november update

hi all  here's another progress up date:

thanks to many hands over the last 2 weekends we have the roof framed and weathered in...waiting for flashing and metal roof to go on this coming weekend...2 of 6 windows are in and walls are wrapped and openings waterproofed...ready for the waiting windows next weekend.

whats next you ask?  over the next two weekends the plan calls for the following:

  1. Roof installation
  2. Window installation
  3. Siding Installation
  4. Meet with Gary Gibb from Gary's plumbing to review pluming rough-in...they are going to donate labor and materials for plumbing rough-in.
  5. Meet with Jeffrey Utter to finalize solar power plant details and get materials ordered and frame u utility closet on the front of the trailer to hold the following items:
    1. Propane Tanks
    2. Water Heater
    3. Solar control electronics
    4. Batteries
  6. Install exterior trim and siding components.  We will be using a ventilated wall system for long life and easy maintenance.   See video below. 
  7. Finalize interior layout and frame bathroom walls and ready for plumbing and electrical rough-in

october update

and...here we go...Oct 28 and 29.

and...here we go...Oct 28 and 29.

greetings all...construction has begun!

here's a quick update on progress in words and images...

many thanks to all those lending hard work, food to keep us going, cold hard cash to buy the stuff we need to craft a home and all those material donations from family and local vendors.  stay tuned for a list of all contributors in the future.

ok..so updates...

dough...

thus far we have received nearly $4000 in donations and some of this has gone towards the following:

  1. windows
  2. framing package
  3. roof waterproofing underlayment
  4. insulation
  5. fasteners
  6. paint, caulk, glue etc...
  7. disposal fees
  8. flashing

we currently have about $1500 left and this will go to siding and plumbing fixtures next.

click here to help build Victor's new home

progress...

construction began this past weekend...many thanks to all who came out on this beautiful fall weekend to bring food, schlep materials, cut wood, stand walls, dice up foam for floor insulation, drill holes in metal, lie on the ground with wrenches and ratchets, sweep floors, pick up debris, coil electrical cords in the dark, stack wood, unstack wood, smile alot and generally just be kind humans...

 

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step 1:  get trailer and strip shell

step 2 build new shell

stay tuned for more progress pics and words...this weekend should be another productive few days...we are hoping to get roof framing finished and prepped for metal roof, wall sheathing completed, building wrap installed and windows in.  Come by and say hi we'd love to see you...

patrick

Dear Friends...

                                                                                                                                          September 25, 2017

Dear Friends and Neighbors,                                                                                     

Perhaps you know Victor?  Or you’ve driven Truck Rd., in Deming, in spring and noticed his well-tended fruit trees exploding with blossoms, and then bending under the weight of ripening plums, quince and peaches in fall?  When two feet of snow covered the ground and the trailer he calls home, you might have assumed, as we did, that this master orchardist has gone to warmer climes.  He hasn’t.  

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Victor Nickols was born and raised in Deming.  He was involved with the school FFA & graduated in 1969 from Mt. Baker High School, before being conscripted and shipped off to Vietnam. 

Upon return Victor worked 80 hrs a week for decades making ends meet.  But the effects of Agent Orange poisoning from Vietnam eventually caught up to him and working a regular job proved impossible.   Only two years ago did he begin receiving nominal social security - not enough to call an income.  His small trailer has no electricity and no functional kitchen. Cardboard lines broken windows to keep wind out and tarps cover holes in the roof. Buckets are a necessity during the rainy months.  Victor has never asked for anything of anyone, be it an individual, organization or agency.  Not ever.

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This Veteran served our country in a tragic military action when he was still a teen, and at age 67 he suffers for it. Even though he’s manifested an orchard that dazzles & feeds friends and neighbors year after year, Victor lives day to day.  We say enough!  With neighbors, friends and the support of a Foundation called All Is Radness, we are building Victor a tiny house on wheels, one that will radiate the warmth of love this community feels for him and that will allow him to live his elder years with dignity.  In fact, with Victor’s blessing (which was not so easy for him) we’ve already begun and are seeking your help.

