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Rinse and Repeat…..Opportunity is knocking!

March 9, 2016 Blog  No comments

Planning is now in full swing for our next cabin.  We have an agreement with an industry expert and author of Cordwood Construction: Best Practices, Richard Flatau, to host a building workshop at Eureka Yurts and Cabins here in Eureka Springs Arkansas.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn (hands-on) about Cordwood construction from one of the worlds foremost authority on the subject.

This workshop will be held on September 9th, 10th, and 11th.  Here are the links to register:

http://cordwoodconstruction.org/img/Cordwood_Workshops_2016.pdf

http://cordwoodconstruction.org/img/Cordwood_Workshop_Registration_Template2016.docx

This workshop will fill up fast.  Don’t miss this OPPORTUNITY to be apart of Eureka Yurts and Cabins!

I have an agreement with a local family to clear 4...

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Wrap, Wrap, Wrap it up….

February 29, 2016 Blog  No comments

Well, winter has come and is giving way to the early reaches of spring.  The trees are starting to bud, and we are putting the final touches on the yurt.  The windows have been trimmed out.  The in-wall internet has be fully installed and tested.  The kitchen received its final monster cabinet, counter tops and back-splash.

Trim-out.

I was having a problem trimming out the windows because there was a bend between adjacent windows where the panels met.  After going over some of the possible solutions.  My neighbor Terry suggested to use all the scraps to create a butcher block pattern that could follow the contour.  So, that is what I did.  Here is the final result.

Trim Detail 2

Trim Detail 2

Trim Detail 3

Trim Detail 3

Trim detail

Trim detail

Also, while I was in the “Use all your scraps” mindset, I decided to use the f...

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Visit, Learn, and Get Involved

December 25, 2015 Blog  No comments

I am very excited to announce our first building workshop.  We are preparing 3 new building sites for construction.  In order to make it more economical, we are in the process of saving for 2 or more 25′ yurts.  We have to buy in bulk to get the green roof and to cut down on the astronomical shipping cost.

So, in the meantime, we have reached an agreement with one of the worlds leading authority on Cord Wood construction to host a hands on workshop here at Eureka Yurts in Eureka Springs Arkansas.  Richard Flatau will be hosting the workshop.  Space is limited and these usually fill very quickly.

Here is the Workshop schedule from Richard’s web site CordWoodConstruction.org.

If your not familiar with Cordwood construction, check this out! facebook.com/cordwoodconstruction

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Play ON!

December 19, 2015 Blog  One comment

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It has been quite an adjustment moving from a 2900 sq foot suburban home with 2.5 car garage, fenced backyard with a dog run, outdoor kitchen and sports court to 930 sq ft self built cabin.  The things I miss?  GARAGE! Holy Moly, I have forgotten how much nice it was to have a simple garage.  Also, miss a guest bedroom, fenced yard, and my favorite Chinese take out.

Well, one problem solved!

Having 3 Great Pyrenees, it is quite a chore to walk them 4 times a day.  Rain, sleet, or snow, they need to exercise and do their business.   And their ‘business’ can really pile up!

So the requirements:

Goal 1: Safe and Secure, Always, Always.

Goal 2: Low/No maintenance...

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Summer, come and gone. Whaaat???

October 20, 2015 Blog  3 comments

How time flys when your having fun.  Could not be more true this summer.  The first summer in Arkansas has been Awesome.  The weather has been superb.  With average highs of 90 and average lows of 68, I thought I was living in southern California.  The lake water temperature was in the low 80’s for most of the summer.

I picked up a little fishing boat a couple months ago, and Melissa and I have embarked on learning fresh water and trout fishing.  skifGrowing up on the coast of Mississippi, I spent my entire life fishing salt water.  Fishing the Arkansas lakes and rivers is a completely different animal.  But with the tutoriage from my avid fishing buddy Mike, we have had some moderate success.

Walleyes

Lunch Break

We often slip away at lunch for a bite and a couple casts.

