Tuesday, February 25, 2014

We Have Insulation!!!

Guess what we did yesterday?? Yep...INSULATION!!!

Hard to believe I get so excited over a little bit of insulation but we have been waiting on this part to be done so we can move on the the next step.

A big thanks goes out to Arango Insulation out of Fayetteville, Georgia who were the only ones to take the time to really explain the options and to seem interested in taking on a job this small.  They will be getting the work for the rest of the house once we get it dried in.  They looked at the trailer last Thursday and called us early Monday morning to get out and get it done.  They were very professional and knocked it out in no time flat!  I was amazed at how well the stuff worked.

We went with Icynene Spray Foam in the floor due to it being more moisture resistant and mold resistant.  It wasn't the cheapest option as far as insulation but it's one of the best.  It has higher R-Value than fiberglass, cuts down on drafts, and helps block noise.

So, without further ado.... more pictures!!

Now we have to figure out how much flooring we need and get it ordered.  We have some salvage we plan to use but still need more.  Every time we cross a part of the build off the list, I do a happy dance!  One step closer to tiny living!  :)

A huge thank you to the guys at Arango Insulation Co.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Many Things That Occupy My Mind...Scared Yet??

What have we been up to lately?  Pretty much just twiddling our thumbs and relaxing a bit.  Weather and daily grind have prevented us from being able to do much.  Building in the winter sounded good in theory. 

We have come to a small halt in the build process.  We are ready to insulate the floor and have found a local company that will do it for us at a reasonable price.  We have decided on soy based spray insulation.  It gets better R-Value than fiberglass and it also seals up better so you do not get drafts.  We also like the fact that it forms a solid fill in the walls and offers more stability.  This wouldn't be a big deal if the house was stationary but since we plan to move ours about later down the road, this will help keep the walls true.

The problem we have hit is weather related as usual in Georgia.  It's been cold, rainy and even snow and ice covered lately.   The foam has to be heated and stay a certain temperature to spray it in.  The outdoor temp must be above 40 for a few days.  And dry of course.  We are hoping to be able to move on it soon.  Just twiddling our thumbs as I said. 

On to other things...I have had all things tiny in my head lately.  I have been Googling anything and everything I can about tiny homes and space savers.  Space saving is a challenge and I want to find creative ways to do it.  From containers used in the pantry...OXO containers are on my radar, to linen storage...I'm thinking space bags!  I am always looking for neat ideas and would love comments on things you may use or recommend as well! 

I am also looking at things to replace electric appliances so we can save on the amount of solar we use daily.  One thing I plan to buy first is a percolator coffee maker! One I can sit either on the cook stove or the wood stove.  We are a family based on coffee and have to have it!
Remember these??

I gave up my dryer pretty easily.  I have always liked line dried clothes better.  When we were younger, we lived in a place with a washer but no dryer and found we did fine without it.  On days it's not perfect line dry weather, we hanged stuff inside and it did fine.  And there is always the laundromat if need arises.

I won't miss my microwave much either.  I rarely use it anyways.  I'll miss the option to microwave popcorn for movies but am loving the idea of JiffyPop on the stove again! Remember that sound?  And that wonderful smell? The memories of childhood ... yep gotta have JiffyPop!

If you are interested..there is a great shop out there specializing in simple living appliances and other things.  I love this site.

So until next time, have a wonderful day and dream big in small living! :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Ignore the html above.  I signed up on BlogLovin to try and get the word out about my blog.  Most people have told me it takes a while for a blog to be spread across the web and I thought this was a good start.  Hopefully I'll get more hits and followers this way.

I really want to share this building experience with those out there that might be interested in building their own tiny home but need inspiration.  And if our ideas can help others figure out their needs and desires, then I did a great job!

We have read A LOT of tiny home blogs in the past and wished the writer had shared more info on how they did things.  We want to be one that shares as much as we can about the method and why.  If you have questions, leave me a comment and I will gladly answer!