I’m not sure if it’s just me, or perhaps men in general, but it seems as if asking for help doesn’t come easily. Whether it’s ego, or simply the satisfaction of completing something yourself, asking for help gets in the way of that particular goal, however, I recently relinquished and decided to ask for help.

For those following this blog, you will have noticed that construction seems to have slowed over the last few weeks, this is down to a number of reasons, including the need to return to work, but also due to the complications in figuring out how to install the standing seam metal roofing.

Asking for help

There’s a balance one needs to find here between spending your time figuring something out, versus paying someone to do it. But there’s also a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction when you manage to complete something yourself and being able to say, “I built my house on my own.”, is certainly a pride inducing statement.

It was after about 20 minutes of being stood on a ladder, visualising the folds required in the metal flashing needed to protect the outside corner of the dormer; that I decided enough was enough.

I want the roof to be done properly and so after hearing about a local flashing expert, I decided to follow up for some help.

After a couple of days the local flashing / gutter expert showed up. We’re a small town, so we’d met before through friends. It still came as a surprise though when he offered extremely encouraging words, pointed out a few methods for me to at least complete the panelling and then left within about 5 minutes.

Those 5 minutes were the most relieving five minutes of the entire roofing process.

I was told that I am doing everything right so far and to simply carry on as I am until all the panels are on. A couple of quick tips were given to me and he said he would return once I have finished the panelling to complete the flashing and the details. A job he said would take him just a couple of hours!!

So now, feeling at ease with my work so far, I was able to continue with the roof, safe in the knowledge that it will be completed properly.


If you’re building your own tiny house, you will most likely experience self-doubt, either in the process or in your skills, asking for help can either confirm or banish this, but either way, it will set you back on track and set you back in motion.