KCI Hard at work

Since my husband returned from his meditation center, we've kicked some serious butt.  Bob, Jeff and I have built cabinets, caulked and insulated the ceiling, put the battens on, and, and, and.  I'm sure there's a bunch of other things but my mind is mush.  We start at 8 am and usually finish by 6 or 7 pm.  Dinner has not been much to speak of as you can imagine.

Insulating is interesting. Maybe there are quicker ways of doing it, but it seemed to take me forever.  First I cut and glued 2 inch extruding foam between each roof truss.  Each one had to be individually measured and cut, and then there were little jigs and jags around roof protruding things – usually wood, sometimes misfired nails.  Styrofoam boards at the top need to be cut on a 45% angle, otherwise it's just straight cuts. The 2 inch boards were cut with a skill saw. Then I did it all again with a 1/2 board.  This took 2 days. It was a mistake to apply low expanding foam in between the first and second layer.  The 1/2 inch boards were a pleasure to work with. It's just a matter of using a T ruler and cutting with box cutters.  A good snap pulls it apart.

Bob built the front door, but we'll have to get glass put in.

We're moving Friday, so whatever isn't finished by tomorrow, is not getting done until a later date.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — October 26, 2010

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KCI The saga continues

My Dad is concerned that the place we'll be parking the trailer is a bit soft.  If you remember we had to clear a huge pile of compost to create a space.  It's now spread out over my mother's gardens, but then when we got too lazy to haul, we just started spreading it in the clearing.  There's probably a good 4-6 inches of compost over the whole space, so yeah, it's soft. I suggested my Dad start parking his vehicle there to firm it up.   By the time we get there a few tons of SUV will have done the work necessary.  It's either that or me jumping up and down on the spot, and since I only weigh 110 pounds that'd be a lot of jumping.

I got to help build kitchen cabinets.  That was a great day. I held and screwed and applied melamine to edges.  This involved ironing, filing and sanding.  Three skills I am proficient at – not that I ever iron clothes, but theoretically I know how to, so I could apply those skills.

10 days after it arrived at my house, the roof sheathing is done.  The weather has not co-operated at all.  Today was supposed to be clear so that's why we left it until now.  Of course, the rain clouds are moving in.  Argh.  I'm hoping it's all done and the seams caulked before it starts to pour.  We no longer get light rains these days. It's all torrential monsoon like weather.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — October 24, 2010

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Host a Tumbleweed Display Model

Be the first to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to host a fully assembled Tumbleweed display model at your location. We're looking to partner with a business that can showcase our very popular Fencl House for 90 days. During that time we'll drive a lot of traffic to your location by advertising your business on our website, which is a $2000 value all by itself.

We'll fully support the showcase by giving you all the sales support merchandise you need. We'll make our best seller Small House Book available to you at our low wholesale rate that you can sell for the cover price, and you'll also sell construction plans to the do-it-yourselfers and earn a commission on each one. Best of all, if you sell the display model you'll earn a commission of up to $4000!

To get the most out of this opportunity, we ask that your business be open at least six days a week and that you have someone available to lock it and unlock it and to keep the unit clean, warm and presentable to customers. To ensure the safety of the unit we require a $500 security deposit, but that can easily be made up by the sale of our books and plans within just the first few days. Theoretically, the Tumbleweed can be showcased anywhere but a location such as a truck and RV dealership would be ideal. However, we are wide open to any creative suggestions, so if you have a hardware store or a lumberyard or maybe a coffee shop with a little extra space in the parking lot and you think you might want to host our display model - we'd love to hear from you!


Written by Steve Weissmann — October 20, 2010

Filed under: Business  

Download Study Plans

Our FREE study plans give you the opportunity to discuss your dreams with an architect or your local building department. The Study Plans give you enough information to talk price and sizes. We've also added material cost estimates for all our homes.

To download, please click on the image below

Written by Steve Weissmann — October 20, 2010

Filed under: Build it yourself   home plans   house plan  

Bodega Study Plans

Here is another of our updated study plans. These are for the Bodega:

You can print a copy of the plans here.  Here are some of the features of the Bodega:

  • Starting at 261 sq. ft. (356 with the 1st floor bedroom added-on), it is designed with cost savings in mind. It is a perfect example of green design & well-proportioned architecture.
  • The plans include a full range with an over, built-in microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and a stacking washer/dryer.  Hot water comes courtesy of a tank-less water heater.
  • The Bodega is designed to be built on a permanent foundation.

OK, folks. Let us know what you think of the Bodega. If  you could build it anywhere in the world, where would you put it? What would you change about the design? We love the feedback, so keep it coming!

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — October 12, 2010

Filed under: Houses  

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