With the house finally buttoned in, I started on the interior. First thing I wanted to do is figure out where the wood burning stove would penetrate the roof. The wood stove is an integral part of the kitchen in … Continue reading Framing begins
I finished chinking. Yay. That was awful. The only thing left was a few knick-knacks to weatherize the whole thing. Bird Blocks We did a compound cap log on both sides of the house. These are the wall logs that the rafters rest on, and they hang way out over the corners to support the roof – which hangs almost 8′ on both ends past the log walls on the gable ends, and 4′ on the eave ends. This is the way to stop rain from getting on your logs – huge roof overhangs. I didn’t have any 60′ logs … Continue reading Buttoning up leaks
It doesn’t seem like much has changed, but not having the windows in was preventing me from “weatherizing” the cabin. With the windows in, I know where to put the insulation, nails, and chinking. We can also think about permanent … Continue reading All windows are in!
No, it’s not a typo: I have the second floor (just the floor) installed. Relax, Ivan…. Installing the boards was fairly easy until I reached the back wall, then it got extremely difficult. For one thing, the log is very … Continue reading Another small milestone: Second floor floor installed
I haven’t updated in a few weeks – mostly because there’s not just “one thing” to write about. How about a mishmash post, then? 2nd floor The second floor continues to progress, slowly. The price of lumber isn’t helping. I … Continue reading The way things are going
With the windows and doors almost all installed, we decided to change gears and close in the gables. This part of the house is not structural, so I have more leeway with how to do it. I still used 16″ centers for my framing, though. I decided to frame it in with 2×6’s, since I had almost all the lumber I needed for free from when I was working on the roof and a guy just wanted to get rid of them. The biggest challenge was getting it all up there. My 24′ ladder only reaches the top of the … Continue reading Closing in the Gables – Part 1: Framing and sheathing
This is a follow-up post on building your own exterior doors, which was covered in my last post. Building doors is a satisfying project. It can be tedious and sometimes stressful, but only in the sense that you want to make sure things are exact. If done correctly, the end result will bring you satisfaction for years to come. In this post, I’ll discuss installing doors in door frames and some issues we ran into with hardware for custom doors. Door Frames A lot of videos I watched on door frames made it seem complicated. None of them covered exactly … Continue reading Installing Exterior Doors
The Setup We’ll have three exterior doors. The first one is on the actual back side of the house. We wanted a door with a large window in it so plenty of light can come into the house, and also so we can look out into the backyard. The next one will be on the side of the house in the kitchen. This will be a utility entrance – pull into the carport, drag all the groceries out of the car and use this entrance to bring things into the kitchen. The front door will be the formal entrance. Use … Continue reading First Exterior Door Frame