Building Begins!

Hi Folks,

The day finally came – Dan, my carpenter, arrived.  He got here a day later than expected but that turned out to be perfect.  If he’d arrived on Tuesday he would have arrived in the midst of a snowstorm on an incredibly cold, grey day and would have found me in my pajamas, barely able to get out of bed.

When he arrived on Wednesday the sun was shining, the snow melting, and we got started with showing him around the town, getting him set up in his digs and introducing him to Gyrtle.  Thursday we met with Scott to talk over details and then went to move the trailer to it’s exact building spot and get it leveled.  Then we went hunting for southern yellow pine to fill in the flatbed to provide support for the aluminum that will protect the belly of my home from water and invading rodents.

There was no southern yellow pine to be found anywhere so we finally decided on a substitute – douglas fir, I think – which had to be primed.  This happened on Friday.  We also spent most of Friday locating suppliers for various plumbing supplies and getting the order of lumber and other building materials lined up for delivery on Saturday with Home Depot – or maybe that was Thursday.

First thing Saturday morning the truck arrived with the building supplies.  Unfortunately all of the insulation we got was wrong so that will have to go back on Monday.  Saturday we also put those white boards on the trailer.  I actually sawed some of them.  Then we started rolling out the aluminum and siliconing it down.  It was a very cold day and lots of wind so I was glad that nothing blew away – or blew us over.

I find I vascillate between thinking “Wow, this is really cool” and “OMG, how is this actually going to get done?”  There is so much to do, so much to buy, so many details to be worked out.  I did have a moment when I could feel my Dad looking down from the great beyond, enjoying that I was building my own home.

Whistle while you work!

Here are My Drawings of Gyrtle

Hi Folks,

Here are some drawings of how I want my space to be set up.  Because these aren’t photos you need to click on each link to see the drawing – I couldn’t make a true gallery.  These are the kinds of drawings I like to look at and dream about.  Scott, my A&E (architect and Engineer), has detailed drawings that builders like to look at, of course.  I’ll ask him if it’s ok to put those up here too.

Today when I went to buy my self-tapping metals screws at ACE Hardware they had animal walking sticks – sticks with carvings of animals at the end.  They had one of a Turtle!  So I bought it.  I also bought the aluminum for the protection of the bottom of my home.

Sunday it was 82 degrees here.  Today, cold and windy and tonight it is snowing.  I don’t mind if we have snow tonight as long as it melts before Dan gets here and we don’t have to put off starting the building because of a blizzard!

Basic Drawing on Scott’s Template

Some Views of My Home

More Views of Gyrtle

It’s a long and winding road…

Visiting the Trailer at its New Home

Hi Folks,

We got the trailer to its new home in Colorado Springs on Dec. 8th and had a meeting at the trailer to get a closeup look-see and measurements on the 9th.  This is where Gyrtle will be built.  Well, not the exact spot.  We’ll move the trailer to the exact spot in the lot and level it probably on April 3rd – and get started.

I still haven’t ordered the materials though.  I keep having too many questions and I’m just not confident yet that I will buy the correct items.   As far as the wood is concerned, at least, Home Depot has it available immediately.  So I may just wait til Dan, my carpenter, gets here and we can go together and pick it out and make sure it’s right.  I will have to get the aluminum to protect the bottom of my home though.  I promise, I’ll do that tomorrow.  Think I’ll put in another call to my A&E too.

Happy Trails,


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