Immediately after finishing the floor, I covered it again with rosen paper and luan so that I didn't have to cry every time I dropped my hammer. Trimmed the insulation around the windows and started putting up the joists for my low loft. The top of the 2x4 sits at 36", which gives me enough room to sit comfortably underneath without craning my neck.
Then the cold wave hit.... there's no way my home can retain any heat, even with 3 electric space heaters. So actual labor is on hold for a little bit but the research continues. I found some great guys over at Hudson Valley Green Insulation that will be doing the closed-cell spray foam when the time comes. Finding someone to hire for help with the 12v wiring and system has been more difficult. Many companies don't do off the grid, and I wonder if the others think I am too small/looney of a job for them. It looks like I may have to do it without professional help. Well... I say without professional help, but there are companies with great customer service, talking with some people who have completed similar projects, and a father and friend who have electrical, if not solar, knowhow. I've been reading up on alternative energy like crazy, and running around with a wind meter and kill-a-watt meter, so I'm ready for the challenge. In any case, it will get done. In fact I make the jump tomorrow to go look at lighting options, so that I can cement the lighting, and thus wiring, design.