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Finishing logs the most inefficient way possible

Finishing logs the most inefficient way possible

Well, we made a mistake. Sort of. We had the man power to raise the logs for our loft into place so we went ahead and put them up. What we didn’t think about, was how difficult it was going to be to sand and stain the logs once they were 8 ft in the air… It sure takes a lot of arm muscles to sand above your head, and after a lot of work, we managed to get them…

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Some new-to-us windows!

Some new-to-us windows!

After installing a couple of the windows that we reclaimed for the old cabin, we realized that none of them opened. Of course, this is less than ideal… we’re hoping our future wood stove will make our cabin super hot and we’ll be needing lots of airflow! So we went to a local glass shop to have some glass cut for other window projects and while we were there, we asked them if they had some old windows. They sell…

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Windows & a loft for the cabin

Windows & a loft for the cabin

Before we can go any further with the cabin, we want to go get the logs that will be used to support the loft. Luckily, we have already done most of the work necessary to remove the logs from the abandoned draft dodger cabin (you can read the story about the old cabin here). All that’s left is to cut the logs with a chainsaw, let them drop to the ground, and carry them out. It sure sounds easy, but…

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Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

The snow is gone and we’re finally back to our future home! Our shell of a house seems to have stood up to the brutal winter, and we’re ready to make a house we can live in by the fall. There are many things we hope to accomplish by the end of this summer. The major ones are having power, water, insulation, windows, seal up the house, and putting in a second floor so we have somewhere to sleep. No easy…

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An Oddly Beautiful Forest Fire

An Oddly Beautiful Forest Fire

One of the unfortunate parts of living in the North is logging. While it does provide many good jobs, it is also taking away the thing we came up here looking for – peace and nature. And while we absolutely abhor the practice, sometimes it can be beautiful in a destructive way. The photographs below are the loggers burning off the refuse at the end of the season. James and I took the opportunity to sit outside on our lawn…

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The Great Northern Circle

The Great Northern Circle

One of the major selling points of moving up to Northern British Columbia was exploring amazing landscapes that not many people get to see. Being so close to the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska we made the logical choice and went for a nice long road trip: we decided to do the Great Northern Circle while we were in the off season for building. The route for our trip stretched over 3000kms, took us 5 days, and visited some beautiful…

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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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