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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #60 on: February 20, 2011, 05:55:16 PM »
This is a great thread KY!  I think that is an ideal small cabin design.  Small, simple and great looking... I bet it'll warm up nicely next winter with the wood stove roaring.

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #61 on: February 21, 2011, 08:44:03 PM »
Thanks yall, I have to keep posting here for motivation.  I feel like its coming along at a crawl.  My work crew (my wife, mom, dad and son) are starting to rebel against my impatient nature!

J

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #62 on: February 22, 2011, 07:53:57 AM »
Thanks yall, I have to keep posting here for motivation.  I feel like its coming along at a crawl.  My work crew (my wife, mom, dad and son) are starting to rebel against my impatient nature!

I hate when that happens!  :D

Great work on the cabin! Do you have plans for water catchment when you put up the gutters and downspouts?

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #63 on: March 15, 2011, 02:42:50 PM »
Thanks yall, I have to keep posting here for motivation...

OK, here's a bee in your bonnet to get cracking and give us more updates - we need the day-dream material. :D

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #64 on: March 15, 2011, 02:49:39 PM »
Yep, Looking forward to more pics  ;D . LOL

By the way, thats a great new Avatar with you and your son.  Anyplace famous, or just a cool rock outcrop out your back door somewhere?


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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #65 on: March 18, 2011, 10:02:11 PM »
@Nico - sorry it took me so long to answer.  Yeah I plan to put on gutters and catch the rain.  I've got plans to drive a sandpoint well also.  Depending on how well that works I may have two sources of water!  LOL

@Doc - it's Natural Bridge State park in Eastern KY.  Very cool place.  My son and I nearly ran all the way up the side of the mountain.

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #66 on: March 18, 2011, 10:26:15 PM »
New updates.  Very profound this time.  It is nearing completion fast. 

Thursday I took off work and drove down early.  Dad and a helper framed the last wall on the outside (the eave over the porch).  I framed the last window opening (the 20" octagon in the large loft (its not installed yet).  Then my mom and my dad's helper handed us up sheets of precut OSB up the ladders and we nailed it to the eaves.  It was not an easy task at all.  My back around my neck is telling me so.

Then we cut out the Tyvex for the door openings and my mom and I placed the doors in and we nailed them into place. 

Writing that took about 2 minutes.  The total of above took about 4 hours.

I planted a bamboo rhizome I stole from a local park.   ;)  Stuck some grape cuttings and raspberry cuttings in the ground that I had left over.  No loss there. 

Checked on the apple trees, fig tree, plum tree, grape vines, pawpaws, pecans and blackberries.  All were doing well.  Moved the beehive to its final resting spot.  The bees arrive in April. 

After my help left I installed the door knobs and deadbolts.  For a moment I contemplated spending the night there and sleeping on the floor (I had my BoB with me so it would not have been tough), but my wife is insistent that the whole family stays the first night (and on a mattress I might add!). 

I spent the rest of that day until sundown moving brush and trees from the ditch next to the cabin and further into the woods.

Friday morning I woke up and went and loaded up some reclaimed treated 2x8's and headed back.  Here's what I had to contend with distracting me from my tasks.  I used to have to drive by this going to work.  I must not have been a very good employee.



Got back to the cabin and shot screws into the doors and the framing (had to buy screws the previous night).  Then I got to work building a hugelkultur bed/terrace thing.  I did a complete video on that I'll be posting on The Horticultural Engineer and SSG later this week.  It was not an easy task. I'm out of breath constantly in the video. 

I also went down to the lake.  This is the picture from my property line.



Kentucky Lake is already well above summer pool.  About 10 more degrees and I'd be bass fishing!



I finished by hugelkultur bed, planted a blueberry bush into the bed even though I know darn well the bed is supposed to rest and will settle.  Mom is going back over this weekend and is going to fill in more of the bed or any that sinks.  I also planted a second fig tree.

Here's the total result.  It doesn't look a ton different but its all closed in now!




