We like going up to our land to hang out and enjoy mother nature on the weekends. If you ask the kids, of course, all we do up there is slave away moving piles of dirt. Emily and I finally decided to show the kids what it meant to move piles of dirt so we broke ground last weekend on a building to house a toilet. That’s all that really matters to the kids – a bathroom. Well, that and air conditioning. Anyhow, as all ground-breaking parties go, it was more symbolic than anything. The real work began on Thursday evening. A buddy of mine came with us and we have abused him all weekend…you know, strong back, weak mind. So, we mixed somewhere around 4500 pounds of concrete and filled 9 12-inch tubes (that’s just to brag, it isn’t meant to really have any real meaning to you, dear friends) on which to build this place.
Emily and I are building a house, really. It will have more than a toilet. Emily calls it our “deluxe shed” as it will be more of a small cabin than a house. I have been fascinated by the small house movement (see Tumbleweed Houses for example) for a while now. The idea is put forth as an alternative to the trend of increasingly larger houses over the last 30+ years. I don’t care what size house people live in but the small house philosophy suits me. In a way then, we are sort of participating in the small house movement…except it is going to be our second house. I think that must somehow be against the point of the small house philosophy. Still, we really like the idea of simplifying and someday, the first house will be sold and we will fit the bill.
We are off from work Friday, Monday and Tuesday so we are plowing forward for 5 days straight to see how far we can get on this place. I have been working on plans in Google Sketchup (you gotta learn to use this program). My model is pretty rough but it allows me to know exactly how many boards I need and how everything needs to go together. It will be around 400 sq ft and have one of the coolest views anywhere.
Emily took some pics today and they are just incredible. Anyhow, I will keep posting as we make progress on this place. Anyone else out there have a strong back and a weak mind? Have I got a job for you!