Yesterday we got the house wired for electrical. Went pretty smoothly, nothing to report. The panel selection was a process, but we ended up going with a standard 120v panel for a regular house, rather than an RV panel that has low voltage circuits in the panel. When we go solar down the road we’ll have to have an inverter anyway, so that will step our power from 12v to 120v.
Lighting: a challenge in a small house – we don’t want a bunch of lamps sitting around cluttering up the space. Track lighting is so hideously ugly. Not many places to hide recessed / indirect lighting. We decided to make our own sconce and ceiling light fixtures using LED lamps (bulbs) that we can buy off the shelf at the hardware store. Really low power use, and a white frosted globe.
Also, here’s a photo of the wheel well boxes we built on the inside, as the wheels of the trailer intrude on the interior of the house. almost all of these boxes will be covered by cabinets or the couch.
Here’s a photo of the propane tanks we installed on the hitch of the trailer (see previous post):
Shane welded steel angle iron to the trailer frame and then welded the tanks’ platform to that. Tanks aren’t the most gorgeous things, but they’re necessary. We only need propane for our cooktop and our space heater, so we shouldn’t go through it too fast.
More debate on the finishes…. On the exterior we went back and forth on whether we wanted window trim, or just butt the siding up to the windows with a slim, clean galvanized J-mold. After deciding to skip the trim we held one of the windows up and realized that we need trim as they project out from the face of wall too far. So, trim it will be! We’re trying to do drywall on the interior because it is the cheapest, cleanest wall to cover a wall. It also has no VOC’s so it’s a fairly healthy product. Gypsum mining isn’t great for the environment, but we’ll leave a few trees in the forest skipping wood interior wall cladding.
Okay, we need to get to work! Installing windows today…..