Making Progress

Since the last post, we’ve gotten the electrical to the point where we can start insulating. We also had ALK Contracting out to run our gas lines. They are a small local company that specializes in heating, cooling, and plumbing. And while Pete and I ran our internet and cable lines, we hired Aire Care out of Houghton to finish up the job for us. We didn’t have the necessary tools to put the ends on the wires and cables and really we just wanted to make sure we were doing it right. We worked with Roger, who stopped by on a Sunday on his way to camp and showed him what we were working on. He came back out a few days later and finished things up; super nice guy!

We’re installing an oven range vent hood to help with humidity while cooking.  We bought an under cabinet mounted hood that will vent straight out the back.  We located the area where we wanted to the hood to be installed and started making the opening.  We wanted the range hood to be up as high as possible and started hacking into our top plate before going outside to realize that the vent opening would interfere with our soffit.  We relocated the opening so it comes out just below the soffit.  We also had to cut into a stud, so we placed another stud next to it.

As for our gas lines, we had to run three separate lines because we would not have access to the lines in the wall.   When it comes time to install the appliances we’ll have a professional come out to finish the job.  At that time, the tiny house will be out at the property so we’ll have to find another company to finish it up.

And finally, last weekend we put up the netting that came with our wool insulation. We’re scheduled to rent a blower tomorrow morning to blow in the insulation. After that, we’ll be able to put up our vapor barrier and start putting up the tongue and groove cedar.


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12 thoughts on “Making Progress

  1. You guys are amazing, you know that, right?

  2. Just came upon this site. Looking forward to see how well you stay warm in the winter when it is done. My son is going to MTU this fall and I’m thinking of building him a tiny home for maybe year two. Great cost savings.

    • Tech is a great school! We really enjoyed going there. I think tiny houses are a brilliant idea for college students as long as you can find a place to park it. Hopefully in the near future zoning will be a little more tiny house friendly. We’ll keep you posted on how our tiny house handles the UP winters!

  3. Jenn

    Just came across your blog and want to tell you I love it. My husband and I have been looking for land in Luce County Alger County area for about a year now. We will be back that way this summer to hopefully find something (would like to be moved by next April), want to be back in our home state currently living in South Dakota, makes the land hunting a little harder. We have been working on our travel trailer turning it into a full time livable housing option for us while we work towards building a self sufficient off grid farm. Just want to say it is nice finding others that have the same inspiration as us. Good luck on this journey.

    • Thanks Jean! Good luck with the land search. It’s an amazing feeling once you find something that is all yours. There are quite a few small organic farmers in the UP; we’re really lucky to have a community focus on healthy, local food.

  4. Have only just discovered your journey through Tumbleweed, I’m really enjoying it. It’s always fun to read about other people sharing the same adventure. You folks are way ahead of me, I’m still working on the sub floor. 🙂

    Come visit if you like…

  5. Paula

    Love your house and hope you get enough done so you can get it out to your land soon and enjoy the spring / summer there. Hows the cheese making going? I’m sure i’m not the only one interested in more than just the house! Making butter yet? Hows it all going and have you had time to start planning out your garden and how you will use your land this first year?

    • Thanks Paula! The cheese making is a blast and very addictive. I can see it turning into a dangerous hobby. We have made butter too; however, our friends just recently bought us out of our half of the cow and it will be at least a year before we our ready to have a cow of our own. We need to get set up with a well, fencing, and a barn first. We’ve already started some plants for the garden and have a general idea of where the garden will be. It will take a while but the property will come together. I plan on blogging about our homestead journey when things start progressing!

  6. Just found your blog, love it! I have plans to start building a tiny house and move back to Michigan. But I’m curious about where to put it in the state so I can get it hooked up to utilities. I keep finding articles about how tiny houses are not up to code. You have any problems with it?

    • Because most tiny houses are built on wheels there aren’t standard codes to build by. We built our tiny house using engineer approved plans and haven’t worried about local codes because up until recently we didn’t know where we would be living. The bigger issue is finding a location where zoning isn’t an issue. RV parks and mobile home parks are probably easy places to put a tiny house and be able to hook up to utilities. It all comes down to local zoning. We’ll find out if we’re going to have problems once we’re on our property. We’ll keep folks posted.

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