Well, the year is winding down on house number three and I have been doing a little reflecting.
I am getting older and it is a little harder to move, but the spark to create something is still strong in me. This idea of building with kids is utter nonsense to some. I know this, but the desire to see and feel their excitement is just too much for me to ignore. Every step of the build brought a new moment where somebody felt like they were gods because they painted a wall or used a nail gun. It is hard to get that joy in a lot of jobs out there in the real world. I will do this again- because I can, and because kids need to experience that feeling of accomplishing something.
I would like to thank a few people, who again, made this possible. The Mountain Home School District for allowing me to teach this unit, financial donors; Sunview Dairy, Jonna Paolella, Dale and Dianna Hooley, The Mountain Home Air force OSC, Jim's Lumber, and John Chistobol.
In closing, I would like to thank my wife, Kathi, who, in spite of battling cancer, still encouraged me to build. Thanks to all the fifty or so builders and artist that make my job possible, you did well.
Below are some pictures of the near final house. I would like to explain a few.
The ladder uh-hooks and hangs behind the front door. There is room to walk around it though if needed. The space to the right of the kitchen sink is for a 20 inch gas range. The space to the left, is for an under the counter fridge.
This is the official announcement. We are nearly complete, so we have decided to put it on the market for $25,00.00. We will post pictures soon and have an open house. If you live close and would like a tour, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be glad to oblige.
The first through third graders spent the morning making new pine trim look like old maple shop tables. Needless to say they had a great time and it looks pretty good.
This idea came about when we were looking up at the corrugated metal ceiling wondering what to trim it out with. One of the kids suggested using strips of left over butcher block. I explained it would be too time consuming and just not practical. As they do, they keep thinking about a problem till they get an answer they like...the solution, let's replicate the look. As an added touch, we used a wood burner and wrote all the kid's name somewhere on the trim.
Someone else added, "If they don't like it, they can paint over it.
Well, all the insulation is up. Ceiling, floors, and walls. The paneling is up and we are already priming. We are painting the walls a bright white. One of the walls will be light green, as an accent. The cabinets will be gray. Color accents will be added in using curtains and furniture. We have reused the old shop tables as counter tops for the bathroom and kitchen.
In the bathroom, we have the sink and shower installed. The cabinet for underneath the sink is the same gray as the kitchen cabinet, and uses the same counter top.
Pictures will come in the next couple of days.
Who likes to put up fiberglass insulation in the morning and then itch all day...my 6th graders. It was not fun, but they did it and I am proud of them. We decided to go with fiberglass instead of alpaca due to the fact we were unsure about settling over time. It is a little trickier to put up, but it is very efficient and cost effective.
We didn't get far, but it is a start.I think they were more interested in going in the loft. All of the kids went up. Some were very fearful, but they overcame their fear and climbed right up. We are using PEX with brass fittings. I wish the kids were strong enough to crimp the rings, my arms are tired.
We are a Gifted and Talented class in the Mountain Home School District