I'm not an architect. I'm a dreamer. I can learn things -- I like to think anything I put my mind to -- but things like math trip me up and intimidate me. Hence my framing plans haven't been created yet. I finally purchased a used architects scale off of amazon (which would make creating plans MUCH MUCH easier), but didn't realize I accidentally had them sent to an address I haven't lived at in 7 years. Ooops! Luckily it was only $6.
And even luckier for me, something better than an architect's scale showed up instead. My friend Jim, among other things, uses Google SketchUp in his line of work and has offered to draw up my framing (+other) plans for me! HOLY PERFECT AWESOMENESS, JIM! We're meeting next Thursday, May 14th, to begin. I'll let you know how it goes!
Recent purchases which will make re-beginning much easier than the first time around:
1) bottle jack (the only thing I've gotten that's not used. I should have looked on Amazon to see if I could have gotten something that definitely wasn't contributing to sweat-shop labour. But it was in a store next to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Sale store, where I'd just purchased my final window -- and I was super excited!)
2) Four 6-ton jack stands. I can now level + support my trailer with ease!
3) My final window! I thought I'd had all my windows, but one that my folks had given to me I decided was just waaaaayyy too heavy to be worth installing. My trailer can only support 7,000lbs, so every little bit counts. The new window I got is super cute, much lighter, and brand new -- thanks to the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store on the west side of Madison. That place is maaagical and I can't wait to have a complete materials list! They have everything front nails and screws to light fixtures and work gloves.
4) I got a fun doorbell for $2 that I think plays like a piano. I can't figure out if you ring the doorbell by playing notes, or pre-record a melody that will chime whenever someone rings the bell. Either way, SUPER fun :-D
5) I got a pair of work gloves that actually fit me. I have such tiny hands, sometimes it's ridiculous.
6) Tiny Home Builders video library! It's a year subscription, and way more user friendly (for me!) than the DVD set I purchased last year (just because of my TV set up). Cori & Henry used this library, and have made a lot of fantastic progress on their tiny house. I've watched a few of the videos, and it's all very straight-forward and easy to understand. I'll do a detailed review later on! You can watch their Tools segment for free, so check it out :-)
I'm home, resting and recovering from a cold today, and binge-watching Tiny House, Giant Journey youtube videos. I also re-downloaded SweetHome3d and am re-creating my floorplan with some final updates. I don't know if my tiny house will ever be done evolving, but after next Thursday's plan creation things will be much more set in -- wood?
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