Two and a half weeks until we pick up the trailer!
In the meantime, I’ve been scouring Craigslist and salvage yards between Seattle and Bellingham for supplies. Managed to pick up 18 sheets of 1.5″ and 4 sheets of 4″ rigid foam insulation from people on Craigslist, to be used in the subfloor and probably the ceiling. I’ve pretty much decided on wool from Oregon Shepherd for the walls. I’ll talk more about insulation choices later.
I picked out all the windows for the ‘downstairs’ portion of the house, half of them at this gorgeously fun place near the West Seattle Bridge:
The other half at Skagit Building Salvage in Mount Vernon, just up the road from my house, where a very handsome tall red-haired man helped load my windows into the truck and told me he’s moving into an Airstream. Universe, thank you for these small moments.
I’m a little nervous buying used windows, but my budget and my build philosophy (use salvaged materials first, eco-friendly new materials second when possible, always being conscious of my status as a broke-ass motherf***er and getting the best I can afford given the first two principles) won’t stand for new, so this is what we’ve got. $550 for windows so far and still need 2 small windows for the loft ends, small windows for the sides of the sleeping loft dormer, and an egress skylight.
I spent 2 days driving all over western Washington purchasing, picking up and delivering supplies to the build site in Monroe., including some 2x4s Dad had leftover from building a shed. Seeing everything collected under the gigantic carport where the house will come to life was pretty cool.
It’s like watching the bones of my little house start to form.
I have an unexpected day off today and while I might pull it together and go do some ‘productive’ things later, for now it’s 11:43 and I’m still in bed watching Russell Brand videos, researching insulation R-value, writing in my journal, drinking ginger tea and listening to the birds chirp outside as the dogs sleep curled at my feet. We’re taking a Domino’s field trip to the 80’s dance night in Bellingham this evening. Life is pretty all right.