Windows were our biggest expensive of the tiny house. And we got the best. Anderson makes amazing windows and Dan designed our home to have a lot of them! Total we have eight large 8ft windows, three small square windows, and two 6 ft windows! And the best part is: they all open up! The rectangular windows of the house open OUT, and the square windows open UP. That means that even in the rain, we can open up the square windows and get airflow in the house!
The way that Dan planned, the windows had to be installed from the inside. This avoided the need to add flashing on the outside of the house, and keep that solid waterproof skin around the outside. It is a little bit different from the way that windows are normally installed, so Dan came over and gave Paul a little tutorial. Caulk all the way around, place the window in the opening, have someone on the outside to make sure the window is centered, and then screw it in. There was a little bit of adjusting that had to be done to even the spaces around the window, but all in all it was a pretty simple job for Paul to do. Thanks to Pete (in the left hand corner) for coming over and helping Paul make sure the windows were centered.
When Paul put the first window into the opening, I noticed the color difference right away. The very WHITE coating did not match the white of the windows. I was pretty sad because I had spent the past week painting this beast and it didn't match! I know that it isn't that big of a deal. All the time people have windows and paint that isn't quite perfect, but it mattered to me. We had invested a lot of time into this paint, and a lot of money into the windows and I wanted it to look sharp!
Because we were using a unique waterproof paint product, I wasn't sure it would be possible to tint the paint, so I called Dan. He said that there were two types of tints: inorganic, and organic. He said that it was fine to tint the paint but that it had to be done with an inorganic tint. Or maybe it was organic tint. I don't actually remember which one it was at the moment, but I knew what it was at the time. LOL! So....I went on the hunt for a matching tint. I have never been a loyal paint customer even though I painted a LOT at our old house. I painted everything, so I spent a lot of time at different paint stores, and just shopped wherever had the best sales. I ran to a chain hardware store that I frequented and asked about the inorganic vs. organic tint options they had. They didn't even know what I was talking about, and told me I could come back another day when the manager was there to see if they could answer the question. I had the window with me and used their swatches to get the closest match to the window color and purchased a small sample. I brought it back and painted near the window and it was TERRIBLE. I was pretty sad that I had matched the window up as best as possible with all the swatches and the color was SO YELLOW!
I decided that the color difference we had was way better than adding and tint and getting the totally wrong color. But THEN I remember a friend talking to me about Sherwin Williams. Our friends had been redoing a commercial building and used a very special hard plastic on the outside of the building. They needed to paint it black and Sherwin Williams had used special tint to get it black because true black tint will warp plastic in the sun. They had to use non black tints to get to a black color. Dude. Sherwin Williams is smart.!! But I had never been there before. I always thought it was the "expensive paint store" and I was always working on unimportant projects that didn't warrant spending extra money on.
I decided that I should give them a try before I gave up and see if they knew how to help me. I took the window in, explained my problem, and they immediately made it clear to me they knew what they were talking about. They didn't use their swatches to match up the paint. He saw my matching 'sample' and the window and said, "Oh that will look way too yelllow, this window is more in the grey family." They took the window and 1 gallon of our special paint and I came back that afternoon to try it out.
The paint matched the window perfectly in the store, but once I got the paint onto the side of the tiny house the color looked a little bit dark. It was better than before, but I was nervous the house would look light grey instead of white. I called Sherwin Williams and asked them what they thought. He helped me realize that even though the paint matched the window, the matte texture of the house would look a bit differently than the shiny window. He talked me through ratios of how to lighten the paint. I was able to do a few trials with a small amount of paint to get the perfect ratio. We had to mix the 1 gallon of paint he had tinted with 4 gallons of un-tinted paint for the perfect color. I took all my paint back to Sherwin Williams and had him mix it all together for me. And they charged me the cost of the tint, which was around $10!!!!! $10 for all the time and energy to match up the colors and talk me through the different ratios.
I might have only paid them $10, but they gained a life-long Sherwin Williams customer! They know everything about paint and their paint is really high quality. Also, I wasn't quite right about them being the "expensive paint store." Their paint is a little more expensive than a regular hardware store, but they often have 30% off sale AND their paint quality is much higher than lots of paint on the market. And my information is stored on their computers, so I can get matching paint colors at Oregon Sherwin Williams if I ever need touch ups done on the house!
If you have not used them before, you are missing out on not only a great expeirice, but a wonderful product as well!
I spent a lot of time and had some friends come by and make sure they thought the colors matched! I can't believe how perfectly we were able to get it. We looked at it from all the angles and directions before we decided it was perfect. I can't believe we were able to get it! So thankful for Sherwin Williams and the HUGE help they were!
We also had to paint the top of the tiny house. We opted for a light grey rooftop deck color. This will help with hiding dirt from our feet, but also with reflection of the sun. I decided I was going to paint it while Paul was at work. I didn't want to be by myself on top of a 13 foot house with no railing. If I fell, I would be dead for a long time before someone found me. So I called my sister out to sit with me while I painted the top. My sister drove all the way out the airplane hanger, got her homework all ready to work on. I poured the paint and got all prepped. The ladder reached up to about 12 feet, which meant I had to get onto the top step and move myself up onto the roof. I climbed up the ladder and looked down at her and said, "Nope. This is not happening. Paul is just going to have to do this." Sorry Joanna to make you come over here for nothing! Paul, who is much braver than I am, painted that evening while I spilled about 1/2 gallon of paint all over the floor and myself. Lovely right?
When we painted with sand, the little sand particles flew all over the places and speckled the floor. My mom taught me to to leave a place better than when you arrived, so that is what I tried to do. It took me a whole day to clean the floor of the hanger up from all the paint spots and spills. It was super tiring, but I enjoyed a good audiobook while I cleaned. We finally got everything finished and Paul towed the tiny house over to our main building spot outside! We still don't have a door, but everything else was dried in and ready for the cold winter/spring weather Indiana is known for!