Cabin Update

The deck is finally ...

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Spring has sprung

May 5, 2015 Blog  One comment

Spring is in the air and the Dogwoods, Palumbos and Locust Trees are putting on a show.

 

Dogwood

Dogwood

The Deck is complete.  Here are some of the pictures.

Right Side Of Deck

Right Side Of Deck

Right Side Of Deck

Right Side Of Deck

Left Side Of Deck

Left Side Of Deck

Bear Relaxing On The Deck

Bear Relaxing On The Deck

I also installed the Sconces in the living room.

Sconce

 

Sconces

 

Next big projects, Yard for the dogs and Fishing!

 

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Every Guy Wants a Big Deck!

April 12, 2015 Blog  No comments

Realization: “It is fun to move to a much bigger house.  It is the opposite of fun to move to a smaller house.”

Well currently, our yurt looks like you opened the roof like a stein, poured 1.5 box trucks full of our possessions inside and closed the lid.

Space Is At A Premium

Space Is At A Premium

But this is the Payoff.

Sunrise Out Bedroom Window

Sunrise Out Bedroom Window

Better Than An Alarm Clock

Better Than An Alarm Clock

Back Deck View

Back Deck View

Over the last week there has been a lot of organization, spring cleaning, and of course Spring!  And with the glorious emergence of spring, comes focus of a Big Deck!  Our original order was for 1080 sq ft of decking.  But, that did not cut it.  Looks, like the deck will finish out about 1150 sq ft.  This is essentially going to be our back yard due to our goal of No/Low maintenance.

Back Of Deck 50ft

Back Of Deck 50ft

West Side With Lookout

Wes...

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More Finish Out, How Did We Get All This Stuff ???

April 7, 2015 Blog  2 comments

Ok, the plan was to quickly weed out the Junk, separate the stuff that we want to leave behind that we think we may need in the future for the next cabins. (Move Out)  Pack and move the rest to the cabin. (Move In)  Keep the stuff in the cabins we will use and store the rest in temporary storage until needed. (Move Out).  Luckily, I have a brilliant woodworker and builder, and now treasured friend in Bob Willmeth.  He has blessed me with very kind offer let me store some of my stuff temporarily at his wood working shop on Holiday Island.

When giving my 45 day notice, it serendipitously landed on March 13th.  Well, that means our official first day of official permanent residency in Arkansas is March 14, (PI day), which is also my birthday…. How cool is that birthday present???

Only on...

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Finish out begins.

March 1, 2015 Blog  No comments

With the water and electrical infrastructure in place, and the walls, electrical, and plumbing installed. It is now time to start the interior finish out. We have installed green certified sheet rock. We hand cut all the joints and electrical box openings. We also applied the skip trowel texture entirely by hand. Our choice of paint was the same low VOC paint we used in our last house. Its something we could both agree on.

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Sunrise

Sunrise

living room from office

living room from office

Bear loves the shower before the water is connected

Bear loves the shower before the water is connected

Paint going on in the bedroom

Paint going on in the bedroom

Bedroom

Water Heater

Water Heater

Office living room

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Move in Date March 14

February 18, 2015 Blog  No comments

First things first.  I wanted to apologize for the delay in posting updates.  It has been very hectic with the new family member (Bella – “The Puppy”), work, planning, construction, blah, blah, blah…… Anyway, my goal is to have updates at least once a week.  Also, I wanted to thank all the followers and subscribers.  BTW you can register and get update alerts here http://eurekayurts.com/wp-login.php?action=register .

Where to start?  Well there has been a lot of progress over the past 2 months.  Bob, along with his sidekick Luis and two of his friends Vicente and Jose installed the metal roof and skylight.

Yurt Half RoofWith the Yurt completely dried in, I started preparation to move in full time.

Packing For Move

This is a picture of the box truck packed with my “necessities” . Bed, Fridge, Couch and TV….

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