Cabin restoration project – The rebuild has resumed!

After being on the back burner for several months due to other larger jobs, the building contractor has resumed work on the cabin! As you can see in the pictures, the windows are at varying stages of completion, the roof insulation and interior roof have been put in place, most of the exterior roof has been completed, most of the loft has been constructed (the ladder is temporary and will be replaced with stairs), floor construction is coming along and the old doorway on the front right side has been filled with logs taken from the interior partition wall, which has been removed. The contractor will be at the site again this week, so I am looking forward to going out there this weekend to see what has been done. We have finalized all the plans for the rest of the work, which should be finished over the next few weeks. Keep in mind that there is still a good amount of work to be done, so if something doesn’t look finished, it probably isn’t!

Stay tuned for a (belated) overnight camping trip report from late March!

16 comments on “Cabin restoration project – The rebuild has resumed!

  1. robrockies says:

    Wow! That looks fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. OakAshandThorn says:

    Superb progress! I’m definitely looking forward to the finished cabin, this is one heck of an awesome project :).

  3. Marm:) says:

    AWESOME!!!!!Looks SO peaceful there!!!!!!ENJOY everything your hard work and dedication presents!!!

  4. richie8923 says:

    Looks great. The cantered looks are beautiful. How much insulation do you intend on putting in the roof and floors ? Will you have a heat source in the cabin ?

    • Thanks for the comments, Richie! Both the roof and floor have 10 cm of insulation: 5 cm of foam and 5 cm of rock wool. The cabin will have a tile wood-burning stove, and all of the windows are triple-pane insulated windows. I’ll see how the cabin stands up to winter temperatures next time around with this setup. If necessary, I can always add insulation to the walls as well.

  5. Going good!
    As soon as the door and the stove are in place, you’re good.
    There’s no plumbing or wiring to wrestle with, is there? The rest will be an “in progress” over time.

    • Thanks Ron! Well, a few windows are still missing, one side of the floor needs insulation, the floorboards have to be installed, some extra insulation at the top needs to be put in, a bunch of trim needs to be fitted, the bathroom needs to be built, the kitchen stuff needs to be installed, the porch needs to be built and the cabin needs to be painted/stained, but yeah, other than that stuff and the door and stove, it’s “almost finished.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      No plumbing or wiring at the moment. That stuff will be dealt with in the summer at some point in one form or another. There will be a dry/composting toilet, as this cuts down dramatically on the expense of a disposal system. There is a spring on the property, but it needs to be cleaned and fixed up, and I’ll need to get a pump, fixtures, gray water system etc. Fun!

      • I said you’re good, not finished. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Meaning a roof over your head and a source of warmth for comfort and cooking.
        Composting toilet sounds real good. I figured you’d go for an old fashioned “shithole with walls”.
        Sounds like your plans are far more elaborated than I expected. This indeed means more “fun”.

        • Hehehe, true. I’ll be interested to see how much progress has been made this weekend. There’s a good chance it’ll at least be dried in by that point, which will be great.

          Yep, I’ll be composing human and food waste for the future garden.

          As for how elaborate the cabin is, well, I had to make a decision a while ago regarding what form the cabin would take, i.e. either a bare-bones backwoods-type cabin or one which is more like a small house equipped with some modern conveniences. I decided to go with modern conveniences, not because I’m uncomfortable without them, but rather because having them will allow me to do my 9-5 work there, and also because they’ll make more squeamish people more comfortable. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, there’s always the possibility of building a more rustic backwoods cabin by myself at some point in the future.

  6. Charlie says:

    This is very nice… Looks like a nice place to spend weekends…

    Which way does the door face? Hard to tell from the shadows and direction of light, but it looks like it is facing north… ???

    Will you paint the trim? I sort of like the natural wood, but black, brown or forest green might look good.

    • Thanks for the comments, Charlie!

      The door faces pretty much due west. To be honest, I probably would have positioned the cabin a little differently on the property if the big old farm house weren’t there, but it is there and will probably stay there for a long time (using it for storage now).

      I’m planning on painting or staining the cabin as soon as the construction work is done. I think it will be brown with white trim, but there’s a possibility it’ll end up red with white trim (traditional Finnish house colors). We’ll see!

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