Over the last two weekends we got all the trees cleared from the cabin site, all the logs skidded to the landing, piled and burned all the slash. Winter is fast approaching so glad to get that all done! We met with the excavation contractor last weekend. It is too muddy now to do the road work and cabin leveling, so that will wait until next May.
Picture of the cleared cabin site. The cabin will go in the right half of the picture. The left half of the picture will be the turn around for the driveway. The site is on a 15-20% slope. I have gone around and around on whether to level the site or dig a foundation into the hill for a walk out. In the end (unless i change my mind again over the winter) I decided it would be cheaper and easier to have the cabin site leveled and I worry that a cement truck would not be able to get into our site. It is only going to cost $750 to have the stumps removed and site leveled.
This picture is taken standing in our future "driveway". We have to put in about 1,000 feet of road and one culvert. Luckily we have great fractured rock on the property so we should be able to rock the road with on-site rock. Cost of road and culvert install $2,500.
Culvert and road will go between the two pines in the center of the picture.
Log deck of trees removed from the cabin site. Will have our contractor deck them nicer next spring for the sawmill.
Burned about 30 slash piles. That is always fun but it is ironic that hundreds of hours of work go up in smoke in only a couple hours.