Ever wanted to turn your backyard barn or shed into a livable tiny house for guests or for yourself? One of our awesome readers, Jean, sent me photos and information on how she converted this barn into a little home.
At approximately 288 square feet, it’s not incredibly tiny, but you can take the same concepts and apply it to an even smaller structure. She added a tin ceiling inside after insulating and installed a beam down the center where Jean also installed a ceiling fan. In the bathroom (see below) you can use a combination of tin and wood to keep material costs low. She installed hand-made tongue and groove wood flooring, sanded the walls, stained everything, and polished. Jean used an old log to create lots of what you see inside, added a carpeted sleeping loft upstairs, and insulated the entire thing.
The antique bar stools were a good choice and Jean used an old log to create the bar (see above). I have long been fascinated by this idea and even wrote a post about converting sheds into tiny houses back in February of 2011. I think the dark adds a bit of continuity with the exposed framing.it kind of dresses up the framing lumber a bit. How did you keep condensation from building up under the insulation on the roof on the inside?
Any info on best way to accomplish the task of putting siding outside and putting a stronger roof on, and insulating the interior. Does anyone have any ideas he can use to add siding and a roof over his corrugated metal storage building? You could put up a free standing roof that is attached to posts of either concrete, wood, or bamboo.
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This small shelter, spotted by Simon Griffiths, is ideal for reading in the summer, with plenty of shade, airflow, and light for after dusk, when you just can’t put your book down. Beside the famous mines along the downstream Feather River and the mines on the Yuba in Sierra County, gold was discovered above Graeagle in 1851 by a small group of miners who discovered a rich ledge of exposed gold bearing quartz high on Eureka Peak. During the winter months mining slowed or ceased and miners discovered a new avenue for their energy and winter boredom through a€?long boardinga€? or a€?snowshoeinga€? (todaya€™s skia€™s). Together with the history of the long boarders and the tramway or ski lift, Plumas Eureka State Park is said to be the home of the worlda€™s first ski hill. By about 1884, there were enough people in the area to warrant the establishment of voting precincts.
Clio, located a few miles south of Graeagle, became a hub for the timber industry by 1903 when a railroad was established there. Graeagle began as a mill town, being part of a 12,000 acre timber tract acquisition by Arthur Davies from the Sierra Iron Company back in 1916. Arthur Davies built a new sawmill in June of 1916 behind the current Graeagle grocery store (The Graeagle Store). The new mill needed housing for its employees at this new endeavor, so Davies had his company houses in the Sardine Valley transported via the Boca-Loyalton Railroad to Graeagle. With the assorted buildings and other improvements, including a large dairy and a company store, the community started to take form, centering around the mill. The California Fruit Exchange then utilized the lumber facilities to make a multitude of fruit boxes that were needed within the fruit industry in the Sacramento valley.
A millpond was created, a box factory built, molding and planing mills erected as well as drying kilns. One of the many buildings still standing in the area is the old a€?dairya€?, a stone building, built in the 1930a€™s, that is situated near the Blairsden bridge on the Feather River, just a short walk or bike ride from downtown Graeagle. Other structures and buildings in town included a potato shed dug into the hill across from the store, a tall white house across from the dairy that was both a stagecoach stop and hotel, two large three story bunk houses along Gray Eagle Creek, a blacksmith shop and the present day maintenance shop.
By this time, there were about 600 workers in the woods and at the mill, including the families. By the 30a€™s and 40a€™s, some roads began to be paved, and gas or propane began replacing wood stoves in local homes. With the mines shutting down and with World War II, activities slowed down for a short period.
Today, the West family maintain the beautiful town of Graeagle in much the same manner of yesteryear, providing modern services for the community and developing small segments of their holdings. Several different versions of how Graeagle (pronounced Gray Eagle) got its name have been produced. But more modern day history has it that when the California Fruit Exchange took over, they wanted to change the name of the town from Davies Mill to something else. A A A  As with all of California, the Graeagle area was initially inhabited by Native Americans. A A A  Beside the famous mines along the downstream Feather River and the mines on the Yuba in Sierra County, gold was discovered above Graeagle in 1851 by a small group of miners who discovered a rich ledge of exposed gold bearing quartz high on Eureka Peak.
A A A  During the winter months mining slowed or ceased and miners discovered a new avenue for their energy and winter boredom through a€?long boardinga€? or a€?snowshoeinga€? (todaya€™s skia€™s). A A A  Together with the history of the long boarders and the tramway or ski lift, Plumas Eureka State Park is said to be the home of the worlda€™s first ski hill. A A A  By about 1884, there were enough people in the area to warrant the establishment of voting precincts. A A A  Clio, located a few miles south of Graeagle, became a hub for the timber industry by 1903 when a railroad was established there.
