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October update on the Tiny House

Gosh – what a heavy heart I have writing this post after the tragedies we have had within the United States, (not just continental) this last month… hurricanes and shootings, some close to home, some close to friends.  The circle of life and mother nature are not being very friendly this late summer and fall of 2017.

Today – Oct 4 – We are COMPLETELY sheathed in (vertically).tiny house sept a8

We have made progress!  Visible progress!  I fear that once we get inside, hopefully this month, that progress will not be quite so visible.  The next step (roofing) also makes me quite nervous.  We’re still open to possibly hiring that out, I mean, who really wants to strap into a harness if you aren’t doing a zip-line? Not this girl, but I will, (if dear hubby can do it, I can do it).

We had quite a few visitors, some unwanted, this month.  Ms Black Widow Spider, and her sister came to nest in our concrete block pile.tiny house sept a4-spider

“Spot,” the frog, named by one of our granddaughters, took root in the barn, seemingly entranced by this bottle of water on top of a tool box.

 

 

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…and there is always “Hank” the neighbor dog who comes by most days for a treat and spray of the hose.  He’s also camera shy, and actually dodges the treats if you toss them to him, but he will sit and high five for a treat.

Now for the guts and glory!

  • House completely sheathed, check
  • Five front deck 6×6 cedar posts installed, check
  • Decks on front and back framed, check
  • Roof deck on back deck framed, check
  • CoPpEr roof gables, ordered, delivered and installed, check (my FAVE this month)

Oh yeah, there were a few watermelon success stories from the garden, this beauty came home with us today.

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This month we also took a mini time-out for ourselves.  We were headed to South Carolina to a sweet house that backed up to a waterfall, (here – photo from airbnb)westminster sc, airbnb photobut passing thru Chattanooga we got a call that Hurricane Irma had impacted the sweet treehouse, and the power was out at our destination for the duration of our quick trip.  So I got on the phone and we re-routed to Lake Lure, NC and landed in the Patrick Swayze Suite IMG_20170912_195306482at the Lake Lure Spa and Inn who claims Mr Swayze actually stayed in the same room as us while filming the classic movie “Dirty Dancing.”  Luckily, (depends on your perspective), we just missed the 30th anniversary of the filming festival.  But we did get to do some amazing rock climbing and garden viewing… pizza eating… beer drinking… etc

And saw this Devil IMG_20170913_100055035_BURST001

near the top of Chimney Rock, which we climbed… over 900 steps, (there is a staircase to the top, IMG_20170913_093404595i.e. stairway to heaven, then a 2 mile hike to a waterfall, at over 2,000 feet elevationIMG_20170913_094951741_BURST001

where I relaxed, finally!

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So it was a nice break from hammering nails, sawing up boards, taping seams, etc… but it’s always amazing to be back “home,” and working on the tiny house.

P.S.  The church painting challenge… I believe I finished 25 paintings in 30 days – and we were traveling 5, or so of the 30 days, so I feel like I made my goal… the fact I was still painting every day after a week is pretty amazing – here are some of the pieces I didn’t post last update.

 

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The Next Chapter…

I lost my job.  Not sure whether to follow that with a happy or sad face emoji… so I just won’t put either.

My husband, the architect/woodworker, retired about 2 years ago.  We sold the only house we’ve ever owned together and moved to “the country.”  In full disclosure, we’d been planning this move for a while, but with the loss of my job, we decided to go full tilt and start building the next house on our 10 acres of land.

A little history… about 18 months ago we started “the barn.”  It’s really hub’s woodworking shop, but it was an experiment — well, many experiments.  Can we really work together on a job site (aka can I take direction)?  Do we really like it out here?  How fluid are we on the plans?  Are two “retired” people able to co-exist after living in the corporate world for so long?  I’m happy to say, all of the answers have been a resounding “YES”!!!  Here’s “the barn” as it is today – still needs shutters, siding on the back, deck on the far wall… and more, but basically, it’s a go… AND WE DID IT ALL OURSELVES!  (except for the roof).

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As these posts evolve, I’ll include the barn raising story, but for today, the excitement is all about breaking ground on the TINY house.

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Our 600 square foot house will be close living quarters, but I think the most challenging part will be a single bathroom!

Our inspiration…

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What’s the goal?  Well, given our record of a pretty slow pace, it’s “this year.”  Given, we are renting, “it’s 4-5 months” until occupancy and giving up our rental.  Maybe putting that goal out into the world will give us a greater goal, and we’ll “make it,” otherwise, we’re still renting!

The great part in building a tiny house when you haven’t built a “big” house, is that it’s practice:

  • building walls (check on the barn, done that)
  • building decks (check on the barn, done that)
  • picking out cabinets
  • picking out lighting
  • picking/installing flooring
  • downsizing… do you really need 45 t-shirts when there’s only 7 days in the week?

Oh yeah, we also upgraded to a Toro 60″ deck, zero turn mower… I’ve always loved mowing (thanks dad)… but I hated my first time mowing and accidentally taking this “big” guy out… I never saw him (thank goodness), else I’d been doing a wheelie back to the barn on the mower…

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Next up… I’m trying a hay bale garden

 

 

The 2nd C… Cabins

Front "Yard" View

Front “Yard” View

We love cabins!  We’ve been finding heaven in the middle of nowhere for over 12 years now… it is so much fun to load up the dogs – our “C”hesapeake Bay Retrievers, Rocksanne & Tabasco, our “C”anoe,  a “C”ooler full of food and head to the mountains of East Tennessee, North Carolina or Georgia and leave behind the cell phone, internet and rat race for a few days of exploring and enjoying nature.  Our cabin requirements are pet friendly, outdoor hot tub on a porch (in case of rain) and preferably on some water, whether it be a rushing creek, trout stream or even a lake – Tabasco says, “a Chessie on vacation has to swim!”

For the last several years my dear husband (DH) has been spending most Saturdays in the hills of Grundy County on our 6 glorious acres building our very own cabin!  That’s a current photo from the progress we’ve (I really mean HE) made to this point.  Our goal is to rent it out to other nature lovers who would enjoy camping on the border of an 18,000 acre wilderness area complete with trails, waterfalls, campsites and swimming holes.  Savage Gulf also boasts some of the last remaining virgin forests in the Eastern US!  Oh yeah, did I mention your rental cabin can come loaded with packed hiking luncheons, items ready to grill, etc from Chef Robyn (http://www.ChefRobyn.com)  Lots more photos of the area to come, but in the meantime check out this website http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/SouthCumberland/ – this is our “backyard” at the cabin.

Mounting the "C"hessie Weathervane

Mounting the “C”hessie Weathervane

Last weekend we celebrated getting the roof on by capping it with a chessie weathervane I purchased last summer.  DH has made it this far with little to no help and without electricity and water!  I’m so proud; it has been a labor of love.  All we need now are the walls and finished floors!  And of course a hot tub.  Oh yeah, there’s a much enjoyed fire pit for cool nights, ghost stories, dreaming and of course cooking some awesome steaks!

We have quite a little community up there now – when we started the road stopped quite a ways from our property and there were probably only a couple of other property owners.  We, I mean DH, carried our building supplies back to the building site with a sling blade in hand “paving” our way.  Now the gravel road has been pushed thru, there is another nearly completed cabin down the road and all of the available property has been sold.  Several weekends during the summer and fall the “community” has a shrimp boil and camp out.  The “neighbors” lovingly refer to my DH as “the mayor” and there are quite a few stories to tell of experiences we’ve had over the last 12 years with locals and visitors.

This weekend I’m working on a few projects I can show you in my next post, “C”rafts.

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