Tuesday, November 06, 2018

New West Window

Well, I'm getting even worse at taking before and after photos.  Here's all I could find for a picture of the small window on the (left) west side.  This was taken before I even cut the french doors in.  That's a gas grill under a cover, for scale. 

And the new window going in, not yet trimmed up:

From the inside: 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Lifted Lift

Nothing special to see here...  Turns out the loft ceiling is pretty high up. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

New Chimney in

Well, I had to move where the wood stove would sit in the cabin.  Where the previous chimney was placed didn't make sense.  In that spot, instead of trying to remove the flashing, I put in one of those tube skylights.  Here is the pipe coming up through the hole, getting the roof brackets put on:

Once I got the cone flashing on (much harder than expected, as it seems the 10" cone is NOT really designed for a 10" double wall pipe) I did the collar and lots of extra goop on all the screws and edges.   You can see the original chimney with the skylight in it in the background.  

The final chimney is straight (I seem to have leaned when taking the photo) and is made up entirely of parts that I already had, or were part of the original chimney.  I might put side brackets on, but this system is already pretty stable.   The bricks nearby are just to hold the shingles down while the roof goop dries. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Notchin' to it

Getting ready to put up some beams, working on a long scarf joint. 

That's a lot of wood to remove! 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A bit of leveling

For whatever reason, the driveway to the east of the cabin is a touch higher than the slab of the building, and then curves down to it... a perfect way to have water flow underneath.

So, out comes the shovel and the rake.  Over a number of days, working now and again until I got bored, I've moved the whole patch downhill.  The neighbor dog seems to approve. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Skylight Super Flashed

So, turns out pictures of each little process of putting in a skylight aren't that interesting, so here's the finished skylight.  I decided to go big on the diverters. They are glued down, but I'm thinking I'll leave the bricks there anyway.   

The roof itself also has a nice view.   I'm hoping that almost all the water that would touch this skylight by flowing down the roof will not even get to it.   

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Skylight Getting Started

Well, I made a hole in a perfectly good roof.  Now to finish the flashing around the curb and get the bubble skylight on there.  Won't be done until I can get to the store and buy a bunch of roof goop. 

Door Project - done, and windows

Painted, trimmed. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Door project, in process

So, of course it wasn't a simple thing.  I ended up cutting down and finding lots of rebar.  So, there was a lot of sledge hammer work.  It took all day.

The interior doors were also a huge challenge, as it turns out the floors were different heights, and the rebar made it hard to run a single line. 

The concrete chainsaw made a pretty big mess inside as well, but I did manage to get the doorways clear.   My arms hurt just looking at these photos.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The Cabin Project - Doorways

Well, the next batch of work is about the cabin on the upper property.  This 'closed in garage' needs to be made into a nice cabin that someone would enjoy living in while being energy efficient. 

The first batch of stuff to tackle is to fix the doors. In this picture, you can see I've cut a space for some french doors to go out the west, and you can see the two side doors -one will be a pantry and one will be the bathroom.  Notice the concrete lip.  That's a problem. 

Outside view of the french door hole, and the already in, new bigger window in the upstairs sleeping loft.  Still need to put trim around that window. 

Close up of the concrete lip. Yes, there's rebar in there too. 

Posts in, starting to rise

They are ready to start going up!