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Friday, December 26, 2014

A Roof Over Our Heads

To my loyal readers, I am sorry about the long absence!  Hope you all had a splendid Christmas holiday!
We have been hard at work.  We have what now looks like a house.  The framing is completed, and the roof is finished.  The design is my own.  We didn’t buy any plans or have any made for us.  We made it custom to the salvaged materials that were available- the windows, door, and trailer specs.
We built one long wall first- the one with all the windows.  The windows are all on one side of the house for passive solar heating.  We can point that side of the house toward the south to get the most sun exposure.  The north facing side doesn’t have any windows, except in the door.  Another great part about being on wheels is that we can take passive solar heating a step further and put our house in the shade in the summer and in the open in the winter.
Then we built the two short walls.  Then we stood them all up.  I have to say- for anyone attempting to build a micro home- get more help with this.  It was really hard for us to do by ourselves.  There was the just the two of us and I am not the best person for this job considering my disabilities.  And our house is fairly small- just 90 sqft- for a tiny house.  I think we should have had AT LEAST three people, but really four  would have been best.
Then we built the last wall.  It was finally taking shape.
Then we framed the roof.
Last, we built the roof.  We made a makeshift ladder by building a treehouse style ladder into the wall framing (which will come out when the walls are getting finished).  Hey, ladders are expensive, and it worked well.  We first laid down the plywood.  Then, we laid down roofing felt on top of the plywood.  Lastly, we put on the corrugated metal roof.  We were unable to find any salvaged lumber that we trusted to the house framing, but the metal roof was salvaged.  And the nice fellow at the salvage yard gave me a discount for having red hair!  The salvage yards are great though.  I highly recommend them to anyone doing any kind of construction- be it tiny house, remodel, treehouse, or just building your kids a kid-sized table.  You never know what you’ll find, and it is a great way to save money and save good stuff from being dumped into the landfill.
Lastly, I have to leave you with pictures of holiday fun (over the last MONTH- jeez).  L learned to walk up and down stairs by himself- no more crawling up and down!  I am over the moon about this.  He even attempted a ladder and rock climbing.  He can speak in complete sentences sometimes, can know how many things are in a group without counting, has memorized a bunch of Dr. Seuss books (he really loves Dr. Seuss), and knows the names of practically every car.  He has been getting sick again- asthma, fevers- but no emergencies, which is great.  We did have to take him back out of church though.  Being around a group of kids just always makes him sick.  He was super into the holiday stuff.  He loved Christmas songs (when he was in the mood- singing can overwhelm him easily sometimes), told everyone “Merry Christmas”, petted Santa (yes, I said petted), understood presents, and could not resist the Christmas tree.  Unfortunately, Christmas was a little too over stimulating for his sensory abilities, and he went crazy a few times.  He had to be put in a calm down place a few times.  But we are working on it, and that’s all you can do, right?  He particularly got upset when people started leaving my dad’s house.  Goodbyes are hard.  In good news, my kidneys are doing much better!  Yay!  Ok really now though, pictures.
Visiting a reindeer
Pioneer Park Christmas
Pioneer Park- a cash register (?) on display
Pioneer Park Jail
Petting Santa
Writing a letter to Santa- who wrote him back
Horse drawn wagon
Horse drawn wagon
Father and son fixing the truck
Making dough ornaments as gifts- he had fun!
Our super Charlie Brown Christmas tree that we literally cut down from our back yard
We used newspaper wrapping- recycle!