Done! (Well, almost…)

Here are some updated pictures of our place. We finished the insulation and the siding, but still have a bit to finish. Including: trim, closet doors, kitchen cabinets, and other random things! But it feels like home! We are really enjoying being in here, especially now that it is all insulated. We’re keeping warm even though it’s getting down to -25 outside!

More updates will hopefully come soon!

– Kyle

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Flooring, check!

We have a floor! A real floor, not just the plywood sub-floor. It feels more and more like a real house. It’s very exciting. On Wednesday we picked up a nail gun and compressor from Home Depot and resolved to finish the floor on Thursday so we could return it today. And we triumphed! It took us pretty much all day (those end pieces didn’t cooperate well) but it went well, and we were very thankful for the nail gun and compressor which made it much simpler. (if that’s actually what you call it)

I mentioned it in an earlier post, but we got our hardwood flooring off of Kijiji from someone in Calgary- it’s hickory wood, “Amish-hand scraped”, and it’s a beautiful dark brown with lots of knots and character. It’s also extremely heavy. Hopefully just not too heavy! Additionally, under the hardwood, we put an under-layer of cork flooring which we hope provides a bit more insulation and reduces any hardwood squeaks.

We also decided to install the hardwood in the bathroom. Since it’s such a small house, and there will only be a curtain for a door, even the flooring the kitchen/living room area would be exposed to moisture and humidity from the bathroom, so we’ll just be careful with water on the floor in the bathroom (and get a good bathmat) and make sure the tub doesn’t leak. Under the bathroom floor we also put a piece of house wrap… just in case any water ever does get down there, there’s a bit of a barrier before it gets down into the sub-floor. We’ll see how this works out in the long run! Of course, we’ll also rely on our bathroom wall fan to direct much of the moisture outside of the tiny house space.

The photos aren’t too great, but hopefully they give a glimpse of what it looks like, and I’ll try to get more up soon!

Busy Snowy Days

Our tiny house moves to its new home come this Sunday. SUNDAY! And while the photos might show a  chaotic construction zone still, we’re feeling pretty good about our moving date. Our interns spent an evening with us last week helping insulate the walls with sheep’s wool- they loved it so much they wanted to come back to do more! The loft has its coat of tung oil, two of the living room walls and the kitchen walls are up, the bathroom walls that separate it from the rest of the house are done, the closet structure is ready, the kitchen counter frame is set up to receive the counter tops (which are cut already for the sink and stove top), the water and propane lines are in and functioning, our Mini-Franklin stove from Woodstock Stoves is installed and heating the place and our composting toilet is ready. Wow!

One issue we’ve run into is that we ran out of wool insulation- so we’re waiting to receive wool batts from a local business (Custom Woolen Mills in Carstairs, AB), however it won’t be until the first week in November. Thankfully they are in the area and we can get the wool from them pretty fast! So it looks like our house won’t be fully insulated until then, but we’ll be ready for it when it arrives.

All in all, we accomplished quite a bit over the weekend. There’s still much more we’d like to get done before we actually move in come the 31st, so we’ll continue working hard over this next week. Crossing my fingers to get our flooring installed!

Autumn Days

At the beginning of this month, we gave our month’s notice to our managing landlord, which means we’re MOVING into our tiny house at the end of this month! It’s exciting, but since then we’ve begun to realize just how much we still have to do- eek! So it’s been a flurry of activity. We realized we put off for too long the ordering of specialty items we hoped to still find here (3″ thick door knob, for example), so we’re also ordering those last items to complete our new home. The interior details have begun- which light fixtures, what kind of flooring and where to get it, how to find and make a shower tub bottom… and not to mention the essential items of electrical wiring, plumbing, gas lines, sheep’s wool insulation, and interior paneling.

To back up a little, the exterior of the house is {mostly} finished! Minus siding a couple tiny parts, making doors for the storage area, and – finally- getting that darn roof cap on, it’s done! And it looks great. For the door, we decided to tackle that project ourselves- so we ended up with a very, very purple 3 ” thick wood door. It just adds some pizzazz, right? The biggest issue with this, as I mentioned, has been finding a suitable door knob/handle. Apparently very few places stock 3″ thick door handles- and none that we could find (although we did get some amazed looks and lots of questions when we asked around!). So we ended up ordering a knob and deadbolt online, and we’ll be happy to see our door close and lock.

It’s been a good change to begin work on the interior. The bathroom walls are up (although not paneled), the only walls in the house. It begins to give structure to the space. The loft floor is fully installed. Kyle’s done an amazing job with the electrical work, and it’s fully completed. Now we just need the right electrical cord to make sure we have power! The plumbing and gas lines will happen this weekend, after spending hours in Home Depot on Friday to get all of the copper lines and sharkbites connectors and whatever else we got… I’ve been busy tung oiling the interior paneling, and stuffing the loft full of sheep’s wool for insulation. After stuffing the loft ceiling, I looked like a sheep myself! Just tonight we finished up the loft with insulation and paneling, and it looks amazing. I can’t wait to put our mattress in the house and sleep up there! It’s so cozy, and I’m sure it’s going to be my favorite spot in the house (along with a good book, a cup of coffee and snugly kitties). We also picked up our flooring just last night- we found some beautiful hardwood on Kijiji in Calgary, so we decided to get it while we had the chance. It’s incredibly heavy hardwood, so we’ll see what that’s like when we go to move… Since there’s a lot happening the weeks to come, I’ll try to update more regularly. At any rate, you all will hear how things go eventually!

– Jesse