Another Room Addition

Once again it appears it has been a long time since I updated the website.  Apologies.  Since the last update a LOT has happened.   There are no more propane tanks in the house.  The propane company finally came out and ran propane lines through the house and out to a central tank in the yard.   That is a huge improvement in lifestyle as I’m not having to go fill tanks every few weeks.  It gets delivered and paid automatically, which is great.   Beyond that, septic was also installed last summer.  The composting toilet is great in areas that have sufficient moisture and warmth for composting, but out here there isn’t so much composting going on.   Mostly it just stays around uncomposted.   So yeah, septic is a good thing, allows for the proper biological processes to break down the waste.  Here’s a picture of the huge concrete tank going in to the ground…

The septic tank took a couple of weeks to install with the leech field (which is hugely oversized in this dense clay soil)  and I had to dig through the concrete floor in the bathroom, run a line under the exterior wall for the toilet and drains and then redo the concrete in the bathroom.   The picture was taken before the concrete was even finished, but here it is…

Don’t mind the drip of concrete on the front of the toilet…  or the old drain pipe that is still sticking out from the edge of the shower, that was also removed.   Hooray for the sound of flushing though.  After almost 3 years of not hearing it, it was actually strange to adjust to it again.  So that is another step closer to normalcy out here in the middle of no where.

So in addition to the Septic and Toilet there is also a new room being added on to the building.  This will be the permanent bedroom, what serves as the bedroom now will become an office.  The new bedroom addition also has electric radiant floor heating, meaning that even on the coldest of winter days, I’ll be able to walk around barefoot in the bedroom and it’ll stay at a nice cozy warm temperature.   Electric elements were chosen instead of the glycol-fluid system because there is no infrastructure requirement.  No pumps, tanks, panels, any of that.  Just a wire sticking up out of the floor and running to a thermostat which is connected to the solar power system.  Still renewable folks.  The element used in the bedroom uses about 700 watts when powered on, but once the floor is up to temperature the element only works for about 10 minutes out of every hour.  So really it’s about 120 watts per hour that the floor is actively on.  No too shabby.  Also, the bedroom addition will finally provide much needed closet space.  Here’s a picture of the addition before the cladding was finished.

You can also see the new chicken coop in the background, the green building off to the left.  it is 10 x 16 with transparent polycarbonate roofing.  I left a stripe down the middle of the roof where there is no plywood under the corrugated roofing, this acts like a skylight and has improved egg production significantly.   The bedroom addition is 12 x 16 with a large overhang providing plenty of shade in the summer for the south-facing windows.  Here is a picture taken from inside the bedroom…

So that’s actually a little farther along than you can see in the picture.  The bedroom is 2×6 exterior walls with 2×10 ceiling rafters built on concrete slab reinforced with fiber.   I will endeavor to update the website again when it is finished, and yes there are still some pieces missing in this picture, I know.  I will end with this picture of a herd of elk that ran through the yard earlier in the winter.

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