Day 55: okay so I said no more day to day entries but now I feel like so much has been done and not written down so I’m back at it. Today marked 10 days alone in the jungle and I feel pretty good about my progress. I finished my mirror wall which is the shower on the other side of it. I bought mirror tiles and used a glass cutter for the side and angled pieces.
I also got the hinges on the trap door. They aren’t what I really wanted but after several failed attempts using other ones, I’m rolling with it. It still needs a lock – the one I bought is going to be too small.
I did a bunch of odd and end punch list sort of stuff. Got a bottom stair in, cleaned down at the road, folded up a huge tarp (which was difficult and that’s why it gets mentioned). I got the pipe ran in the shower. I wired my house but I still need to test it out before sealing everything up. I decided to waste cell phone battery and listen to an audio book while I put a second coat of mud on the Sheetrock. I have some solar lanterns but they don’t give off enough light to continue to work in the dark so the rest of the night was spent catching up on computer stuff.
Day 56: I did a lot of drywall and mudding today. I should mention that drywall here is about 3x as much as on the mainland. So I’m even more finicky than normal about using every last scrap. The wall of windows has really turned out beautiful but I can’t seem to take a picture that does it justice. I had to skim 5″ molding down to 4.5″ to mold the whole thing out. It was a pain because I don’t have a table saw only a circular saw but it paid off big time and I love it. Btw the only precut 4.5″ wood was door casing and it’s almost $5 a foot! So that’s why I cut everything instead. I think I got my final coat of mud on that, one more sanding and it will be ready for paint!
I also installed my jalousie window tracks in upside down apparently and will have to switch them tomorrow although it makes the handle on the ‘wrong’ side for my design. Oh well. Another work in progress is my lantern light fixture. I need to add several more but I already bought all they had in stock. I’m painting them gold which I really like but still may change depending on how the rest of the color scheme comes together.
Day 57: I woke up before sunrise anxious to work. I did what little I could with a dim headlamp until daylight. I had to do some running around – my mosquito netting got delivered to the old rental house so I went to pick that up and took advantage of the shower while I was there. I bought some trim paint that I matched to the bamboo and hated it, I think it’s back to white. I also worked on getting the glass in the shower and a little more sheet rocking done. I’m too tired to recall anything else of significance today. Goodnight y’all.
Day 58-60: I have power! Well sort of. I got the wiring all ran and working correctly. I also got the solar panel up on the roof today. I have a good friend who is an electrician back home, he is sending me the inverter which he customized for me and then we should be in business. It’s really exciting having solar (almost) I’ve always intended on getting it on the prairie but I just haven’t made it a priority yet.
I got all the glass in the shower and I covered the shower pipe with bamboo and built a wood box over the head. The chrome was just to sleek for the treehouse and didn’t look heavy enough if that makes sense.
I built the headboard out of scraps I had. And the swatches on the wall were to help me decide but I don’t love either so back to the drawing board on that one. I got all the lanterns I have spray painted and ready to be wired.