BRAINSTORM RAINSTORM! The last three days I've spent sweating in the barn (in a heat advisory. whoops!). I have a shelf of sorts stacked with 2x6s and 2x4s of varying lengths, and an organized mess on the barn floor ready to be shelved as well. I just need to make more shelving. Forrest helped me unload the trailer late last night when the sun/heat went to sleep, and is coming over tomorrow afternoon to help me with more barn organization. GODS. I love my friends <3
I'm taking an inside/brain day today -- feeling super drained. Right now I'm binge watching youtube channels on tiny house construction: Choo Choo Tiny House, The Tiny Life (fixing warped boards!), and especially Just a Smidgeon's videos on her whole tiny house build. I purchased that DVD set/tiny house how-to guide, but won't get it for a week or more.
Today I'm going to work on drawing up framing plans and create a budget/materials list for things I know I don't have.
a) I'm thinking of changing the first official build day (Sunday!) to a private one with just Calynn & Forrest. It may just need to be a "finish getting organized/ready" day. I'll know for sure by Thursday night. I still need to find a second jack for leveling, move MORE barn stuff, organize a tools section and figure out what tools I don't have, purchase materials I don't have yet (such as aluminum flashing for the undercarriage or alternative, lag bolts, etc). The first community build day would then be Sunday, August 3rd from 1-4pm. And I'd have that DVD set and maybe feel a wee bit more confident :-)
b) I'm changing up the roof design! As much as I adore a rounded roof, I don't adore the extra cost, labor, and skill involved in creating it. Plus, I'd love to be able to easily crawl up onto the roof and stargaze. I'm 90% certain I'm going to go with a shallow pitched shed roof instead. It can still be cute, right?
Till next time! <3
The first official build party is next Sunday, and there's so much to do to get ready for it! Goal one: Organize the barn and move all the materials for Luna's interior into the basement.
My friend Gabriel lived up to his angel name, and helped me for hours -- we rearranged the basement, transferred the mountain of polystyrene expanded insulation from the barn to the basement, unearthed my two huge casement windows, and transferred the bit of beautiful flooring to the basement along with my water tanks, oven/range, random bits of plumbing, sink, etc.
Later, Calynn and I drove out the Lancaster way with my mother's horse trailer. Cheryl & Butch Austin are two amazing individuals with beautiful souls and a beautiful family. It makes sense they'd live somewhere beautiful too :-) Trees and hills and adorable little wooden building with interesting stories. Butch salvages lumber -- lots of different kinds from all sorts of different buildings. And Cheryl & Butch are helping Luna find her bones :-) They gave us a ton of dimensional lumber - 2x4s, 2x6s I can rip down, other boards of red wood and knotty pine. I can't wait to organize it all! Calynn guessed we now have about half of the needed lumber for the project. Butch also found some rolls of insulation, interior wrap, and roofing felt/tar paper. HOLY SWEET SUNDAY <3 As we were leaving, Cheryl brought out the juiciest watermelon + some rice crackers & cheese. I don't even know how to describe the sorts of happy + grateful I felt then, and that I feel now thinking about them :-)
Today I need to continue organizing the barn, unload the dimensional lumber (the trailer lights are being fixed tomorrow, so needs to be empty by then), print & send bridal shower invitations for bestie Belinda <3
I got this.
I'm a poet, not a blogger. But I am also a list-maker -- so let's start this weekly blogging adventure all easy-peasy :-)
It's been around 9 months since I blogged last. Luna, my tiny house, has grown from a little twinkle in my eye to a trailer & barn full of materials. Her birth-day will be Sunday, July 27th -- and everyone's welcome to come out and help :-) Learn more here or join the Build Community! facebook group.
What's happened since last November?
-I graduated from massage school, and am currently awaiting my Wisconsin license. ETA: late August. I'll be opening a practice in the Platteville area. Check out my Wild Sanctuary Massage website!
-I took a 3-day tiny house building workshop in Viroqua. It was AMAZING! I'll probably write a whole blog post about it soon.
-I was invited to write an article for Tiny House Magazine (issue 18). Check it out!
*** "I AM HOME: what I learned through hitchhiking, bodywork, and tiny house adventures"
*** "Eleven Way that Hitchhikking is Like Building a Tiny House on Wheels"
*** A recording of my poem Shabbat
-I hosted a Tiny House Build Kick Off Party last weekend that rocked my socks off. Think of it like the ceremonial dirt shoveling before a building project. Thai massage demo, stretching workshop, booths, trailer + floorplan, drawing for tiny house books, and performances by some really talented friends. Plus I dropped a surprise album full of new spoken word pieces & a couple of songs. Check out all the photos here! Or scroll to the end to see some of my favorites.
-Sunday, July 27th from 1-4pm is the first Build Community day. You're invited! We'll tear off the plywood covering the trailer, apply flashing, and begin framing in the subfloor. I'll be working on the tiny house during the week, but every Sunday the strangerfriend crew's invited to come help for some major learning/doing/creating!
-August 24th-Sept 2nd: I'm heading to Eugene, Oregon! I get to stay in April Anson's gorgeous tiny house (for free! just got to feed & love her kitties). I'll get to explore the Eugene area, figure out if I really want to move there next year, gain inspiration from staying in her tiny house, check out the herbalism apprenticeship & university programs I'm interested in, and roadtrip with friends.
What Am I Doing Now?
-Moving the materials for the interior (insulation, appliances, flooring, etc), into the basement so I'll have more room in the barn. aka: ORGANIZING THE BARN! (let me know if you'd like to help)
-Getting the bottom of the insulation pile so I can measure the two casement windows stashed there.
-(with above done): finish framing plans + materials list.
-Picking up gifted dimensional lumber (thank you SO MUCH Cheryl & Butch Austin!!! <3 )
-Purchasing all the little things I'll need to begin (like screws + flashing)
-Buying this DIY Tiny House Guide Macy turned me on to. Looks so good!
I believe you become a healthier person
-- mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually --
the moment you start living the way you believe you should,
whatever that may be." - Mark Boyle