This gap week is almost over. We'll be hitting the road for KY sometime tomorrow. Today we actually got our truck and camper (Muffins and Pound Cake) back from the shop so that we can leave! Yayyy 🤗🤗🤗 Unfortunately, we got it back without a working refrigerator 🤦💸. We're just happy to have it back! Now we have this cute little mini fridge and eventually we'll have some extra storage.
Today we celebrated our 11th Wedding anniversary in style...working to complete our build. We went to Home Depot and Wally World for some supplies and materials before spending the rest of the day re-building the fridge pedestal and creating the fridge wall. (Swipe to see more pics as well as the big reveal of our starry night ceiling)🌠 Today also marks the completion of our '90 day bus build blitz'! While we have not completed the build, we made huge strides and feel very happy about what we have accomplished!
Thanks to all of you for your on going support and encouragement! We have come to love this community and we can't wait to meet more if you in person and out there on the road! 🚌🤙
We’re about a month away from move in y’all!! And we could not be more excited about how all of the final details are coming together! We’re in the middle of building out the kitchen and finishing the bathroom tile. Still need to get the main floors in (the cork floors we chose have been a little tricky to get in stock 🤞), paint the walls, install the appliances, put the trim in, finish the deck, and some other finishes but we are so close!!! 👌 Over the next month we’re really doubling down on getting rid of our STUFF so we can fit in this 700sq ft home! I thought I would hate this part but it actually feels really good to declutter and simplify. What items have you been storing can you actually live without? For me it’s my sewing machine and all of the materials and supplies that go with it! I haven’t sewn anything in about 5 years! 🤣
@mattgarnto trying his hand at some bus floorplanning! He was mostly just trying to keep me calm & happy! Haha!
I know it’s all going to work out but the in between is sometimes challenging for my patience. I CANNOT wait until it’s done and we get to call it our home!
Living in the apartment (attached to the house we sold) has been great and a really helpful transition! But it feels temporary & we have so much more downsizing to do still! I’m ready for that part! I’m really looking forward to only owning what we REALLY need and also to upgrading some of our household items to nicer quality ones! REALLY excited about that part! .
I’ve never been a very patient person, I think remodeling the house we just sold was one of my most trying times. I was NOT my best self during that period. I’m encouraged that there has been some growth in me because even though I feel antsy sometimes I’m really feeling quite content (most days). Maybe I’m just too tired being pregnant to have the energy to fret, haha. Who knows?
Is patience really a virtue?
Weekends are for working around the farm and our new Ranger, the one we have dubbed Darth Ranger, came to us with a few mechanical problems (it's a 2010 800 Crew Cab Special Edition and has had two previous owners). He's already had to replace the whole throttle body, throttle position sensor, and now the brakes. I helped him replace the rear brakes, and he taught me all about "foot pounds." Who knew? Even Darth Vader had to get new parts, so it's fitting.
The inside of our Airstream has been a work in progress but the kitchen is finally completed! (well, except for finding a door handle for a 3/4” thick door, figuring out why we can’t get hot water and convincing my husband that a tile backsplash is a must). We are so happy how it turned out!!! Some decisions where tough... removing the upper shelves and getting an under counter fridge- we decided openness of the area outweigh the lost in storage space.
Some decisions we couldn’t be more proud of... using Ikea cabinet but custom fitting them to fit the curved walls (thanks @rjeffreichert), putting the toe kick on hinges to utilize every available space and doing the countertop ourself instead of paying $6000 😮 to have it done.
And some decision we would have done a little differently... cutting holes inside the cabinet to save weight (things tend to go missing though those holes) and paying extra for a touch faucet. #airstreamrenovation#airstreamliving#tinyhouse#1972overlander#semihandmade#schoolhouseelectric
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Step 3: (CUT A BIG F***ING HOLE IN THE ROOF) > After the side panels were in place it was time to move onto the ceiling/roof. This step starts with perhaps the most daunting task of any van build outside of turning your power on for the first time 😬! However it’s honestly pretty straight forward if it’s done correctly and after an hour or so what didn’t feel right at first ends up symbolizing the commitment you have made, becoming the metaphorical pirate flag you now fly proudly over your ship 🏴☠️. In a strange way it makes you feel like a part of the club as you become more aware of their existence and start saying to yourself “I see you” when a van passes by with one lol.
> Installation 1. determine the placement of your fan (preferably in an area that will be flat along the outside edge of the fans mounting frame that will make contact with the roof itself)
2. Trace around the outside edge of the mounting frame that will slide into the hole and run tape on the outside of the lines to act as a guide and protect your roof from scratching when cutting your hole
3. Use a nail setter or punch to indent the four corners of the marked area to act as a guide for the holes you will be drilling
4. Drill the four corners with a bit larger than the metal jig saw blade you will be using to cut the hole making sure to stay inside the marked area
5. Jig saw from one hole to the next along the market tape line (make sure you support the cut out on the last cut so it doesn’t fall through)
6. Sand/grind the new edge and paint to prevent rusting
7. Stick down a layer of butyl tape on the outside of the hole
8. Squeeze a layer of outdoor sealer (ie: silicon) on the outside of the butyl tape and slide the fans mounting frame into place
9. As you push down and screw the sheet metal screws in place the sealer should squeeze out the sides (once all screws are in place the excess can be cleaned off leaving a clean finish that’s OCD friendly 😊
10. Set the fan in place, attach it to the mounting frame, and your done! - #vanlife#vanlifeproject#vanlifemagazine#promasterconversion#promastercampervan #campervanconversion#camperconversion#rollinghome#tinyhouse
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Had a great day! Man it feels good to accomplish the things that kicked my butt last week. The subfloor is done, cinched down, and strong! I couldn’t have done this without Adin Boyd and Jim who through construction knew all the principles I had no clue on. I’m stoked. The windows look good too and I have 1/6 done and will post those soon when the caulking is good and dry and the windows in frame.
Fall is in the air 🍁! After two winters with no good heat source and battling the installation of our @tinywoodstove for weeks, we are finally ALMOST ready to burn. We can’t wait to relax next to the crackling of a warm fire when it’s wet and cold outside! Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!?
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Proud to say after removing all of these wires, the bus still starts! What a stressful time. I had no idea what I was doing. Video to come on removing these unnecessary wires. All the "school bus" stuff is gone!
Taking the van for a few test runs in town before I set off. Pulling up to my small 16 lane center 🎳 and realized there were no large parking spots so I had to park in the back and on the grass 😱 ************************************************************ . . .
Thanks so much to @patagonia Ventura for a wonderful event! We had a packed house for our presentation on Quail Springs’ earthen building advocacy and collaboration with Ventura & Santa Barbara building officials by @earthenshelter . Good people, good food, good music - thanks for coming out to hear about what we’re up to!
Just already after I returned home from Alexandria trip, I met an owner of this house which I captured being there - this is magic.
Currently, it's even more incredible and more decorated for Halloween.