Here's one with the hugelkultur bed in the bottom RH corner.



Leaving was tough.  I wanted to stay BADLY.  It was 70 degrees plus both days and the forest felt like home.

I was reminded of a passage in Ayn Rand's Anthem (oddly enough, not Atlas Shrugged):

I am. I think. I will.

My hands . . . My spirit . . . My sky . . . My forest . . . This earth of mine. . . .

What must I say besides? These are the words. This is the answer.

I stand here on the summit of the mountain. I lift my head and I spread my arms. This, my body and spirit, this is the end of the quest. I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning. I wished to find a warrant for being. I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.

It is my eyes which see, and the sight of my eyes grants beauty to the earth. It is my ears which hear, and the hearing of my ears gives its song to the world. It is my mind which thinks, and the judgment of my mind is the only searchlight that can find the truth. It is my will which chooses, and the choice of my will is the only edict I must respect.

Many words have been granted me, and some are wise, and some are false, but only three are holy: "I will it!"

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #67 on: March 19, 2011, 08:50:57 AM »
Looking good!!!
The fruits of your labor a soon to ripen
Keep up the good work
just a little longer

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #68 on: March 19, 2011, 09:15:04 AM »
Good work. 

Also, I understand.  Quite a feeling as visions become reality eh?


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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #69 on: March 19, 2011, 09:41:49 AM »
Really very nice!

If you need a little help I might be able to come out, ah, for, ah, a week or two!    ::)
Just kidding, very jealous! 

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #70 on: March 19, 2011, 11:53:39 PM »
looking really good.   :popcorn:

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #71 on: March 21, 2011, 08:33:16 PM »
Thanks all!

Geoffreys-be careful with offers of help!  LOL

J

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #72 on: April 05, 2011, 09:07:02 PM »


This is what we got done last weekend.  My wife and I worked on the siding for basically sunup to sundown on Saturday (along with watching my son enjoy the forest).  Then we worked for another four hours on Sunday.  We got all the siding done except for the eaves which we didn't have an ext ladder to get to.  A few notes:

Some people at Lowes are freakin idiots.  I asked for drip rail to set the panelling on and to funnel water away and they acted like I was making up some new invention.  GEESH. 

I didn't want to go with smartpanel siding at first.  I mean it is rot and termite resistant.  I originally wanted these milled yellow pine 2x8s rounded to look like logs.  But after seeing how they age withouth treatment I did not appreciate that aesthetic.  After I put one of these panels on I was impressed.  That was good because everytime I went back to Lowes I got 10 bucks off my order.  So I went four time and the fourth time I got a plum tree for 14 bucks. 

My wife performed wonderfully.  The only thing that worked better than her was my dad's Paslode.  Buy stock in that company.  A nail gun that requires no hose or cords.  I carried it up the ladder and angled it, hitting studs nearly everytime.  It was a wonder.  My wife was ok too.

I planted soooo much stuff. 

One side plot that had a pecan got a Russian mulberry in front of it, a fig in front of that, a bush cherry in front of that and then a Arapaho blackberry in front of that.

The next side with my apple trees (which are doing extraordinary by the way) got a front of one of my concord vines I started from cutting.  When I pulled it out of the pot (a cup) I was astonished at the root growth.  I put another Arapaho nearby to form my grape/blackberry guild.  A little distance off from that in the shade of the woods I put a red lake currant.

On the driveway side opposite the first plot I put my two hazelnut bushes. 

The blueberry bush I put in the hugelkultur bed underneath that deadly deadly pine tree (I documented that at my youtube channel) not only survived but was exploding with blooms.  I put six strawberries in the bed as well, just to tempt fate. 

I planted the Methley plum I bought on Saturday evening next to my bamboo.  I’m building a whole zen thing down there in that little valley.  I’m hoping the bamboo takes off.  I need another plum there to pollinate.  I also plan to put another fig tree (my third there) or two.  Then I’m going to do a whole rock thing down there with some large lake rocks and maybe build a little teahouse to go down and meditate.

