Pictures From The Farm

My wife’s aunt Sandy, who also lives up at the farm, sent me these photos. The farmer was out there today planting the corn and and fertilizing with fish emulsion and molasses. It’s an organic farm so nothing but the best sticky & stinky stuff for those baby corn plants.

I also realized a funny irony this morning… I’m building a tiny house just a couple miles from the Sutter Buttes, which has the honor of being known as the world’s smallest mountain range. I may also be the only person who thinks building a tiny house at the foot of the world’s smallest mountain range is  funny… so thanks for bearing with me.

It will be even funnier when I build Nine Tiny Feet which might actually become a contender for the title of the world’s smallest house… but I’m not holding my breath or getting my hopes too high.

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Alternate Roof Design in 3D

Tonight I played with Google SketchUp, the free 3D software from Google. I’m still not very good at drawing with it but I think this wire frame drawing, and video below, really help to explain a recent idea I’ve had about the roof line. There are several reasons I like this design.

  1. It looks really cute without too much extra effort.
  2. I should be stronger since the left wall stays short (about 4 feet).
  3. Not much usable headroom is lost since a bench/bed will be along the short wall.
  4. The loft will be a bit narrower but still 6 feet in depth.

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My plan is to mock it up for real on my next work weekend to the farm. The weekends have still been a bit wet and I’ve not found time, but I suspect I’ll get a couple days in a row to get up there and get a start on this. If it seems like it’s not going to work I’ll go back to a more conventional pitched roof. Let me know what you think. Here’s the video:

It’s February – Ramping Back Up

Well the holidays are over and my time is beginning to free up a bit. We went up to the farm for a quick visit a couple weekends ago, mostly for Katie to play. I installed a trailer hitch on my truck finally that I had bought last summer. I also brought up a load of pallets. I’ve got a slightly different plan for asymetrical roof line that I’ll post in the next few days too. Here are a couple photos from our last quick trip.

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The house is no worse for wear. The pallets are ready.

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The hitch is installed and Katie is ready to help her daddy finish their tiny house.

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