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Casita II Tiny House | Post 011 | Metal siding

I really like rust…

Rust is to metal like rings are to trees. It is something about the story that rust tells that I find so appealing. In most cases, rust is unwelcome to structures, cars, and machinery as it can cause serious damage. There is an option, however, that offers the best of both aesthetic and weather-proofing. Corten steel, which develops a lovely patina when left untreated, will not damage the structural integrity of the material.

Corten steel

After several weeks of no leads or call-backs, I suddenly got three quotes for metal siding within the course of a few days. I did struggle with choosing the correct trim pieces and what made this even more difficult is that each manufacturer used different terminologies. I had to carefully study each catalog when preparing a list of materials and ensure I was using the correct item name and number. As this was a custom order that required freight shipping, returns would not be possible.

Western Metal Deck  out of Phoenix, offered the best price and fastest delivery time, so I ordered from them.

Corten steel panels

Two giant crates containing the panels and trim arrived reasonably fast and the delivery driver was kind enough to help with the unloading. The metal ships fresh and new, then rusts naturally in time. I’m not sure exactly how long it will take for full coverage, but some of the pieces that were left laying out and got wet began to rust almost immediately.

Installation was fairly simple, though I had to take care when making cuts around windows and doors. I ordered extra material in case mistakes were made. To play it safe, I made cuts conservatively and went back and trimmed off more as needed. This method took excruciatingly long, but I didn’t want to risk cutting too much and making a piece unusable.

In places where cuts ran vertically, it was necessary to build a wooden frame to stand the metal off the sheathing and to keep it aligned.

The installation took a very long time to complete and I got endless slices from cutting and handling the metal sheets. The painstaking process was worth the final result.

Lessons Learned

While it was a challenge to even order the material and installation was tedious, I think I learned a valuable lesson when it comes to ordering materials. Many  construction suppliers deal almost exclusively with contractors, installers, or those otherwise savvy to the industry and a DIYer doesn’t necessarily fare very well. I found that doing extra research up front was key to being taken seriously about making an order. When asked if this was, “Going on an account,” or “What project should this be billed to,” I answered simply, “Casita II Housing Development.” It’s true after all 😉


Sprint 7 Totals


  • CURRENT PROJECT COST = $21,568.65


See you soon 🙂

K/R – Casita II

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