A A A  Graeagle began as a mill town, being part of a 12,000 acre timber tract acquisition by Arthur Davies from the Sierra Iron Company back in 1916.
A A A  Arthur Davies built a new sawmill in June of 1916 behind the current Graeagle grocery store (The Graeagle Store). A A A  The new mill needed housing for its employees at this new endeavor, so Davies had his company houses in the Sardine Valley transported via the Boca-Loyalton Railroad to Graeagle. A A A  With the assorted buildings and other improvements, including a large dairy and a company store, the community started to take form, centering around the mill. A A A  The California Fruit Exchange then utilized the lumber facilities to make a multitude of fruit boxes that were needed within the fruit industry in the Sacramento valley.
A A A  A millpond was created, a box factory built, molding and planing mills erected as well as drying kilns. A A A  One of the many buildings still standing in the area is the old a€?dairya€?, a stone building, built in the 1930a€™s, that is situated near the Blairsden bridge on the Feather River, just a short walk or bike ride from downtown Graeagle. A A A  Other structures and buildings in town included a potato shed dug into the hill across from the store, a tall white house across from the dairy that was both a stagecoach stop and hotel, two large three story bunk houses along Gray Eagle Creek, a blacksmith shop and the present day maintenance shop.
A A A  By this time, there were about 600 workers in the woods and at the mill, including the families. A A A  By the 30a€™s and 40a€™s, some roads began to be paved, and gas or propane began replacing wood stoves in local homes. A A A  The Graeagle Fire Department sponsored many social events, including a Christmas Gala. A A A  With the mines shutting down and with World War II, activities slowed down for a short period. A A A  Today, the West family maintain the beautiful town of Graeagle in much the same manner of yesteryear, providing modern services for the community and developing small segments of their holdings. A A A  Several different versions of how Graeagle (pronounced Gray Eagle) got its name have been produced. A A A  But more modern day history has it that when the California Fruit Exchange took over, they wanted to change the name of the town from Davies Mill to something else.


Noel Kelly's Kids - Case of the Missing Goal Posts(Lidcombe Oval) LIDCOMBE OVAL(and The Case of the Missing Goalposts!!) Lidcombe Oval……what can I say, home of the Magpies for 20 seasons. Kaplan, Picture Maker - choosei»? from sub-menu abovePerspective is at the heart of good realistic drawing. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. I really love the use of galvy roofing metal for wall coverings it looks good,hangs quick and is definitely built to last!
And the only thing better than an excellent read is adding a peaceful ambiance to help you lose yourself in the story. Create something simple for the day by hanging a flowing sheet from a tree and situating some pillows and cushions on the ground, similar to this one from Apartment Therapy. We could surely fall asleep reading a book and listening to the lull of the water in this outdoor space!
Then definitely take a break from the real world and relax among your blooms and berries in this nook by Apartment Therapy. The dreamy white creates an ambiance that is perfect for a romantic novel or science fiction love story. I never thought of creating my own space just to read — I always sort of just plonk myself down anywhere. This spurred a great influx of people into the area above Graeagle, in the present day community of Johnsville and Plumas Eureka State Park. Today, the Plumas Eureka Ski Club continues the legacy by holding the historic long board races that culminate in the world championships at the old Eureka Ski Hill. The park displays remnants of its history through the preservation of many of the mine buildings left from the period, a rebuilt stamp mill, a blacksmith shop complete with docents, a wonderful museum and one of the areas best campgrounds. Lumber mills were started in the area at about this period, near Mohawk and later by the present-day Plumas Eureka golf course. By 1917, Clio boasted three mills, the Clio Lumber Company, the McKenzie Mill and the Burkhard and Gracey Mill. Initially the new plant was cutting about 50,000 board feet of mostly pine lumber per day, but in 1917 a fire destroyed the mill. The homes were sawn in half so that they would fit on the B&L flatcars, then moved by rail to Beckwourth, where they were transferred to NCO trains and carried to Clio. Fresh milk was delivered daily to the family homes and the cookhouse, which is the present day Knotty Pine Tavern.This building also housed a pool table, barbershop, an upstairs beauty parlor and an adjoining ice cream parlor. Story goes that the store fire happened as a result of a cover up for shortages in the payroll by one of the time keepers. The maintenance shop was built to accommodate locomotives, with a railway running in one door and out the other. Electric stoves appeared in the early 1940a€™s and radios began keeping the populace abreast on outside issues and for entertainment.
