Hello Tiny House Friends!
Last weekend I leveled the trailer and began stabilizing it with cinderblocks donated by the ever-wonderful Cheryl & Butch Austin (hey, you're reading this! hii!). Then, I promptly went down with a wicked cold and have been playing catch-up ever since recovering. Sometimes the body is wiser than my too-much-go-go habits, and has to remind me to slow down and self-nourish :-) Thanks, body!
Due to the whole playing-catch up AND getting ready to open my Wild Sanctuary Massage practice, I won't be hosting a Build Community! this Sunday. Next Sunday, some of my siblings will be back in town -- so reserving the weekend for family :-)
Starting in September (Sunday, the 7th), I'm going to adjust things a wee bit. Folks are welcome to drop by any time between 10a - 3pm, and are welcome to join in helping with whatever it is that I'm working on (re-arranging lumber, applying decking, moving windows, breaking for tea, compiling an "oops, I forgot these items" list, etc). Stay for as little or as long as you'd like, with as little or big skills as you've got :-) I'm still figuring this out as I go along.
And last but not least, this video (below) that my friend Kate sent me this morning (with the comment "So this is kind of how I imagine you start your mornings sometimes." Haha, maybe I should try it :-) MY WHOLE HOUSE IS GREAT, I CAN DO ANYTHING GOOD (yeah, yeah, yeah) <3
Till next time,
I have two super powers:
They tend to balance each other out and allow magic to happen. I'll talk about the first one now. The second one deserves it's own special post :-)
On Saturday (the day before the first build adventure), I went in to Ace Hardware to buy aluminum flashing (or galvanized). Turns out the 6 rolls I would need to flash the undercarriage of my house (to protect the insulation from critters, moisture, etc) would cost me over $260 -- and they only had one roll in stock.
Obviously I needed to re-think things. Returning home, I researched similar rolls at Menards (similar prices) and marine-grade plywood painted (similar prices). Then I remembered Andrew Odom's video about Ecofoil, and his recent post on a facebook group that I belong to. Andrew used Ecofoil white doublebubble insulation to flash his tiny house, and is still incredibly happy with his choice.
Ecofoil is made with recycled materials and is created in the United States & Canada (aka: no sweatshops). For a roll that covers 300 sq ft (my tiny house is 144 sq ft) + the special tape to seal it, the cost turned out $131.46 :-) It's not every day that the eco-conscious, cheaper AND easier to install choice is the same one. TINY HOUSE DAY WIN! The flashing is set to arrive later this week.
On Sunday, my mom and I prepped for the first community build day. (There was an ocean of thistles hanging out with the trailer. I was going to save some to process for their edible stalks, but ended up just giving them all to the horses). My dad came to the battery rescue with some already-charged power drills. The sun showed up with a breeze to check out the scene.
Calynn arrived at 1pm, and we got started on removing the warped decking. No one else showed up to the first build day, but I'm okay with that :-) It was a nice, relaxed time as I got more comfortable with the build space, power tools, and using the hammer and pry-bar. And the three of us had a blast together <3 The next build day is Sunday, August 17th (next Sunday is a no-go, as I'm co-throwing a bridal shower). We'll apply the flashing (unless I've already done that), install new decking to attach the subfloor to, and possibly begin constructing the subfloor frame :-)
Below are two short videos: one of photos showing our progress on Sunday (with a sweet song recently discovered), and a second one with where I say hello, you get to meet Calynn and be inspired by my mother's cuteness :-)
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