It has been a LONG time since I’ve given you a tour of, or an update on our tiny house. As the holidays approached, our attention turned to festivities and gift-making and eating, so we let building rest for a bit. But all along, little details have been added here and there that make this tiny house seem more and more like home.
The details are so small – a hook here and a shelf there – that they seem to not even make a difference, but when I look back at photos from late October or November, and compare them to the house I live in today, they are so very different. The house, while unfinished for certain, is cozy and lived in.
The only problem is that our house is so cozy and home-like that it is hard to really get to the work that needs to be done. The Carr Siding on the ceiling is 3/4 of the way finished, but that last quarter sure feels like a big project to tackle! The gypsum plaster of the bedroom nook has yet to be redone, and for that matter, none of the other walls are finished at all! In half the house, we still look at the mesh fabric that holds in the blown cellulose insulation!
When you read about house-building, one of the biggest pieces of advice given is to NOT move in before the finish work is done, and I now I understand why! To work on the mudroom floor, a project that really only took 1.5 days and one person’s labor, took a big effort to move boxes and buckets and boots and kids out of the living space. But this week, I took the kids on an overnight trip to the big city, while Brian stayed behind and tiled the mudroom and pantry.
Beth happily agreed to smile big for the camera in this “Before” shot. This photo was actually taken in late October, but you can see the cottonwood sub-floor and the view west into the mudroom. The pigments on the ground are where our pantry is now.
Laying down the square tile. After many, many trips to the Habitat for Humanity REStore in Columbia, we finally found enough tile to finish the mudroom, with a mixture of darker terra cotta and lighter terra cotta tiles of the same shape and pattern. The total cost – a whopping $20. Finding materials for cheap requires an input of energy, for certain, but we would have spent well over $75 dollars had we bought the same tile new.
Filling in the grout.
Come on in the front door!
The “After” shots. Pantry is to the right of the photo, looking west into the mudroom. You can see to the left that the tile only went part way into the pantry room; that sub-floor will be covered by a built in bench that will (one day) be our dining area. It feels so exciting to watch this house take shape, one floor at a time.