Here You Can See The Form Of The Roof Line And The Shape Of The House.  We Finished The End Wall This Evening, Which Also Has A Door Out Of The Kitchen.  This Is Full Of First Time Design Elements.

Rodney’s second wall goes up and end wall gets built too

Rodney’s Retreat grows with the help of some new friends, but not the usual players.

Crazy part is, we are building it as fast as a crew paid 8 hours a day and we are only working 4 hours a day.

Last image on this blog will show you the final progress as we completed a few days of on the job training for Michelle as we manifested the skeleton on which the skins will go to create Rodney’s Retreat. ┬áLife is good and the time goes fast when you are having this much fun and getting work done at the same time.

Check out how good Michelle is doing as we brave the cold weather and work through the cold spell… Heh heh.

 

 

 

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Hi Everybody! Michelle Ashley here, aka, “The Blonde!”

Just so those in need of a little relaxation can do so, this post was clearly in fun, and not intended to exclude anyone. Of course brunettes can learn to build! And redheads, bald heads and grey beards. I am passionate about demonstrating that just about ANYONE can learn to salvage and to build a tiny house, not just you big, tough, experienced guys! And the seriousness of saving our heritage and not over-stuffing our landfills with amazing trees, hardware, windows, etc., does not preclude enjoying life while you do it. YES, I feel the freedom to express my silly side, as I’m fully aware of the fact it in no way threatens or diminishes my intellect or my nerdy side. Yay me! How tragic it would be if those things were actually defined by someone’s hair color; now THAT would be silly! Ha! As to those who raised safety concerns: 1. My hair is never in reach of the saw. 2. If you pay close attention to the pics, you’ll see that the saw blade is not running in any of them. 3. Might be difficult to see from your angle, but trust me, my fingers are nowhere near the “red zone” area of the blade, especially when I started cutting. So, to quote the indomitable Bart Simpson, “Don’t have a cow, man!!” I think I get to learn how to do rafters today. Can’t wait!

Learning how to shoot right  is no simple thing.  You can split wood, have nails come out the sides,  and just plain miss a few times before you get the hang of it.
Learning how to shoot right is no simple thing. You can split wood, have nails come out the sides, and just plain miss a few times before you get the hang of it.
Always be sure not to have any fingers, hands, or limbs in the potential path of the nail you are shooting just in case it bounces and shoots two nails in a row.

Always be sure not to have any fingers, hands, or limbs in the potential path of the nail you are shooting just in case it bounces and shoots two nails in a row.

Look how big the wall looks now.

Look how big the wall looks now.

Just the finishing touches as we look to figure out a way to pick it up.

Just the finishing touches as we look to figure out a way to pick it up.

What do you know, the tour is supposed to happen and a couple of guests have come to see out houses.  This is a hands on tour for Oliver and June.

What do you know, the tour is supposed to happen and a couple of guests have come to see out houses. This is a hands on tour for Oliver and June.

I don't thing we would have gotten it up without their help.

I don’t thing we would have gotten it up without their help.

Then we braced it.

Then we braced it.

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We lifted this one up in two parts to make it easier.

We lifted this one up in two parts to make it easier.

The second was the bigger half and you can see how big it looks once up here.

The second was the bigger half and you can see how big it looks once up here.

Shooting down the floor plate to keep it from shifting.

Shooting down the floor plate to keep it from shifting.

Now we have two walls.

Now we have two walls.

Getting it approximately vertical and screwing in the braces so it does not fall down.

Getting it approximately vertical and screwing in the braces so it does not fall down.

Oliver helps secure it in the floor.

Oliver helps secure it in the floor.

Bang, bang, knock, knock, just trying to get all the joints tight and sink any nails that are not set yet.

Bang, bang, knock, knock, just trying to get all the joints tight and sink any nails that are not set yet.

That was Saturday, and we did not get much more done that day, but in the evening we went back to work.  Then again Sunday for a few hours until after dark again, and Monday evening until after dark as well.

Here you can see the form of the roof line and the shape of the house.  We finished the end wall this evening, which also has a door out of the kitchen.  This is full of first time design elements.

Here you can see the form of the roof line and the shape of the house. We finished the end wall this evening, which also has a door out of the kitchen. This is full of first time design elements.