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Aloha Material Choices

We committed today on a color scheme! Blue and yellow, modern, sustainable, low VOC.  Our first step was getting the function figured out, we feel like we nailed that.  Next we get to ‘style’ things. I have to say, our Travel Trailer is going to be great! Here is a general idea material board I put together after today’s purchases.

TT Material Board

(More on each item below)

I also started our budget sheet for our trailer, which I will update through the build.  At this point we are at $760.31 which includes the cost of the trailer, fabric and such up to this point.  Our goal is under $3,000 but I will be aiming for and thrilled to be under $2,000.  (Just a heads up there will be a website redesign soon that will make it easier to follow along with this rebuild)

James and I both agreed that we can’t move onto this trailer project fully until we finish our latest project, the deck.  We have been working our tail off trying to get that done so we can stop feeling guilty about working on the trailer anyway :).  My mom just happened to invite me shopping with her to pick up some fabric to make some blankets for her soon to be grand-kid (not mine! :)). It was too much to resist, we saved more than we spend and got pretty much all we need to finish out the camper, cloth wise.  There were too many choices for me to choose alone so I had to bring James down to be decisive, I like what he picked!  These were the possibles.

I think ultimately the trailer will have the feel of being light and airy, it will be great to see it unfold!

And this is what’s been going on in our life outside of this little project:

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Tiny House Reno – Material List


The weather is getting nicer, that means I’ll get o build shortly!  In preparation I’m getting my material list together for the tiny house renovation.  It’s nothing fancy, just some quick drawings to figure out what I need to see more of the design you can look here.  Here is what I have:

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  • (17) – 10′ 2x4s – New
  • (3) – 8′ 2x4s – New
  • (1) – 10′ 2x6s – New
  • Nails/Screws – New
  • Tyvek (scrap) – Salvaged
  • TPO Roof OR sealant tape (I will have to patch the window opening in the patio, not sure I want a patched hole or to redo the entire section of roof)
  • (7) 2′ x 10′ corrugated metal sheets – Salvaged
  • Flashing – (I think I have enough left over)
  • 30″ door – Salvaged
  • (8) 3/8″ or 1/4″ drywall/mud/tape – New
  • (2) 1×2 poplar trim – New
  • (3) 1×4 poplar trim – New
  • (6) tubed of caulk – New
  • (4)1-1/2″ insulation, 4’x8′ – Salvage/new
  • (8)2″ insulation, 4’x8′ – Salvage/new
  • 90 degree angle for water heater vent (this will need to be relocated) – New
  • (4) Plywood sheathing – I have
  • (1) bedroom Light fixture – Salvage/New
  • (2) Switches and electrical boxes – New
  • (3) Outlets and boxes – New
  • Electrical wire – New
  • Wood flooring throughout – Salvaged
Bunk beds for the kiddos room!

This I don’t have a material list for, I’ll get that together once I get done with the walls and such.  This bunk bed setup will have storage up above and below, along with a couple roll out storage bins/stools to read bedtime stories.   I will be reusing the co-sleeper I made and converting it into a bunk and using the rail as the toddler rail.  In reality the new baby will be co-sleeping with us for a while (and I’m sure Hazel will find herself back in our area at times too… its what kids do).  So in reality the bottom bunk may be the only one used for a while but I want to have both spaces available.