They were the group that provided for the boxing arena and prizefights that were held twice monthly, giving locals summer entertainment. Teams from all over Northern California, even from as far away as Salt Lake City, came to Graeagle to play the national pastime. After the war, the mill continued but in 1951 the millpond was washed out and in 1954 the cookhouse shut down for good because it was losing too much money. To commemorate this event, the mill whistle blew for five solid minutes signifying that the last log had gone through the band mill. The downtown perimeter of Graeagle has been preserved with its historic charm of an earlier period of Plumas County history.
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I would have use lighter colors within though, just me, darker ones visually make a place feel smaller. I would like to put some type of siding around the outside of the building and put a standard roof over the thin corrugated metal which has already been punctured by falling limbs.
I pressure-washed it and painted it forest green, trimmed out the doors and windows with white.
While you may have seen indoor reading nooks created in small spaces under the stairs or in closets, this summer, we’re infatuated with the outdoor versions, too. Visit Southern Living for tips on how to add the finishing touches to your poolside escape. You can get lost in your tale while surrounded by greenery and the smell of flowers or ripe produce. That's right people, the newest trend in eyewear isn't metal … [Read More]11 Tips from Experts To Conquer Your First National ParkThe Grand Canyon. Thirty six mines formed the Eureka Company, 76 the Washington Company and about 40 miners claimed the Rough and Ready.
The park itself is a popular place to visit in the summer months for hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing, interpretive programs and history tours.
From this point, a combination of horses, wagons and vehicles moved the assorted buildings to Graeagle. It was at this point that the California Fruit Exchange of Sacramento came into the picture and offered Davies $1 million for his holdings, which by the time the deal closed had risen to $1.25 million for the Davies mill complex.
A dance hall (the Graeagle Restaurant) and movie theater completed the offerings, along with a filling station, at the same location of the present day Chevron station.
Grades 1-8 were taught in the two room school, with high school being located over in Portola. One of the bunk houses burned to the ground in the 60a€™s and the other was dismantled by Tom Maher of Gold Lake and is now the Gold Lake Store. Slot machines were leased from Harry Jones in Portola and these provided for most of the profits for these events. Baseball and boxing were the favorite summer activities and in September the California Fruit Exchange sent three or four carloads of grapes to Graeagle. Relatively speaking the wages earned per day by a mill worker could pay the monthly rent in only one day.
Another economic reality was that the availability of marketable logs was disappearing nearby. With huge stacks of cut lumber remaining, the planing mill continued until May of 1957 when lumber activity in the Mohawk Valley shut down. Baker came to the area in 1856 on horseback stumping for the election of the famous explorer John C.
The California Gold Rush of 1848-49 also lured lots of miners into the surrounding hills searching for gold. The miners soon learned to use this motorized lift to transport themselves during the winter time for these longboard races. In the wintertime, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are enjoyed along with the monthly longboard races.
89 near Dog Valley and Stampede Reservoir) as well as a sawmill in Delleker, just outside of present day Portola.
To this day, one can still see visible signs of the joining on the red houses that adorn the main street. And with over half of the towna€™s population being single, each and every a€?school marma€? was courted regularly , got married and evidently they didna€™t stay on to teach for very long.
But by mid-summer of 1923, the Graeagle store and the Knotty Pine Tavern were rebuilt and were reopened.
There were orchestras out of Reno, door prizes donated by local merchants and a large supper was served at midnight. It was such a big event that when it arrived, the mill whistle would blow and everyone gathered to receive a share of the grapes. And, cardboard boxes started replacing wooden boxes for the transport of fruit and vegetables nationwide.


The mills equipment was auctioned off as two hundred buyers from all over the western states came in late May of 1957 to buy the sawmill, box factory and planing mill equipment.
Then, farming families followed and they too migrated into the Mohawk Valley, the Sierra Valley and other areas of California.
The miners started above Eureka Lake and traveled about 1700 feet downhill, at speeds up to 80 miles per hour on homemade skis up to 12 ft. Other dwellings also came from the Clairville and Delleker areas by placing giant logs under each to act as a skid and then they were methodically moved by either horse teams or Mack trucks to Graeagle. A steam line that ran across the highway serviced the large red houses on the hill (across from the current grocery store). A large dedication ball was thrown with nearly 500 people attending, supposedly the largest to that date gathering of guests and visitors in the county. The women shared long hours too, keeping domestic duties such as cooking on woodstoves, washing the family clothes on washboards and other manual chores of the day. Besides the Christmas Gala, the Graeagle Fire Department also managed monthly Saturday night dances that became known as the Firemana€™s Ball. Fremonta€™s nickname was the Gray Eagle of Republicanism and therefore the name, Gray Eagle.