Man, so many plans.  I’m thinking about a pond next to the cabin in the little ditch.  I fell in the lake trying to get clean up on Sunday.  I had to laugh at myself. 

Too much to do!

J






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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #73 on: April 05, 2011, 09:30:09 PM »
Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration.

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #74 on: April 05, 2011, 09:49:44 PM »
Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration.

There is a strange paradox in your statement.   ;D

Thank you for the inspiration!

J

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #75 on: April 05, 2011, 09:53:54 PM »
Well, it inspires me because you are able to get to your place and work on it. Right now, I'm undergoing a lot of anxiety waiting to sell our house so I can get down east to my sweetie. It's only been listed 6 days and I'm panicking already. LOL!
 
Seeing people like you, doing things like this, gets my focus back to what we're trying to accomplish instead of focusing on how much I miss her right now. We'll get past it and have many weekends like the one you just talked about. So THAT is what is inspiring to me!

Thank God for good folks all over the world who just want an honest decent life. We can inspire each other to that!

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #76 on: April 05, 2011, 10:05:03 PM »
Well, it inspires me because you are able to get to your place and work on it. Right now, I'm undergoing a lot of anxiety waiting to sell our house so I can get down east to my sweetie. It's only been listed 6 days and I'm panicking already. LOL!
 
Seeing people like you, doing things like this, gets my focus back to what we're trying to accomplish instead of focusing on how much I miss her right now. We'll get past it and have many weekends like the one you just talked about. So THAT is what is inspiring to me!

Thank God for good folks all over the world who just want an honest decent life. We can inspire each other to that!

We put our place up back at the first of winter.  Its not looking real promising but I'm hopeful.  I doubt we'll move to the cabin right now but an apartment or rental house 30 minutes away would really be good right about now.

I'm glad its inspiring and I could reciprocate.  Here's to (hopefully) retiring early!

J

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #77 on: April 30, 2011, 08:10:54 PM »
Just letting you know that I'm also keeping tabs on this project. I'm stuck in the 'burbs for a few more years, then I plan on doing something similar to your set up. Keep up the great work, and keep the pics coming. It's like prepper porn lol

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« Reply #78 on: May 01, 2011, 09:03:54 AM »
I just spent most of my morning "computer time" looking through the posts here. I can't get enough! I love how you talk about what you are planting as well as what you're building. Thanks so much for sharing!

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« Reply #79 on: May 01, 2011, 11:49:14 AM »
Thank you both.  I have more updates from yesterday's work.

I hired the contractor I used for the roof for the day.  Call it karma if you want.  I found out that when I hired him for the roof he'd been out of work for about 4 months and really needed the money.  He lamented the fact that yesterday was going to be one of the greatest catfishing days ever on Kentucky Lake since its nearly at record levels.  They will end up bringing the lake to near the 375 foot contour line by the end of the week.  The 375 line contacts my land at one small point.  The good news is that they can't bring it any further than that.  Not by law-the dam spillway is that high and the lake simply can't hold any more water.  Bad news for people north of Kuttawa.  Anyway, enough digression. Jodie-my contactor offered use to borrow his tools, ladders, etc. anytime and charged me a paltry amount for the help.  Plus he's good.




All of the siding is installed!  Also, the octagon window in the loft is set.  I was going to put the channel on for the soffit but there was a bit of disagreement between my advisor (dad) and me so I left that job in his hands!


Talking about the metal trim with Jodie.


I haven't identified this vine.  It looks like some type of honeysuckle.  I'm constantly amazed by the botanical life on this plot of land.


Jackson playing in the dirt.

Well I've decided to eventually add on and make this cabin more habitable.  A large living room with a basement below.  Who knows how I'll accomplish that.  The goal right now is to get it finished so we can start on the next project. 

