Yes, Carlos, Jerry, and Israel finished installing the loft flooring today and it looks great. Next we will lightly sand and then oil it, hopefully only using the buffer with screeds to clean it up first before the Walnut oil gets applied. Once the bath wall is in, the stairs, and the railing is in, I think it will feel gigantic upstairs.
Imagine squeezing into one of these Tiny Texas lofts, in this case over 6’3″ at the peak in the loft. Big enough for a King Size bed, closet, and vanity, a great sitting area with a view, and a second bedroom or upstairs office if one wanted it for that. This is the upstairs which is not taxed as living space but instead, storage space which can hold beds and such. The entire taxable square footage for living area is below and clocks in at about 320 sq. feet. The kitchen, bath, dining area, and living areas are ample for most people who want an organic house that cools itself and holds its heat when needed so as to be energy efficient for its projectable 100+ year lifetime ahead. Besides that, we saved more energy and resources creating it than it will cost to supply electricity, heat, and air conditioning to it for the entire century it will be here, and then some, before anyone moves into the house.
Luckily it also looks great and not like some steel converted box. The entire “New” energy requirements it took to build this house will amount to 40 gallons of diesel fuel to run the compressors for the salvage job, fuel the truck to haul from salvage job to build site, and to build the new house, for 95% of the materials used to build it. The fact that it is relatively portable means that the only energy needed for a new owner would be the cost of fuel to get it pulled to their property. I can not think of a lower energy cost to build a transportable house out of 95% sustainable building materials on the planet.
No trees cut, yet made of the greatest trees cut from our planet 130 years ago when they were 500 years old. We just pulled the nails, cleaned the boards up, and reused them. Doors, windows, siding, tin roof and much more already created long before we cared about resources, energy costs, toxins created in the process of creating building materials, and the cost to the habitats that so many critters once thrived in. Those days are gone, but we can still save much of the materials harvested while the lumber barons were so powerful they did not have to pay with cash for they minted their own tokens to pay help with, though only good at the company store and renting company housing.
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Bonus shots of the stairs just finished 1/26/16