December 4, 2012

Next phase, Close-in

   We have come a ways on a number of fronts since we last sent out a post. Foundation, Sills, Frame assembled, Crane raising accomplished, Roof Panels on, Rubber roof down, Staging set, Shingle dipping underway, and finally we are starting to snug the place up with hanging the wall panels!! The frame was pulled from the boatyard in decent shape a few months back and put out the call for some help and did we ever get folks jumping right in, it was incredible. The Crane raising itself was over three days with the floors being plugged-in as we moved thru 5 Bents.

  With winter hinting some weatherproofing is in order so we now have warm room for shingle dipping, storage, hand warming and running up the electric consumption. But we are getting styrofoam panels hung so we feel like we may win the race against the cold. Heck the windows we ordered have even arrived.  It does feel like it goes slowly at times with just the two of us yet the progress still lifts us up just enough! It certainly is fun to be see everything come out like we imagined it.

September 5, 2012

Morning taking a moment to put some ideas on paper, rain is allowing us to discuss some of the finer details. We actually may have a approximation date for the raising, but will give a shout out in a few days when we fine tune that. As for now we have running water, flushing toiletand soon a shower. 

We came down to the Creek in Marshfield to have some of Dad's help and to use his honken' band saw. We needed to cut the splines for the frame. Always great to get a little Creek air!! 

September 2, 2012

   We have some progress to update as we move gladly on from foundation and site work for now and set about the carpentry phase. This is a relief to us both as we feel it is more in our wheelhouse and perhaps we'll move along closer to plan!
   The footings,foundation walls,drainage(which needed to depend on a pump),backfilling,gradeing,slab(first and last subcontractor for a spell),waste lines extended,water main extended and hooked-up,foyer floor framed,and the timber sills freshened up and set have got it looking pretty housey!!! We are starting to plan the timber frame phase. First shoehorning all the timbers onto the sight and ordering the assembled bents, the chief logistical issue. Then comes the raising which hopes to include some recruits, can't wait.
The Gods are on are side

Third shift

footings have to be pretty too

Fox Blocks, these became the foundation,lots of rebar

yah,we had some setbacks with rain,who doesn't

we hoped we were ready to pump 14 yds into the legos

nobody want to depend on a sump, but!

weez always dresses the part

Beans & Franks

It'll have heat,sewer,running water an everything

golly gee it was swell watching someone else work for a change

couldn't believe the cut line had to go there

water main active did feel like progress

Backfill,sills,moving on up
   Then we move toward winter in a race to get the bones skinned and snugged up.

July 11, 2012

Morning..... We finally drove the big green machine down Cliff ave. The Scene has been set for a foundation under the Timber frame!!! Bruce worked as hard as one can to get the hole dug...battling through lots of rock and ledge that simply would not break up!! Four weeks later... we are ready for gravel, forms, and rebar. Its been a trying part of the project, but now that's its doneBruce feels like a new man!! And I'm excited to jump back in and move some gravel. We Keep looking ahead to the raising.... knowing that this is the carrot we are shooting for. We treated ourselves to a wonderful day off yesterday. We hiked around Wolfe Neck's Farm and than proceeded down many back roads to get to Cundy's harbor for fish and chips and a cold beer. We truly live in an amazing place!!

June 15, 2012

diggen for gold.....

Greetings all Cabin followers..... 

         A quick up date of the job sight. We began digging for the foundation about a week ago. Rented a large tractor with a 1500lb. hammer drill on one end. Bruce has been comfortably hammering out our ledge in a protected, some what air conditioned wheel house. He has proven to be an amazing rock digger!!! He takes on projects with ease....stays focused, barely stops for food or water...digs till I kick him off at 8:00pm....trying to keep the neighbors on our side (may have to throw everyone a little note to say thanks for their patience during this very noisy endeavor. With lots of success coupled with some harder rock that may not give way... which could change our design in the studio apartment area, will have better idea by the end of today. In any event it looks like  we will have the machine for another week!!  
We found an amazing green, beautifully shaped bottle, in perfect condition. We will research to see what it was used for at some point. Mean while Marley and I wear ear protection and go about our business on the sight. I am busy with some timber work that was left over from last year. Mostly small timbers that are easily movable with out the tractor. Marley moves with ease around finding that perfectly shaded or sunny spot that suits her fancy.  I was able to groom her in between some timber work. So all is going great at the Cabin Lives on sight!! Still looking for a new name for the sight. Since their is not a cabin any longer hard to say meet me at the Cabin.... Sweetheart..... Any ideas gladly welcomed!!  Stay tuned and take care!!!     Weezie

May 22, 2012

Really started , it's great

   We had quite a bit of fun getting the cabin down and the Crowley's hauled it to the new resting place on runaround pond. Weezie an I tidied up the site, cut down and got rid some trees and brush. We pushed the shed to the back limit, crowded in our tools and crap around it and set up a little cowboy kitchen. We're there most of our days there so we had to nest a bit! 

   The floor frame sections were first up and with some puzzling and the helpful hydraulics of the tractor(silky smooth) we got'em done and stacked waiting for the crane. Now we are on to the last few smallish timbers, set those off to side and then the digging begins in a couple a weeks!

March 23, 2012

The Cabin actually Lives On

Louise and Bruce have been working behind the scenes to kick this project into gear. Well that has paid off and have strung a number of events out over six months. Sold Wilton Lane for a tidy profit to a great young couple looking for a quiet neighborhood. Moved out of there with multiple landing spots, timbers hauled to a boatyard covered in rubber to winter, the American solution of self storage absorbed a chunk, the Bruce McCarthys volunteered some backyard for the outdoor type overflow,the dump and goodwill were visited plenty, and the critters came with us and the prized possessions to the cozy cabin where we enjoyed the easy winter ever!
  Now we are on the final approach as our appraisals are in, building permit in hand, and the bank still is telling us promising things to the point that we went ahead and had the big ass pine tree taken and put power from the house to a temporary pole. We spent our first nite with cooking on the grill and stepping over extension cords. 
   We are hoping the next few days bring news of a closing date and Bob Crowley showing up with his nail puller and some willing assistants to take the cabin to it's new life as a ranger station at their new yurt camping venture.
   Good luck to them,Us, and thanks to Jeff Croft for putting Bob onto us.    STAY TUNED

there she is

there she is