Sunday, February 19, 2012

On We Go...

Moving poles to get ready for the logs

Spray foam insulation & caulk around the bird blocks
Well, I'm pretty satisfied with everything I have gotten done on the cabin in the last couple of weeks...

I'm shooting to get the cypress logs for the house here in March, so I have been getting ready for that. The logs have not been cut yet and it's been raining a lot lately, so I'm praying it will stop raining enough for them to get in there & cut them down!! I rented a forklift to move the telephone poles around that I will use as sacrificial logs to set the cypress on to keep them off the ground. I've also been looking at the house plans, counting exactly how many logs I will need & trying to figure out what I want to rent to unload those trucks! I'll probably be getting 4 truck loads of logs.

In the meantime, I've had a couple of guys who are going to help me build the house that have come on the scene & they are now helping me finish the garage apartment so when the house logs come, we can get to peeling & get prepared to start building the house. A lot of exciting things happening here!

As far as what we have gotten done in the last couple of weeks, we got all of the bird blocks insulated with spray foam & the edges caulked.
Trimming up the bird blocks    

Then we started adding the trim. I have lots of cypress scraps stored from our original load of logs for the garage that Stewart had cut for trim, so I got them stained & Tom put them up.

We got the windows insulated with spray foam & the trim put on and stained. They are looking really good.

Drywall finished, stain glass in

The drywall is finally finished as well & is ready for the earth plaster finish we are about to apply. A HUGE thanks goes out to David & Karen Boswell, who came & spent the weekend with me finishing up the sanding & final coat of mud. One thing about building this cabin, I have met some really special people that I never would have met if I wasn't pursuing this adventure. The drywall looks great!

We also put the stained glass in the bathroom wall & are in the process of getting the mud finished around it. I think it will be a nice touch.

Close up of stain glass in bathroom wall

Lance Boswell did a fantastic job of scribing the drywall to the Ridge pole support log. Thanks Lance!

Just a few pictures of the drywall completed. It's really starting to feel like a cabin. Won't be long now until it's finished. It's so awesome to see the end in sight!

Check out the tile in the shower. I'm pretty stoked about this. I was thinking it was time to pick out some tile for the shower one day & as I was walking up the driveway I remembered that 4 or 5 years ago Stewart got a big thing of used travertine tile off Craig's List for free. It had been sitting in the woods on the property that whole time. I went over to check it out & I love it! I think it's going to work perfect. One of my guys Glean started setting the tiles & showed me how to do it. It's my first tile job ever! And, I have enough travertine tile sitting in the woods to do several more bathrooms.

I'm loving this tile. It has a nice rustic feel to it. I went to Lowes & got some bronze accent tiles to throw in with it.

Another huge thanks to David & Karen Boswell. David built my awesome entrance door for me out of some cypress I had cut. The door is absolutely amazing & I actually got the idea for the door off the Log Home Builders Association website.

This is me hammering nails in the door stops. I actually have 5 layers of clothes on, as the high that day was 35 degrees. We spent about 12 hours working on the door that day, hanging it, sanding it down to make it fit properly, bolting the hinges in it, then routing out holes for the lock & handle. What a job it was & man does it look amazing!! We actually didn't get it completely finished, so once it is done I will put more pictures of the final product. Very pumped about this door!

David did a fine job building that door.

Below is the door with the door stops stained. The deadbolt lock is in, but we still need to put the handle on. More pictures to come! Up next, it's finally time for Earth Clay!! I've been looking forward to this for a while. I love to play in mud. It's the final finish for the interior walls. Stay tuned...


  1. Rach, I love the bathroom tile!! Definitely amazing that Stewart had it there and ready for you. :) Most of all, I love the stained glass. I love the doves as it reminds me of your wedding. I can't wait to visit the cabin! You're doing such a great job. Keep it up, girl. Much love.

  2. Wow!! Rachel, it looks AMAZING!!! I can't believe how close you are!!! Wow!!! Are you still planning on living in the garage once it's done?

    I LOVE that tile so much! And the door. So stinking cool. I really can't wait to come see it all in person one day.

    You are such an amazing person, my friend. Very, very blessed to know you.