I’m packing! Not much, and more mentally for my first nights in my small house rather than long term, but still packing!
The first things I’ll want:
A change of clothes
My Panamanian hammock (cooler for sleeping in the summer and won’t take a UHaul to move like a mattress would)
toaster oven
electric skillet
fire pit
solar cell phone/laptop charger…
I’m going to be totally off grid for a little while, since none of the pipes are installed yet and the electric may not be hooked up yet. So most meals this summer will be cooked over a fire pit on a wood fire, and some of my packing will include the supplies to build and repair. 
As far as working on the house, I’ve decided to start by furring the floor up a couple inches and dropping in some insulation between the old subfloor and the new. (The floor isn’t currently insulated at all.) In the process I’ll drop in the drains for the washer, sinks, and shower and build the base for the closet and bathroom walls. (I’ll put 2x4s under the wall sections instead of furring strips.) 
Plumbing will be my next fete. I’ve done plumbing repairs, but am not familiar with drain vents at all, so I will have a bit of a learning curve on that. Gutters will be fairly simply and vastly helpful to both the cabin and the garage. They will be prepared for a rain collection system that will be installed as soon as possible. 
I’m still debating whether to install a simple sand water filtration system to filter shower water. Even if I don’t do it immediately, I think I will in the future. That’s just too much decent water to send into a septic tank. I’d really like to use a plumbing system that allows for redirection of water either to the land or the septic as need requires if possible. In a dream world, wouldn’t it be nice to start the shower and turn a knob directing clear water to an irrigation system, then turn it the other way to direct soapy rinse water into the filtration or septic system?
Walls, flooring and cabinets will come after that as there’s time and after the cabin is moved to it’s permanent location, about 14′ from where it is currently.

About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

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