I hope this post finds you well and enjoying the Holiday Season that is upon us.
We left the beach for a week and drove over to the Spokane Washington area to spend Thanksgiving with our children and grandkids. Sure loved seeing them all and hanging out.
our back yard 🙂
This will be our second Christmas on the beach with the only thing white surrounding us is the sand that we walk on every day. Makes me pretty happy I’m not gonna lie. After almost 30 Christmas’s in the other white stuff it is a very welcome change in my book.
tar paper on now ready for siding
We’ve been making progress on the house and we are pretty happy about that. The exterior is completely wrapped and weather proofed now so we can focus all of our energy on the inside for a while. Then we will get back at the outside and get the shingle siding up and on the walls.
We had a little side diversion the past couple of days thanks to our neighbor. Kevin came into the RV the other day and asked me to help him with something. Little did I know that saying ok was a much bigger commitment than I had bargained for!
My resourceful hubby that he is talked his way right into a really nice deal and all we had to do was invest some muscles (that were very sore the next day) and our time to retrieve it.
I know I kinda left you hanging with my last post…sorry about that 🙂 But we actually came thru the second storm with almost zero weather hitting us.
The storm took a left turn about 20 miles off shore and took its wrath out on Canada instead. We felt sorry for them but relieved for us.
And boy were we left with some incredible sunsets after the storm passed us.
Got a little behind on my blog posts with all the weather and goings on around the small house build.
Good news is I’ve got several new videos edited for the blog now so I will get them up over the next few days so we can catch you up with where we are.
Plumbing is done! YAY!! And now we are on to electrical and some exterior stuff while we have good weather upon us.
I am still having a challenge getting Kevin to come in from the beach and his fishing….but then again I am not trying to hard as that means I get to sit on the beach and watch while enjoying my wine! 🙂
Check out his latest update video showing you some of what we have done lately and giving you some helpful insight for your build when it comes to electrical.
From the National Weather Service! TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF YOU ARE IN A MOBILE HOME OR OUTDOORS…MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
This is what came across my cell phone in a text message at 4:28 am yesterday morning accompanied by a very loud alarm.
Let’s just say I did not need coffee after that!!
And what if you live in an RV!!??
Where do you go then?
Then we were notified the warning was lifted.
A few hours later…
9:07 am pst:
Tornado waning from 9:07-9:30. Water spout spotted and likely to come ashore as a tornado in about 5 mins.
Heart rate increases some more…
This time a water spout was spotted about 10 miles from us moving at 60 mph and would hit land heading towards us in about 5 minutes.
This picture is the water spout forming at Cape Disappointment just about 10 miles from us. Holy Moly!!
At this point I am not sure wether to jump into the car and hit the gas or start digging a hole as fast as the sand will allow and jump in it!
Then I discovered that a tornado had touched down in Oregon about 35 miles or so away from us.
Stuff just got real!!!
So we decided the best thing for us to do would be to leave the RV and go into our small beach house that we are building. It’s not finished inside but exterior is done and the hurricane clips have been installed. So we grabbed Rocky, Kelly and Unicorn (our furry little free loaders) and left the RV for the safety our little beach house.
If we lived on the East Coast an early morning National Weather Service Alert would not have been so shocking but we live on the West Coast of Washington State where text messages like these are definitely not normal.
After my heart rate slowed down a bit (not returning to normal for quite some time) and once the tornado warning was lifted I turned my computer on to start watching the radar off the coastal waters and the national weather service website. I was trying to see if we needed to bug out or if the danger had passed.
It is amazing the technology we have to keep us so much safer in these types of situations.
We have Typhoon Songda to thank for our not so boring weather at the beach these past couple of days. Apparently the typhoon traveled much further than anyone expected before petering out and our beach is getting hit with the remnants as I am typing this.
Days before this storm hit we knew it was coming but had no idea how bad it was going to be. But to be cautious we still prepped.
Fired up our Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Inverter Generator. Filled the gas can and all of our vehicles. Grabbed out portable heat out of our storage unit and filled up all of our propane tanks for heating and cooking. We also made sure all the flashlights and lamps worked and had fresh batteries. Secured buildings and put away anything that was loose outside.
