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Unplanned Blog Hiatus Over

December 11, 2012
This is how Elwood feels about the blog hiatus.

This is how Elwood feels about the blog hiatus.

Readers – The house hasn’t crushed us, and we haven’t run away to Mexico with the last of our loan money. It’s just been one of those months when every week was SOMETHING – travel, colds, Thanksgiving, end of the semester, my sudden need to watch two seasons of The Hour (watch it now, people). Mostly though, I’ve just been having a blogging crisis. I initially started this blog to inform other straw balers out there (or first time home builders) about the stuff we were going through that I didn’t see in books or videos. I never really thought through how to do that – tutorials? comments? As we’ve transitioned away from bale-specific building to run of the mill home construction, I haven’t really been feeling like posts of our progress are necessarily that interesting. Mr. B sent me a bunch of pictures today demanding a blog update though, so I’m going to try and get back to posting a few times a week, even if it is just update pictures.

What have we been doing?

We finished staining, sealing, and installing all the doors in the house. Woah, privacy.

DIY spray booth

DIY spray booth


The bathrooms now have sinks, toilets, functional showers, and fans. Many baths have been taken.



We have stairs on all of the doors. Friends and family can come over without fear of the ramp we were using, and I don’t have to worry about sliding backwards off a ramp while carrying groceries.

Scrap wood steps

Scrap wood steps

Not pictured:

* The HRV unit is working wonderfully (and mysteriously). The humidity in the house is low.

* Mr. B and his dad wrapped up work in the crawl space. Local code requires us to have the dirt floor covered in plastic, sealed at all edges with glue. We also have a fan hooked up to a humidistat to keep the humidity at an acceptable level (instead of the 25 vents otherwise required. The name of the game in our house is “low humidity,” which is kind of funny since we live in a ridiculously dry climate.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth permalink
    December 11, 2012 12:53 pm

    Is the low humidity going to make your skin dry? Will you be needing to post recipes for DIY lotion bars?

    • December 11, 2012 12:56 pm

      It just keeps the house at a normal level of humidity. It was so humid in here that our glasses were fogging up when we came in from outside!

  2. Seattle Steve permalink
    December 12, 2012 4:58 pm

    Wait a minute
    ; I built those stairs!! I am amazed they lasted this long!!
    Loved the Ikea blog; I know the feeling.
    Looking really good; Hot bath too!!!
    Keep warm and enjoy
    MR. S

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