KCI Torrential rains

Denny and Aaron added more flooring to the loft.  I am happy, my tall husband will be even happier.  They also got the final roofing truss up, because that night the torrential rains came down.

The rain lasted about four hours; fortunately there was only a wee bit of water in the place.  It was easily cleared up, and I placed a bucket or two to catch anything else, then my daughter and I threw on yet another tarp.  This one isn't nearly as large as the first one. It's held down with skipping ropes since all the real ropes are holding down the other larger tarp.  We had quite a bit of fun getting the tarps up.  First we attached ropes to one side and then attached the ropes to croc shoes, then we started throwing.  It should have been a contest.  In general, three tosses and we got it over far enough that we could grab the other end, then it was just a matter of hauling the tarp up, then tying it down.

Tarps tend to get caught (and torn) on the roof peaks. That's where the water gets in.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — September 04, 2010

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KCI Buying Materials

I am good friends with all the big box stores and all the small hardware stores in town.  I go at least once a day to pick things up.  When people say they use scavenged or recycled items, I wonder if they have been collecting things for years or if they have a huge garage that they can rummage through to find what they need.  Sure I'm going to be furnishing the place with used furniture and dishes because I can do that over time, and the local 2nd hand stores have a lot of items to choose from.

Aside from Habitat for Humanity's Restore where do I find "on-demand" building supplies?  Craig's list has been a total bust for me.  Again, if I'd been gathering things over the last few years, I'd be good.  Alas I didn't.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — September 03, 2010

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KCI Celebrating their hard work

We celebrated the end of the school build with a pizza party for both classes.  It was a small way to thank the students for all their hard work.  They were amazing. As well we often had little house groupies show up to see what had been accomplished on various days.

Lab technicians from the hospital would walk over to see what was happening, the custodians came down, and teachers and secretaries dropped by.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — September 01, 2010

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KCI Installing the flooring in the loft

Two of the students were hired to keep working on the fencl parked in my driveway. The guys installed the loft flooring, but it was a bit short.  Only a mattress will fit on top of it. There wouldn't even be a place to put a book down, so  they're going to add another foot, and we've got plenty of spare wood, so it's worth doing.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — August 30, 2010

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KCI Moving it through the city

Moving the tiny house through the city was not a problem. It was like the tree branches had been cut to accommodate its height exactly.  We had to move it with only a partially constructed roof, but it still went off without a hitch.  Surprisingly few people even gave it a second glance.  It's not like you see a house move everyday, but apparently people in this town are blasé.

A friend from school did the hauling, and he's even offered to drive it to my parent's place all for the low low price of lunch and gas money. I love folks. Bernie backed it into my driveway without even having to make one correction. It's like he's a professional tiny house hauler.

When it arrived at my house, the neighbours were all intrigued.  I'd warned them, but seeing it close up is a whole other story.  There were many jokes about who's getting kicked out of the main house, and since my husband is currently away meditating for ten days, he took the brunt of the jokes.

Kids are most intrigued, and people are amazed at how roomy it is.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — August 29, 2010

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