Well, about that wind turbine...it doesn't work yet. BA is still toying with it, but with summer coming up, we're going to need some air conditioning soon. So, we called Pedernales Electric Corp., and they sent out two great guys (Mike and Toker) to assess our build site for an electric pole. I know, we weren't planning to go on the grid, but sometimes you just have to compromise. There will come a time when BaHa Ranch runs strictly on wind and solar power, but that time is not now. If the powers that be had more sense, it would be cheaper to build a home that utilizes green energy. But as I said, the guys from the PEC were super-nice (Toker gave the doggie lots of love and referred to her as an "old hound dog," which I think made her very proud =) and the PEC seems like a good, honest company.
So, here's some "To-Do"s:
- Get electricity. Because it's already hot. And this is Texas - it won't be cool again until December.
- Blow in the insulation (we got dry cellulose insulation - you have to drywall completely first, then cut a little inconspicuous hole and blow the insulation in with a machine.)
- Install the glass windows into their metal frame.
- Hang curtains. Put down some throw rugs. Hang up a picture or two.
- Hang some insulating curtains over the metal end doors.
- Install our big wooden door.
- Finish the bathroom:
My mother-in-law's garage is the best store ever. This shower curtain
will go nicely with the blue and tan tiles in the bathroom.
Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but the blue tiles have several shades
of blue, along with grey and orangey streaks and some yellow/gold splatters.
This creamy tan-yellow color will cover an accent wall in the bathroom.
I might also paint the bathroom door with it.
After that, we'll have to tile the shower and install the plumbing (which is going to have to include a larger rain-catchment system). You may notice that the bathroom has no sink - for now, BaHa Ranch will have only one sink, which is located around the corner in the kitchen. You might also wonder about the toilet. Where the heck is it??? It's in a box, waiting to be opened - it's a chemical toilet like the ones used on boats and in RVs. "Chemical" and "Green living" might not seem like two words that go together, but honestly, pooping in clean water doesn't make much sense either. And the chemical toilet is not permanent - we will eventually move to a toilet that hooks up to a septic tank and flushes with greywater (our first preference) or a composting (sounds smelly) or incinerating (sounds scary) toilet.
And that's probably more than you ever wanted to know, right?