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Thursday, October 29, 2009

ROOF is ON!!

There were a couple of nice days this week, between days of rain, sleet, snow and mud. Our contractor grabbed the chance and assembled our SIP-paneled cabin!






Here are the roof panels going on... notice how thick they are? The SIPs for the roof are 12" thick, for an R value of over 50. Toasty!



Voila!

Next will be some exterior wrapping, placing windows and doors, shingles, exterior board and batten siding, and finishing the interior... but all of that will take many months.
The best and most exciting part is finally, really done! Our cabin's got a roof!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fully Framed


Here are some photos from Chris Norman, our builder, of the completed frame before any of the other elements of the building were added on. After these photos were taken those larch boards that we helped to stain and finish were put up for the ceiling (known in the building world as the "roof deck.") Today we hope he and his crew will be able to take advantage of a positive change in our recently lousy Minnesota weather to place the second floor and the roof SIPs, which you can see lying on the ground next to the building-in-progress, and a temporary outdoor deck.




A beautiful sight!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Necessities and Niceties of Life

Lest anyone think that all we are focusing on are the looks of the place, here are some recent shots proving that we are paying attention to the practical aspects, too. Our solar PV panels are hooked up to the batteries and charging...
...and some meters are recording... stuff...


...not sure what it all means yet, but we will be learning...

And good ol' Edwin Thoreson's and company have us coming and going! They put in the road, and this week they were out to dig and install our septic system!


...so life continues to be good...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Frame Up!

I arrived on Monday morning, October 19, to discover that there was still snow on the ground on the road into our property....
I soon realized I was following the crane truck...

In no time things were set up and the crew was going strong...


Peter, controlling a beam with a rope from below...

Roger, the extraordinarily calm crane operator...

Weather threatened on and off... but pieces started to fall into place...






Timbers carved in Montana starting in March and raised in October in Minnesota get a little cranky. Lots of "tweaking" was necessary for everything to fit perfectly...







Assembling a frame requires constant communication between the crew captain and the crane operator...

The guys did some dangling...

...lots of teamwork...how many guys does it take to fit a knee brace?


...some whapping...

...an occasional high wire act...

...and getting right out onto the edge...

The view was always beautiful.

Gradually, a frame began to emerge.


Here is a big bunch of rafters being lifted up...

Rafter #1 going into place...

...half done with the rafters...

Last rafter!!

Isn't this frame a beaut? This was right about 5 PM on Monday afternoon...


Val made me promise to prove to you all that I was really there, beginnings of the flu and all.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

We've got crane!

Yes, folks, that is a crane on our site, and we are, as of this moment, in progress with a timber frame raising! 3/4ths of the frame went up Monday October 19th, and Kathy got to witness it. Tuesday the 20th, barring terrible weather, the rest will go into place. Kathy's got the flu (hope none of the crew caught anything but I tried very hard not to cough on anyone) and has not had time to post much yet, but here are a few tantalizing images of the first bit of action...






Watch for another posting later tonight or tomorrow.
...and here is my first attempt at posting a video...