Before we went on vacation at the end of August, Brian had installed the windows, doors, and tar-papered the exterior. It was a great push, and we felt proud of the results. Returning home, it took a week or two for us to really wrap our brains around the question, “what’s next?” Brian began to tackle many little details that don’t really make the house look dramatically different, but that are necessary before we insulate or put up exterior siding.
For instance, these little nailers took several days to cut to length and install.
We realized that we really wanted a larger window on this south wall, not only to allow for natural lighting and solar warming, but also just to be able to see our beautiful land! So Brian removed the small window that had been previously installed, and ordered this lovely window. So much better!
One of the fun parts of building a home is dreaming about how you want it to look and feel. Particularly because this house will be so tiny (under 350 square feet), it’s important to use every inch of space efficiently, and a lot of the decisions about wall placement need to be made now, as we build.
These two walls are the only interior walls, and they will delineate the mudroom entryway from the kitchen and dining nook. The rest of the house will have an open floor plan in the shape of an “L”. In the back right of the photo, you can also see a square that was framed in to the mudroom wall. This will be a door into a closet that fits under the bed loft. Man, is our house a mess!
The kids have caught the building fever. This morning Ella woke up and asked me to help her pick out clothes in which she could move easily, because she wanted to work on her building. It makes me smile so much to see the kids imitating the work that we are doing, and to be so creative in how they execute their work/play.
One question that is asked of us more and more often is, “what will you guys do when it’s cold?” It is a challenging question. We opted not to return to the same house-sitting situation that we had last October – May, mainly because we love being on our land. But the recent cold and rain has been sort of a wake up call. We realized that, aside from the house, there is really no dry, warm place for the kids to hang out and play (or for me to do homeschooling), and that we need several weeks where we remove EVERYTHING from the house and blow in dense pack cellulose insulation and start on the interior walls.
We decided to house sit for a friend a few miles down the road for a few weeks in October. It is our hope that we can do most of the messiest work during that time period, and then set up a situation where we will be living in a construction zone. It’s not the most ideal, but it’s what we have to work with right now. We will be caring for a very large, very old draft horse named Solomon, and Ella is so excited to help feed him and brush him. I am excited to have a few luxuries, like electricity to set up my sewing machine, and a freezer to store ice cream! It’s the little things, really!