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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10k Cabin Blueprints and Plans

10k Cabin Blueprints and Plans

We’ve been asked by a few people to share our planning process, so here it is! However, we want to include a disclaimer that we are not architects but we don’t want to pay someone to do it for us, so we’re going to do it ourselves. Prepare for amateur hour! The first step was deciding how big we want the cabin to be. We’re thinking small, because it’s easy to build, quick, and cheap. But we want to leave…

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Reclaiming Pine Tongue and Groove

Reclaiming Pine Tongue and Groove

We got a little tired of cutting down trees and clearing land, so we decided to start tearing down the old log cabin. In the last post we just explored the space, but now we are actually removing the first bits of material. Covering all the interior walls is some very old, but very beautiful pine tongue-and-groove panelling. Though finishing materials are probably the last thing we need in our yet-to-be-built cabin, it is the easiest thing to remove from…

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The Old Draft Dodger Cabin

The Old Draft Dodger Cabin

Before we moved here, a group of a draft dodgers lived on this land. They moved up here to avoid conscription into the Vietnam War. In total, there were three cabins built on the property but, of which, only one remains standing in a shape that is safe enough to enter. This is that cabin. This log cabin was built from trees gathered on the surrounding land. Just stepping in the front door you can see and feel the history…

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Exhausted but Happy

Exhausted but Happy

Amanda is looking exhausted but happy in the little clearing that we’ve made. It’s taken a ton of work, but we’ve cleared a small space. There is still a ton more to do though so we’re not there yet! As you can see in the picture, we’ve been chopping up the trees and stacking the logs in a neat pile which we plan on using for firewood when we have the cabin. The branches have all been dragged off to…

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