Late nights…that don’t involve going out.

Holy moly it was a LONG week with lots of late nights. I’m talking coming home from working 10 hour days, with a 40 minute commute each way, and staying up until ~12-1am laying our BEAUTIFUL reclaimed barn wood floors! Before we get to that I will tell my tiny house story of the week. So, we went to our wonderful friends wedding this weekend which is why we worked so hard to stay on schedule throughout the week!

Ladies and gentlemen the new Mr. and Mrs. DuPont! Could our friends be any cuter?!
Ladies and gentlemen the new Mr. and Mrs. DuPont! Could our friends be any cuter?!

Let me tell you folks, if you think no one else is reading this blog besides yourself, you are wrong. Apparently, this blog about our adventure has made its way around the internet to many viewers. After the wedding, Jake and I concluded that every conversation we had that night included the other person asking about how the tiny house was coming! It was awesome to realize how much support we had and how many people who were amazed that we actually thought we could pull this off. So, here are the main topics that summarize the tiny house conversations of the night:

  1. We should have been filming this for a TV show.
  2. I should now film a cooking show in our tiny house once we move.
  3. Jake should become a wilderness expert and have his own show.
  4. Yes, we could potentially become 2 dogs, 1 cat, a newborn and a tiny house depending on how many years we live in the tiny house.
  5. Montana does actually have cities, jobs and people. It is not just a barren wasteland with no populous. This is the topic that stunned Jake and I…I mean come on people we live in a small town in West Virginia right now and our nearest grocery store is the Dollar General. Montana will be like New York City to us.

Back to the floors.

Third Week of Construction Lessons

  1. Windows look odd on the outside of a tiny house.
    Jake hard at work installing  the window above the stove.
    Jake hard at work installing the window above the stove.
    Front of the house with windows installed.
    Front of the house with windows installed.

    Back of the house with all the windows installed sans the garden kitchen window which will be installed once we get to Montana. After the drive.
    Back of the house with all the windows installed sans the garden kitchen window which will be installed once we get to Montana. After the drive.
  2. Contrary to my belief, you can’t just stick things under the floor boards to make them level.

    Jake putting down this miraculous stuff that made our floor level where the plywood had buckled from all of the rain we had during framing construction.
    Jake putting down this miraculous stuff that made our floor level where the plywood had buckled from all of the rain we had during framing construction.
  3. It takes a lot of prep work to make floor boards.

    Jake has been working on cutting, planing and sanding all of the reclaimed hemlock barnwood that we bought from a salvager.
    Jake has been working on cutting, planing and sanding all of the reclaimed hemlock barnwood that we bought from a salvager.
  4. Saw dust will cover everything. Also, dogs love sawdust.

    Kya and Acadia with Jakes parent's puppy Dani!
    Kya and Acadia with Jakes parent’s puppy Dani!
  5. You have to put down a vapor barrier BEFORE the floor boards. Good thinking Jake.

    Hard at work.
    Hard at work.
  6. If you stand on the sidelines long enough, you will get pulled into the game.
    THIS GIRL got to nail in the first floor board. Please excuse my bare feet..I know I faced a huge risk at nailing my foot, but I couldn't risk losing my chance at getting to help!
    THIS GIRL got to nail in the first floor board. Please excuse my bare feet..I know I faced a huge risk at nailing my foot, but I couldn’t risk losing my chance at getting to help!
    This guy obviously did the majority of the work. He doesn't like to shell out work to the little people very much.
    This guy obviously did the majority of the work. He doesn’t like to shell out work to the little people very much.
    Hammers bend. Lesson learned.
    Hammers bend. Lesson learned.

    I did get to help a lot with the lofts, because he couldn't hit the nailer and  hold in the floor board at the same time!
    I did get to help a lot with the lofts, because he couldn’t hit the nailer and hold in the floor board at the same time!
  7. Nailing floor boards stops them from creaking. I like the creaking of wood floors, apparently Jake does not and he was the man with the tools. Don’t worry there is still one that creaks 😉wpid-20150714_202339.jpg
  8. Renting a humongous sander versus using a hand sander was worth all the money in the world.
    Literally 10 minutes and it was done.
    Literally 10 minutes and it was done.

    Sanded and ready to be covered in polyurethane!
    Sanded and ready to be covered in polyurethane!
  9. Polyurethane is a pain in the tush. 
    Staining.
    Staining.
    “Please drop the stupid paint brush and come play with me.”
    Still staining…
    Hot dang it looks good though.
    Hot dang it looks good though.

    BEAUTIFUL!
    BEAUTIFUL!
  10. Just when you think you are done with polyurethane, surprise YOU’RE NOT!
    Can't forget the exposed beams in the bathroom and kitchen!
    Can’t forget the exposed beams in the bathroom and kitchen!

    We hope to start with the electric, water, insulation and installing the kitchen cabinets next week! Oh!, and I will be starting my projects next week..remember Jake may be the brains behind the tiny house, but I am the decorator!

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