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Monday, November 30, 2009

Progress is Progress

On November 22, we arrived at Cascade Bluffs at the very late, very dark hour of 3:30 pm,
in a fog bank and icy drizzle.
The light was fading fast, so we only stayed long enough to convince ourselves that the dream was still a reality...

Monday morning was a bit brighter, though still a little rainy. The stack of light pink stuff in front of the garage is extruded polystyrene insulation that will add another 2.5 inches and multiple R-value points to our walls in the near future. The deck wood is ready to be installed too...

Inside, things are starting to look more civilized. Yes, that is an electrical wire you see hanging from the ceiling in the future living room, for the ceiling fan!

Here are a couple of close ups of the gorgeous larch fir ceiling that earlier we helped finish with a clear orange oil stain. Remember that this wood was from standing dead larch culled from the forests of Idaho and Montana, and makes up the big exterior timbers that support the decks. This wood was milled from the big timbers as they were trimmed down to size.


Can't get enough of the Douglas Fir wood and the joinery of our timber frame.

We had a very productive meeting with Jim, the talented guy who will be installing tile in our kitchen, baths, and for the wood stove hearth...

Planning the hearth and the heat shield...

We got to meet Lacey our electrician...

...and go through oodles of details with her as we figured out exactly where we want all those electrical outlets, lights and switches...

...including the lights for the east deck, which will be
screened in for a nice summer bug season spot!

We checked out the progress in our "power plant" in the garage, where the batteries are stored. Here is a small electrical baseboard heater, our fifth kind of heat! (In-floor water heat, wood stove, hot water baseboard heaters for the 2nd floor, back up wall propane heater that will come on if everything else fails...and now this!) This little guy will run off a tiny amount of electricity generated by the solar PV panels and will keep their insulated room at the right temperature for optimal battery function on those chilly winter nights.

Here is our DC to AC converter...
...and look! We've got 52.7% charge... or perhaps it is 527 amps ... Even on a rainy day!
On our next visit north, we hope to take pictures of our interior stairs, maybe some doors and windows, lots of pink stuff on the outside of the cabin, a boiler, perhaps some plumbing fixtures... and who knows what else! Stay tuned, our next big blog update will be in mid-December...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

With a little help from our friend Susan...

Our friend Susan, who is a neighbor building a cabin a few miles away, sent us these pictures from the last month, showing the progress being made on our building while we have been unable to get up to Grand Marais. Here's the cabin...

...Some of the timbers on the inside...



For our friends who worry that they will have to freeze when they visit, here is proof that we will have heat in the cold winter to come!
In floor heat pipes...

... a wall mounted propane heater, the back up heat just in case...
and several views of our sweet little Vermont Castings Alpen wood stove, which you see has already been in use to warm the place up and dry it out for the interior work...



Here is the upstairs bath - to - be....

...the living room...
...the kitchen windows looking to the west...
...and some views of our decks...



...and one more shot (but not the last one) of that terrific view toward lake Superior!
We are heading up to check it out for ourselves on Sunday 11/22 and will be posting another update very soon.