We have a new porch light installed and our mailbox hung.  Little touches make quite a difference. 

Little bit of lattic panel skirting to wrap our back porch.  We'll add this around all of the house when we're done. 

Finished installing the T & G pine boards for the ceiling, window trim applied to windows, fresh sanding to the loft floor and a fresh coat of poly-acrylic finish to the wood and our loft is done...ready for a bed! Yeah!!!

Another added feature to keep us cool during those warm summer nights.
And our king size bed fits!!! Whew!
 
 
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T & G pine boards going up in the loft ceiling. We'll use these boards for the ceiling and wainscot panels for the walls of our tiny house.  

 
 
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Finally hung a couple of flower baskets up, a little touch I've been longing to add to this porch. 

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Mike welding on the front step with the help of his dad. This was taken about 3 weeks before his dad lost his battle with throat cancer. He will be sorely missed. We know we'll see him again in heaven someday but for now, he's watching us from above. We pray for his guiding spirit to help us finish this project. 

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We had an unwelcome guest on the rafters of our porch, a big owl who wasn't being kind to the deck and leaving ugly messes for us.  So to discourage him from landing on the rafters, Mike installed these spike strips to make the owls landing a little uncomfortable.  So far, it's working perfectly.  No unwanted guests since these were installed. 

 
 
This past week, Mike took a solo trip to Council (wife had to stay home and work) to work on the front porch.   He worked like crazy for 3 days and completed the front porch.   He brought back pictures for me and as usual I was ecstatic to see what he had done.  It's beautiful and exceeded my expectations...he never ceases to amaze me.  
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The beginning of the deck, a steel frame.  

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Mike laying down the deck boards. 

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Deck boards stained and waiting for a roof above them.

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Our tiny house has a porch!!  I love it!!

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I think it gives the house a completely different look to it.  

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Already looking forward to next summer, a nice warm evening sitting on the porch with my husband and a cool glass of ice tea taking in the view.  It's going to be priceless. 

 
 
My long and much anticipated task on our project list has been the window shutters.  I've been so excited about these because I've imagined them in my head for some time now and I just knew they'd look wonderful on our Tiny House. I just can't help but feel that each step like this just ads more and more of our signature on the house...never to see another Tiny House exactly like ours.  
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Boards cut and ready for assembly and paint.
We used cedar fence boards and were able to make each shutter for less than $5.00 each!  Nice savings compared to purchasing these ready or custom made.  

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Fresh paint applied. Now for some drying time and then up on the house they'll go!  I had the paint matched to the color of our metal roofing.  Should be a nice match.  

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Shutters are up!  They turned out just the way I had hoped they would.  Yeah!

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New coat of stain to the deck and the bench, tires removed off the trailer and shutters all hung.  What a difference this has made to the look of our house.  LOVE IT!

That's it for this weekend for tomorrow we're off to raft the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho.  Will I sleep tonight?  Absolutely not!  Oiy!!
 
 
We spent our first night in our house on 7/22/11.   The house isn't any where near being finished on the inside, no power, bathroom, or running water yet but we just couldn't wait.  We placed an air mattress up in the loft and made up a bed.  Silly me, I thought we'd be fine with just a nice flannel sheet on the bed and we left the windows all wide open.  By about 1 a.m. I was freezing...the temps had dropped down into the low 40's.  Mike was my hero and ran to the house to get more blankets and while he was gone I realized for the first time that while I layed in bed all I had to do is turn my head just a little to look out the window and framed perfectly in our window was the Big Dipper.  It was one of those moments I'll never forget.  I just wanted to star gaze for the rest of the night.  We are very lucky to have such beauty right outside our windows.  I won't ever take that for granted. 
Our first night in the Tiny House was almost exactly one year to the day of the day we poured the concrete pillars to place our house on.
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The bed all made up and ready for our first night.  Needless to say, later that night there were more blankets on that ol' bed! Brrrr!

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This is a picture of the moon that night out of our sky light.  It was about 3/4 moon but gave off lots of light that night.  

 
 
We decided that rather than build a wrap around porch we would build a deck off the back and a porch off the front, so that the house can be easily moved some day if we decide we want to do that.  
 
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He started the back deck in the shop in Nampa, welding together the frame.  Not your typical deck frame.  This puppy is going to last a long, long time!
Speaking of puppy....as usual, Annie and Molly have to be part of shop duties. 

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Before...

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What would we do without the John Deer? Seems that Mike always finds a use for it while building our Tiny House.   Here he's finished the frame and deck floor and we're ready to put it in place. 

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Final touches of fitting it on the house. I had to immediately place a couple of lawn chairs on the deck...you know, make it look like a deck. :-) Next to come, the poles.

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And of course...why not use a boat trailer to haul your logs home for the poles?  Why it makes perfect sense to us.  Well, it made sense to Mike of course, then to me once he explained it.  ;-)  
We found a couple of downed trees just a few miles up the road and brought them home. 

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Debarking the logs.

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Poles in place.  My favorite is the crooked pole.  Wished we had found two like that.  We can always replace it if we find another crooked log. 

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Now Mike is constructing a box to cover the tongue of the trailer.  It will also serve as a nice little built in table for our deck.  

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After...

The box finished and in place and a coat of deck stain slapped on.  Finally, no more ugly trailer tongue showing.   We've since had dinner out on the deck and love having the box there to set our plates on.  Not to mention the gorgeous view we have from our deck.  It doesn't get much better than that.  

While Mike worked on the deck, I applied a new coat of Cabot siding protectant on the entire house.  It looks all shiny and brand new again.   
Next on our project list, Mike is going to make his own skirting for the house and then on to the front porch. He plans on using steel straps to construct the skirting rather than your typical lattice panels.  He wants something a little less flammable than wood or plastic lattice panels.  We're loving our deck so far!