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bunkie model
Goal : 4 season rustic bunkie
 Build time: off and on from July 2011 to ?
Dimensions: 8' x 12' = 96ft2 x 14ft tall.
Features: tall sleeping loft; sleeps up to 7; insulation on the outside only;
Bodged: 1) each gable end walls is framed differently; 2)  door is  a unique way, 3) dropped loft floor created insulation challenge 4) it's not finished, plenty of time for more bodgery. bunkie model
sardines and bylaws
: We wanted a bunkie to sleep lots of kids but at the same time have at least two distinct sleeping areas and since our local regulations only allow 100ft2 floor space - we built up (a tall loft) not out.  We are just under the maximum "out" building height too.
warm and studded: Every bunkie we have ever been in does not have panelling or drywall inside.  A bunkie is defined somewhat by the unfinshed studded wall look - bare wires snaking to fixtures. To get this look we insulated on the outside with "silverboard" (blue in the accompanying images), so on the outside of the studs is a layer of tongue and groove pine siding, with 1" foam insulation in between 2x4 "strapping".  You could argue we bodged this in the sense that the insulation bunkie model could have gone on the outside then the strapping put over top -  why? - in the next hurricaine or twister, we do not want to lose our siding or sheathing...we want the whole building to launch as a unit  : |  Sure,1 inch is not much insulation, but we are guessing it will be 100% better than a bunkie without this insulating layer.
bunkie model lofty ambitions:  The loft is about 6 ft  high in the center and is as spacious as we had hoped.  A barn style roof would have provided even more room, but those look flimsy, and they are much more complicated to put roofing on.  Notice the loft floor is dropped down the walls about 8 inches - this gave us a little extra space and a small gap for heat to rise up from below.  The sleepers on the bunks below will bonus on loose change through these slots too.
bunkie model mind the gap: Of course dropping the loft floor created several new challenges: the roof rafters could not be connected at the ends to the loft floor joists; the rafter then created a gap to be insulated on the outside.  We have filled these gaps with bizarre little triangular blocks with insulation glued to the pending.
re-Store'd: We got a great deal on a used solid, pine door ($40) and in-the-box leftover hardwood flooring ($150) from the Habitat for Humanity "Re-Store".  We managed to hang the door, but...well, we will be taking some photos next Spring to show how a small lapse in judgement compounded to result in a unique door install - it is installed in the middle of the frame not on the edge where it is supposed to be.  We have yet to tackle the floor, guaranteed we will be short by a few boards....we are always a few boards short of a full load.