Wednesday, December 19, 2012

stove install: tiny timber house

The Gas stove is working. After numerous failed attempts to get the stove working and a small explosion that removed all the hair from my hand a quick trip to Dade Gas has the stove working. Turns out in addition to the regulator that came with the stove we also needed another regulator.
With the stove cranking out BTUs we woke early this weekend and headed straight to the farm to cook breakfast. The day proved much more relaxing and productive with food in the garden, herbs on the hill, and a stove to cook it all on. Breakfast rolled into lunch and the stove made good progress not only in feeding us but also in warming the tiny timber house. Here are some pictures of the cooking and the food.

Monday, December 10, 2012

tiny house: stairs

My last post was about the future stairs. Well, The ladder has been replaced by actual stairs. My wife woke up the other day and said," I feel like building something today." And so the stairs were born. One short trip to the lumber mill and a few measurements latter we had stairs, or at least 2/3 of them.

for those interested in the details: the stairs are 2 ft wide including the stringers. That makes the treads 20 inches each. They are steep and small. 6 inches between treads with about 11 inch treads. The steps are overlapped so that about 6 inches are exposed per tread, which is to say it is like a ladder mixed with stairs leaned up at a moderate angle. The one stringer is lag screwed to the wall and the other is connected to the floor above. It will also be connected to the 6x6 that we just put in place.
This 6x6 rests on a 6x6 floor beam below it and it will provide added rigidity to the floor above as well as support to the stairs. The beam really adds a nice feel to the aesthetic of the house too, if you ask me. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

tiny house stairs

Here a ladder leans up against the wall where soon the stairs will go. The house is coming along and we hope to be posting paint photos soon.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

tiny house, power

Yesterday, the post was about lights. Today, wiring and power. Thought the tiny house has light it is still not running on its own wires. We have cords draped about and light strange hung over rafters. The wiring is run though the power box is not installed and the receptacles are not hooked up. Wiring was a nice step to complete. I hope to be using the tiny house wires soon and put away all these cords. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

night light, tiny house

With the daylight hours waning in length we have begun to decorate for the season. Which is to say we are stringing lights from the rafters of the tiny house. This is not so much a celebration or decoration for Christmas as it is a way to light the house. The generator is back up and running. We are rested after a short break from xis months of building and the tiny house is taking form under the glow of LED light strands. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

trim, tiny house

Yesterday evening we hung a few pieces of miscellaneous drywall. Oh how I hate miscellaneous drywall pieces. The little odd cuts and fitting them into just the right place, blah. Part way through my wife stops to express a serious concern. I was obviously un aware os a serious issue evident on my face as I shockingly looked up at her. I was kneeling down screwing in a little piece of dry way near the floor, it was not going so well. When I stopped to ask her about her concern. She expressed that the house was not sure about the house. Meanwhile my mind was racing about the small size, off grid, or heating issues. No, she was concerned about trim. Apparently, every time I could not get something just right I would say, " I plan to put a little trim right there." After weeks and possibly months of me planning to put a little trim here and there and there and a little over here she was getting major concurs.  We both laughed a little and went on with our work. I now with every piece of drywall inform her that I will be putting a little trim on it.