Day 4 - Who knew drywall can be a structural element?

The dumpster is full. The casita is empty. Mostly. What's left is doing its part to hold up the roof.

Pulled down the rest of the non-bearing walls. Easily half to two thirds of the wood was ruined by termites. Kind of a honeycomb like you would use with carbon fiber. But the strength of styrofoam. At least it was lite to carry out to the dumpster.

Did I mention it the now FULL dumpster.

Ann got busy in the backyard whilst it was shady. Started pulling up the bricks that formed the back patio. Generated a nice pile but took a toll on her energy. Her focus as the day went on wavered. You may recall from an earlier post that she has two specialties. Floors and fussing at me. Well, as her focus wavered, what was left of it turned to the second specialty.

By now she had also read yesterday's post so she knew about the hammer and the fuse box switch. Her trust antenna were on high gain. Let's just say I was well, at least thoroughly, managed...

Jake the architect was by. We did what will presumably be the last review of the drawings. Plan has been stable for a couple of weeks now. Just lots and lots of details. This is basically a new build so many many details to decide.

A couple of interesting dilemmas of designing such a tiny space:

  1. We're using pocket and barn doors so we don't have to allow for door swings.
  2. Since we're using pocket and barn doors, there is no place to put electrical switches.

So, we set about eliminating switches. For example, in the bathrooms, need a switch for the light and one for the exhaust fan. If we put two switches on the only wall where you can put them, it gets hard to put robe hooks. We're already using glass doors on the tubs so we can use that as a place to hang towels. So we decided to do a central remote mounted exhaust fan for both bathrooms that will be switched in the garage. When you arrive, turn-on the fans. When you depart, turn-off the fans. They're just on, while you're there. In theory like at a hotel where you don't hear them, but they're pulling air all the time. One switch eliminated in each bathroom, more room for robes. In several cases, where you would normally put a two way switch so more convenient, we decided screw. It's three steps across the space, walk over there to turn the light off!

Roof fascia turned out pretty cool. Since we are doing the metal roof, we can used the underside as the ceiling of the front porch (or any overhang for that matter.) Jake came up with a scheme, or shamelessly stole it from something he saw - no honor among architects I guess, consultants were no better -  doesn't really matter to us where the idea came from... Anyway, it will be very cool. Stained rough-hewn lumber and then you see the backside of the roof material. Will look like a real ranch house, er a casita.

Finally got her sweetness happy with the back courtyard walls. My assurances did not carry much weight. Jake's on the other hand...