We have been blessed with beautiful weather and we have to get this done. I have spent every day off for the last week doing nothing but working on this to get it done and this is where we stand.
The picture to the right was taken inside the cabin looking out the front window. It is going to be such a nice view with the berry rows stretching out in front of the cabin and once we clear an area around the creek it will be even more so.
We had a couple of brush piles in need of burning so I just considered it multitasking. In the future we plan to do less burning and more composting and maybe even "lasagna gardening." For those who do not know what that is just type it into google and you will learn all you ever wanted to know. We just had have so much to get rid of we wanted to just get it done and decided to burn.
It's hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. We have not had much winter, we even saw a mosquito and a baby grass hopper today! I wanted to get the cabin dried in this week and get the house wrap on because next week it is supposed to be very cold and there are several chances for snow and ice. It is frustrating to be held up by a simple broken blade for a saw. I could have driven back to town and picked up a new one but with the way gas prices are going back up we are all going to have to try to start limiting our driving. Once the cabin is completely in the dry I plan on going over to our house and finishing a the small details so that we can get it on the market and get it sold. Once we sell it we will be able to begin building out forever home.
I have always been intrigued by old barns with their copulas on top. These were actually a functional part of the barn in keeping them ventilated. There is a similar method which may be used to help naturally ventilate a home. I am thinking of building a "solar chimney" on the cabin. It will be approximately 6 feet by 6 feet and on the side above the loft. It will have windows on each side, at least two functional. I think I will have a ladder from the loft up into the chimney and build in some book cases. On the other side I am going to build a bench you can lay on and it will make a nice place to hang out and read and we can see how well it helps with ventilation. You open the windows on the bottom floor and open the windows in the solar chimney. As the air in the home warms it rises and exits the solar chimney drawing fresh air into the windows at the bottom. If it works we have a plan we like for our home which has one incorporated. If not it will still be a neat place to get away.
I performed some stress relief by putting a lot of holes into a milk jug with my pistol. I have a conference all weekend so I will not be able to do anymore work on the cabin until the week of the 12th of the month. At least we managed to get most of the sheathing on. It will be there when I get back to finish up.