The Pretty Stuff

We’re at a fun stage of the game now: the finishing touches of the wall & ceiling! We are using 3 inch pine tongue & groove panels. Collin is doing a lovely job with it now that we have finished the insulation & taping. (So much taping: 5 or so rolls of it!) The ceiling will be first priority as we are fitting the fireplace next week. The hole for the flue to come up and out of the roof is now drilled with the deck cap installed (called “deck cap” because most of these fireplaces are used for boats)…

The fireplace!

Collin with the first few layers nailed to the ceiling.

Bay window wall up.

Ikea pod lights up.

Close up of paneling.

Little Harley (my parents’ new dog) checking out the house.

Collin nailing more pine up.


  1. Grant Wagner says:

    How are those IKEA light pods working for you? Are they wired or battery powered?

    I was able to get some pretty respectable LED desk lamps from Walmart (surprised me) for about $15. The only down side is that they came with a 3.5V wall wort transformer attached. I made a small power supply and run it via usb off of my computer. Super Bright, 1W.

  2. Letitia says:

    It’s coming along so fast now!!! You guys will be done in no time!!! That’s so exciting!!!

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  4. chris says:

    Hi Y’all,

    We are in the middle of putting our roof on, and also (thanks in part to your blog and example) are using sheep’s wool insulation, and are concerned that our non-vented approach will result in condensation/rot issues on the plywood roof under the metal roofing. So our question for you is: did you employ any venting of the soffits or ridge or baffles? If not, what informed your decision to not vent? Thanks and best wishes!

    • Collin says:

      Hey there. Putting the roof on, that is great. We didn’t vent our soffits. We didn’t see it in the plans so just didn’t bother. We did coated the tongue and grove pine with a matted varnish to seal the wood thought. Not sure if that helps.

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