Book Shelving & Kitchen Drawer

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Book Shelving & Kitchen Drawer

Hello Everyone, Things are starting to finish up at the tiny house. We just have a few items left on the list and we can finally call it home.

Today I decided to build a shelving unit to go around the television. I used one of the crates we got for free and some left over scraps we had laying around. I also quickly built a small kitchen utensil drawer  out of some left over materials. It is nothing fancy but it will work.

Hope you like!!

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Finishing the Bed and more

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Finishing the Bed and more

Hello everyone, Today I worked on finishing the pull out bed. I found a old door in the rubbish and cut out a good section to use as the front. I also pulled up all the protective floor covering to expose all the beautiful flooring that has been under cover for a long time now. I also added a bunch of other updated photos. Hope you enjoy!!

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Pull out bed and other things

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Pull out bed and other things

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Hi, Today Cori and I worked on our under floor pull out bed and I welded four little tabs on the kitchen sink to support a cutting board to give us some more counter space. We also finished off a few other little things. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

This is for pillow storage at the head of the bed.

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Now here's a video of Cori.

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We installed some bathroom shelves using old apple crates.

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Trim for the bathroom window.

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As Pat would say "Sweet."

-Cori and Pat

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Prepping for Eco Week

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Prepping for Eco Week

Hello!

This coming week is ECO WEEK, sponsored by the Canterbury Sustainability Department. We were asked to participate by hosting an tiny house open house. Check out the website: http://www.sustain.canterbury.ac.nz/ecoweek/!

There will be a few visitors to the tiny house this Tuesday, so we made a big push to get a lot of stuff done (plus cleaning!). Enjoy.

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TRIMMING MISSION: Cover up the fact that our plastic wasn't long enough to reach the floor...

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CORI CUT ALL OF THESE (FYI, I do more than just take pictures.)

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ALL DONE! Now on to the light and fan!

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And now to clean up the look of the sink. First we peeled back the plastic and then came up with this brilliance! PTDC0071

Just an old suitcase with an attitude, came free with an old newspaper from 1975!

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Next up: Kitchen!

A nice curtain rod in anticipation for an actual curtain!

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We needed some more storage!

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And EVEN MORE STORAGE!

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We also finished some trim if you can tell. 

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We also installed our bench top. And added some hinges and protection.

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I know you have seen our letters but we finally finished all the electrical in the house today! All we have to do is test and mount our solar panels.

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This is the cleanest we could get the house!

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Thanks for reading!

-Cori and Pat

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Butcher Block

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Butcher Block

Hello blog readers, I have been working on building a homemade butcher block from completely recycled materials. Thank you Tom and Maria for the beautiful rimu timber. I bought a 5 gallon bucket of used wrenches for 40 dollars and used them to build the frame. The end product has one coat of stain and three coats of polyurethane. The only new material I bought was the wheels. I hope you enjoy.

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Trimmyity Trim Trim! (and a door)

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Trimmyity Trim Trim! (and a door)

Hello blog followers, We got a lot accomplished at the tiny house today. The trim around the entrance door and kitchen windows is complete. We were able to use the rimu we got for free from some friends. We cut all the pieces to size and stained them before brad nailing them into place. We also installed a barn style door to the entrance of the bathroom only using some recycled materials we had laying around. I love it when things come together!

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Now watch as Pat explains his recycling magic! 

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It Moves!

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It Moves!

Hello everyone, Today at the tiny house we did a bunch of little things including trim, kitchen lighting, vinyl in the cabinets, and some decorating. We also lowered the trailer off the four blocks its been resting on for over 7 months. We hooked the trailer up to our truck to test the lights and towing capabilities. After filling all four tires on the trailer with air we shifted the tiny house with no worries. Success! Watch the drama unfold!

Below is the first long distance photo that we have been able to take without a fence in the way!

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Nice view!

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Pat getting ready to try it out!

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Finally got the kitchen lighting up.

