Mouse House

Mouse Condominium

When we were prepping for the final pour of concrete this fall we began by fixing up some of the old forms from last year. These had been stacked on the slab up off the floor. Turned out they made a great mouse apartment complex.

Mouse House Interior

When we lifted a form, this is what we saw: their house of fluffy bedding. Then they started popping out, hightailing it to the other side of the forms. They were very cute.

Monster Eyes

When we peeked under a form this is what the mice saw looking at them!

Mouse Whispering

“Monsters! Giants invading the city! Hide! Run!” They said to each other.

Mice in Forms

We set the form back down and peered at them through the cracks. A little while later when we came back to that and lifted it again they were all gone. They were cute to see but we had to setup those forms to pour concrete – we had been the ones who built them so we took precedence. My guess is they’ll take up residence in the old farm house with their cousins for the winter – it’s good to be able to move in with family in an emergency!

Winter Pantry

This is their winter pantry. It is an amazing store of seeds from our fields. I saw apple seeds and many different grass seeds. Hopefully their house cousins have full larders too.

Outdoors: 45°F/24°F 1″ Rain, High Winds, Sleet
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/59°F

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8 Responses to Mouse House

  1. Teresa says:

    I love those pictures. I have to admit I’m trying to wage war and get them out of my house. I have no problems with mice (they are kind of cute), but I don’t want them in my kitchen cupboards.

  2. Great pictures (again)! I love mice – when they’re not in my house…

  3. Eileen says:

    That is a stellar winter stash! Against all odds, we rarely have mice inside our house but when one moved in this summer we had just made a big batch of granola. We caught that guy (and removed him to the far side of the fast deep creek nearby), but last week I took out my winter coat only to find that one of my pockets was filled with cashews stolen from the granola. So apparently we only get foodie mice visitors. :)

  4. I love the telling of your tale! We are into the “farm relocation project” as well! Take care.

  5. Alberto Emilio says:

    Cute mouse photos. But I have a practicle question. Why do you use such large forms for you concrete work? They look to be 4×8 ft in size perhaps. They must be very heavy. Wouldnt it be easier to use smaller 2 ft wid forms?

    • The larger the form pieces, the stronger the forms. The more joints, the weaker the forms. Thus we made the largest forms we could that we were still able to handle. You’re right, the big 4’x8′ forms are very heavy. Especially the ones with extra studs. We also have a few 4’x4′, 2’x4′ and 1’x4′ standard form sizes plus the occasional custom built form for odd spots. We often use 2×4’s to make up gaps – e.g., widen a form spot just a little – or we project a form past another to make the standard sizes fit. 4’x8′ makes good use of standard size construction materials. In general I try to design the building to work with the standard forms for efficiency of time and materials. The beauty of this is we used some of these forms on our Tiny Cottage, then on our South Field Shed (Greenhouse) foundation and later these forms will be able to be used for other projects. Some of these are five years old and still doing well. It is important to keep them up off the ground and covered from rain.

  6. Jan says:

    Studying your pics here and in your other posts I thing I actually understand! That is an amazing system for construction. Where did you find it? Is there a book on Amazon or something I can get that describes this? It is like snapping together childs toy blocks. It makes sense! I want to build my own small house maybe a little bigger than your little cottage and I would love to be able to use these techniques! They look so easy that even I could do them by myself with time and patience.

    • I don’t know of any books that describe these methods of forming and insulation inside the pour. I developed the techniques over the past 25 years or so of doing various projects. There are commercial forms which as someone else noted are smaller. They tend to use metal snap locks but those are fabricated for wall thicknesses that don’t match my needs which is part of why I developed the threaded rod and walers technique. Necessity is the mother of invention! Start with small projects. Build a shed, an animal shelter, a cold frame, a root cellar, etc and gradually work up your skills. Masonry is fun, and permanent.

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