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January 2016!

A lot of building, learning and living happened in 2015.  Sarah and I got engaged (woo-hoo!), we toyed with the idea of committing to a beautiful eighty-three acre property in southwestern Oregon (not this time!), I did some theatre, Sarah got a promotion, we both met some really wonderful people and friends, we helped others build their tiny house, and through it all our little abode has continued to grow. It feels more and more like home with every nail 😉 

Oh, and one more thing, we have decided to move back to the Petaluma, California area, or the greater Bay Area in general – please do let us know if you know of a place for an off-grid, self-sufficient tiny house and two tiny-house-dwellers!

Our latest building accomplishments have been: insulating, which took longer than expected (we did loose-fill wool and some denim), installing the interior siding (excluding trim), and my dad came to help for a wonderful week of cedar-sanding and putting on the ceiling.  Pictures…. everybody wants pictures.  So, here are some that detail the progress.

‘It looks like a construction site in here!’
Not wanting our leftover denim from the floor to go to waste, we put it here…that was WAY faster than fluffing the wool and stuffing it gently in.
Wooly walls




Vapor Barrier up!
Ceiling was tedious.


Sarah stuffed some wool into the wheel wells proving once again that small hands are a real plus on a build!

White pine on the back wall UP!
Poco a poco

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discovered some of the wool insulation settled!
discovered some of the wool insulation had settled so we had to re-stuff in some places!
Dad came to help with some cedar-sanding and insulation on the ceiling! We couldn’t have done it without him in SO many ways.


Same cedar siding as the outside, just untreated for the ceiling!
Dad shows me how to un-warp` 17′ boards with a ‘reverso-clamp’ -I don’t know what else to call it)
Cedar up!
Laying back in the spacious loft to enjoy a job well done!


One step at a time, nail-by-nail, lesson-by-lesson, I get schooled and learn new humility and respect for the people that do this for a living.  Maybe, someday, these skills will translate into something that will benefit the world at large.

Have a happy and humble new year, one board at a time.

Josephant and Sarahpillar.