There are many cliched bits of advice you come across when building a house:
– “Build a house, lose a spouse”
– “Everything will take twice as long and cost twice as much”
-“Don’t move in until you’ve finished your house, otherwise it will never get done”
Well, I’m pleased to report that Brian and I are still happily married to one another, and we actually have stayed well within our house’s budget. However, I can absolutely attest that everything DOES take twice as long to build, especially when balancing building with homeschooling two young children and attending to other homestead chores. And more importantly, it is extremely challenging to work on a house while living in it.
Earlier this summer, we moved our kitchen outdoors, and brought our bedroom to a tent. All of this was in preparation for finishing the walls and floors of our 350 square foot home. The walls were plastered with a gypsum plaster that was tinted with natural pigments. The flooring had been purchased months ago – we actually really lucked out at an auction with a bundle of oak flooring that we bought for $65. All that was left was to completely clear the house so we could install, sand, and finish the living room floor.
You can see here the cottonwood subfloor on the right and the oak going in on the left. We used a Bostitch Manual Flooring Nailer that we borrowed from our neighbors.
A few days later…the floor has been installed!
Preparing to sand, with our bed loft converted to a storage space!
All sanded and ready to seal! While we did rent a drum sander, we found that our generator was not able to power it. So, Brian used the edge sander for the entire floor. It did a great job, but sure led to some sore muscles the next day!
Brian then applied a very low VOC polyurethane finish to the floor. We did 4 coats in the living room, and also sealed our kitchen floor.
Voila! I LOVE these floors! They are so smooth and gorgeous that I just want to sweep them all day long! (Well, not really, but I really love them.)
Our Tiny House is almost finished! A bit of trim, some built-in shelving, and perhaps a coat of natural paint on the wall behind the woodstove, and we’re good to go!