I was raised to be frugal, resourceful, careful, and creative. It just goes against my every fiber to hire things done that I can do myself. To date, I have the front and back of the cabin completely stained, including the eaves. The porch knee wall has been built. This involved framing the wall, planing and ripping lumber that we already had, installing about 50 small sections of board, capping the board with a 1x6, and staining. We will have to caulk and add a trim piece once the entire porch is finished. We've also had to invest hours of "think-time" to figure out how to install the screen. The top of the porch is over 20 feet in the air, and neither Phil nor I want to climb an extension ladder that has no strong support wall to brad-nail screen. Sooo... we had to come up with an alternative plan. The screen is being installed from inside the porch (rather than from the outside), but it has to be pushed back to the edge of the 2x4 frame and folded inward like wrapping the inside of a box.... THEN we pull tight, fire up the air compressor, and brad-nail... hoping for the best!
What else have we accomplished in the past two months?
Well, the interior stud walls are all up. We framed Julia's bedroom, our bedroom, and the bathroom... which means that the kitchen and living room have been framed by default. We purchased a stand-up shower unit and delivered it to the cabin. Even though taking a shower at the cabin seems eons away. The shower was too big to fit through the small doorways we've created, so it has to be physically IN the bathroom before the walls could be built around it. Thanks Dad for that genius tip!
|the bathroom and utility/clothes closet is located at the back right (the big black thing is the shower). our bedroom is back left, and Julia's bedroom is front left. the kitchen is the open space and I am standing in the living room.|
Actually getting the shower in the cabin proved to be a bit more difficult than we expected. As it turned out, our front door was not of standard size. It was exactly ONE INCH too small to fit the shower through the door opening. We were completely stumped as to how to get the shower in the cabin. Phil had the idea of hoisting it up over the back porch railing (about 12 feet up) and then taking it through the back slider.... well, the back slider was ALSO TOO SMALL!!! Would you believe, the big honkin' window that I insisted on having was how we actually got the shower in the cabin. Oh, it was a sight to behold. Since, they are double-hung windows with tilt capabilities, I had to lower the upper window clear to the bottom sash, tilt both windows in, hold them in place with my hips (which got very bruised).... and heave a shower over my head! OH. MY. it cracks me up just thinking about it!
Did I mention that the shower juggling happened about 20 minutes before the worst wind storm of my life? Actually, Phil had said, "we better try and get that shower in the cabin before the rain hits".... yeah! had we not, the shower might have been blown clear to Nelsonville!
What's next on the short list?
finishing the screen
trenching for electric wires