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Cabin progress

2 September 2009 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

The lumber is on site for the wall framing, and both 24’ sides of the cabin (the lengths) are standing. By Sunday both gable ends should be up and I will hopefully be working on the ridge pole; that’s really exciting.

I would have waited to send this update until the four walls were framed in, but finishing up with the office means I will have more convoluted internet access and so here’s a progress report while I can still upload pictures relatively quickly (don’t worry Mum, I am working on it :). ...[Read More]

Building blocks

2 September 2009 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

Assuming the wood issue is resolved, in preparation for doing the walls, I do have some questions this week:

I am trying to decide whether to use 2x4’s or 2x6’s for the framing. That decision is important as will determine the grade of insulation I can go with (4 or 6”). Does anyone have practical experience with both levels of insulation? The building will be heated using a log stove, and the dimensions are 20’ x 24’. ...[Read More]

Building update

1 September 2009 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

Since writing last the project has trooped on by what feels like the first real landmark.

The foundation piers have been placed, leveled, back-filled, cut to size and poured. A big thanks to Bernie the bull-rider for his work ethic (and stories that made the days go by), and the Milum family for appearing with reinforcements just as Bernie and I were loosing the will to live!  

The concrete is well on the way to setting, and building can now begin in earnest. ...[Read More]

Pine beetle wood

7 August 2009 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

Some of the wood for the cabin is beetle kill – it has that characteristic blue sap-wood, and I am almost sad that it has disappeared into the floor of the structure. The wood is beautiful; but there is an irony to realizing that beauty is the signature of a tragedy for the forest. ...[Read More]

Building progress

5 August 2009 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

The photos will tell a better story than I can about the progress on site.  As a quick synopsis:

Bought enough lumber to do the floor, to get started. Floor and deck beams put together and laid out (thank you guys again for the wood). The joists were cut to size, wee runners put on, & framed into 4 pieces (later joined together like a jigsaw puzzle). ...[Read More]