It really is astounding, even for a house as simple and tiny as ours, the complexity of details, materials, and timing of building a house. For instance, in order to insulate our house with dense-pack cellulose, we first need to wire for (solar) electricity, put up the exterior siding, and install the wood stove and chimney. To install the wood stove, the stove pipe needs to be ordered, a platform constructed, then tiled, then trimmed, then grouted, and so on and so forth.
And so Brian plugs along daily: sourcing, ordering, and gathering materials, sketching plans for electrical wiring, consulting with online forums, videos, and friends.
Occasionally, my skills come into play – making decisions, selecting materials, brainstorming the layout of the house – and even more occasionally, I have the opportunity to actually help build. I have always wanted to plug into the interior work of the house. Truth be told, I’m just not that into framing or siding or making complex measurements. But I love creating beautiful spaces, have a good brain for details, and I’m neat and organized. Tiling really appeals to each of these assets.
We found this gorgeous stone (possibly limestone) tile at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Columbia. We were able to get two boxes for $10! In a day or two we’ll grout the tile, and then we can install our beloved wood stove.
And on the outside of the house…
It’s so beautiful! This is some of the reclaimed barn wood that Brian’s been collecting and purchasing over the past few months. Some of it was ready to cut to size, but other pieces were rotting on the ends and the good parts needed to be rescued from the center. Two sides of the house are just about complete.
Our timeline is still very tight, but we’re moving along, making good progress each day.