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Blog entry by frank posted 12-13-2007 02:50 PM 3160 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cabin Renovation and Progress

....and so I continue on today with some shots of an outside//inside wood project, that has been eating up some of my time.

Time delays….running with the after-effects of projected numbers on sheets of paper, that can never catch up to the reality of why is this not done….yet!

I am not interested in excuses for delay;
I am interested only in a thing done.
—-Jawaharial Hehru

So put some warm clothes on….hope you remembered to bring your carharts and warm gloves, while we gather our tools and step outside. Walking across the yard, we find that last evenings rain of sleet has left the windshield of ‘the beast’ all crusted up….seems like some scraping is in order. And if your wondering about that wreath on the back post there, yes thats last years tradition of the season….soon to be replaced by a newer and fresher up-coming-up-start…. here we are, ready to start work? Nothing like it, clear skies….fresh air….and knowing the power that you have within your hands to create a good work day. yes this is the place of work for today and there sets the cabin, that we are presently turning into an all around four season home. What that means up here, is that there will be a heating system, (two Rinnai monitor systems), an inside bathroom, (although there is an out-house to the right) new windows, insulation and a meeting of any//all energy codes….ugh, talk about paper-work…. your step now as we walk up to the newly constructed connected entry way. Board and batten, window and door still to come….

....well here we are inside. Advantec sub-floor is down and in place, as we stop and give thanks….

....working hard at inside framing….

....turning around before we go on to the main cabin, one can look into the smaller bedroom cabin. And yes, over in the corner there are some future pieces of ‘wood art’ just hanging out at the moment till they come of age and give me an impression of what they are to be….

....stepping through the front door, into the main cabin we are greeted by the dis-order-order of a construction site. Next big work move here, is that all the flooring has to come up so that I can lay insulation down between the floor studs and then cover with advantec sub-flooring, plus a pine wood floor….ah yes, the joy of winter projects….

....part of my lighting system up here….

....walking back, we’ll take a look at the bathroom…. bathroom coming along….ceiling shed roof, framed out walls and again advantec sub-flooring….

....cathedral ceilings and walls are yet to be spray foamed for insulation and then all walls and ceilings will be covered with 1’‘x8’’s, (maybe some variations of 1’‘x6’’s) while we will also put a ceiling fan in….details and more details are not all worked out yet. Much of what is going on here is design as you go, and yes, we will be keeping all wood timbers in plain view, as this is a post and beam timber frame. So lets step out the door to the right there and look around….

....backside of the connected entry-way, which we will be adding on to in a week or so, depending on weather. Plan is to go outward here and add a sun-room which will give this place some style-of- character….

....exterior of the bathroom….

....this is the view that will greet folks who come and rent//vacation here as they stand//sit within the sun-room….

....and how could I ever stop without stopping to look up and give thanks….

Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 12-13-2007 03:10 PM

Great show Frank. A nice job. But what is it with all of then new 2X8’s on the ceilings. I thought you had barns full of construction timbers?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-13-2007 03:19 PM

oh what a beautiful building! I can just feel the comfort

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 12-13-2007 03:34 PM

Hello Karson;
....sometimes there’s the need to work and move fast….LOL!

This place is being done to make money, and then there’s the case of renters and all that comes with those issues. Plus building codes are not so friendly to post and beam construction for residential homes, and that means one has to stick metal spikes in old timber….ugh. The real show on this project will be except for the kitchen and bathroom, which will be done in drywall, all other will be covered by 1’‘x8’’ pine wood of ship lap or v-notch, tongue and groove….ceilings and walls and floor.

Wanting to have this one done by summer….some time and start collecting money for rent. As my wife says, ”forget making this a work of art and lets get it done….

—-thanks Debbie….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 12-13-2007 07:56 PM

You’re doing a heck of a job, Frank! That is going to be a beautiful veiw from the sunroom! I’m glad you mentioned that those branches were furture are just hanging around…I was afraid that you were in such a hurry to get it enclosed that you didn’t take the time to cut down the trees. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 12-13-2007 09:19 PM

Wow! How do we get on the rental list? and so much info in all the pictures…and the beams, the history they must hold that yearns to be told. Great work if you can get it and it looks like you got it. Keep us posted as I know you will.


-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 12-14-2007 12:16 PM

Hello Mark;
—-thanks for stopping by and sending you best wishes for the season. Now that’s a great come back there about the branches….or maybe I’m so slow with this one, that the trees have started sprouting branches upward, coming through the floor….LOL!

Hi Rob;
—-lists….lists and more lists! You should see the lists and notes on this one, concerning the ongoing construction and then I still have to figure out what direction, ( and I do have many) we are moving in when it comes time to start marketing for tourist//renters. You are a lover of ‘history’ I can tell, ”so much info in all the pictures…and the beams, the history they must hold that yearns to be told .” Well I’m just glad that I can mix up some stories to go along with the history.

This cabin was built back in the late 70’s and is right above us as we walk out onto our front porch, so it’s been in the family some twenty seven years and will be past on to future generations of family. The cabin has been a three season cabin….which means no-heat and no-running water in the winter, plus outside out-house. We have grown tired of looking at the cabin sitting empty during the winter and so the decision was made to turn it around and start collecting some income. Well enough for now or I might get started on telling an-other story….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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