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I found these in a store in Wellington, three for $12! It took us a while to decide where to put them.

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If you look closely you will see the vinyl that we glued to the shelves of the kitchen cabinets. It makes it look so much better!

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This thing is really coming together huh?

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FINALLY some trim!

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I am embarrassed to say that this took me a good 30 min to do!

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So it doesn't going flying open while we transport our house!

We also have a few videos if you are interested!

Inside a Moving Tiny House!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vf6ZXasg_8&w=420&h=315]

Towing the Tiny House

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Painting & Trim

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Painting & Trim

Hello bloggers, It certainly is spring. This is the second weekend we have been rained out, making things at the tiny house difficult. We have still managed to get things done though.

We painted our lockers, storage cabinet, and kitchen cabinets. I also have been hooking up some of the electrical outlets and switches as I go along.  We did the trim above the kitchen all out of recycled timber. At this stage it is really difficult to use recycled materials to do the finishing work because their imperfections make it difficult to be satisfied with the result. This is new territory for the both of us and we keep losing our patience. Building a tiny house is hard work but we had a unexpected visitor today which boosted our morale.

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And that's All Folks!

It doesn't seem like much but it is coming along. We did some more major clean up because our tiny house is going to be a part of Eco Week! A sustainable themed week long series of events hosted by the University of Canterbury. Following Eco Week we will be moving our tiny house to our newly rented lot in Christchurch. Everything is happening so soon! Stay tuned for more ;)

Pat and Cori

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Paint, Bathroom Progress and Electrical

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Paint, Bathroom Progress and Electrical

Hi Readers! Last weekend was one of the first weekends we worked on the tiny house that was cut short by bad weather. But Pat still managed to paint the beige walls (you probably can't tell from the pictures but the walls were scratched and dented). So this weekend we made a huge push to make up for our lost day!

This Saturday we lined our bathroom with plastic we got for free from a friend. We didn't have enough to cover the ceiling as well so once again we used up some scraps! At least our whole house (inside and outside) matches! We also had time to install our sink that had been lying dejected in our shower for ages!

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This is the floor I did a while back, finally you can see it ! Previously we had used cardboard to protect the flooring but this weekend we brought the vacuum cleaner along with us. PTDC0017

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We spent the rest of the day cleaning, laying down blue plastic and checking on our bathroom walls.

Sunday was a later start. We got began by hooking up our plug outlets and our lights. Check out the difference it makes!

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We finished up the day by finally putting a door on our storage cabinet (we also shortened it!)

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It def needs some tweaks but it is on its way! We had a great weekend with lovely weather and our house looks and smells brand new!

Thanks for reading, next weekend hopefully we will have a couch installed and some more trim!

Please enjoy our first attempts at using the panaromic feature on Pat's phone ;)

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Signing off!

Pat and Cori

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Saturday Tiny House Work

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Saturday Tiny House Work

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Hello blog followers, Today at the tiny house we finished off the door for the utilities box, secured the last bolt fixing the house to the trailer, removed our kitchen cabinets to sand and repaint, and built a small shelf for the kitchen out of some free items we had laying around. The weather turned out to be really nice!

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Ceiling Insulating and Covering

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Ceiling Insulating and Covering

Hi everyone, Today at the tiny house we insulated and covered our ceiling. It has felt like forever that the ceiling has been not finished, but today we got it done! Some really good friend of ours had some extra polystyrene laying around. We took what they gave us and bought what we needed and today got around to finishing our ceiling. That stuff sure does make a hell of a mess but in the end it worked out well.

After the insulation was up we calculated that we had enough left over roofing material for our ceiling. The rust, holes, scratches, and all kinds of minor imperfections gives it a good rustic look.

We also had time to build a door for our utilities box completely out of scraps we had left laying around.

Hope you like it!

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Think I am looking kind of stiff haha!

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Just a bunch of stuff

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Just a bunch of stuff

Hello blog followers, Today at the tiny house I got started by finishing the LPG gas piping running to the water heater and gas cook top. Then we moved on to mounting our television wall bracket and designed some under floor storage. We cut a hole in the upper floor to make room for lots of storage space for shoes and things.

