Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Futon/Guest Bed

So, here is our custom built couch that turns into a guest bed. The couch has a hinged plywood seat that unfolds so the futon mattress can fit on it flat for a bed. The two doors on the front of the couch lead to a storage space underneath, but also serve as the legs that the plywood rests on when its a bed.  And, being only a few feet away from the wood stove, its the coziest seat in the house!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wood Stove

Vermont Castings, Aspen Wood Stove
With less than a week to go before we move into the bus, we are in full speed finishing mode. So in less than 6 hours today, Phil installed the whole wood stove and chimney before the afternoon rain came. He also made the first baby fire. We will need to make several of these little fires during the week to slowly bring up the temperature and then have one big fire to cure the paint and get rid of the "new stove smell". Then we can have normal fires after that. Just in time for warm spring weather! 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Piney and Shiny Floors

The floors are finished!
We used 5 inch wide southern yellow pine floor boards which we sanded and linseed oiled and polyurethaned.

 Salvaged shutters for cabinet doors:
We picked up these old chipped shutters at the ReStore in Springfield and turned them into doors for our cabinets under the kitchen sink. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The bus Moves to a New Home.

Well we had a little set back but we are now back on track!
About two weeks ago, Phil took the bus out on the road for the first time since December to get it inspected. He noticed it was having trouble getting up hills. So he had it looked at and it turned out the turbo was about to go and we needed to have it replaced. This was just a few days before the day we were planning on moving it to its new home, and a lot of money we weren't expecting to spend at this point. What was supposed to be 2 days of work turned into 3, then 4, then 5... until finally a week after it was looked at, it was all ready with a new turbo and inspection sticker to hit the road again. 

So today the bus sits on the farm where I work,  where we can continue turning it into a home, and hopefully in a few weeks start living in it!