Friday, May 30, 2014

Gable ends part2

Here's the beginning of the wall covering in the loft area. Porch side gable end...

Around the window...

Porch side finished!

Tongue side  very close to finished, but it was getting late so I needed to be finished making noise with the saw... I started on the ceiling covering.  Snapped a chalk line and lined it all up, but then I needed the saw again.  To be continued...

Gable end insulation and the end of an era

I must say I really like the Roxul insulation I'm using.  It is made from rocks, doesn't disintegrate like cotton candy when it gets wet, is naturally mold/mildew resistant and doesn't catch fire. I use a bread knife to cut it (as per the instructions), and even though I should be wearing gloves, I haven't been with no side effects.  

The report for the day is that I finished the insulation in the roof and gable ends.  Then I finished sealing the windows with Great Stuff (boy is it messy if you're not careful).  Now I'm ready to start putting on the wall and ceiling covering.  Just a little bit excited about it!  

Here is the sleeping loft end.  Ready to go!
And here are four of my favorite ladies in the world! 6th grade graduation brings the end of an era at Lincoln Elementary!  All three nieces and a nephew have gone through Lincoln. Thanks to all the great people there for giving these great kids a great education!  They are obviously amazed at my handywork! ;P

Here is the porch end of the Bungalow.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Here is what I started with today.  The roof, 2x4 rafters, and ventilation.  Of course, when I was building the roof I hadn't thought about the ventilation or the insulation.  I later realized that I should have used 2x6 rafters to accomodate the ventilation AND the insulation. 

So, I bought a bunch of 2x2's and attached them to the rafters.

And VOILA! the insulation fits just right!

Just need a little more insulation and I'll be ready to put the ceiling in.  So excited for that, because the Bungalow will look so much more finished with the ceiling completed. AND I can put in the ceiling fan. SO exciting...again!

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Got brave today and tackled the plumbing head on.
Here's what I started with.

I wanted to have something semi-solid in the wall so I could hang things on it if needed, so I put a piece of leftover siding up. There are a couple of 2x4's on the other side that I attached the siding to, which will also be the attachment point for the water heater (see photo below).

After the siding came the actual wall covering.

Got all the pex going to the right places ... Well except the kitchen sink hot and cold.  I inadvertently switched them so the hot comes through the wall on the right and the cold on the left, but that is easy enough to attach to the faucet correctly. I even wrote on the pex so I would remember that it is backwards.

So here is the whole kitchen side of the wall.

This is the photo I referred to above. The 2x4's supporting the siding on one side and the water heater on the bathroom side.  

Plumbing for the shower, wall covering for the wet wall.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Starboard side

Finally!  A litle privacy in the bathroom! Well...not really because the opposite wall is still wide open and the window has no blinds. So, nevermind about the privacy in the bathroom, but the starboard side wall is closer to being finished.  And then!!!

As I wrote previously, I purchased my cabinets and countertops and couldn't resist putting a couple of cabinets together and throwing the countertop on so I could see what it will look like.  I debated for a little while whether or not to cut the countertop or to leave it with a little overhang there on the end, but I'm going to cut it off.  It takes up too much living room space. Yes, that extra foot takes up too much living space.  Although, now that I'm looking at it from a different view I could put a hinge on that extra foot and have it available for lengthening the counter if I needed the surface space.  Hmmm

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New friends!

Here I am spending money again.  Today was IKEA day.  Cabinets, countertops, sink, and faucet all came home with me in the Jeep.  I need to send a big shout out to my three new friends I met at IKEA. I was contemplating in the lighting section when a woman approached me and asked about cabinet legs.  Funny, because of all the people in the store I was also buying cabinets and needed legs.  I had written down where they were (aisle 9 bin 8) and instead of trying to explain how to get there through the maze that is IKEA, I thought it would be easier to just show her.  I was headed to the cabinet legs eventually anyway.  We got to talking and had a really nice conversation.  We were both buying cabinets, me for the Bungalow, her for her laundry room, thus the cabinet leg adventure.  I'm always a little surprised that people are so interested in the tiny house thing. I showed her pics of the Bungalow and we waited for our cabinet orders to be pulled.  The ladies at the furniture pick-up counter were also very helpful and very interested in the Bungalow. Showed them all the pics and told them about the blog.  Very fun to share this adventure with people who are excited about it. So a big hello to Randy in Wyoming (hope your drive home was uneventful) and the two IKEA ladies if you are reading this! 

The counters and cabinets before...

I love the round sink.

AND I put one of the cabinets together tonight just because I could.  Still have quite a bit to do before finishing up the kitchen but I just couldn't resist. So here's the one I did this evening...

The top section is a drawer...

And the bottom has shelves

This will be where it actually lives next to the fridge with another narrower 4-drawer cabinet on the other side of the fridge and obviously the countertop eventually.


Friday, May 9, 2014


I've been spending money again...I felt like I needed to purchase the appliances, like the cooktop and water heater before hiring someone to plumb the propane.  I decided that I can do the water plumbing myself and I've purchased Sharkbite fittings to make that a bit easier, I think, as well as pex tubing. Don't want to go the copper route because I would need to hire someone to do that as well.  

Yesterday I got so excited when the cooktop arrived along with the shower drain.  I've been anticipating getting the kitchen finished for a while now.  Also, I ordered a tankless water heater a couple of weeks ago.  When it came it was so large that I would have had to put it in a cabinet outside, so I finally decided to send it back and get a smaller ventless model.  Now I have everything I need to begin the water plumbing, so I finalized my layout yesterday.  

Began yesterday by figuring out how the shower is going to go and hung the diverter.  Then I ordered the rest of the fittings I will need and picked those up this morning.  So, all ready to go when my get-up-and-go is ready.   

Saturday, May 3, 2014


Partly my design, partly every other design I've ever looked at.  I'm using materials that I already have except the hinges.  So here we go...step one

Step two...

Fitting the top on the base and making sure the seat fits properly

Side view...

The bucket...

The cabinet top in place...

And the seat...

Final resting place of the loo.