My new office is almost done. I am getting ready to post a new video in a day or so on Unauthorized.TV for subscribers. This will be the 12th episode of Tiny House Expat Living and I think you’ll enjoy it.
The office, unlike the little cabin we built first, is made primarily from reclaimed materials. A few weeks ago, I bought the entire damaged lumber pile from a local hardware store and have been primarily pulling from that to build – and I am really enjoying the results.
This door, for example, is constructed from pressure-treated tongue-and-groove boards:
In order to build that, I had to cut out bad parts, fiddle with broken tongues in the boards, plus do some caulking. Here’s the inside of the door before it was painted:
Note all the gaps I caulked!
Here it is after a coat of white primer:
And open to the jungle:
I really like the dynamic swoosh of the diagonal board in the middle.
Yesterday I painted the inset portions a grey color, which I also used to paint one of the interior walls. I had a half-bucket of satin white paint and an almost full bucket of black paint, so I tinted the former with the latter until I got a color I liked. The interior of the office was just too stark white for my taste. It’s better now.
Yesterday I also managed to get the floor sanded and finished. I used dark walnut stain, linseed oil and some teak oil to coat it. We’ll see if it’s dry when I head over this morning. I need to take a photo to share. The floor is also reclaimed tongue-and-groove boards from the damaged lumber pile.
And the outside bevel shiplap siding? Yep, also from the damaged pile. I painted it a pale, pale green color. It’s so pale you can’t even tell it’s green until you see it against pure white. I probably could have gone darker, but it looks nice.
Speaking of looking nice, the ceiling was constructed from T-111 over the 2×6 rafters. I decided to take the time to paint the inset portions a pale blue:
It’s nice and cheerful. Psychologically I think blue ceilings are a good thing, as they make us feel more like we’re outdoors.
Speaking of the outdoors, I made sure to let in lots of light to this little 8×12 office by installing a large 4’x4′ window facing East:
That makes the room bright and cheery. The roof is also angle up towards the north and in the upper portions we tacked up polycarbonate to let in the filtered sunlight from through the tree canopy above:
That is an inexpensive window!
I’ll put the whole build on Unauthorized.TV either today or tomorrow, Lord willing. I now have 111 subscribers, which is quite encouraging. Unlike YouTube, which is ad-based, and over which I have no control, Unauthorized is subscriber-based and lets me make great content for Good Gardeners without having to deal with all the idiots and the evil corporate advertisements. See you there.
For now, I need to get over to the land and start working again.