A few days ago we and our guest built this bluebird nest box following plans from the North American Bluebird Society. The box is made from an old oak board we found on our property last year, while the roof is a pine board scrap stained with food-safe stain. Now to decide where to hang it!
Projects like this are 1) useful for our goal to be a habitat farm, 2) useful for helping guests feel like a contributor and successful right away, especially if it’s been a while since they’ve felt that, and 3) useful for practicing reading instructions, problem-solving little wood-working hang ups, and managing irritability when things aren’t instantly easy.
"A real house...when I walked in it made me feel like a real person, not just an addict."
Thank you to everyone who gave us furnishings--they helped make the house cozy and non-institutional, the goal for which we were aiming. We have one bathroom left to do and a few little things here and there in the two other bedrooms, like hemming curtains and assembling a bed, but the guest house is very close to done.
Top left: the kitchenette. Most meals will be with us in the main house, but guests can prepare breakfast or snacks here.
Top right: the living room (now with some houseplants)
Lower left: the ADA bathroom
Lower right: one of the guest rooms