Let there be LEDs!

It's only been ten days since our last update, but so much has happened it feels like months. Where previously we'd had an empty shell on wheels, we've now got a full-blown house complete with plumbing, electrics, hot water, a functioning kitchen, bathroom and stairs.

Our house is a real house now!

It's hard to even remember now how the week started, but we seem to recall the bathroom not existing, so things must have kicked-off there.

 The bathroom wall under construction.

The bathroom wall under construction.

Next came the kitchen, in the form of a bench-top and some plywood stands (shelves to come later).

 Stands in place.

Stands in place.

 Bench-top fixed.

Bench-top fixed.

We went with a two-burner gas hob, as we seldom cook more than two things at once, and a regular-sized sink, because ain't nobody got time to wash dishes in one of those dinky caravan-sized ones.

 Cutting out the holes for the sink and hob.

Cutting out the holes for the sink and hob.

 Benches treated with linseed oil.

Benches treated with linseed oil.

 Ready to go!

Ready to go!

And then just to show off, the cutouts were re-fashioned into chopping boards, with one grooved to fit over the sink. Reduce, reuse, recycle, right?

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Then it was time to sit back and watch the sparkies work their magic. Big thanks to Father-Son team Graeme and John for their efforts. We're glad we didn't try and do it ourselves!

 John fitting off the upstairs switches, plugs and lights.

John fitting off the upstairs switches, plugs and lights.

 Check those out!

Check those out!

Our house it wired to caravan standard, with a master RCD and three circuits for the lights and plugs down both sides.

 The fuse box.

The fuse box.

 Caravan connector for our electricity feed.

Caravan connector for our electricity feed.

With all that sorted, it seemed as good a time as any for a cuppa!

 Houston we have tea!

Houston we have tea!

 Showing off the super-efficient LED lighting.

Showing off the super-efficient LED lighting.

Now onto the bathroom.

 Reduce, reuse recycle again, we used an off-cut of kitchen bench to make a bathroom vanity.

Reduce, reuse recycle again, we used an off-cut of kitchen bench to make a bathroom vanity.

 Grant attaches the acrylic shower lining.

Grant attaches the acrylic shower lining.

 ... and the shower-head and mixer go in too.

... and the shower-head and mixer go in too.

We decided to build our own composting toilet (aka bucket loo), rather than buy one. Off to Bunnings again then... (it's the only socialising Sam gets these days)

 A toilet-in-waiting.

A toilet-in-waiting.

 Just cutting out the poop-hole.

Just cutting out the poop-hole.

 Coming together nicely!

Coming together nicely!

 Aaand ta-daaa! Now to break her in... Who's first?!

Aaand ta-daaa! Now to break her in... Who's first?!

 Bathroom!

Bathroom!

By now we were getting sick of bringing the ladder inside every time we wanted to access the loft. 

It was time for some stairs!

 Storage stairs under construction.

Storage stairs under construction.

 Steel in position for the "floating" section. Thanks Sean!

Steel in position for the "floating" section. Thanks Sean!

The final step (geddit?) was to replace the lining, now with suitably-placed cutouts.

 All done, apart from the wooden step-covers (yet to come).

All done, apart from the wooden step-covers (yet to come).

And somwhere in there, Craig the plumber turned up with finish off as well.

 Craig calibrating the hob.

Craig calibrating the hob.

 The gas water heater installed and working like a dream.

The gas water heater installed and working like a dream.

And that's about it for this update. It's been a hectic week or two, hell month or two. This whole build has been hectic!

But the result is something increasingly awesome. Our little house is finally self-contained and liveable. Little remains now but some interior paint, a floor, and four hundred kilometers of state highway one.

Ahh house, I remember when you were just lines in the sand of some South American beach...

That's all folks. HUGE thanks to all who helped, particularly Grant, without whom we'd probably have given up weeks ago and bought a caravan.

Next stop, Northland!