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Monday, January 18, 2010

Inside Action

I am finally getting back to posting after a long hiatus! Keep watching, there will be a couple of posts coming in the next few days. Here is what we found on our most recent visit to Grand Marais on Jan 9, 10, 11 and 12th. This is the view from just outside our "back" door on floor one, looking south from underneath the timber-framed deck..
Inside our "cabin" lots has been happening! We have got walls -- sheet rock, awaiting color!

Both of these shots are on the first floor, where our bedroom and study will be,
as well as bath and utility area.

The stairs to the second floor are solidly in place...

Our contractor Chris and Stephen are using every inch of extra space to build us closets...

Upstairs, the kitchen is moving right along, looks mighty fine...

Kitchen ceiling with beams...

...detail of the textured plaster on the sheet rock, a product from American Clay...

Here is Chris showing us what our doorway trim will look like. The wood is salvaged from the same reclaimed Douglas Fir timbers that make up our timber frame. Tom Healy (timber frame guy) was able to mill off beautiful old growth wood from the sides of the timbers. We hope to use up every board-foot for interior trim, baseboards, cabinets and book shelves.

Here are Kathy and Chris, contemplating window sills and how they will be finished. The very thick walls of our SIPs (8.5 inches) make for extra deep window set backs. Chris has suggested sheet rock sill extensions with smooth, bullnosed corners and a wide wood sill of Doug Fir at the bottom. It will look pretty wonderful, we think.

Our loft space now has a floor! We can walk around up there (though have to be careful not to smack our heads on the timbers...)

This heavy duty iron washer and nut were salvaged from used timbers. They bolt the bottom of the loft stair landing to an iron rod that holds the entire assembly up.

Looking down from the loft onto the stair as it wraps around the wood stove. Notice the big iron rod-- it is bolted to the ceiling and holds up the corner of the loft stair landing. All this will be clear when you visit and can see this magnificent solution to a very tight space situation for yourselves, and appreciate that the stairway was thus quite a bit less steep than would have otherwise been necessary. Thanks again, Chris, from our fifty-plus year old knees...

In stacks up in the loft, waiting installation, is our recycled Doug Fir wood flooring for the great room and kitchen. This product comes from Duluth Timbers, the company that salvages old growth wood from all over the country. As you may recall, our timbers came from the City of Portland piers, from an old school in Seattle, and from a fish factory warehouse and pier in western Washington.

The view from the loft, looking south....

The larch wood ceiling as the stove pipe connects...

Chris is enthusiastic about using wood wisely, too. He make this beautiful newel
post for our loft stair from a battered hunk of scrap wood that supported the piles of
timbers while in transport from Montana!

Again, Chris and Stephen have found space for built-in storage for us. Here, behind the stove, will be a cubby for wood storage and more shelves...
...and on the other side, book shelves and a cabinet.
A nice warm fire helped keep the place toasty!

Looking at our garage, our PV panels are continuing to collect electrons. The construction crew has been powering all their power tools using our PV system, and they haven't had to recharge our batteries using a generator at all, despite snowy days and the short hours of winter sunlight.

So as you can see, we are really pleased with all the action going on up at Cascade Bluff!
Stay tuned for some spine-tingling shots showing evidence of some of our nearest neighbors
and their winter activity...

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