|Remember that it started out as this...|
|tBOY and tBrother worked to take apart the wood frame...|
|Then they proceeded to remove the metal sheets on the exterior. This took 2 full days of hard work.|
|tLandlord then demolished the rest with his excavator...|
|This took a few minutes!|
|And we were left with this. You can't tell from the photo, but there is a ton of |
crumbly fiberglass and other yucky things under that wood.
|We burned a lot of the wood and other nasty things which created a lot of nasty fumes (not our idea)...|
|This is what it looked like after many days of cleaning and burning.|
We were hoping to gain housing autonomy and freedom by leaving the home renting world. But what we have quickly learned (and are continually reminded of) is that we are not true home owners until we own the land. At the moment, in this part of the world, there is not a lot of land available for sale. Well. At least not the type of land we want. There are lots to be bought in suburban developments - in the housing neighbourhoods in town. But the reason we came up with this moveable house idea was to make it possible to live in a more rural setting (think Forest, River, Wildlife). And the land that is for sale is not affordable (for us) and most of it is off-grid, treed and remote (e.g. no cellphone reception - which tBOY needs since he works from home some days). We do not have a long term solution and at times, that is depressing and somewhat distressing. But. Life is short and we are grateful to live in such a beautiful place, so we will continue to be creative in making it work. So...
We have changed the scope of the bus construction plan (yes, again!) No more sleeping loft, double decker, recycled container, newly built container etc. Nope! We are just going to make the home in the existing bus structure. Yep. All 220 sq. ft. of it. Is everything going to fit? Well, we think (hope) so!
So... It was back to the drawing board. Once again we created a new layout:
|The little house-like structure is our clothes storage. There are shelves lined along each side and a rod will be place along the length of it to hang shirts etc. Brilliant idea of tCarpenter :)!|
|Skylight over the to-be-shower (metal rib will be removed)|
|Large skylight in the middle of the bus (metal rib will be removed)|
|How the bus looks on the outside with the new structures|
|Installing the electric panel|
|Wiring the plugs and light switches throughout the bus|
|Plywood, pine panelling for ceiling and walls and the toilet|
|A cast iron sink for $40|
|A closet door to be the bathroom door. Originally asking $60, but on sale for $30. |
But then at the till, I found out that it's 40% off! So it was only $18 :)!
And there you have it folks. This is where we are. tCarpenter is finishing the exterior of the skylights and clothes storage area. And then he will get onto the cabinets. We are still optimistic that we can move in on June 1. There may be some finishing work to be done still, but we hope to be sleeping in the bus by then.
This project never ceases to throw surprises our way. It's been challenging, but not enough to make us stop or give up. Everyday, we learn something new about home building, about ourselves and about each other. The stress of home building has a way of polarizing couples and tBOY and I are not immune. We have discovered that we can have rather different ways of problem-solving and we sometimes approach big life decision-making quite differently. Yet, we have not had a disagreement that we were not able to resolve quickly through talking and listening. And for that I am grateful :)! I try to remind myself to step back and breathe (harder than it sounds). To remember that it's not a big deal! It's just a school bus. It's just money. It's just a blip in the plans. (tBOY helps me maintain that perspective :)! ) Remember all the things (and there are so many) that we have to be grateful for...
|Laughter and love...|
|Walks with tDog at the beach...|
|Big box home building stores nestled in the mountains|
(if you have to go to them - and we do - this one is pretty sweet!)