I am marking it down as a month (over 3 but under 4 weeks - 25 days) into the construction phase of implementing my off-grid-Low-overhead- self-reliance dream.
There is only a handful of photos I want to put up today. However. I can say that since a month ago, the foundation has been augered, poured, set (Now a month later its cured to its 5000psi rating), the majority of the main structures beams are standing. (Raised alone) The floor joists are all in, the lumber now resides 2 feet off the ground on the zero mark of my floor.
I am able to stand in the cobbled new frame and peer out to my eventual view. It is easy to get a calming sense of what will be the end result.
The last two days I have been taking a break from the Tiny House. The weather has really been burning me on both ends....
I find myself in a position at times where I do not want to continue. Happy to just sit under the tarp on top of the pile of lumber and veg.
However, I also am fully aware that if I do not finish, I may end up becoming broke, and 'homeless'. Permanently reduced to fully living in the tent with Mr. Pickles.
You can imagine that there is quite a good push behind me to carry on, regardless of my 2lb hammer sore arm, the full work out of my body lifting half it's weight in either lumber or Photo-voltaics.
This is our current life.
You know? On days when it does all sink in. Come together. Or any other view point of it all. I can really see the big picture. The fact that while I feel that I am going at a very slow pace. I am continuing to move forward one day at a time.
The other day, Larry, this carpenter whom stopped his truck on the side of the road to talk to me about solar panels, mentioned that I was doing a good job with my construction technique so far.
Not bad for a guy whom learned everything by trial and error, plus Youtube.
I'll get it done. Plus, I think it may be very quick indeed. I just may have the opportunity after two full months in to sit on the couch, watching TV, boiling a kettle of tea, and realize that through all the grunt work. It wasn't a difficult accomplishment at all, but a very life fulfilling one.
Edited Note : I saw across the way, on the adjacent property, two horses by the fence looking at me. Walked over and pet two nice horses. I think they were bummed out that I didn't have carrots. If I recall correctly, it has been over 20 years since I've done so. Next time I'll have carrots on hand. :)
|Chisel and 2lb hammer fun|
|Notching Posts so they can take the weight of the structure.|
|One 2x10 floor joist notched. Eventually became a double laminated board|
|The big Blue beautiful Picture.|
|Half Solar Array - Currently playing Electrician|