details are for the awesome: monies and materials.

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An incredibly important detail I haven’t mentioned (save for the photo documentation) is that I owe innumerable thanks to  Jason Reitz. Not only does his experience and problem-solving drive this project, but his generosity in time and energy is a blessing that makes the entire tiny house possible. He is a testament to the immensity of a friend’s heart.

Materials:

Studs, insulation, trailer, shingles, and roof were all purchased new. Most of this was because using reclaimed wasn’t an option. In the case of the trailer, shingles and roof, used versions presented risks that weren’t worth the potential price. Instead, local companies were patronized, and late night panics were not.

Windows: Rebuilding Center, ReStore, craigslist and friends.

Flooring: Salvaged wood bleachers from a gym in Wyoming. Purchased through Green Star in St. Johns.

Loft floors: salvaged fir from Rebuilding Center

Porch deck and ceiling: Old barn wood from a friend’s basement remodel.

Lights: Rebuilding Center and the ReStore

Desk: Old schoolhouse desk found on the curb in North Portland

Closets: Scrapped cedar closet lining, Rebuilding Center

Shower enclosure: Old steel ducting from the ReStore

Sink: torn out of an old trailer before the owner scrapped it

Redundant, but bearing repeating, sidenote: NEIGHBORS ROCK. I left a note on a nearby lot whose structure was being torn down, inquiring about the wood. The owner drove by yesterday and though the wood is gone already, he is loaning us his planer so that we can plane a bunch of wood for the interior wall treatments. Kindness of strangers is what makes neighbors.

Monies: For the most part, this is the budget. And it has been adhered to. For the most part. 😉

Item Location bought Price
Trailer Trail Dust Trailers

2145

Sky Lights Natural Skylight

470

Big Half Moon Craigslist

100

Best Half Moon RBC

30

Side Sliding WIndow Restore

28

Tilt Turn James
2 big front windows James
Insulation James
Bathroom window RBC

60

Tiny non-op window RBC

10

Window Restore

7.37

Windows Restore

37

Wood Salvage

4

Electronic Baxter

3.79

Supplies Mr. Plywood

25.26

aluminum under IRC

87.5

Floor stuff lowes

377.2

floor stuff shurway

110.77

Gusset shurway

28.57

Glue Shurway

43.96

Walls Lowes

311.62

Screws Lowes

155.77

Lumber Lowes

77.78

Loft Timber Locks Lowes

69.67

Hurricane/roof Lowes

58.04

Flooring Green Star
Siding Sandy Shake

652.5

Caulk HD

14.97

Other Restore

7.12

Bolts to frame Shurway

25.14

roof Shurway

625.68

Trim RBC

223.59

Felt, etc Lowes

58.04

fastners/wiring Lowes

219.58

primer/wire/misc Lowes

94.3

Brick moulding Rebuilding center

81

Insulation Lowes
sheathing Shurway

233.76

paint Metro
Kitchen sink salvage

Free

toilet Marine supply

100

Shower RBC

20

Stove and burners Marine Supplu

120

Counter tops Ikea- reclaimed

60

Wood for drawers, built-ins Reclaimed- friend

Free

Porch Rail RBC

4

Tanks Marine supply

200

Fridge craigslist

50

TOTAL TOTAL

7030.98

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let there be … light!!! shingles!!! door!!!

Coming off back to back weekends of celebration- OCF and the wedding of an incredible couple- work seemed to be a blur. And yet, looking over the photos, what progress!

Light- the large half moon and skylights were daunting in idea, but not as difficult as anticipated. AND … the skylight over the sleeping loft is operable, which means you can STAND UP through the ROOF!!!! I see festival flags waving through the future with this one.

Shingles- I like them. I like installing them. repetition makes meditation.

Door- at the Rebuilding Center, the PERFECT size door complete with frame and an adorable handle. so. good.

(thanks to Nick Carter, my mother, neighbors’ encouragement, and the local ice cream truck for their contributions.)

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odds, ends, coolest trend.

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Some of the coolest things have begun to happen since moving the tiny house home.

Coolest Trends: NEIGHBORS. I was worried about neighbors’ annoyance, but have heard only positives – honks and waves, praise shouted from passing cars, queries on foot, bike and tricycle, and many offers to help. Today a couple who are planning to build their own wee house  stopped by. They asked if they could offer their help with the project to learn before starting their own. SO. COOL. and great example for hapless pessimists.

Odds: major scores at the Rebuilding Center and ReStore. Some highlights: cedar closet lining (three full boxes, and a full three dollars spent), old brick molding to trim the windows outside, raked board for who knows what, LIGHTS, and some strange pieces of metal that I’m waiting to declare their home.

Ends: All the work appearing in these infrequent posts makes short the many many MANY hours each piece requires. This is a very important lesson for someone (me) who tends to envision large things in simple terms. Minds want easybakeoveneffortless. But the actuality of every crevice caulked, every shingle stapled, every detail done is in sets of seconds which disappear into days. The reality is – it is a testament of character to carry the patience of detail. and I am learning how important seconds are. They lead to firsts. But only by the patience of many detailed hands.

firsts.

From the tiny house’s first relocation to its first house party- she has grown a lot in a few short days. Into adolescence, if you will.

Here’s some of the latest work, and party shots of course: 

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