Friday, July 26, 2013

So Close!!

The house is very close to being finished. I am getting down to the fine detail point and also waiting for some things to come in the mail. My roll of wallpaper finally came in today! Turns out my neighbors had it. I had to special order that wallpaper. I had bought one roll a few years ago and completed one wall with it. Turns out this particular wallpaper has been discontinued and one Lowes in Dallas had 5 rolls left! I got really lucky. So when I get that up the house will really be looking complete. But here are a bunch of random projects I have been working on for a few months. Enjoy!

I am mostly finished with the back but still have some trim pieces I have to have custom made. Got the windows to the power closet painted but still need to stamp fluer de lis on the to window panes.

The couch/ottomans/bed/storage.

This bench/temporary tv stand use to be a tall night stand that I turned on its side and made this funky little thing.

Upholstered couch/ottomans/bed. Underneath the cushions some panels flip out at the feet and at the head to lengthen for sleeping. Or you can split it in two and put a table in between for dining.

Shot from front door.

This is the top step of the stairs that doubles as a chair for the floating desk/office. I finally upholstered it from a pillow.

Stairs and chair. The pole supports the floating desk.

Closet space. Dirty clothes hamper.

New doors for closet open.

Closet doors closed. Made from whitewood and straw beach matts.

Hamper closed.

Made wire baskets out of  chicken wire to hold my fruits and veggies for juicing. Unfortunately I dropped my juicer and broke it :(


New cabinet door made out of whitewood and straw beach matts.

Bookcases and shelf over the door. Uncompleted left wall now ready for that wallpaper. It's going to look just like the right wall. Got the idea from gypsy wagon's interior walls and ceilings.

The widest shot I could get from the porch at night.

My new toilet! Thetford portable toilet. It uses a biodegradable liquid to break down solids into liquid form. I then built a solar evaporative septic system. So the liquids just evaporate and never get into the ground. Works great no smell! Also has a battery powered flushing system. No more sawdust bucket toilet! Hallelujah!!

Miss Rebecca Posey hemmed my curtains for me! It looks so much nicer and feels more secure and private at night. Thanks Rebecca!

Trimmed up more around the sink and added this little display shelf. I'm thinking candles or something.

Added some oak underneath the sink and an open shelf on the left between the sink and the file cabinet. More to be done with all that.

All lights off except the rear light at the end of the hall.

Sammy found yet another spot to sleep. The bathroom sink. Awe :)

Sammy looking like the cool dude he is!
More to come! I will finally be done soon but there are many more projects after the house is finished to get started with. Outdoor deck, firepit, some fencing, outdoor bathtub, cob oven, methane digester, clearing land, tilling and planting the farm for fall, new chickens, greenhouse made from old boat for seed starting, generator and battery backup system, and much much more. And it will all be documented right here!!

Wish me luck!


  1. So very nice of you to do all this for Sammy; I'm sure that the Mystic Cat Placement Bureau appreciates it! *grin*

  2. What is the height of this container?
    Is it an extra tall one that allows you to have the loft?

    I'm very impressed! Great job!

    1. Its not a container its pallet stud walls covered in galvalume sheets. You can see the whole build just did through the posts. I want to build a house out containers for a next project though.

  3. You've done a great job on this home. I am building a houseboat presently. I am interested in your toilet! and particularly the solar evaporator. Is it a "porta potty and which model? I'd be very interested in more details of your evaporator, (never heard of them until now) wondering if someting like that might be suitable or adaptable to work on the boat. Thanks. Joel

    1. Thanks! The toilet is a thetford portable camping toilet. I think its called the curve. It has an electric flush. As for the evaporative septic tank it hasn't worked as planned unfortunately. I thought it would evaporate but it just isn't. I got the idea from a YouTube video by Lamar of solar cabin. I think for it to work it cannot contain a bottom. Still weighing my options. But the toilet itself is nice but you will definitely want to empty every 5 days if you keep it inside. If not the methane builds up and every time you flush it releases a very bad smell. I keep it outside and can go two weeks without emptying it. But again the methane gas builds up so you have to close the lid when flushing because it can burp and splash on you. Yuck! Might just build a conventional septic with in ground leech field.

  4. Thanks so much for the update on that, especially on the Yuck! I'm in the final stages of planning my tiny house, and your set-uplooked so promising, I was on the fence about using it myself.
    Thanks for the blog in general. I'm very intrigued by many of your innovations. The desk is brilliant, and I love the 'summer kitchen' and the swinging screen doors, and the storage loft next to the bed. I'm so curious about what's under the sink? I've never seen one before. My sink and counter are integrated, because they are from a high school science lab. The cabinet came with it, too. Ah, memories.....
    Great work, and I'm becoming a subscriber, I hope.

  5. Thanks for the kind words. The toilet is outside now i just couldnt stand it inside anymore so i now have an outhouse. The sink was an outdoor sink used as an accessory with a bbq pit. Under the sink is just storage space and access to the plumbing.

  6. Rather than a desk or office, I just use a handheld computer. It allows me to work anywhere.

    1. The desk is in dead space so its never in the way.

  7. I prefer a place with more windows and skylights. Maybe a glass door at the back as well. Any new plans for the future?

    1. Its so hot down here I only wanted a large window in the front. That way it doesn't get too hot. Do you know how hard it is to run the ac 24/7 with solar panels?! Hopefully you saw my last post with the house completed? I am now turning the land around it into a produce farm. The next house will probably be made out of shipping containers.


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