Thursday, February 16, 2012

Building a bathroom at 36° (it is February)

Now that my one-man construction crew is back home, we're making progress on the house again!

Keith insulated the bathroom while I was at work the first part of the week. This is the corner the composting toilet is going in, probably in a corner cabinet. Inspector Lazlo is always underfoot.

In this photo, Keith's measuring how far the 3x3 shower space will extend into the room. It's not a very big space, but then again it would be kind of silly to have a giant bathroom out of proportion to the rest of our house. 

We had a large window left over from some scavenging we did at some point and knew the bathroom could use a big light source, so that's on the north wall to help let in light without letting in too much heat. I think it's 3x4. 

We bought a medicine cabinet in the same fashion as pretty much everything else, salvaged from somewhere on the cheap, that Keith mounted in the wall. It's not wired for light and we might have to install a solar light on the wall opposite the window to balance things out.

We took a day to go to Missoula for supplies last weekend and made a stop at our favorite store to find salvaged materials, Home Resource. (I took my new mini toy camera, so that explains the photo quality above). 

We were on the hunt for some tile, a storm door for my parents and some galvanized gutter hangers, but it was a bust and we moved on the mainstream big box building center stores where we compared prices on bamboo and cork flooring. Ended up going with bamboo since it was on sale and we're always trying to save money for The Rest of It.

Monday night we cooked dinner at the outside kitchen: cous cous and veggies in one pot and a veggie patty fried in the cast iron skillet. Keith had leftover chicken. Our menu options are limited right now with no running water and only a camp stove, but it was delicious with that special made-at-home taste! 

I ordered a water pump so soon we'll be hauling water from the spring a mile or so up the hill and we will have a Mexican kitchen! (We realized while staying in San Blas, at LaQuinta California specifically, in 2006 that we don't need a lot of modern conveniences and fancy appliances to be happy so a Mexican kitchen is actually something we're aiming for.)

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