Cabin construction has finally begun! About 3 weeks ago the crew showed up and began interior work on our little 1,000 square foot cabin. Here are some pics to share the progress!
UP GO THE WALLS
That cute little stump in front is our new water heater, which is getting tucked underneath the stairs to save room. The wall behind the water heater is the new back kitchen wall and they are working on the new stairs to the left.
We thought we’d save some money and go with IKEA cabinets (plus we just liked the look) so we spent a weekend putting them together. Tip: All drawers are not alike.
Steven assembled most of the outside frames while I worked on the interior drawers. We had a pretty good assembly line and all was going well until we went to install the side hinges for the drawers. Turns out the nifty little doo-dad used to attach the drawer front to the drawer has 3 different setting options, which effects how the drawers sit in the cabinet. I learned this after I had assembled all the drawers. I got cocky after the first cabinet went together smoothly and stopped reading the directions. My bad. Fortunately we only had to redo 4 cabinet drawers.
The cabin was still without heat at this point, so we borrowed the propane heater from the construction crew. Tip number 2: Don’t stand in front of a propane heater while fiddling with the propane adjustment knob because it turns it into a flame thrower.
Cabinets finished and drywall up.
Standing in the bathroom looking out. Oh the beautiful mess of a construction site!
This will be our sink area. They’ve framed out for the medicine cabinet, pulled electrical wires and stubbed out the plumbing.
Our tub. (Please, oh please let that clean up nicely.) Still no water turned on. That’s our tiny laundry/storage room through the door.
AND SPEAKING OF BATHROOMS. (DON’T FEEL LIKE GOING TO WORK TODAY? READ THIS)
This is our septic tank which hasn’t been used in about 6 years and hasn’t been cleaned out in forever. (If you don’t know what a septic tank is, it’s buried underneath that pile of dirt. When you flush your toilet, that where the um…waste goes. The metal box in the lower right of the pic is for our ductless heater/air conditioner.) So we called a septic company to have them come out and take a look. Dwayne (super nice guy) dug around, found the hole and shoved in this hose which leads to
this truck which is sucking out all of the, um, waste. When Dwayne finished he said the baffle was bad (which filters out stuff like toilet paper chunks) and that he would buy a new one, come back tomorrow and change it. So. He did. He climbed into the septic tank, changed the baffle and saw that a large tree root had grown into the line and cut it out. And he did it all with a smile. Dwayne is my hero.
STAIRS COMING ALONG NICELY
The wood plaques that you see on the beams were put there by the original owners. Wines, fruits, nuts – really cute printed wood labels. I love the character they add!
I’ve only seen it done on TV, so it was fun to watch them make the concrete countertops. First they made the forms, then applied a thin layer of olive oil as a resist.
Mixing it up.
This shot is taken from our loft looking down on the kitchen cabinets. Here they are starting to pour the concrete into the smallest form.
They inserted a piece of metal grid (there is an uncut one in front of the picture) for reinforcement and are now using a sander to vibrate the form to get the air bubbles out of the concrete.
And now they are pouring in the rest. We went with a little bit darker than usual concrete color for contrast against the cabinets – so I’m excited (and a little nervous) to see them when they dry!
And finally, here is our beautiful new mantle (it will be painted to match the cabinets) and our wood burning stove. Which I can’t wait to try out since it’s been really cold!
There’s a bit more interior work to do, but then the construction crew has to wait until it warms up a bit more so they can work on the BIG things – like the new windows and doors. When those go in they will completely change everything…can’t wait… and I’ll keep you posted!