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.
Next came the kitchen, in the form of a bench-top and some plywood stands (shelves to come later).
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.
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?
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!
Our house it wired to caravan standard, with a master RCD and three circuits for the lights and plugs down both sides.
With all that sorted, it seemed as good a time as any for a cuppa!
Now onto the bathroom.
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)
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!
The final step (geddit?) was to replace the lining, now with suitably-placed cutouts.
And somwhere in there, Craig the plumber turned up with finish off as well.
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!