Of Weights And Measures

I thought the difficult part would be in learning how to build it. Turns out it isn’t as difficult as I thought. (Of course, I could be wrong about that still.) What I was really surprised at is how much a section of wall weighs. I plan on constructing the walls in four foot sections for a couple of reasons. First, many common building materials come in sections that are four feet by eight feet. Second, it would make transporting the sections easier since the sections could fit in the back of many pickup trucks.

When I started putting a preliminary materials list together I did some simple math. The expense was manageable – assuming I stay with lumber, though steel would be really nice – but it seems that one four foot by eight foot section of wall, just the lumber and plywood sheathing now – ends up weighing about a hundred and twenty-five pounds. One section. I’m considering using corrugated steel where possible. I’ve also seen some panels of some type of polymer, about three feet by twelve feet, that filter out most of the UV radiation in sunlight. Might have uses in some section of wall or roof construction.

I know I have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but isn’t it odd that the thing I never even thought about is something I find so surprising? I don’t mind not knowing things, ’cause I can figure them out. It’s the things that I don’t know that I don’t know that concern me, ’cause not all surprises are the good kind.

About 8'x12' or so, build on a trailer. Image from internet, so all rights, etc. blah blah. Click for a larger image.

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A Place Of My Own

I always took it for granted that I would never have a house of my own, mainly because of the expense. But as I found myself longing for a place to which I could retreat for a time, a place without clocks, without noise, without distraction, only then – when I began to investigate how I could go about building a simple retreat, just a room, did I ask myself:

“Just what is a house?”(I’m still working on the answer.)

I am noticing how much space I actually use on a consistent basis – and it is a lot less than I would have imagined – which led me to ask myself:

“How much space do I really need?”

The answer to that question is, “Not as much as I used to believe.”  And I’m also realizing that I shouldn’t need a mortgage to have it.

One of many little houses I've seen on the web. All rights belong, etc.

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