Arthur Davies, was looking outside when she saw the sign designating a€?Gray Eagle Creeka€? and she came up with the idea to merely drop the a€?ya€? out of gray and make it into one word.
Every effort has been made here to present the principles of perspective in plain language and in the most understandable manner possible, with plenty of illustrations.i»?Copyright Frederic C. Ranches were established as the meadows were ideal for raising beef and dairy cattle, providing hay for feed.
About 1872, the town of Johnsville came into existence, it being more of a business and family oriented community. Picnics and family dinners were additional community events, along with an occasional silent movie. An additional bonus that the California Fruit Exchange did was provide every family with a free turkey at Christmas time and free turkey dinners were provided for the bachelors at Thanksgiving and at Christmas time. Another version is that a local Indian Chief, named Grayeagle, once resided here and thus the name.
Thus the new name a€?Graeaglea€? won the contest and gave the community the name that it enjoys to this day. The plentitude of fertile soils in the area provided for the growing of wheat, potatoes, and other vegetables. Johnsville, adjacent to Plumas Eureka State Park, is still a small mountain community with one restaurant, The Iron Door and many historic looking buildings. People came from all around for these competitions and prize money sometimes was as much as $250, a vast sum in those days.
In essence, the town was deserted, all the other houses became vacant and abandoned, In 1959, Harvey West Sr., offered California Fruit Exchange $450,000 for the remaining property, which was 10,482 acres of timberland, town, farm and meadowland. A British company, calling themselves Sierra Buttes Mining Company entered the picture and consolidated all of the mines on Eureka Peak. What has happened to tallest goal posts in the Southern Hemisphere?  I decided that this was a story for Noel Kelly’s Kids. Bringing in new technology of the day this mine improved profits and continued through mining cycles until the turn of the 20th century. It was called a€?dopea€?, a closely guarded concoction of pine tar, herbal additives and so many variations that remain a mystery to this day. Another mining venture, the Jamison Mine started in 1897 and continued to prosper until 1917. The downhill combatants used only their grit, determination and a single wooden pole to balance, steer and eventually stop with. I can still remember walking down Church St from Lidcombe station all those years ago shoulder to shoulder with Magpie supporter’s black and white scarves around our necks. Little by little, these mines diminished with boom and bust times when by 1943 mining essentially halted. By then $25 million was extracted and 65 miles of tunnels were carved out of the hills of Eureka Peak. With paved highways spreading throughout the west, the accessibility factor once a hindrance was fast becoming an asset.
The early 1960a€™s saw great advancement in highways, freeways and ownership by average people of automobiles. So, Harvey West and sons formed the Graeagle Land and Water Company to manage their properties.
Phil told me he often finds himself looking across at the field and goes back to a time when the Magpies ruled this oval. We went into the scoreboard building (it has 3 levels), the dressing rooms and into the press area at the top of the grandstand. But to tell you the truth my biggest thrill was to stand on the small hill where Greg and I stood together some 36 years ago. I had almost forgotten the reason I had come to Lidcombe Oval.Phil knew the answer of course…. Phil had the foresight to bring his camera to work the day they brought the famous goal posts down. But as luck would have it I was taken to this secret location and was able to take exclusive pictures of them. The game was West’s Sydney versus West’s Newcastle played on Friday February 12 1971 at Lidcombe Oval. Johnny Raper was captain coach of West’s Newcastle, which had won the Newcastle Premiership in 1970. Anyway, in the programme Chook says Lidcombe Oval is the best ground he had ever played on. How about that…plus it also had a story on the “ highest goal posts in the Southern Hemisphere being in fact, three goal posts of steel construction placed end on end”. Phil it’s lucky your boss did not get you to dig the posts out of the ground by hand because… I quote “ they are 70 feet high and have been placed in cement 15 feet into the ground!!!!!!!”Before you check out the slide show that Greg has put together here is a little Lidcombe Oval history.Unfortunately I know very little about the history of Lidcombe Oval. I know the oval was opened in 1933 because the plaque on the grandstand says so and that West’s had played there long before the official move from Pratten Park to Lidcombe Oval in 1968. In that great book Bucket of Blood, Cloud of Dust, which is the history of Wests from the turn of the century up until about 5 years ago, it states that Wests played a first grade game there as long ago as 1941, because of the work that was happening at Pratten Park.
Richie was kind enough to check through old copies of Central Cumberland Annual Cricket reports and it appears that Grade cricket was first played there in the 1932-33 season (perhaps before the grandstand was built) until the 1956 –57 season.
In the 1955-56 Annual Report a reference to the fact that floodlights were being erected so night football could be played.Richie has some good memories of Lidcombe Oval.
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