Last steps before winter

Last steps before winter

Winter is coming. Our goal was always to have the house sealed up with a roof and walls before the winter hit. In the final days, we’re just about there. The final steps have been to put plywood, shingles and a skylight on the roof, and this is where we are. It’s getting awfully cold, so the roof is getting a little slippery, but it looks like we might just finish just in time. Originally, we were simply going to…

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Slapping on a roof

Slapping on a roof

Turns out that putting up the roof joists really isn’t that hard. Grab a 2×6, carry it up the ladder and slap it on the ridge beam. Space them apart 16″ on centre and screw them down into the ridge beam. Afterwards, you install hurricane clips to attached them to the wall and voila…. you have roof joists! This actually all happened so quickly that we barely had time to take pictures! And there you have it! The rest of…

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OSB to finish the walls

OSB to finish the walls

Now we finally get to close in the walls of the house. To do this, all we have to do is put up the Oriented-Strand-Board (OSB) 4×8 panels on the outside of the studs of the house. Sounds easy right? Well, turns out that lifting OSB up a ladder really sucks. The lowest level of OSB was a pretty simple task, lift it up, screw it into place. However, when it got to the upper level, things got a little…

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Putting up a ridge beam log without dying

Putting up a ridge beam log without dying

We have finally got to a scary moment in our cabin; the ridge beam. The question we’ve been asking ourselves for weeks is: “How do we get a 24ft log that weighs many hundreds of pounds 16ft into the air?” And the answer is either brains or muscle. So, since we’re short on brains at the moment, you’re just going to have to carry it up there! Although we have a lot of bracing, the first step was the stabilize the…

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The Walls are Going Up!

The Walls are Going Up!

With the floor completed, it’s time to get started on building the walls! We are using a simple dimensional lumber frame construction to make it as painless of a process as possible. The plan is each wall will be built laying down on the ground and then we will raise it into place. First we measure the studs to be 16″ on centre apart from each other and trim off the excess from the top and bottom plates. Where the…

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How we built our cabin floor

How we built our cabin floor

On a bright beautiful morning our lift of 2x6s arrived on the property. We decided to buy an entire lift as we could get a good deal on the 2x6s from the lumber mill nearby. We decided we’d build the entire house with 2x6s instead of using a bunch of different sizes for different things in order to save money. Next we took the 2x6s and combined 3 of them together to make the supporting beams for the floor. To…

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We Finally Start Building And What Happens? SNOW!

We Finally Start Building And What Happens? SNOW!

Well, the most unexpected thing happened… We really didn’t want to dig our foundation holes by hand, so we had to wait for a friend in the community to come with his backhoe to dig some holes. When he finally came, guess what… OUR FIRST SNOWFALL!!! EEEK!!! Luckily, it wasn’t a big snowfall and it’s already starting to melt. So hopefully it was just a freak snowfall and will go away soon. Still, we are very excited: the building phase has…

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The Site is Prepped and We’re Ready to Start Building!

The Site is Prepped and We’re Ready to Start Building!

We are getting close to building our cabin! This is an extremely exciting time for us. For this update, we are simply clearing the final bits of land in preparation for breaking ground. We have made enough of a clearing now that burning brush has become safe enough to do without fear of causing an uncontrolled fire. To help us push along faster, Amanda’s grandparents, Bruno and Rhama, have joined us for the final clearing. There is something very special…

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Removing an Old Disgusting Roof from a Log Cabin

Removing an Old Disgusting Roof from a Log Cabin

Last time you saw us, we were getting prepared to dismantle an old log cabin and reclaim a bunch of materials. We are happy to say that over the last few days we have made massive gains on that goal! Below you can see the cabin before we start removing the roof. Over the weekend we had a lot of learning to do about how to take apart a 50 year old cabin without completely destroying the place or hurting…

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With a little help from the family

With a little help from the family

It’s starting to get beautiful here just as the season are supposed to change; it’s odd that September has already been nicer than most of the summer. The fall will be arriving soon and we are very close to clearing out the lakefront that we wanted. On the right you can see the large pine tree that marks the western edge of our lakefront, and just out of view on the left side are the other pine trees that make the…

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