I am actually still alive and I finally had a weekend to work! It felt good! I just have a few more things on my to-do list until my house is done, that is:
- Tile (shower and floor)
- Siding (a lot of it is ready to go, just waiting for nice, warm weather to put it up)
This weekend I checked most of one of those things off the list, the millwork. I finished designing (Friday, while at Lowe’s to buy the material) and built out the main units of all the millwork pieces including the bathroom sink cabinet, the kitchen and the dresser/living storage. I still have the drawers to build, which will take a bit of time as well as the cabinet doors and shelves to put in but the meat of the cabinets is done. I have to cut openings around some of the plumbing and make sure I can get them all placed (I do have one tricky spot to work through, you can see below in the pictures. The goal was to get this done though so I can move to the next part which is tiling. Hopefully through the week I can get these cabinets all placed so that I can tile next weekend possibly.
Since I haven’t been able to update for a while I want to mention that Christopher and Merete’s movie debut was amazing, I was so lucky to be able to make it down to Austin for that. It was great to see them again as well as amazing to see their movie debut! It had wonderful attendance and a great deal of interested people, they were also able to get an actual tiny house down there for an open house, it was pretty cool to get to walk trough another persons tiny house!
Also, there was an article that mentioned me in an Oregon paper last week (you can see it here), I just wanted to briefly clear up some of those pieces mentioned, so the wrong idea isn’t conveyed. I am grateful for all of you who found my site through this article but I feel like I need to clarify because most of it just isn’t true. First, this project is not born out of debt or stress of any kind, I am one of the only debt free people that I know of at the moment. Second, I am not yet a registered architect, I am trained (masters degree) in architecture but I have 6 more tests to take before I get to call myself an architect. Third, I am not and have not been jobless, if anything I am over employed hence the slow forward motion with this project. I did however just step down from a position with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in order to have more time to complete this project of mine. Fourth, while I was divorced, it’s been something like 6-7 years and that has absolutely zero bearing on this project. I did however have a foreclosure which spurred this project of mine in a way… I don’t want to be nit-picky but I just want to clarify, for those who found me via that article, this is not a tragic story nor born out of tragedy. I hope it can be inspiring to people but I hope it is for the right reasons. The media seems to want to sensationalize stories and mine seems to be getting out of hand… This project is about educating myself, it’s about minimizing my impact on the planet, its about self-sufficiency and ‘doing’. All that being said, I am so happy to hear from those of you who have found me via stories like that one, thank you for making contact!
And with that, here are some pictures of my progress this weekend: