Tiny House on the Big Island: 9th edition

Tiny House on the Big Island: 9th edition


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.


15 Responses to Tiny House on the Big Island: 9th edition

  1. todd chapman says:

    Beatiful work girl..ur badass!

  2. kara says:

    Will 1 panel work for ALL the electrical needs? Year round?

    • kristiewp says:

      I’m hoping so. I have 3 lights and 4 outlets hooked up to it. No microwave or blow dryer but there will be a little coffee maker. The one question mark I have is that I may be hooking up a water pump to it eventually and I haven’t picked one out to know how much draw it will have. Worst case scenario though is that I just add another one and link them together.

  3. kara says:

    Ps. Love ur daily journals

  4. Jeanne LaFrantz says:

    Love it …..you can post every day I love watching your progress.

  5. Kristeen says:

    Looks great, I second the daily posting!

  6. TG says:

    Great! Been enjoying watching the build. Water pump shouldn’t be a big deal since it won’t run much. I understand that some of them can be noisy, though, so you may want to consider that as far as where you put it. Pretty work!

  7. kara says:

    Ok so what will u be cooking on? Will u have a small propane stove top? Will u have a fridge connected to one of the 4 outlets lol I cant handle lack if outlets

    • kristiewp says:

      I’m not putting in a kitchen for now anyway. I think everyone staying will only be there a couple days at a time. That I don’t think it would be used very often. I have a spot for it if I change my mind down the road.

  8. Vicki says:

    Kristy I found the perfect lights for your house, go to Amazon.com. type in High Lumen – 20 LED – Lithium battery – MicroSolar 20 LED solar shed light / Solar camping light. You could put the small panel on your roof and place these lights in the Bathroom, closet, at the side of the bed like wall mounts. Just and Idea, I am going to buy some to play at my house with.

  9. Keven Metzger says:

    Wow Kristie ! You are doing a great job and it looks beautiful. No kitchen? A nice camp kitchen underneath would work out just fine for quite a while…. LOVE what you are doing. <3

  10. danielle says:

    That is going to be one beautiful house! I love watching your progress!

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