Numbers were down on the last day of week three due to the holiday weekend, but we still forged ahead and had a great, relaxed pace day of building. We started off with a an exercise problem solving and teamwork. … Continue reading
July 2nd, 2015
Today started with a bit of rain, which we thought was going to delay us from working on the house, but thankfully the rain cleared up just before the campers walked onto the job site, after Josh Bennett finished the morning education session about about consumer habits and the things we own. The campers continued building the rest of the parapets and finished up the blocking for the walls. They also finished nailing the bottom portion of plywood onto the base of the exterior walls. It was a nice and cool day and the work went smoothly. A few of the campers parents even came out to check out the progress! It has been great working with the faculty, kids, and families of the Indian Creek School!
Today Wade Boarman, a associate with Sustainafest came in to share with the kids information about other organizations in the country that are also working towards creating sustainable ways of living. The campers then built half of the parapets for the roof of the Tiny House and nailed more of the plywood onto the walls of the houses frame. It was a relativly simple day on the job site, but another day towards our final product that will be Tiny House Ekahi!
June 30th, 2015
Today we started the roof for the Tiny House and began nailing the plywood onto the walls, the campers also built two parapets. The campers all had a lot of energy and their cooperation was excellent today! The day ended just as a very intense storm was headed our way. We were able to clean up and pull a tarp over the Tiny House just in the nick of time before we were hit with a downpour of rain. It was a refreshing end to the day, allowing us all to cool off after a hard days work in the sun.
June 29th, 2015
Week three of the Tiny House build has begun and there are a lot of new faces and a few familiar ones too. Today the campers built and assembled the walls that will piece together the bathroom and utility closet of the Tiny House. With that now finished the frame work of the Tiny House is fully complete and we will be ready to move onto piecing together the roof!
Two weeks have come and gone and the project is really starting to take shape. Today, campers raised the four walls they build during the previous days. Moving the walls was definitely a team effort and good communication was a … Continue reading
June 25th, 2015
Today the kids took a field trip to Second Chance, a nonprofit salvage company for building materials such as furniture and lumber. The goal of the field trip was to search materials that we could use for the Tiny House project. The trip was a great experience and the kids loved it! We were even given a full tour of Second Chance’s 200,000 square foot warehouse. We ended up leaving with a set of windows, a bit of lumber, and a door for the Tiny House. All in all it was a very successful day!
Today the kids finished building the last of the framing for the walls of the Tiny House. Everything ran smoothly and we are now ready to hoist the walls onto the deck to erect the skeleton of the Tiny House. A reporter and photographer from The Capital Gazette came by to interview us and write a article about the Tiny House project. The kids got a chance to share their views on the project as well as some of the volunteers. You can view this article from The Capital in the link here:
June 23rd, 2015
Today the architect behind tiny house came in to talk to the kids about reusable and Eco-friendly building materials. After that the kids worked on putting together the rest of the framing for the walls of the tiny house. The kids learned how to install the headers and studs that support the wall in this process, and got some hands on experience using the chop saw. Today’s final product was perfect thanks to the continued hard work of the kids!
It’s hard to believe week one has already come and gone. The campers did a fantastic job and really got this project started on the right foot. The final morning education session for the week included a showing of Plastic … Continue reading