The Christmas season has always been one of my favorites, The cookies, tinsel, songs and hot chocolate all conspire to make us smile as we concoct ruses to misdirect our families guesses as to what their presents might be. Tiny House deserves to shine too! There were these great organic Italian sodas that came in beautiful, embossed glass, tinted a soft aqua and I knew I couldn't just recycle them! They needed something beautiful to show the Joy of the season. I filled them part way up with shiny copper coated BB's and tucked in some Christmas lights, topped them with a cork to keep everything in place (and any rain out)
They look pretty nice lining the ramp in the daylight, but they really shine at night!
My ramp stain was one of the first things I did on my Tiny abode. Followed Directions, and it didn't hold up well. I needed to redo it all. As I was planning it, I realized I could paint (stain really) the Logo on the ramp before I stained it!
Lower section all sanded and painted!
The finished product! Great project! Got it all done before the rains hit:) Now the ramp is icy in the mornings so I need to start looking at ways to make it non-slip without covering up the Logo.
Grandma's tiny house was missing an upper cupboard! Here's the wall before.
But, I was missing somewhere to store cereal boxes and similar type stuff. So....
Now I have one overhead cupboard above the freezer. As the weeks go by, I keep making small changes that make life run a bit more easily. Each change makes my life just a little more enjoyable, and let me tell you, I am REALLY enjoying my tiny life!
Wow! I have sold the big house (1,600 sq. feet) Emptied it out (35+ years of stuff) The "estate/Moving Sale" took place in 108 degree heat! Now I'm living full time Tiny! Legally, as caretaker of my old property for the new owners. Rent and Utility free for the next 5 years. Whew! Time to take some deep breaths and relax! Making a few tweaks as I find what works and what doesn't. Remember my wardrobe?
The Purple one? I had been using it in my big house for 9 months, with no issues. Well, in the middle of the Estate Sale...it collapsed!!
Great! Ugh! So for awhile I had a big pile of clothes then I hung a rod, grabbed an old bookcase and some plastic carts and made do.
Now that I have a little time, I have redone it right with some closet organizers pulled from an old closet in the big house.
Now that looks better! The wire shelves have heavy cardboard on them so they don't leave wire marks on the clothes. I will continue weeding out what I don't love and wear as time goes on.
I'm also pursuing learning about "Permaculture Village building" with the thought that once my 5 years here are up, I would really love to live in a self sustaining intentional community.
Wow! Two ways to get to my lofts:) Another Burner Friend built me stairs!
In the down position they rest on the bench seat. (Making a small pillow that can be removed, out of the space where it rests, so the other seats can still be used.)
When not in use, they pull up and sit level with the two lofts, out of the way and up where they wait to be used. I will likely use the winch more, but it's nice to have an alternative. My youngest granddaughter is too small to use the climbing harness, so she really likes the stairs!
Here's how they attach to the sleeping loft
I will add another pipe rail to the storage loft as well, so that the stairs can be used for both.
And for taller folk (I'm 5 ft. 1 in.) I can slide them along the rail to the center so they have more headroom!
It has been a LONG time since my last post. So Sorry, I have been frantically working to finish in time for escrow closing on my big house! One really important thing is my Lift!
A Burner friend and his Daughter stopped by with an idea for my "Lift" that is, a way for me to get up and down to both of my lofts without having to climb a ladder or stairs.
Here is the "First Draft"
The rail goes into both lofts and eventually will be able to slide with me on it! There were a few snags, but with another trip it now is functional!!!
(And I don't hit my head on the rail anymore either)
Side benefit...when I'm not using the rock climbing harness I use to go up and down to the lofts, or to open my skylight in the main living area. It can hold my Air chair while I hang out and watch TV!
Here's what it looks like from above, without me in it.
It raises it up far enough to be above the kitchen counters and so it is at the perfect height to kick back!
I will be posting more, trying to get everyone caught up with the work that has been done!
Earth Day at Balboa Park with the San Diego Tiny House Enthusiasts group. What fun! Eddy brought his house and there was a line from before the event opened (other vendors) until they made us shut the door at 5 pm.
Across from us was the Dr. Bronner's Soap People and the
folks with the Spira4U , this little car, although it is technically a 3 wheeled motorcycle,
It Looks like a tiny Car! They come in electric or Gas, and get really good milage:)
Oh and it is the only car that is completely recyclable!
Even though it is not completely done, having my TV and Internet in the THOW make it feel more like a real Home.
I can watch TV from Bed, from downstairs, it just makes it a lot more comfortable.
That's Morgan Freeman on the screen.
I'm really stressing out about getting it all done in the next 2 weeks. But I will continue to plug along and hope it all gets done. It is hard and time consuming. But there is a real sense of satisfaction in being able to say "I built it myself, with my own two hands"!
I am taking a break to help out at the Earth Day Celebration at Balboa Park with the San Diego Tiny House Enthusiasts Meetup group! One of the largest at over 900 members!
(I didn't get it done by my 61st Birthday:( , But I am still moving forward!)
The sleeping loft floor is stained to match the Black Cherry shelves and looks great!
So, the push is ON to get finished this month! Once the walls are wired and plumbed, I add just a little bit more insulation.
This keeps there from being a direct connection from wood that also touches the outside. You can also see the metal trim around the windows. The street signs that will be my interior walls go over all that.
Finally! My THOW is self contained, plugged in as a unit to the 30 amp RV socket!
Weather tight too!
Of course, first came the panel.
Connected this morning by T. Gil Electric. If you are in the High Desert and need work done for your Tiny House, these are the guys to call!
Here it is with the first outlet wired and working!!! Yes, it's really big for a THOW. But I do plan in the future to have a large solar system and this gives me a lot of room to expand and for someone in the future to run in more power if they want to. My late Hubby always said "It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it!"
Wow! What a difference a week can make! This week a great friend came down from Reno and spent the last week helping me get stuff done.
It helped a lot that he is really tall, so reaching all that stuff on the second floor was easy for him.
Doesn't it look amazing? I have some small things like trim to add, and one window in the storage loft that can wait. I am really beat, but oh so happy! The next post will have more pictures and a look at some inside work done too!
Buckled down and got my composting toilet framed in...
And got the wall up for the shower too!
If you look to the right inside the tub, you will see two white tanks. Those are my water tanks! So the tub will be raised up to accommodate one underneath (I'm still short enough to stand in it and shower) with room for the drain plumbing. The other will go somewhere else, not quite sure exactly where.