Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fine Tuning

Well, it has been a while since I updated here, so here we go.

Progress is coming along, and I have a new batch of pics to upload soon.

There are a few things I’m noticing already that I would want to do differently if I built it again. Not huge deals, but significant things. One, the loft should probably be double-dormer... maybe even the whole house double dormered. The other thing is, the windows must be placed more carefully. I didn’t quite spec out heights for positioning them, and when I’m standing my line of sight goes JUST above the window. They should be good when sitting, but I would really prefer the versatility of being able to comfortably stand and gaze out my window.

Not make-or-break issues, but definitely things I would have done differently if I had the foresight.

On the upside, siding is almost done, door and windows are all in, roof seal is on and ready for metal roofing, electric is marked out and ready to be installed.

Next steps:

Electric installation
Insulation installation
Knotty pine interior.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009


Spoke to my father today, who went up and saw the little house in progress yesterday. He said that the framing is complete, and plywood is up.

Bub said they will be doing the windows today, and maybe start on the siding if there is time.

Meanwhile, I am trying to find a door ASAP!

We've settled into our little Fauxtel pretty nicely... we tried to order in some chinese, but they had a 25 dollar minimum. Luckily, the mall right down the street has Chinese, Indian, and Thai food all available side by side at the food court, which is pretty sweet. I don't eat much traditional food these days, but I have a HUGE weakness for ethnically diverse foods because I only started trying them a few years ago.

Of course, it's the FRUIT we eat during the DAY that gives us the power and vigor to pursue such lofty goals, such as building a tiny house on a trailer. ;) Take out at night does nothing for energy (saps some of it actually) but it is very tasty and comforting at this point of our upheaval and temporary relocation.

As long as we eat lots of fruit during the day, a little take out at night doesn't seem TOO destructive.

I also realized that we can walk to the movie theater, or to Barnes'n'Nobles pretty easily.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hotel Fauxtel

So, we're now living in a glorified hotel room. I was thinking it would be a little less hotel and a little more studio apartment, but I guess this will do. No pool, unfortunately. There is a little grill area... better than nothing outside I guess.

Spoke with Bub today.

Bub Said:

-Planning to do windows Friday, then hopefully start siding.

-We need to find a door ASAP (2'6" x 6'6") --said he cannot side the front until the door is in. (Makes sense!)

-He's going to send me an email with link to color charts for the roofing. Might be able to get a good deal on some "teal" colored roofing the roof guy has on hand. I'm weary of "teal." We'll see. Have to see the color chart.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Checked in!

So, it's September first... James and I are out of our apartment—well, mostly out, there are still a few things we need to take care of today. Our little house isn't completed yet, so we're not yet moved into there... During the weekend, with some help of our fabulous friends and their truck, we moved most of our stuff into storage, then last night we (and our kitties) checked into an extended stay hotel/apartment-like place—where we'll be staying for the next month. The kitties adjusted really quickly to the studio-apartment sized living quarters. Once we stopped moving things around, they came out from under the bed and did a little cautious exploring. Other than the occasional spook from an unfamiliar noise, they seem pretty comfortable now. I'm really surprised.

I've realized that even though we've slimmed down the amount of stuff we have, that we'll probably need to slim down a LOT more once we're in the little house. Seeing the small amount of stuff we brought with us to the temp apartment makes me realize that in a small space even a small amount of stuff can seem like a lot. But it's enough. We just brought the essentials with us. Makes me wonder how much of the storage stuff we'll actually need?

Today I'll be heading into work to get some time-sensitive stuff done, but then James, Moth and I will be continuing to empty out the remaining stuff left in the old place. I must say, I'm really happy to be out of there, and away from that landlord! I think the kitties are too.