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Walls are cut out!

It’s been awhile since I updated you, but don’t worry–you haven’t missed much.

Hubs has been chipping away at cutting out the walls, but between buying a new-to-us truck, prepping to sell our two extra vehicles, Scott needing to work some at his job-job, and some health issues, things have been a little slower than we might prefer.

But, drumroll please:

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The walls are finally all cut out!! You can see at the very end of the first container that there’s still a little wall. That’s the dividing wall between the bathroom and bedroom. The wood beams you see are temporary supports until the cross support beam is welded onto the roof.

We walked around today measuring and planning the electrical. Early this week we’re going to buy the doors/windows so those holes can get cut. Once the doors and windows are input and the single wall framed out, the electric will go in. Next step will be insulation. We’re considering hiring someone for that part to move us forward a bit more.

NEW STUFF

We still have our king-size frame and box springs, but our mattress was ready to be retired when we sold our house. Last week at the auction, Scott-husband purchased this lovely item:

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A brand-new fancy-schmancy gel mattress. Mmm-hmm. I can’t wait to sleep on that thing.

The week before that, he wondered if I would like this:

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When I spazzed out in excitement, he told me he’d already bought it. It’s a lovely crackled-blue and copper that will be great as the bathroom focal point. We weren’t going to put in a tub–and it will decrease our space (though we’ll still have plenty)–but come on. Look at it. We have no choice.

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In other news, I’ve reached a new peace about our timeline. We would have preferred to be finished the the 15th (which is a week from tomorrow). Obviously, that’s not realistic. Don’t get me wrong–I am SO READY for this lovely project to be finished and to be living in the house. However, I’ve decided it’s not worth getting stressed about some self-imposed timeline. We’ll be in by summer. I can live with that. It’ll probably even be significantly before real-summer, and that’s just not so bad.

Part of the delay was Scott’s health last week. Because he was unable to work for a few days, our friends weren’t able to come help as they’d intended. On the upside, they’re coming for a day or two next weekend, which will be a huge help. It’s very possible that all the windows will be put in and the wall framed up after their visit. M. was a contractor for a long time, and his wife, K., has some mad skills as well.

Finally, let me say thank you to Mother Nature. I’m not sure what we’ve done to deserve this much beautiful weather in the middle of January, but I’ll take it.

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You live in a what? (Part 2)

Or, why on earth we might decide to live in some old cargo containers.

It wasn’t that we sold our house planning to live in a used cargo container–not at all. We’d planned to build a metal building, half warehouse/half living space. The price was reasonable, and the design was what would work for us.

But then we got to thinking about money. And speed of construction.

Well, mostly we got to thinking of speed. After a year in a camper, desperation starts to kick in.

Me and the hubs had considered cargo container homes before, but dismissed them on the grounds that we needed warehouse space for his business, so we might as well go the metal building route. Plans change though, and we decided to build even his warehouse out of old cargo containers.

After researching seriously, we found that cargo containers are made of thicker metal than metal buildings, are capable of holding over 20,000lbs stacked on top of each one (ie, super tough), and are actually a great size and shape for putting together to make a small home. Ours will be right at 960 square feet, with an open floor plan.

And the cost is very, very low compared to a traditional house. Well, it is if you have a spouse who can do most of the labor, which I do. We will be mortgage-free in 3 years. In these times, that’s a rare and beautiful thing.

So, as of today, we’ve purchased our three containers, and they’re due to be delivered next week.

Join us on the adventure. I’m sure it’ll be a wild ride.