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« Reply #275 on: October 01, 2012, 01:25:10 PM »
spectacular job on the railings. What dimension are your uprights? did you just use rebar?

Thanks everyone :)

Colchester, we used the left over D-logs that we used to trim around our windows and doors on the outside, they are 4 x 6, the balusters are the regular black pipe spindles and we bought those at Menards, we wanted to match the spiral stairs.

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« Reply #276 on: October 14, 2012, 02:37:38 PM »
This weekend was spent doing some small jobs.  We have most of the major interior things done now.  Here are some of the things we did this weekend......

Finished all of the trim work.






Built doors over the electrical box and the water heater....


Here's a view of the loft, with the new railing




The new lights working above the kitchen


Installed a bar inside the bedroom closet.


Cabin in the fall.

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« Reply #277 on: October 14, 2012, 03:27:20 PM »
You've done a nice job.  Looks real comfortable.   :)

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« Reply #278 on: October 14, 2012, 04:30:25 PM »
Congrats! its looking very good!   [cool]
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« Reply #279 on: October 16, 2012, 09:00:30 AM »
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« Reply #280 on: October 21, 2012, 03:24:41 PM »
The fall colors are beautiful right now.  The weather was great this weekend and gave us a chance to catch up on some much needed outdoor work.  We started by cleaning up dead trees and splitting wood to burn in our fire pit.  We also built a ski and snowboard rack and a small wood rack below the porch for our wood stove. 







Inside, we installed the closet lights (hall and bedroom) and started work on the drawers for the bedroom closet.







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« Reply #281 on: October 28, 2012, 02:50:16 PM »
We finished the drawers in the bedroom closet this weekend. 

We're just taking it easy these days, taking time to relax and enjoy the cabin after all the hard work we've put in the past two years.  Every time we walk in the door we can't stop smiling, we still find it hard to believe that our dream cabin actually exists and it's not just something we hope to someday have, it's here!!

The closet drawers




Closet shelf




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« Reply #282 on: November 13, 2012, 12:13:36 PM »
Mogie, O have followed your build from the beginning since I am also in Mi. But was it easy for you to get approvals for owner-built home in your area? And permits signed off on when needed? We are looking at building in the UP.

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« Reply #283 on: November 13, 2012, 12:30:14 PM »
Oh, and your home is FANTASTIC!!!!!! I wish I could build something so nice, you and your husband have something to be very proud of, I hope your entire family enjoys it.

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« Reply #284 on: November 13, 2012, 04:22:22 PM »
Mogie, O have followed your build from the beginning since I am also in Mi. But was it easy for you to get approvals for owner-built home in your area? And permits signed off on when needed? We are looking at building in the UP.

Thanks for the kind words small cabin dreamer.  Michigan does not require an owner-builder to have any type of license. We submitted hand drawn plans with no problem. The inspectors were very good to work with and helpful with questions. I would imagine the UP to be similar to northern MI.

My husband is quite the handyman but this was the first time we ever attempted to do anything like this.  Before starting any work he spent a lot of time researching, either by reading books or on the internet, youtube has a lot of helpful videos too.  I must admit that after all of this I've become quite handy with a saw myself :)

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« Reply #285 on: November 18, 2012, 06:03:05 PM »
This weekend was spent getting the spare room ready, some tidying up and some holiday decorating :)

One of our new dressers


The second dresser


The bedroom

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« Reply #286 on: November 25, 2012, 03:07:43 PM »
We went up to the cabin Friday morning, it was nice being able to spend a little extra time up there, even if it was only one extra day.  We built a headboard for the downstairs bed, finished the bedroom closet and installed a small tv - your room's all ready for your mom, see you in a few weeks!! 

The new headboard


The finished bedroom




The finished bedroom closet


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« Reply #287 on: November 25, 2012, 03:29:54 PM »
Very nice finishing touches to the bedroom!


I'd like to interject an opinion that not all may agree with. Here in the SW we may have a greater sense of wildfire danger than those in wetter parts of the country. We have first hand experience with the ferocity of a woodpile ignited by a wildfire. We are pleased it was 50 feet away from the cabin rather than under it. The hotshot crews we spoke with during last years nearby fire agree. Just a thought that may or may not be appropriate to your area.
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« Reply #288 on: November 25, 2012, 08:11:55 PM »
HI - Love your place.  I am starting to draw (again?) some plans for my future cabin.  I am starting off with your basic plans.... one question so far. Where do you eat?  I don't see an eating space (table, counter top/bar) anywhere in your plans nor photos...

