Shopping Spree!

What did we do today? We went to Ikea!!!!

Saint Louis has just been blessed with the wonderland that is Ikea and my family and I are so excited!


Now, Aaron was a little confused as to why we were so enthusiastic over a store that he associated with cheap furniture and collage dorm jokes. I grew up on the East coast and going to an Ikea was a special treat that included sitting in all the fun chairs, getting a tiny pencil and measuring tape, and eating Swedish meatballs 🙂


We had a very full day picking out lights, some shelving, curtain fabric and hardware, and a TV stand/bookshelf. Oh, and we had meatballs too!



5th Times the Charm, Apparently

Remember the bottom of the shower we got installed the other day? Well, today we are ready to put up the rest, at long last! Why did we have to wait? Well, that is kind of a long story, so get comfy.

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This particular shower came in 4 pieces(bottom, left side, right side, and back) packaged in 3 boxes. The bottom and sides were completely fine and came out of the packaging intact and pristine. Why is that remarkable?

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It is remarkable because the first back piece we opened up had a HUGE hole in it! It looked like a forklift tine had punched through the box and the fiberglass shower panel.

Not a big problem, we will just exchange it at Lowe’s, they are good about these kinds of things. Aaron went over to pick up the one they had “examined” and set aside for us, only to discover it had TWO holes!

He ended up taking home the last one our local Lowe’s had in stock. The box showed no damage and they had opened it a bit at the store and saw no holes. No such luck. When we finished unboxing it at home, it proved to have a large crack in the bottom corner, like it had been dropped.

Alrighty then, time to talk to a manager. Rolla had no backs left, but they said they would call all the other stores in the area and get back to us later that day with the results. We never heard back, so started calling around ourselves. The Sullivan Lowe’s said they had 2 in stock and the plumbing department employee looked at one of them himself and found no damage. We booked it to Sullivan and got there with 15 min to spare before closing time.

While we go about returning the third broken back to a slightly skeptical employee, the plumbing manager himself brought up the new one and opened it up one more time to double check it was ok. He looks up and says “Hey, this one is cracked too!”

We get out the last one Sullivan has in stock and all open it up, treating it like a bald eagle egg with a paper thin shell. 4 pairs of eyes all examine this poor, lonely shower back, judging every fleck and shadow for evidence of damage.

Low and behold, this one is whole and unspoiled!

We packed it into the car and sped home, praying that it would not spontaneously fracture on the way. Miracles of miracles, it was still pristine when we unpacked this 5th try at getting our shower finished. We wasted no time getting it installed and it all looks great!


Aside from the problems with how the pieces were transported to the store(which is where we think the damage occurred) the shower is actually really great and will be just perfect for us. I wish I had gotten pictures of each set of damage, but we were so frustrated that it never even crossed our minds until it was too late.

Moral of the story? Not sure, but man am I glad it it over and done!

Buy ALL the Things!

Today was exciting! We are getting to the point where lots of things can get installed, we just have to pick where to start! This includes the shower(which was in 3 different boxes!), the bathroom vanity light and corresponding bulbs:


We also picked up all of the remaining flooring needed!


Lastly, we attempted to get a water heater, but it turns out the one we picked out was WAY to large for our needs, so we will need to go back for that at some point:-)


Windows and Doors and Floors, Oh My!

Whew…busy day! We got up early and hooked a small flatbed trailer to our car and headed into Saint Louis this morning so we could see if either of the ReStore locations had items that would work for our house!

Our first finds were a number of very large windows that would look great in our building:


Have you ever lifted a window that is almost as tall as you? They are heavy! And we needed 7 of them…better get a second cart!


We also found two matching exterior doors that should fit in the current framing. The windows are all larger than the existing ones, so they will require re-framing and the siding to be cut away in places to be installed. After checking out and loading everything into the trailer(5 windows, two doors, and a LOT of padding!) we headed over to the second ReStore location. Second jackpot of the day? Cabinets! There was a 12 piece  tongue-in-groove construction set that we thought we could use pieces from(no way we have room for all of it!) Since we will have wood flooring of some sort, the cabinetry will be painted to avoid wood overload.


Speaking of flooring, we also found a bunch of that! It is looking like we are going to change our plans a little and instead of buying flooring new so it is the same throughout the whole building, we will have lovely hardwood in a variety of finishes in the different areas of the house. It should be interesting!

Changing Plans, Changing Directions, and Changing Our Minds!

I know it has been a long time since our last post, but that is because a LOT has happened and changed since then!

Aaron and I(with lots of help from my family) have been searching for the perfect trailer to be the base of our house for a few months now. Sadly, we have had no luck!

Everything is either the wrong dimensions, doesn’t have all the featured needed, or is out of our price range. What to do?

Running out of time to order the SIPs and feeling stressed, we decided to re-evaluate a few of the options we originally tossed. These included buying a park model and sprucing it up, changing our trailer length to something shorter, and buying a already started tiny house.

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Before we had made a decision, a new option popped up out of the blue!

What if we took a mobile home-type building and remodeled it into a tiny house? The trailer is made to have a building on it, they are made to be moved if needed, and if we bought one used it should be within our trailer budget!

The idea was brought on when my mother and her business partner were researching buildings to expand UnkamenSupplies into. They came upon a dealer of used contractors trailers and loved what they saw! They came home and told us all about it and we got thinking that maybe we could use one too.

After much consideration, we said yes to the trailer!

This one, to be exact:


(Sorry for the low picture quality, it was raining when we looked at it)

It is longer and wider than our original plans, so we have lots of space to work with now! It also has a HVAC system that we can use, the framing should be solid and it has a EPDM roof that should hold up until we have time to re-do it with something prettier:-)

These last few moths have been exciting, stressful, and busy with all of these changes, but we are excited to get things moving for real now!