Stocked up lots of food, water, coffee and wine 🙂 A girl’s got to have her priorities!
I thought I would do this post as we have received several text messages, emails and comments from several wanting to make sure we were ok.
At this point we are under “hurricane force winds” warning. But we have decided to stay put for the moment but are keeping an eye on things very closely. I will update you all later tonight or first thing in the morning after this last storm hits our beach.
The weather yesterday was crazy at best. First tornados then hail followed up by some sun shine.
I shot some video footage of the strange unusual weather that we had and thought you might like a little peak into our world yesterday 🙂
We are done with the plumbing rough-in and now moving on to the electrical rough-in.
In this video Kevin shows you how to do the rough-in for the toiltet supply line step by step.
Here are some of the items that we used in plumbing our small house. When you use our affiliate links to purchase these items we get a little bit of support from you in the process. Which is much appreciated 🙂
Having the roof 100% means we can really get rocking and rolling on starting the inside of the house.
Right now we are starting the plumbing and then on to electrical.
It is so important to get multiple bids when you are building your house. Not only did we ask for recommendations and referrals from locals but we were smart to compare the bottom line cost as well.
We wound up going to Home Depot and purchasing our roofing in bulk so we got a discount. And this also saved us from having a contractor marking up the materials and adding their piece onto the price.
Doing this we saved over !!$1200!! on the roof. Overall we came in under budget by almost $700 so YAY!
You can also hire someone to help you and do a lot of the installation labor yourself. You would save even more than we did by putting in your own labor. We opted not to do the labor part as it can be pretty hard on the back and in years past we did just that.
The finished look is exactly what we were wanting.
Below I am posting our Amazon Affiliate links to some of the items that we used on the roof and the prices are comparable or better than the big box stores. We appreciate your support by ordering thru out links 🙂
It could be the fact that I LOVE to organize things or that I just like creating spreadsheets but I had so much fun with this blog post. And I am super excited to share the following information with you.
One of the first things we did in the planning stages when we were deciding what to build and how big to build was to start figuring out how much our new tiny beach house was going to cost us.
I created a spreadsheet for our House Budget where we broke down our build by Exterior and Interior costs.
Then I broke down the cost to complete each of those into detail i.e. siding, foundation, windows,doors, etc.
I also separated some of the costs in more detail by separating labor and materials in the spreadsheet. This way we could see where our labor would be best spent to save us the most amount of money.
This was super important for many reasons.
Figuring this out and seeing the numbers by the room and by the stages of building we were able to see really quickly where we could cut costs and where we wanted to put extra money to get exactly what was important to us.
For instance seeing how much sheetrock was going to cost us made me start researching alternative wall cover materials that were not as expensive. Something that we could do ourselves (sheetrock is not one of our strong suits) that would save tons in labor cost.
And seeing how much kitchen counter tops were made me decide to look into doing concrete myself. Not only would I save $$$ big time I can get an awesome custom look.
As we have spent money in each category I add up the receipts and put in my total spent to date. This has been really key to keeping us on budget. (I will share my numbers with you on another post)
In some instances going over budget can’t be helped. Thats why having our House Budget spreadsheet has been huge to keep us apprised as to where we are dollar wise at all times.
Staying focused and very present with every dollar spent has helped stay in or under budget so far.
At the end of the day we think we will be under $30k for our final cost.
We are doing some things to cut cost like repurposing cabinets, DIYing it all over the place like in the bathroom shower and making our own ship lap for the interior walls.
We’ve also canvased Craigslist, Facebook and yard sales where we have scored nails, air tools (cost of tools I did not include in my budget) and hardware for next to nothing. At one yard sale alone we scored $75 worth of nails for only $10! And $50 worth of plumbing materials for only $5! !!CHA-CHING!!
The House Budget also kept us from doing work that we can actually pay someone else to do for us cheaper than we could do it ourself. My back and shoulders say thank you!
So checkout and download the House Budget spreadsheet to see how much you can save on your own house build.
In a few days I will do a post showing you how much we have spent on the house so far and you can see for yourself where we are at compared to our budget.
Please share the House Budget with anyone you think will find it helpful and let us know if this has been helpful for you.