  Floy & Ella Markham of Maple Falls offered a wrecked camper, caved in from last winter’s heavy snow.  With the 2004 frame in fine condition we set in motion to haul it home to Welcome!   Gary Van Dyk gladly accepted that task and with a call out for demolition help,  Dennis Workman, Carol & Joe Bennett, Brent Osborn,  the McHugh family, and Patrick Martin razed the camper.  With Jim & Helen Freeman’s dump truck we took loads of camper debris to the dump & recyclers.   The steel trailer frame is now getting prepped to build on and Victor hired help to make improvements to the site by removing some hazardous Maple Trees. Next we build!

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Let’s see what WE can do now for one of our own with the fruits of our labor!

We are now asking you, friend and neighbor, for help.   While we do have some materials already on site, we don’t nearly have enough.  We need to raise approximately $15,000 in cash/or materials to make this vision a reality. We’ve set up a Go Fund Me account & cash donations can be securely made with a credit card @ https://www.gofundme.com/Victor-sTinyHome  or through www.allisradness.net.  All Is Radness is a legal 501 c Non-profit Charitable Foundation that raises money to support people doing “rad” things that make this world a more interesting and better place. Stay up to date on the progress by visiting their website.  If you’d like to see progress in person please feel free to contact us!

thanks to all those that helped demo the RV

thanks to all those that helped demo the RV

The design is underway with Patrick Martin, through his work @ A-1 Builders & Adaptations Design.  There are many things to do to get Victor in before winter!  Thank you in advance for your generosity and to those who’ve already contributed cash or material donations.  It’s a great start & we are poised to succeed!

Trailer is nearly ready to go...

Trailer is nearly ready to go...

Sincerely,

Kristina & Tim McHugh & Patrick Martin                        

Have questions, thoughts or materials to donate?   Contact:

Kristina & Tim McHugh  360-592-5010or  971-801-8253 kcoynemchugh@frontier.com

or Patrick Martin @ patrick@a1builders.ws

 

MATERIALS NEEDED!

  • Skylight (an opener would be helpful)
  • Exterior Door-Preferably Pre-Hung
  • Interior and Exterior Trim
  • Insulation
    • Rigid
      • Fiberglass
  • Building Wrap
  • Siding- Metal, Wood, Hardi
  • Roofing
  • Roofing Underlayment
  • Flashings
  • Windows (need a few opening ones still)
  • Cabinets
  • Flooring
  • Drywall/Interior Paneling
  • Decking
  • Small wood stove
  • Solar panels and associated electronics
  • Wiring
  • Light Fixtures
  • Framing Materials
  • Plumbing Component
  • Toilet (composting)
  • Sink (Small Kitchen)
  • Shower components
    • Propane Appliances
      Fridge
    • Heater
  • Water Heater-Propane On Demand

materials list

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hi all thanks for visiting and helping with victor's new home...see below for the growing list of needed materials...

  • Skylight
  • Exterior Door-Preferably Pre-Hung
  • Interior and Exterior Trim
  • Insulation
    • Rigid
    • Fiberglass
  • Building Wrap
  • Siding- Metal, Wood, Hardi
  • Roofing
  • Roofing Underlayment
  • Flashings
  • Windows
  • Cabinets
  • Flooring
  • Drywall/Interior Paneling
  • Decking
  • Small wood stove
  • Solar panels and associated electronics
  • Wiring
  • Light Fixtures
  • Framing Materials
  • Plumbing Components
    • Toilet
    • Sink (Small Kitchen)
    • Shower components
  • Propane Appliances
    • Fridge
    • Heater
    • Water Heater

feel free to contact us with any questions...or if you have something we need let us know at allisradness@gmail.com

or contact Kristina directly via facebook or send her an email here and we'll see that she gets asap...and thanks again