Tuesday, January 20, 2009

BUILDING THE VARDO: Dipping into the reservoir

Pete and I are re-thinking things. The weather has slowed hands-on work. As our friend Leslie Lawrence says about the work on their tiny homes in progress in Bend, Oregon there are things that just have to be done a bit later. For us three pieces need re-thinking:

1. The copper roof that didn't get done turns out to be the best thing that could have happened. After Nick's shop burned Pete has been talking and working with other metal workers and roofers. According to them the design we were working with would have buckled and warped with heat and contraction. A different approach needs to be taken. Pete's working with new roofers now.

2. The inside walls. As beautiful as wood is, the potential for a sensitive reaction to the oak/milk paint/finish separately or in combination are high. Our first priority inside the VARDOFORTWO is as clear and safe a haven as possible. We're starting to explore stainless steel walls. Airstreamish inners for VARDOFORTWO?

3. Insulation. We may go back to using the denim batting covered with Denny Foil, especially if we go with stainless walls.

4. The floor. Instead of oak flooring we're thinking tile. For the same reason as I've written in #2 for the walls ... tile would give a clean and clear surface if we wisely choose the subflooring, grout and adhesive.

We'll see where this thinking takes us. Wish us well.

Mokihana and Pete


Anonymous said...

As you evaluate your options, don't set aside the priority of what your spirit needs. Your body and mind draw health and strength from your spirit, not the other way around.

Mokihana Calizar said...

Anonymous, Thank you for that reminder. It is the spirit that leads by all means, and this becomes clearer by the day. Mokihana

Mokihana Calizar said...

A post construction update: We did choose stainless steel walls and a tile floor and have been so grateful for the guidance in those choices. WE LOVE our nest for two ... and the restfulness over time? Immeasurably valuable!!