Thursday, November 26, 2015


The Siding on the downstairs portion is DONE!!!

Still have 3 downstairs and 5 upstairs windows to go in!
Finally figured out a way to wrangle those big sheets 
by myself!
The swamp cooler is put away for the winter and the shelf is folded up and the door to the hose opening closed (actually two doors one inside the other).

Also made a draft stopper for the front door, since I can't install the door sweep until the electrical is done.

Buttoned up for the cold weather!
The ENVI heater is working great! I haven't needed to use a space heater since it came up to speed:)

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


It is getting into the 20's at night now, so time for some heat!

This is an ENVI convection heater. It is only temporary on this piece of particle board. Once the walls are finished, I will mount it permanently on a wall. They are only a few inches deep and are mounted 6 to 8 inches above the floor on a wall. No moving parts, the way they heat is as the air inside the heater warms, it rises and draws cold air inside from the floor. Won't heat your house fast, but will maintain heat well once it is warm.  Made to heat 150 sq. ft. it is perfect for my 144 sq. ft. THOW!
At about $140, it is very easy on the budget too!

Friday, November 6, 2015


Decided for weight reasons, a portable closet is better suited to my THOW.
That's the Left side....
And here's the right hand side! It holds everything including shoes! I still need a few fabric bins to keep things neat.

But I now can adjust to the layout while I continue to build.

So Back to sandbagging and trying to get the last of the downstairs siding and windows installed. Then the upstairs exterior and windows and the inside can get started.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fridge and Freezer!

I knew I wanted a chest freezer and a chest refrigerator. It is so much more efficient to not lose all your cold air every time you open the door! So I had been watching prices and looking at them. I decided the "convertible"  style at close to $900, were not an option for me! 
I wanted an Igloo, or Kenmore 5.1 cubic ft. freezers , two of them, that I could convert one, to a refrigerator.

They went on sale! I saved about $200, buying them now.
Converted one, by trading out the thermostat.
Here is the one that is now a fridge. The original dial is just decorative now, the digital numbers are the real thing.
The Freezer and Fridge are identical inside...
Except for the temperature! So now I am looking for wire bins to put food in to make accessing it easier. 
So when these go into the THOW, I can put them opposite each other and balance the weight evenly.
I found inexpensive cutting boards to cover each lid so they become usable counter space as well.
Next project.....closet!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

El Nino is coming!

So, I have been sandbagging! Like crazy!
My big house and THOW are on the right side.....the torrents come through on the left side. I'm hoping this will keep them apart!

 You can see the big house, My THOW is just on the other side of the trees on the right and I hope to keep it that way! I have about 200 sandbags in place now, would like to add another 100 and hope things don't erode!