It’s 2013 and…


A lot has been done since I last posted. The corrugated roof was finished in December and is much more rusted than in these photos. Before the winter holidays, my father came into town for a month. When he was here we were able to get the electrical finished for the most part.

As of right now, the cabin isn’t hooked up to the grid. Before the county will “green tag” the main electric panel, (allow the cabin to be hooked up to the grid) pretty much everything has to be done.  The walls need to be closed up, outlets, lights, plumbing, cabinets, and the counters installed before we can have the final electric inspection. The initial rough-in inspection was a piece of cake. The inspector came when I wasn’t there and he passed it just from what he saw through the windows. From what I have experienced,  the county inspectors dealing with Joshua Tree are very forgiving and really helpful.  Of course my taxes will increase because of all of the registered alterations, and I had to spend a little more money on doing things the right way, but in the end, I have peace of mind the house will be as safe as it could be.  I’m thankful for the $360 Rehab Permit that covers everything done on the cabin.




Once the electric wiring was completed, the insulation, and the drywall was installed.  We happily paid someone to do the insulation and the drywall. I debated doing tong and groove on the ceiling but visually I thought there might be too much going on with the horizontal/ vertical block with the tong and groove.  Not to mention, we just want to move in and drywall is soooo much quicker especially when you pay a professional to do it 🙂 So after I finished up the drywall on the kitchen wall I still put in a little cedar wood on the bathroom wall.




The cedar on the wall is actually cedar fence pickets.  They were the cheapest option at $2.06 at Home Depot.  It was a lot of fun whitewashing them.  Using watered down paint is so much easier than using straight paint.



Slow moving

A lot has happened but very little has been done. In the last two weeks we have managed to get the homestead cabin cleaned out. The pigeons have been officially evicted. And a new roof is presently being put on. So far it has been dried in. Two days ago we went over to Mark for the fence and water line. It was more difficult than we thought. We are trying to save as much money on the property as possible. And the fence itself may be as costly as the roof. We never did end up marking for the water line. After deliberating for three hours over the fence I couldn’t take being in the snake chaps anymore. My legs were soaking wet sweat.

There are so many options for fencing and we are exploring them. Below are some images of some places off of in the Joshua Tree area.





Some people utilize free or cheap materials. Like rock is completely free. There’s a nice big mountain right by our house with all the free rock we could ever want or need. it’s just a matter of physical labor. Lots of labor!

These last few pictures are of the interior cleaned out and the roof ripped off. I think it was at this point that I realized we really took on a lot.


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