2015 was quite a year! Life has been in transition and it hasn’t been easy, but Concord has treated me well and I look forward to this New Year with the studio and all its adventures to come.
I’ve been parked in Concord since September and much has happened the past 3 months. I’ve met new friends here and shared the Tiny Studio with many people. As far as construction goes, I’ve been gathering materials and making progress inside and out.
While checking Craigslist routinely I came across cedar siding and maple flooring that I was able to collect from a house being torn down in Concord right by the Old North Bridge. I’m admiring Historic Concord more and more now that I own a house here. It’s pretty amazing how it all started in Concord. I’m thankful the Minutemen had muskets!
The siding has been pretty easy to work with since I am applying it as-is, so the paint shows me rather quickly what the 4″ reveal should be. I am also able to use the same nail holes. I’ll just have to do some scraping and painting after filling any holes and cracks. I’ve found this part to be visually rewarding as it’s starting to really look like a house and the green sheathing and black tape was becoming a bit of an eyesore.
Prior to the cedar siding I added trim around all the corners and my friend and I put together a stone patio for the Chiminea.
Also installed drip cap on the windows and door.
The middle section above the wheel well will be a different material though I am yet to discover what that will be. The plans I have used corrugated metal, which I think looks great, but I’d be up for any other metal or whatever I might find a good deal on. I think using a variety of different siding helps break up the space and make it more interesting to look at.
To get the heater to work of course I needed electricity so I invested in a generator. The A-iPower 5,000 Watt seemed to be a good price and would do what I need and I’ve been happy with it so far! Off the genny I often run lights, a laptop, speaker, the Envi heater, one or two space heaters, charge phone, and even an electric kettle for tea at tea time all at the same time. The generator has also been great for running power tools. Thankful to have power!
Because the generator does make some noise and gives off fumes, I set it back about 20′ and made a sound barrier with plywood that recently turned into somewhat of a shed/shack to also help cover from snow and ice. (Though it looks like this is all just leaning on each other and rickety, it’s all nailed and screwed together, don’t worry.)
In the decision to not use the metal roofing I have, it worked well to cut a slab of it for a heat barrier between the wall and the stove. The rest of the metal roofing is now spread out underneath the trailer, which I’ve heard should help with insulating the floor and protecting the underside of the trailer/subfloor, similar to why it’s not great to park a car on the grass for long periods of time.
At the moment the stove pipe is still being worked on, and I just received a barometric damper for Christmas. Great how Christmas gifts are so practical as an adult now. I’ve been testing the stove out quite a bit and it works pretty well with pellets and wood though I find I need to fuel it often. Possibly the barometric damper will help things burn more slowly.
With the fire and electric heaters going, it really heats up the place quickly and it stays warm through most of the night after the generator is turned off. Most of the cold seems to just be from the floors as it is still just sheathing. One thing I really should get is a carbon monoxide detector. Please note I am not fully living in the studio though I’m known to stay a night or three at a time. Realistically this is just glorified camping at this point.
The kitchen is still completely in-flux, but one thing I did commit to was a shelf above where the kitchen counter will be. (Right now the kitchen counter is a variety of Craigslist materials.)
With things getting a bit more comfortable I also discovered some trunks in my parent’s attic that have made a great couch, and a cushion that was saved from their old kitchen bench. I’m happy to be able to continue the legacy of this cushion as it fits well on the two trunks.
Since the floor has been the main cause of cold I plan to add straw bales around the trailer, I have 3 so far, as well as added a carpet in the main room. It definitely has made a difference and adds to a cozy atmosphere.