I know...it's been a long time but we just have been so incredibly busy with the house, we have found it diffiicult updating the Facebook page and the blog, but I want to take a moment and give an update on our progress.
The outside of the tiny house is, for all intents and purpose, finished. We finished staining the trim and installing the metal roof. Thank goodness it's waterproof! It was a huge relief not having to cover every day with tarps.
We moved the tiny house to a more permanent location on the same property, away from the garage and with a beautiful view of the fields on both sides. We dug trenches for the electrical and water lines and hooked up to both. We also dug a trench and installed a French Drain for our gray water run off. After jacking the house up off the wheels, we needed a way to get into the house because we were stepping up on the wheels before this point. So we took a day and built a nice little deck and stairway into the front door.
At this point, we are completely hooked up to electricity and water and thankfully, can use the AC in the hot Florida summer. We started working on the bathroom by closing up the walls and installing the shower. We went with a galvanized metal shower for a few reasons. Tile is known to crack in tiny houses when you move them. Also, the cost of tiling the shower was a bit much considering the metal cost all of about $100. I love the way it turned out. The shower is quite large, 4'x3' and has a rain shower head. Check it out.
Then we started working on the ceiling of the bathroom and kitchen. We wanted tin tiles, but again, the cost was too much. We found styrofoam tiles that have the look of tin when painted and are a fraction of the cost. We decided to give them a try. I couldn't be more happy with the look. It took a bit of work since the paint we wanted to use ate through the styrofoam. We did three coats of primer on the tiles, which prevented the hammered silver spray paint from eating the foam.
Months ago, we found free pallets on Craigslist so David went and snatched them up. We deconstructed them and removed the nails. After a quick brush with a broom, they were ready to go! They went up pretty quickly. Once they go up, we plan on painting them for a lighter brighter look in the small space of the bathroom.
Next step is to paint the pallets then put the toilet back in and the sink. Our bathroom sink is an old writing desk, we cut the top off and sanded and restained the desk. We installed a vessel sink and faucet on the top and voila!
For the kitchen, we already have most of our cabinets bought. They are unfinished from Lowes. We plan on painting them, probably a lighter shade of green and modifying them to install drawers where the toe kicks are.
More to come on the kitchen soon! Thanks for following our journey. We can't believe how far we have come since last Summer, after seeing our first tiny house and deciding in a week to go forward with it and build our own. We hope to be done and fully moved in as soon a possible. We love our tiny home!