We are making great progress. The pictures below show the booth, the paneling, and the insulation progress.
Both sides of the booth are done now, and it shows them sitting in position. Should they be stained dark like the picture of the stairs, or painted like the bigger parts of the stairs? They will have a chair that will pull out from each seat and a table that will be attached to the wall. The cardboard model looks good, but will it turn out in real life?
The denim insulation went up well. The kids couldn't do the ceiling, it was a bit too difficult hold it up and putting wire to hold it in place. When I was done, I did not itch at all, but it was very dusty. The open wall space is waiting for the Alpaca fiber. It is really cool stuff, I learned this from one of my students who raises them. I would like to use it again.
The panels we used last year were 1/4 inch, this year we used 3/8, I really think that small increase makes a big difference. The panels aren't as bendy and they cut better.
Just a few pictures from today's work. Very loud, a lot of kids in a small area, always fun though. The Alpaca fiber worked well. It was time consuming to put in, and it will take a lot of it.
We went to the tiny house, found these 7 packages of insulation, and took the picture below. After taking the picture, we explored the tiny house and got the scoop on what was new and what had been there before. We discovered there were new pipes as well as some expanding foam. We also found the electrical box, electrical and water pipes, a new shower with a drain and a knob and even more pipes. Some of us entered the loft with the ladder that is in there, and there are also stairs you can use to get into the tiny house in case you can't reach the door knob without them or cannot get up.
What a fun time! The fifth graders painted the first coat of the stairs. With the electrical and plumbing finished there is a push to get done. I will go to Boise today and get insulation and paneling. There is no paper on the denim insulation we are using, so we were brainstorming how to keep it in place. It is friction fit, but not so well. it will not stay in the ceiling at all. Some ideas, spray adhesive, staples, netting, super strong bugs to hold it until the paneling is up, and plastic.
After four days, Cameron did it, he finished the electric and plumbing! The kids are excited because they can get back in and start putting in insulation. We are using denim fiber insulation. It is about the same R value as fiberglass, slightly better acoustic insulating properties, about twice the price, but, safer to install and no itching.
The electrician, Cameron arrived in town yesterday and got right to work. It is so fun to see it come together.
The 5th Graders are a sensitive bunch, they wanted their studios featured as well, so...below are their offerings.
Tomorrow is a big day for our not so tiny house. We have a plumber/electrician flying in to work on the house. In four to five days he will be done and we can begin to insulate and put up paneling. The benches are done and the stairs are almost done, so those are ready to be placed. Things should start happening at a faster rate now.
Over the last 4 weeks, the GT children have been making miniature tiny houses. They have been hot gluing couple inch sticks together to form a house. They made walls and windows to make the houses more realistic. Some children went over the top and put furniture inside the house. A couple houses were even wired their houses to make it like a real house with electricity. We had one student volunteer their house to go up on Craigslist for the price of the materials it cost to make the miniature tiny houses. Haha, miniature tiny houses, to think they could get smaller. Anyways we put up the house for $36.06, so far nobody has replied (shocker, right). The children are pretending to put their house up for sale. They have a full description of their tiny, tiny, and tinier houses. They came up with a price with the help from the library teacher who is also a part-time real estate agent. All the students houses are different. One student made their house specifically for gardeners by having a garden floor and no windows so the sun can come in. If your not amazed already, because I am, we have pictures so you can see the miniature tiny houses for yourself.
Today was a special day, we got a visit from Jonna Paolella, our buyer. She flew in from New York state and spent most of the day with us. The children were very exited and nervous... except for the 4th graders who were distraught because they do GT on Wednesday and Jonna came on Tuesday:[
We were able to iron out a lot of the details of where things should go.
So, watch our movie with a twist of sadness at the end.
We are a Gifted and Talented class in the Mountain Home School District