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Sunday, December 27, 2009

What's Up As 2009 Winds Down...

It has been a long and satisfying year for us as we've watched our new world materialize at Cascade Bluffs. Here is our Front Door... I wish I knew how to create an interactive website, so you could 'click on the door' and it would open to the magic within... But I don't, so you'll just have to scroll down to see what has been happening at our cabin since the middle of December!


The stairway "bump out" off the north end is by now fully insulated and awaiting our rough cut pine siding, to be placed in a board-and-batten style....

We have a roughed in stairway from floor one to floor two -- no more ice-cold metal ladders...

Here is the boiler that will heat our water for domestic use and for the in-floor heat on floor one...

This is flooring produced from reclaimed Douglas Fir timbers, manufactured by Duluth Timber Company of... you guessed it... Duluth, MN! We will have this flooring installed on floor two in the kitchen and great room.

Our highly insulated windows, looking east onto the Sawtooth range...they call them mountains up in Grand Marais, but they are more like undulating ridges...

Those tightly insulated windows, on the north wall of the loft...

...and looking south...


...and an up close view of our upper windows that will bring in light and passive solar energy.

Here is the space for a future pantry that we pretty much designed on the spot, forcing Chris and Stephen to rip out a stair railing, add a foot of floor space to the upstairs landing, and move a couple of electrical boxes... but all in a good way!
More space for pizza sauce, pasta, beans, rice, oatmeal and whiskey!

Here is the roughed in space for the tiled shower on floor one. For those of you who remember way back when, we were going to build a house in St. George, Utah, and had gathered lots of wonderful tile from Mexico and the southwest... well, it will be put to good use here! Think terracotta and brilliant blue...

Stephen hard at work...

Jim #2 (there are 3 Jims) busily texturing sheetrock...

We have kitchen windows!! Hurrah! Over the sink!! Yippee!!

The ceiling over the kitchen... Nice beams!

A cozy fire keeping the workers and the owners nice and warm on a very chilly day, about 6 degrees F outdoors...

Insulation also helps...

...as does hot water piping inside the bathroom interior walls.

The latest photos are of the stair to the loft. Chris made a small bend in the end of the stairway, which allowed a couple of additional stairs, and thus, the final result won't be quite so steep.

Not sure who the doggie is... but he's cute, and has found a nice warm spot to watch over the entire proceedings.

We are so very grateful for everything that Chris, Stephen, Tom, Greg, Jim, Jim, Jim, Nick, Lacey, Peter, Brian, Lonnie, and everyone that we've accidentally left unnamed has done to make our dream a magical reality this year! Thank you to all our friends on the north shore, and for everyone who has visited and followed our blog this year. We anticipate one last posting before the New Year and New Decade, so check back before the stroke of midnight on 12/31!

4 comments:

  1. WOW!!! And you call this a cabin? It's bigger and better than most of the 'mansions' we have in Australia. I hope to see it in person some day. I love it. Cousin Len.

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  2. Phenomenal! It looks great...hope to see it the 3rd week of January...

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  3. Well, I think you have planned very well for your home I appreciate it and my advise is to use nuheat floor heating system.

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