Author Archives: metaspencer

Second Bathroom, Finally

While our original plans called for two bathrooms, we originally went with just one (large and downstairs), as we wanted to preserve as many open spaces in the house as possible. Over the years, though, we’ve come to realize that … Continue reading

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Walkthrough of Our FirstDay Cottage Kit House

This is a simple walkthrough of our house. The lion’s share of the work on this house was completed in the summer of 2013 — which you can (obviously) read about here on our blog.    

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Backwoods Shelter

This summer, I took to the woods to build a simple shelter. While my backwoods shelter looks a bit remote in this video, it’s actually in eye-shot of one of our kitchen windows (though a good ways off). It was a … Continue reading

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Winter Wheat Sprouting

A view of the house from out in the fields — the winter wheat is starting to take off.

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Getting Lived In

Living in a house that you built yourself, as we were told before we built it, is an experience all its own. Things that might seem utterly fixed, like windows and doors, seem entirely moveable to us. Since we put … Continue reading

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Lights in the Boat Barn

It took a few days, but I finally got the boat barn wired up: lights inside and out on one circuit, and then receptacles on another circuit. It glows nicely in the dark, now, and the porch has plenty of light … Continue reading

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Boat Barn Step-By-Step Video

As I mentioned on the blog last summer, I took a few months to build a small pole barn (I call it the “boat barn”) near the house. It was a fun project, and I took a picture from the … Continue reading

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