|Bus leaving its home beside our current cabin|
|2.5km down the dirt road|
|turning down into the driveway|
|It's here to stay for a while, so we pulled out the STOP sign!|
So this new tCarpenter has given us this idea to go big! What?! Isn't that what we were avoiding? Yes, yes. But... we actually really like his idea and so we have made some modifications to the design :)! Instead of a sleeping loft (with little head room that would be potentially claustrophobia-inducing) we are now building an actual second floor. Yep. A 7-foot-high ceiling so that tBOY can actually stand in it. In fact, we are building a bedroom on one side and the living room on the other. Which means that we are freeing up space downstairs so we can have a dining area (think dinner parties!)
We ordered and paid for (eeks!) the appliances (stove, fridge, washer/dryer) which gave us the size/dimensions information we needed to do the layout:
Since we now have a tall upstairs area, we will need windows. We want to make the space feel as open and spacious as possible and we want windows on all sides. I went to a home building recycling centre yesterday to check out what they have:
So this morning was about making more accurate measurements on the bus and drawing a little diagram for myself (it is less convenient having the bus 2.5km away vs. 100m). Armed with that, I'll head back to the recycling store soon. A friend has offered to give me some windows for free (bonus!) So I'm going to check those out tomorrow.
As for construction, tCarpenter is confirming his material list with the big box home building store as I type. Phase one will be the second floor (how exciting!!) tBOY and I will pay for the materials and make arrangements for delivery (apparently it will be delivered with a crane - Ooo!) And then building time: probably this weekend (have to confirm with tCarpenter). So... our bus could look very different by next week :)!
On another note... I went and got some books from the library about gardening: