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Old 03-18-2011, 11:14 AM
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Hey Lisa..........I've been re-reading.....different sections.......you two have accomplished more in a few years than most people in a lifetime. I enjoy the pictures so much I can't wait to read more. I think a book would be "FANTASTIC", or I should say books. By the way I might have missed the answer, did you guys ever find out what was scrapping against that downed tree??? I was reading really late one night.....lol

Hope you enjoyed your winter and we'll soon here of more adventures in TN. Take care......

Old 03-18-2011, 11:48 AM
Location: Largo, Fl, Sparta, TN
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Hi Lisa, mike and Nicki. Wanted to check in on you and hope all is well up there. Lisa let me tell you, I am going through withdrawals not being able to read your updates. Girl I think it is time you appease your reading audience. PLEASE!! LOL
Old 03-18-2011, 12:09 PM
Status: "Working on a new project!!" (set 5 days ago)
Location: Home in TN:)
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Hello everyone. We are back home in TN...and we are so excited. Mike and I have a "big" list of jobs to do this year. Now we are just waiting for the weather to get a little better.

We bought our pipes for the wood stove this week. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can get installed with pictures.

Keep watching...I am getting into writing mode.
Old 03-18-2011, 01:31 PM
Location: South GA
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Looking forward to it!
Old 03-20-2011, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by younglisa7 View Post
Hello everyone. We are back home in TN...and we are so excited. Mike and I have a "big" list of jobs to do this year. Now we are just waiting for the weather to get a little better.

We bought our pipes for the wood stove this week. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can get installed with pictures.

Keep watching...I am getting into writing mode.

Anxiously waiting for the pictures and stories to come! Thanks, Lisa!
Old 03-21-2011, 09:43 AM
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This would have to be the most well documented step by step, "how we built our house" (and almost rolled our motorhome) that I have ever seen. Keep up the great work!!
Old 03-21-2011, 05:48 PM
Status: "Working on a new project!!" (set 5 days ago)
Location: Home in TN:)
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Smile Chapter....I have no idea :p

Hello everyone. It has been a long winter and Mike, Niki, and I are thrilled to be back home. We had work to do in FL but now we are back We have been home for just over a week and we have quite the list of things we want to do this year. I guess Mike and I will lose the weight we gained while in FL We may be moving a little slower to begin with but I'm sure we will pick up the pace in no time.

Mike has a new saying for our "Off Grid Home" It is now our ongoing living laboratory where we will and have tried, lol, many different things in search of the perfect outcome. This is where we all get to learn and if one thing doesn't work out then we will try something else. We are now hoping to improve upon our home...so that means there will be some re-do's I hate re do's...but if it will make our living better than we will do it.

Before I tell you what we accomplished since we got home I have to take you back, way back. We did some work last August and I never posted the story. Since I am going by my notes I apologize if my usual humor isn't up to par...I just can't remember specifics from that far back

Our Awning Story....I hope you enjoy

As you know we have no A/C inside the house, and since we placed our house to get the best view, we get the direct sunlight in the late afternoon. We have been able to stay cool by closing the blinds in the late afternoon but then we loose the enjoyment we get from looking outside. Mike and I decided to build a covered awning which will block the sun and also give us some cover for sitting outside while it rains I can't wait to get some comfy lounge chairs and kick back this year

It took us a few trips to town to get enough lumber to start the job. Now we are ready to work.

Mike starts off by taking down the old trim.

Then we have to install the ledger board along the entire front of the house to hold the frame and the panels.

Mike puts on a double sided caulking strip for added leak protection for the ledger board.

Next he pre drills holes in the board so we don't split the wood when we put the bolts in.

Using a hammer to start the anchor bolt.

And then the ratchet to screw the bolt in.

Once the ledger board is attached to the house we have to install the front posts. We are installing four 4x4 front posts to hole up the cross beams and the panels. Mike and I used metal post anchors to install the posts. We had to drill each anchor into the concrete patio and the screw the post into the anchor.

They are installed.

Next we have to put a header board across the 4 posts so we have something to screw the beams to. We used lag bolts to do this.

It doesn't look like much yet but we are getting there

Now it's time for the rafters. We are going to install one rafter every 3 feet and then we will add alternating rafters 3 feet long in the opposite direction to support the top panels.

Mike screwing in the last of the long rafters.

Working on the cross sections.

The base frame is up now it's time to paint. Mike and I painted 2 coats ...while the princess gets to enjoy our hard work

We called around for pricing on translucent panels for the roof. David at the farm supply had the best deal. Mike and I took the trailer to the farm supply and picked up our panels. Each panel is 3 feet by 12 feet. That will be our cover.

Mike starting to install the panels.

Finally, we are up to the last section..and it's a tight fit. Good thing we did this last year. Right now I don't think either one of us cold fit in there

We are done with the awning. We may look into some roll down shades for the front.

Awning from the front.

From the side.

From above.

Our next project is to protect the hill by our ditch that the cows keep messing with. This time Mike and I are installing poles with electric wire to protect the bank.

Putting in the poles.

Then we added more grass seed, and stapled another layer of curlex down. Hopefully we can get the bank to hold this time

Here are some clouds rolling in.

Mike and I took a ride across the way and I tried to take a picture of our little homestead. It was a cloudy day but this is what we look like.

And finally...the very last job that was done last year. We had one more section of paving done. I wasn't there the whole time but I did get some pictures for you.

The asphalt truck.

Brushing on the adhesive for the curbing.

And making the curbs.

We now have the paving down 2/3's for the driveway. We may finish the last of it this summer. It is so much nicer to drive on the pavement and it doesn't wash out and tear up our car like the gravel does.

One more picture before I finish. I found a strange bug in my garden. I posted this last year and someone did tell me what it was but for the life of me I can't remember I will have to look it up for you. Anyway here is the strange but cool looking bug.

I got it. It is a tomato hornworm with wasp eggs.
"Tomato hornworm larvae are also parasitized by a number of insects. One of the most common is a small braconid wasp, Cotesia congregatus. Larvae that hatch from wasp eggs laid on the hornworm feed on the inside of the hornworm until the wasp is ready to pupate. The cocoons appear as white projections protruding from the hornworms body (see photo, left). If such projections are observed, the hornworms should be left in the garden to conserve the beneficial parasitoids. The wasps will kill the hornworms when they emerge from the cocoons and will seek out other hornworms to parasitize."

These pictures are making me want summer to get here very quickly. It is so beautiful when everything is so green and alive. Now it's kind of dead looking. Mike and are are just waiting for everything to pop

Well...that's my catch up story. I hope you all enjoyed it. Next week I will tell you about Mike and I installing our wood stove Have a great week...Happy Spring...and I will see you next week sometime


Last edited by ylisa7; 03-21-2011 at 06:23 PM..
Old 03-21-2011, 07:49 PM
Location: Western NC
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Welcome home! Pets to Miss Niki. Thanks for sharing with us.

Western NC
Old 03-21-2011, 10:21 PM
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Default hi lisa

I am new to the site and very interested in your project. I am sorry if I missed it in an earlier post, but on what side of the mountain did you build your house? Are you south facing?
Old 03-21-2011, 11:02 PM
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Lisa, thanks for the awesome update! LOVE the awning! Y'all did good.

Also, enjoyed the info regarding the worm with the wasps eggs. A young boy was telling me just last week about seeing a wasp lay eggs on a tarantula. He then did research and explained the same scenario. Very interesting to see you have the same type situation. I had never heard of that before!

Looking forward to next weeks update!

P.S. Are you going to share any more info regarding the Florida "flip" houses?
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