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« Reply #289 on: November 26, 2012, 04:00:30 PM »
HI - Love your place.  I am starting to draw (again?) some plans for my future cabin.  I am starting off with your basic plans.... one question so far. Where do you eat?  I don't see an eating space (table, counter top/bar) anywhere in your plans nor photos...

thanks

Thanks duncanshannon, the corner area, next to the sliders, would be a large enough space for a 4-person dinette set.  We have a small desk in that area but honestly, we find it easier just to sit with a plate of food on our laps, very laid-back :)

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« Reply #290 on: December 02, 2012, 04:29:21 PM »
This weekend we built a corner unit for the tv and dvd player, now we don't have to look at all the wires hanging down and it gives us more storage.  We also finished the outside ski and snowboard storage box.  We added a couple of potted trees to the porch and plan on planting these in the spring when the ground thaws.  Only a few more little things left to do inside the cabin. 

corner unit
 

one of our new trees


ski and snowboard storage




Our cabin christmas tree


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« Reply #291 on: December 03, 2012, 11:29:51 AM »
Would you mind sharing how much you spent getting dried in?  I'm thinking foundation, up thru siding, windows, roof etc.  Excluding land and any interior work.  Bonus points for itemizing a bit!

thanks!

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« Reply #292 on: December 03, 2012, 02:23:12 PM »
Love the place!!!

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« Reply #293 on: December 04, 2012, 08:55:20 AM »
Would you mind sharing how much you spent getting dried in?  I'm thinking foundation, up thru siding, windows, roof etc.  Excluding land and any interior work.  Bonus points for itemizing a bit!

Duncan, I had my husband come up with the list for you.  As I mentioned there were a lot of items we didn't skimp on.

Land clearing, foundation, well and septic - $11,000
framing package ( that included using 2x6 walls, 2x10 rafters, sheathing and 1" foam board - $8,000
roofing - $1,700 (16 squares)
insulation - $4,000 (icynene insulation in rafters - 8" thick; blown-in filled wall cavities and crawl space between floor joists on the exterior walls), we also put 2" foam board on crawlspace walls.
siding - $9,000 (included 2x8 hand-hewn cedar siding, 4x6 D-log trim, 12' cedar corner logs)
$3,000 - porch - posts, rails and decking - all cedar
$5,000 - windows (8 windows, 1 slider by Pella)

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« Reply #294 on: December 05, 2012, 04:51:46 PM »
Very nice finishing touches to the bedroom!


I'd like to interject an opinion that not all may agree with. Here in the SW we may have a greater sense of wildfire danger than those in wetter parts of the country. We have first hand experience with the ferocity of a woodpile ignited by a wildfire. We are pleased it was 50 feet away from the cabin rather than under it. The hotshot crews we spoke with during last years nearby fire agree. Just a thought that may or may not be appropriate to your area.

I was also a little concerned about firewood storage under the cabin.  I have heard it is a common way for termites, carpenter ants, and the like to find their way into a structure. 
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« Reply #295 on: December 06, 2012, 05:13:48 AM »
A BEAUTIFUL build, tastefully done and just a joy to see. I've followed from the first post - a wonderful and truly inspiring job you have done.
I'm UP bound and intend to use your home as my model to work off of.
Just impressive as he!! is all I can say . ;D

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« Reply #296 on: December 07, 2012, 01:53:03 PM »
I was also a little concerned about firewood storage under the cabin.  I have heard it is a common way for termites, carpenter ants, and the like to find their way into a structure.

Next year we plan on doing the riverrock around the foundation and posts under the porch so we will be moving the wood then.  Thanks for the warning, I have also heard that wood piles bring pests. 

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« Reply #297 on: December 07, 2012, 01:55:16 PM »
A BEAUTIFUL build, tastefully done and just a joy to see. I've followed from the first post - a wonderful and truly inspiring job you have done.
I'm UP bound and intend to use your home as my model to work off of.
Just impressive as he!! is all I can say . ;D

Thanks for the lovely compliments BenB, we'll be sure to follow your progress.  Best of luck :)

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« Reply #298 on: December 18, 2012, 02:39:17 PM »
A few additions to the cabin....  (I forgot my camera and had to use my phone, sorry for the picture quality)

Our new stove and microwave




some new decor in the livingroom


Our sign


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« Reply #299 on: December 18, 2012, 04:18:45 PM »
looks great guys.

 

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