Pretty, Pretty Plywood

Plywood is about $50.00 an 8 X 4 sheet.

The Ginger Shack plan is a 100 square feet with 13 foot walls.

I will need 33 boards. I think.

Either way, its close to that number and that puts the cost around $1650.00.

Add the cost of the deck, the studs, nails and a few other bits and I am thinking $5000.00 for wood is a safe budget.

Plywood – easy, affordable and pretty!

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In the Black?

I have $12,000.00 to build the Ginger Shack. It seems like a lot but I am starting to wonder if it is enough.

The Grand Cook Stove is 2400.00 USD. Take the exchange rate, the trip to Michigan, the stove pipe etc and I am thinking $4000.00 CAD.

$8000.00 is still a good amount of money.

I really enjoy a financial challenge. I grew up with coupons.

Here’s to staying in the black on this adventure.

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4 foot counter top for at the new low price of $59.00?

Yes Please!

homedepot-3Slick door handles.

Keeping my eyes on their flyers … things like this have to go one sale!?

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I hear that odd sized windows and 1 off windows go on sale.

Perfect.

 

I feel like my new second hand shopping ground just opened up. Goodbye Value Village …. Hello Home Depot!

My lesbian status just got a gold star!!

 

 

I don’t want to do the right thing

I don’t want vinyl siding but I will have vinyl siding because its the right thing to do.

I am really not a fan of synthetic fibers.

My “wood house” is going to have lovely hues of Natural Oak if you squint your eyes in the right light.

natural oak sidingThere will be ‘Starless Night’ blue door.

white doorIn the end I am sure it will be beautiful and according to my mom, more importantly it will be easy to maintain.

Fashion or function.

Sometimes much to my dismay function has to win.

 

 

Things for the Ginger Shack

things for GSMy dad was just in town for a visit. We started to talk about the actual building of the Ginger Shack. I realized that the only thing I had planned lately was my salt and pepper shakers. I have been stuck in the design/decorating part of this project. No surprise as that is my comfort zone/knowledge base. I have made a promise to myself that 2 times a month (or more if needed) I will be in a Home Depot, Home building, Fireplace type store.

My dad will be back in town for the first two weeks of August to help me build it. Meet the first of my family I have recruited. 3 more to go.

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Just Broken In – The Deck

I built a very simple deck-like bed frame for my futon mattress so I took that knowledge, bought a bunch of wood and headed up North to build a deck. I could not have been more out of my element and unprepared if I tried. A forest floor outside is nothing like a hardwood floor in your apartment. No real surprise there.

The first trip up was all about hauling the wood from where it was delivered to where it needed to be. We laid out the deck area and took stock of what it was that I bought.

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The second trip up was lead by my good friend and mentor, Judy. She renovates houses for a living and has a personal relationship with everyone at her local Home Depot so needless to say the level of knowledge increased 100 fold. In one day, 6 of us, built one really beautiful deck.

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Levelled with some twigs and sticks!

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jbi-july26-25Cost: $1800.00 (I am not good at keeping track of everything but I think that is about right)

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