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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

All Is Calm

One last post for 2009...
We have been so focused on the building and the process of raising it from bedrock, that we sometimes neglect to show you the reasons why we decided to build a cabin in the middle of the north woods in the first place. Here are some images of why we love our New World...that isn't so new after all. In fact, it is very old, and right about now, is very, very peaceful and all is calm.
So we don't totally neglect Bloomington, where we live now, this is a shot of the Christmas Eve snowfall and the urban woods right out our back door...


...our new LED lights...
...and a favorite clay luminaria from Nicaragua...


Our ski, snowshoe and shlepping trail into the land in Feb 2009...



Sunrise over Gitchi Gummi...

Aspens in the slanting sun of a December afternoon...


Ancient looking cedar sisters.... Aren't all cedars kind of witchy looking?
I suppose a few must be wizardy looking...


A view to the east with a sugar maple that looks like it has paused in a dance...

The Cascade River from the Pike Lake Road bridge, in total silence...


Deep winter light over Superior at East Bay in Grand Marais...


...and our cross-country ski tracks, leading toward 2010...

See you all in the New Year and New Decade!

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!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Windows and Doors

The snow is falling and Winter has officially begun according to the weather man...


...making it all the more important that our new cabin is properly insulated! The Pink Stuff is being added onto the SIPs, for extra R-value and less propane!
Nick is installing one of our special fiberglass framed, low E glass, R-value 7 windows made by the company Serious Windows ...
(fyi, usual windows have an R value of 1 or so...)
Here's the doorway for the door out to the east deck, framed and ready...

...and here is the door, installed!

Lacey the electrician at work...

...and the conduit and boxes for future ceiling lights in our kitchen. Notice the windows that will be above the sink, looking west toward that craggy cliff to our SW, already installed!

More to come... keep checking....