All of the plants are doing great.  Grapes, apples, bush cherry, hazelnuts, bamboo, plums, blackberries, raspberries, figs, mulberry tree all look great.  The blueberries and strawberries that I planted in my terrace box beneath the pine tree, in a hugelkultur bed full of pine are doing great.  The blueberry bush has about 150 berries on it (green state).  I don't believe the thinking that says pine trees are alleopathic.  I think its the needle mulch that kills the grass.  If you remove it, just about anything will grow there.  Don't believe everything you hear.

J

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #80 on: May 01, 2011, 12:24:47 PM »
As always, fantastic work!!!
Looking great!!!!

Any pics of the hugelkultur bed?

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #81 on: May 01, 2011, 04:36:41 PM »
Your cabin is looking fantastic KY! Great Work!

And thanks for helping a guy who's having a hard time.

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #82 on: May 01, 2011, 05:19:44 PM »
Thanks yall.

Greywolf-I've got pics of the bed a page back.  A complete video of me building it is on my website http://theselfsufficientgardener.com/two-new-videos.  I'll get some better pictures of the bed next time I'm down.

Nico-Glad to help, don't know how but glad.  You'll have to vent on me sometime.

J


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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #83 on: May 01, 2011, 07:41:21 PM »
Thanks for the link!!

I'm not sure why, but that is not what I had envisioned when I thought about hugelkulut.  As soon as I get me a piece of land, I will have to give it a shot.

Keep up the great work

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #84 on: May 01, 2011, 09:30:26 PM »
Thanks for the link!!

I'm not sure why, but that is not what I had envisioned when I thought about hugelkulut.  As soon as I get me a piece of land, I will have to give it a shot.

Keep up the great work

Well I'm bad at following instructions!  LOL

I know normally its thought that the logs are placed on top of the ground and then buried.  I mean technically Hugel means mound.  I've seen people dig a hole and bury them.  I just wanted to take advantage of the water holding properties while utilizing a place on the land that is basically unusable without some sort of terracing/boxing to prevent runoff.  If I built a straight up mound in that hole...well first of all it wouldn't be a mound, and secondly it would all be in Kentucky Lake in a few months. 

J

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #85 on: May 01, 2011, 10:22:03 PM »
i found an interisting video on you tube search (simple solar cabin) on you tube, it might give you some ideas it is very insperational as well and, keep up the work, it looks great !!!!!! Ed

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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #86 on: May 02, 2011, 05:48:11 AM »
The place is just looking incredible.   Amazing work you've done Jason.  Sure hope I get a chance to  visit it someday. 

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« Reply #87 on: May 29, 2011, 09:24:32 PM »
i found an interisting video on you tube search (simple solar cabin) on you tube, it might give you some ideas it is very insperational as well and, keep up the work, it looks great !!!!!! Ed

Ed, I watched his videos.  Actually tried to contact him with no success.  I got a lot of good ideas from his vids.

J

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« Reply #88 on: May 29, 2011, 10:01:22 PM »




Don't feel like I got a lot done but I bought most of the soffit and j mold and aluminum fascia.  Got the one side completely done except for the roof trim which I haven't bought yet.  I also got both of the low sides done with the j mold and soffit.  I had to loosen up the roof metal screws to get that inside so I didn't do it yet.  Mainly because my only ladder there broke with me on it while my wife watched and screamed helpfully.   :'(

I also drew out the circuit map with my dad and put in almost all of the rough-in boxes. 

In worse news, my beehive swarmed.  I thought they had completely left because there was no activity.  I popped open the lid-nothing.  But as soon as I broke apart the bars where the brood was they kind of sent me the message to leave them alone.  I hope they recolonize.  I'm becoming more convinced that beekeeping is an art and not a science. 


Hazelnut


Russian Mulberry


Fig1


Raspberry


Fig2!


Blueberry bush in my hugelbed


Grape


Raspberry


Plum


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Re: Cabin Progression
« Reply #89 on: May 30, 2011, 12:37:22 AM »
Looking good!

Shelter and food. check.