Finish out update

October 28, 2018 Blog  No comments

Front Door

Petrified Wood Sink

Shower

Raw Black Walnut for the counter tops  

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Dryed in, Finish-Out started

June 17, 2018 Blog  No comments

We now have the roof on.  It was quite difficult because my harness was made to catch you in the event of a fall.  The clip was designed to be in the back.  Notice the belt on my back to hold the harness together.  We had to retrofit it backwards so we could repel down the roof and pre-drill the holes and then screw it down.  In order to do this you had to support your weight with one arm while you worked with the other.

Skylight installed.  I only cut my forearm once on the edge of the roof getting it to the top.  #superglue

Interior after sheet rock, texture, paint, and fixtures.

Interior looking over the deck to the view.

Kitchen, Bar area, and front door.

This is a sink I found for the bathroom.  It carved out of a petrified wood tree log.  It is stunning.

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Dry in push continues

April 22, 2018 Blog  No comments

We have worked to get the electrical, plumbing and ceiling tongue and groove installed.

Framing of the huge back deck.

 

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Final Push to Dry-In

March 22, 2018 Blog  No comments

The last several weeks have been spend dealing with the tail end of winter and the nationwide flu epidemic.  Fortunately, neither Melissa nor I were recipients of the viral gift.  Most of the inclement days were spent putting together ceiling pies (as we call them).  Our first cabin ceiling was constructed by measuring and cutting the 1 x 6 tongue and groove ceiling one piece at a time.  It took 5 people 8 days to complete the ceiling.  This time we purchased some 1/4″ OSB and attached the 1×8″ tongue and groove board to the sheets and cut wedges.  This produced a wedge which was comprised of 3 sections for each opening in the rafters.  We are in the process of lightly sanding the pies and applying a very light stain to seal the wood and bring out the natural grain of the wood.

The rest...

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Raise the ROOF!

February 11, 2018 Blog  No comments

Winter has arrived.  And with it comes the inevitable construction delays.

After the wall were erected on Yurt 1, it was time to raise the Roof.  First step was to calculate the height and positioning of the center compression ring.  Once the calculations were complete, checked and rechecked, it was time to construct the stand on which the compression ring would sit.  After it was build, Gator and I had to figure out how to get the stand on top of the scaffolding.  After a couple failed plans and near drops or falls, we finally succeeded. 

Next we had to get the compression ring on top of the 14′ 7″ stand. HUM?  For this we had to bring in some additional muscle.  Much like the stand, several attempts were made using a pulley system to no avail...

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Walls Up…. One long day.

December 18, 2017 Blog  One comment

Deck is ready for the Walls

Deck is ready for the Walls

Foremen Keeping a Watchful Eye on the Quality.

Foremen Keeping a Watchful Eye on the Quality.

Walls are Complete

Walls are Complete

 

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Wall Panels, Window Panels, Door Panels, Oh My!

November 19, 2017 Blog  No comments

During the inclement days the 20 wall panels are being fabricated.  The sides of each panel is cut at a 9 degree angle to account for the curvature of the yurt.  We are doing 4 picture windows (3.5 feet by 6 feet tall) and a double hung window in the bedroom, bathroom and the kitchen.  So we have 7 window panels, 1 door panel and 12 solid panels.

Fixed Window Panel

Fixed Window Panel

Prepping wall panel with outer cedar cut with tongue and V grove underneath.

Prepping wall panel with outer cedar cut with tongue and V grove underneath.

JT adding the western cedar outer sheathing.

JT adding the western cedar outer sheathing.

Notice the bottom cedar sheathing has 2 finish screws on each side.  This is so that after the panels are set, the piece can be removed so flashing can be installed so water will not wick up the panels.

 

Finished Solid Wall Panel

Finished Solid Wall Panel

Window Panel

Window Panel

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Getting the Deck Up

November 19, 2017 Blog  No comments

Setting the vertical piers and bracing them for the runners.

Setting the vertical piers and bracing them for the runners.

After the pads were poured and cured.  An 8″ double galvanized pin was countersunk into the pad and the bottom of the treated 8×8 pier.  These were plumbed and braced.  Dual 2×12 runners were attached to the piers from front to back.  Then the 2×10 floor joists were attached to the runners on 16 in centers.

Transformer set and hot.Meter base wired and set. Ready for service.

Runners on Pad Site 2

Floor Joists on Pad 2

Floor Joists on Pad 1

During this time Buck trenched and set the conduit for the electrical and the water to the end of the ridge.  Two more transformer pads were built for the future “family cabin”. 

Meter base wired and set. Ready for service.

Meter base wired and set. Ready for service.

Transformer set and hot.

Transformer set and hot. We got the power!

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Double Your Fun ….

November 19, 2017 Blog  No comments

Finally, work has been done on building 2 new yurts.  These yurts will be 25″ across and be about 475 sq feet of living space.  This time around we decided to buy 2 roof kits as opposed to the complete kit.  By purchasing on the roof kits only, we could get 2 delivered on one truck saving in shipping.  Also, I had to buy 2 roof kits to get the roof metal in any color other than silver.  We received the roof kits in April of this year.  We then had to save up some “scratch” and wait for my helpers Gator and JT to free up from previous commitments.

This is pad site 2 before any dirt work had been done.

I had Buck put in a circular drive and pad sites for both pad 1 and pad 2.

This is pad 1 when finished.

Pad Site 2

Pad Site 2

We then had to start laying out the pads for the piers and start the monum...

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Cordwood Prep

January 1, 2017 Blog  No comments

Last summer we purchased a large number of Eastern Cedar tree tops (about 140).  We removed the limbs and used a high power pressure washer with an oscillating nozzle to remove the bark.

After the power washing was done, the logs were carefully cut to 16 inch length.

Then the larger logs were split to help speed up the drying process.

We then stacked the wood to dry. (About 9 cords)

 

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