We’ve had two busy days at the cabin site this week.
Yesterday, our crew installed all but 2 of the windows, and all the outside doors (3 standard doors from local maker Provia, and 1 sliding door). They also built the stairway from the basement to the ground floor, so there is no longer a stepladder leaning against the outside of the building towards the first floor door hole.
We had a visit from Mike, a county engineer. Given that the original driveway to the township road has been there for over a century, all drainage issues seem to have been dealt with, but he spent a long hour discussing ditches and collecting a permit that we didn’t know that we needed.
Today turned out to be even busier. Our carpenter crew started in on the ground floor interior wall studding, while Sam and his driver installed gutter drainage around the base of the foundation, and started filling it with the 2 dump truck loads of river gravel that arrived first thing this morning.
Elizabeth went into town for pizza for everyone, and fortunately, she ordered extra. There were two more pickups by the time she got back with lunch. The first to arrive was Owen, who’ll be staining the exterior, and then Sheldon, who, weather permitting, will install the septic system and back fill this week. Elizabeth talked about different exterior finish options, and Sheldon and I walked around the 2 building sites, talked to Sam about optimal position for the septic risers, and then went down to look at the driveway.
After lunch, the carpentry crew started in on the second floor, which was trickier to stud, because the ceilings are higher, and are peaked. Yesterday, Elizabeth had made her last minute changes to a couple of the upstairs walls, and at this point, all of the studs seem to be in place for the ground and upper floor.
Sam and his driver started in on the gutter drains for the barn. Sam and his crew also cleaned up a lot of the discarded building material around the outside, neatly piling it out of the way of the bulldozer. At this point, we’re ready for Sheldon to back fill the earth around the foundation, recontour the land around the cabin and barn, and install the septic. Its already so muddy that Elizabeth and I have defaulted to boots, and it is supposed to rain 2 out of the next 3 days.
The 5th pickup truck today was one of the neighbors, who stopped by to visit and compare notes on a similarly-configured cabin that he’s building. We gave 2 tours of the unfinished cabin to neighbors today.