Tiny House on the Big Island: 13th edition

Tiny House on the Big Island: 13th edition

Day 76: I got the bathroom light installed above. I also got one step closer to finishing my bedroom fixture. The picture above is after I demolished and drilled a hole through the top of the lanterns that used to be solar. This was very sad but now they’ll be interior solar lights. I strung the bulb patio lights through all 7 lanterns but I need a small extension cord to complete the thing. I finished up all the baseboards, nailed, glued, caulked and painted. It’s coming along but I still have several projects that I haven’t even started yet. I better get busy!

Day 77: Well two trips to town for Home Depot and I still built my counter about 4″ to tall. I’ll need to go back and buy some shorter pipe. I couldn’t afford the slab counter that I really wanted so I settled on doing a pipe/flange & 2×12 counter thing. I like it but just a bit too high. I also fell in love with ship portholes last night browsing the internet. Two problems: I cannot afford large portholes and even if I could I can’t get them shipped to Hawaii. The later is an issue nearly everyday. So this left me to wander every aisle of Home Depot looking for something circular with a 12.5″ hole or something I could cut a 12.5″ hole in. There were a lot of almost perfect things. What I ended up using I. The picture above is a cheap black planter bucket that I cut 4″ down, spray painted gold and fit into the window pane. I’m undecided about adding hardware to it for more of a porthole look but I’m liking it so far.

Day 78: I have solar power!!!! I spent most the working on readjusting the counter height and wiring the inverter and controls. Thanks to my electrician buddy back home who sent me extremely thorough instructions with labeled pictures and wires, it went together fairly easy. What I struggled with was my ground wire. I had wired it into the wrong box and it was really difficult to move by myself. Had I had another person to catch it up above while I threaded it down below it would have taken seconds but instead I struggled for nearly an hour. So worth it though that now I can plug in my phone without the noisy generator and having to run up and down the ladder stairs.
I went and picked up a couple packages at Greg’s that included part of my nightstands and the bamboo and thatch I’ve been waiting for. I got about 3/4 of the bamboo put on the front and it looks awesome!

6 Responses to Tiny House on the Big Island: 13th edition

  1. Becky Wheeler says:

    I have never left a msgs before but have been following you on Tiny House. Want you to know I think you are amazing and everything you are doing is turning out great. Keep up the good work. I think the Tiny House craze is right on with what the world needs right now and wish you the best of luck in future builds!

    • kristiewp says:

      Well Thanks Becky! Today is my final day to work on the treehouse before coming back to Idaho. It’s 5:00 am here and your comment is the motivation I’m going to need today :)

  2. Karen says:

    I’m headed out on a road trip on April 4 and will be going through southern Idaho on my way to and from Utah… Where are you located in Idaho. If you would prefer to email you can get to that from my blog. Karen

  3. Amy says:

    I look forward to your blog posts every week! What you’re doing is a dream come true! Such a pioneer – there are so many people who would love to do what you are doing, but just don’t have the courage. I’m sure it’s going to suck for you (and for us readers) when you have to go back to the states, but I’m sure we’ll all be waiting with fervor for future updates. Btw, have you considered ever doing a crowd funding campaign for your build?

    • kristiewp says:

      Thanks Amy! I’m home now, I’ve been catching up on a lot of sleep. I have professional photos I cant wait to share with you. I haven’t ever seriously considered crowd funding but I may on future projects.

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