Thursday, November 1, 2007

Couch, cabinet and water pump beginnings

Along with all of the involved electrical work we've been doing lately, we have had a little time to start on building a few of our house fixtures. Much more on these to come.

Below are a few photos of the frame of our couch. Eventually it will have nice wood panelling and of course be cushioned, etc. Check out the handy hidden storage space within!

Below is our kitchen sink cabinet that is undergoing some refurbishment. We got this unit at Bring Recycling, and in order for our scavenged sink to fit in it, and for more comfortability, we decided to raise its height. We are planning on covering the mis-matched raised portion with tiles to match the counter top. Thanks to my Dad's extra big cabinet vices, it wasn't too hard to attach the extra pieces. Next comes putting the sink in and getting some water to it!

One last development - after discovering that our electric ShurFlo water pump was designed to use plastic Pex tubing, we decided to rethink our plumbing system a bit. We have been trying our hardest to use the least toxic materials and processes available throughout this whole project, so we weren't too fond of the plastic water pipe idea. We thought about doing a gravity-fed water system, but decided against that because we felt it might get a bit sketchy with a big ol' 55 gallon drum rolling around on the roof. Erin did some research and found a sleek all-metal and leather Fynspray hand-pump that we finally settled on. It's made for yachts. :)


Chuck said...

Without a doubt this is one of the coolest projects I have ever heard of.

Erin and Julia said...

Thanks man!

3 moons and the sea said...

We've been watching with keen interest to see how your plan all unfolds. We'd love to develop something similar for our family and get out to the west coast and live a more peaceful life; one where our daughters can wake up and greet the ocean every day and go walking in the Oregon Rainforest when the mood strikes them. You ladies are amazing! We've linked you and wish you all the best. We'll be watching, and probably picking your brains at some time in the future once we get started!

rach said...

HA! We have been talking gravity as well for our bus. My husband is all for it but i keep imaging the drum rolling off the roof and crushing the car behind us! Maybe a square tank? LOVE the pump idea.

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