It took about 12 hours of solid work by Jeff (my partner) and I to clear a space at my parent’s property. We started by moving a compost pile that was about the size of two deep freezers. Then we cleared brush, cut down a few small trees, and bundled the branches up for pickup. A large garden had to be transplanted, and while it was frustrating to move such things as three tiger lilies over to a place that had about forty more, I understand my mom’s decision to want them saved.
So hostas, bee balm, echinachea and other assorted flowers all got moved. I refuse to move forget-me-nots or lilies of the valley. They’re a dime a dozen, and spread like weeds. It’s criminal that stores sell them in small pots for around $3.00.
We schlepped quite a few loads of rotten planks and fallen tree limbs which we’ve paid to have taken away. I got to use the chain saw and that was fun.
Then we got to the ivy covered things: bed springs, thirty year old rotten tables and chairs, and a large fishing net stuck in the ground. And that’s where we struggled. I call it garbage, my mom calls it art. Some things got moved to another garden, some things went out to the trash. It was fine compromising by everyone. I have to always be aware that though this is my dream, it’s my parent’s place. It’s a fine balance. The temperature was wonderful and the bugs weren’t bad, but the sweat poured down our backs. My husband loves to swim even in freezing temperatures so it was an easy dive into the lake to cool off. I dipped in my toe, made it to my knee, then beat a hasty retreat. I’m happy to wait for summer when the water is warm and I’ve got no cares in the world. My parent’s place is about a 2.5 hour drive away which makes it tough to pop in to do some final cleanup, but it still has to happen. We’ll need to cut back some of the brush in the driveway so the trailer can be backed in easily. The photos don’t do the Herculean task justice.
We ordered siding. My heart was set on a bright Key West type colour (yellow or blue), but when I found out that would take 6 weeks for delivery (long after the class will be finished working), I decided I could live with the options they gave me -- all fairly dull earthy colours. Sigh. I’ll be painting my front door the brightest most eye blinding colour possible. I’m going with vertical siding rather than horizontal just to break up the long look of the trailer. The siding is going to set me back around a thousand dollars. I’ll know the exact number when I get the final bill. I think my actual costs have been about $7700 (including the trailer). I’ve estimated I’ll spend at least another 7000 on siding, fixtures, appliances, etc. I know there are people out there who know how to do all of this for zero dollars; I’m not one of them. I guess if I’d been scrounging for years, I’d have a lot of this on hand, but since everything has to happen now or yesterday, the options are limited.
On the weekend a house that was under construction blew down. Don’t think I didn’t contemplate going over to see what could be scrounged!
All 4 walls are up and the class is working on building the interior wall and a pocket door for the bathroom. Next week, they’ll be working on insulating the place and wiring the electrical. Fortunately our former shop teacher has his electrical papers.
Interior Walls –I like the panels they used in the protohaus. They had to paint it, but it’s a clean look. Apparently the grooves are deep and they’re tricky to paint though. I also like the look of the interior of Jay’s Fencl. I was able to get knotty pine tongue and groove (cottage grade which means lots of knots) really cheaply. Home Depot had a skid of this available. It is normally priced between 12.99 – 15.99 a bundle (A bundle covers 14 square feet).
They listed the price as 8.79 a bundle. When I went to the check out, the cashier said it was 6.99. Being honest, I let her know this wasn’t the price listed. She shrugged and said, the register says 6.99, so 6.99 it was. With taxes, I paid just shy of $400 for everything. 50 bundles is more than I’ll need for the walls, but the class will use it for closet doors, etc.
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