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Bits and Bobs

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Bits and Bobs

Hello blog followers, Today at the tiny house the weather was not very nice. We had a early start and got a few things finished. We worked on laying carpet inside our storage crates, interior walls around the bathroom, and cleaning up around the tiny house. We got the carpet for free from a dumpster right next to our house. Next week we will be taking a break, heading up to Auckland for a romantic weekend not thinking about the tiny house. We will update the blog in two weeks time. see you soon!!

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Tiny House Budget

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Tiny House Budget

Hello! We knew when we started building that we didn't want to spend a crazy amount on our house. In order to do this we have been keeping track of every penny we have spent. We have made an effort to save every receipt during our tiny house build. This turned out to be a good thing not only for keeping within our budget but also when we were trying to prove to Immigration NZ that we are a couple with long terms plans of staying together, what better way than by overwhelming them with hundreds of receipts and pictures of our tiny house! Spoiler alert: It worked and Pat now has his permanent residency!

We have saved so much money by getting free materials and also buying recycled and used materials when possible. Our goal is to stay under $15,000 NZ dollars, so far we are on track.  This price includes the purchase of our trailer and all of our household appliances (fridge, hot water heater, gas cook top, shower, faucet, etc..).

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As you have probably noticed we haven't included our solar panels or batteries. We consider these to be investments for long term utilities (they will pay for themselves eventually with how much we can save). For two solar panels (260watts) and the controller inverter battery charger we spent $1600, and we still have to get our batteries! It is expensive to be off the grid, at least in the beginning.

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Interior Walls

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Interior Walls

Hello blog followers, This weekend we worked on covering up some of the interior walls. We had left over metal wall cladding from the exterior and decided to use some on a few of the walls including the kitchen. its light weight, durable, and water proof so its great for the kitchen area.

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Pull-out rubbish bin

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Pull-out rubbish bin

Hello everyone, We installed a pull out rubbish can underneath our counter. We paid 25 dollars for it on trade me, a few days later we saw it for sale at Bunning's for $125! We really know how to find a bargain.

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After the trash cans were fitted, we tackled the storage crates by cutting them to size and fitting them so the bed can still pull out in between them.

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More more and more

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More more and more

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Hello everyone, Today we pressure tested all of our cold and hot water pipes, installed the slate backing for the wood stove, and oiled the crates (bench seats).

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Kitchen cook top

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Kitchen cook top

Hello blog followers, Today we installed our kitchen cook top (gas hob) into our counter. We decided we wanted to save on counter space and install a 2 burner cook top instead of your typical 4 burner. The brand is Parmco and is a very good quality cook top.

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Bathroom and other things

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Bathroom and other things

Hello Everyone, This weekend we worked on our bathroom. We finished installing the rest of our shower unit and added some cool retro checkered design around the top edge. We also finished adding plywood to the inside walls so we have something to attach our bathroom wall cladding.

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We had a very nice guy from a company called custom crating build us our bench seat/ storage that will be our main seating bench in the tiny house. The top will be removable so that we can store blankets and things inside. I really had to modify it to fit around the wheel wells but it fit good. I also built a very sweet cabinet out of old crates that was going to be smashed up and thrown away.

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Here's the cabinet i am making!

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The cabinet and the lockers are not attached yet because they both need to be modified a bit more. See you next time!

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Hot water and Kitchen faucet

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Hot water and Kitchen faucet

Hello Everyone, Today I installed the instantaneous hot water heater that will be powered by LPG. It also has a automatic igniter switch powered by two D batteries, instead of having main power run to it.  I finished some more cladding on the outside of the utilities box and installed our kitchen faucet which we got a amazing deal on. I also added two photos of the shower. enjoy!!20150613_160537 20150613_160344 20150613_160356 20150613_160438 20150613_160446 20150613_160516

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