Well, it’s done. I’m writing this post from the new office, on a Wifi system powered by a solar system we installed ourselves that also powers our internet antenna, battery charging, and a few outlets. Our furniture finally came, and I bought four plants for decor. Miriam, a new volunteer, walked into and asked “Wow, you guys have A/C?” In reality, no, but it really does feel like it sometimes. The 18 inch thick walls on these old house work wonders with the temperature, just like rammed earth.
I’ve never had an office, and this is a fine first one to have. Carpet on the floors, clay painted walls, and solar powered electrics, including internet. Woowee!
As a recap, to make this space we:
- Tore out the old, 5″ thick clay floor and sticks that comprised the subfloor. Before we did this, I was too tall for the space.
- Put down our own plywood subfloor, customizing the old joist system to fit the boards correctly.
- Brewed our own special clay paint and painted the walls. Ingredients included flour, chalk, and cow poop. Yum.
- Covered the floors with soft red carpet (bare feet, yay!).
- Ordered furniture (1 desk, 1 bookshelf, 1 table, 4 chairs) from the market.
- Installed a solar PV array on our roof. Installed a internet antenna 5 meters off the roof.
- Wired the room with conduit and separate DC and AC circuits (DC is 22% more efficient and comes straight from the battery).
- Bought four plants and installed lighting for finishing touches.
- Wrote this blog.