One of the major tasks of preparing for the workshop was building the floor frame. Since the workshop was only 2 days long, the floor frame had to be constructed ahead of time in order to get the exact placement of it on the post holders, to ensure it was level and square, to enclose the underneath, to insulate, to put a vapor barrier on it, and then to top it off with the subfloor material – no small feat for something 16 x 20. That part of the house alone took nearly 2 days to complete between all the parts that go into it. A very satisfying accomplishment for all was experienced as we saw the first formation of my little elf house!
One of the most important things to me in building my home, as I hope it is with most ‘tiny/small’ house owners and builders these days (or any conscious person for that matter), is to have as ‘green’ a home as possible. A ‘green’ home is generally one that is built using renewable materials and with no toxic materials, and where energy, water, and natural resources aren’t wasted. http://greenhomeguide.com/know-how/article/green-homes-101
It’s one of the reasons I opted for wood, since trees are one of our most renewable resources – especially here in Vermont where 75% of the state is still forested. Construction products are getting better where the environment is concerned, but there are still choices that can and have to be made when it comes to what’s good and environmentally friendly. Peter prides himself on being an environmentally conscious builder, so using products that are as green as possible are important. AdvanTech is one of those choices, as it has low emitting materials and does not use formaldehyde or VOC constituents. http://www.huberwood.com/advantech/performance/moisture
Also, a ‘green’ home is one in which chemical cleaners are not used to clean the house – as all those ‘cleaning products’ harm our soil, water, and planet. The use of most products on the store shelves is unnecessary, and are a result of great marketing campaigns by all the corporations who pollute our planet. Here’s a great video that can show you how to switch over to green products or to learn how to make your own cleaners, which will save you lots of money. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awJcdEOS0Y0. Many of the old ways have stood the test of time for a reason. Simple and practical, these basic everyday products can replace all the crap that stores and manufacturers tell us we need to have clean homes. Even many of the so-called ‘green’ products on the shelves aren’t as eco-friendly as they tout them to be. Simple products are still the best way to keep a house clean and healthy. And, they are money-wise, too – more money in YOUR pocket, not big toxic corporations.
Regardless of where anyone is in their lives, small changes can be made to make one’s life more ‘green’. Getting away from harmful chemicals and back to basics, as well as getting away from plastic or non-recyclable containers, are the best first steps anyone can do to help make their lives (and our planet) better.