.

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  4. […] suppose it has been over five months since the Matchbox’s last build update, so now that I’m back and well-settled in from my recent cross-continental scooter […]

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  5. […] significant progress and near-completion of the Matchbox: siding, floors, cabinets, a rain catchment system, and […]

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