lot update (mid aug): gate welded, water on, construction in full swing
Lots of exciting progress. The biggest news is that Jay’s tiny house is in full swing, with flooring and insulation in place. Check out the very cool time lapse video he’s making. Lee and Tony are working away on her house, extending the floor one foot in front and back. Brian’s trailer is still sitting idly by, waiting for the structural engineer to complete review of the architectural drawings.
We also finished welding the bombproof gate with our welder friend Adam’s help. So now “the perimeter is secure”. We weren’t convinced about having any fencing up originally- the idea of an open park-like setting was really appealing to us. But liability concerns and one hostile voice at the neighborhood association meeting convinced us otherwise. But how to balance the need for a fence and wide gate with the need to move the tiny homes in/out? The secret is are groovy removable fence posts that slide out when it’s moving time. Pretty cool- the entire western side of the fence and gate can be taken down in 15 minutes with a few hands on deck.
We also positioned, plumbed and filled the 250 gallon cistern. We’re sold on this one- it holds a ton of water, costs almost nothing to ship (compared to the big solid plastic ones), and is easy to move when empty. It’s also flat and barely noticeable atop the shipping container (with a wooden enclosure that matches the garden beds)– a plus aesthetically. A big thanks to one of our many super friendly neighbors who is letting us fill it up once a month to keep the garden alive.
Another neighbor let us pick through a pile of 1920’s era red oak flooring that he was going to dump- after a few hours of pulling out the old square nails there is a nice stack of free flooring ready to go. And more activity: a tiny house DC meetup with 25+ folks; and a happy hour with all our tiny house friends. Great progress all around!