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