Access-A-Hut's Blog

January 31, 2010

Temporary digs

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 2:17 pm

Ok we are having construction difficulties that we will go into in large detail with lessons learned after the fact.

But for now we are keeping mum about all this–except to say:

If you get a contractor, make sure they are licensed. Then call their last 4 customers and see how the job went. Then talk to the city board and make sure that they are in good standing. Then ask their suppliers if they pay on time.

Obviously, we didn’t do that.

We are in temporary digs and the project will cost a great deal more than we had anticiapted. Ouch.


January 19, 2010

People are saying this is impossible

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 9:51 pm

We have run into some snafus and are cleaning those up and are learning things about construction and the potential issues.

However, people have been telling us this is crazy and impossible. It isn’t, really. YES, we probably still have too much stuff. Yes, we will have to cut down on our stuff–even more than we have. But stuff is stuff. We can do this.

I think the issue boils down to cultural expectations. We expect that we have to have two double boilers and three couches and space and a living room and a dining room and a gift wrapping room. And therefore, we do. But look at how most of the world lives. They don’t expect this kind of life–and they are still living…

January 11, 2010

It’s a palindrome day

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 9:53 pm

So I should say something pro-found for 01/11/10.


January 10, 2010

Critter damage

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 9:12 am

We had fun with critters in the attic. The building inspector said there was “some damage”, but we found their leavings from the attic.

And chewed up wood.


January 9, 2010

Tiny flower garden

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 9:13 pm

Every year, we do a tiny flower garden in winter. It helps us both survive as we watch the bulbs get a sharp shoot of green, and then the green swells, and then a hint of color and then… a flower in winter. These are precious–and will fit well into our tiny house scheme.
Tiny flower garden
You can see the kimono we are building the house around in the back-reflection.

Washers and dryers

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 6:37 pm

We have 35 inches wide, 44 inches deep, and 8 feet high closet to put a washer/dryer (and all our clothes) in.

Here is an option that is 2 feet by 2 feet by 14 inches or so (220 V), $170, … the translation is quite interesting:

Haier Ventless Washer/Dryer Combo HWD1000 is on sale for $100

These have had bad reviews, and our research says go with an LG–but these are $1600 with dimensions of  23 5/8″ x 33 1/4″ x 23 13/16″

There is a hand cranked counter top one for $42…

Or the avanti portable which does 12 pounds. Reviews are at
Width: 21 1/4″
Depth: 22″
Height: 37″
Specs are at

There is also an Avanti dryer • 9 Lbs. Drying Capacity
• White
• 27.5″ H x 23.5″ W x 17.5″ D


Opinions on stores that sell avanti:

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