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Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2019 10:50
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Our project from the beginning. I hope this might inspire those of you thinking of building off grid places of your own.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHYMTcGUZqw&t=1s

creeky
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2019 11:19
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Looks great. Nice to see how much work it is. But spread out over the years, step by step. How it all comes together. Best for 2019.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2019 13:06
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Thanks Creeky!

Mike 870
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2019 17:57
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That was really fun to watch, great video.

rockies
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2019 18:13
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So was it all in one go or were there periods (months) of doing very little? What stages did you complete before taking a rest?

gsreimers
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2019 19:04
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Very nice, thanks for sharing.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2019 19:28
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Thanks all

Rockies We built mostly in the spring summer, not much in the winter. Mostly weekends with 2 or 3 week sprints when we could.

lburners
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2019 20:22
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Excellent vid. Watched the whole thing. Thanks for putting that together.

hct4all
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# Posted: 6 Jan 2019 07:09
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Loved the video. You guys did and awesome job. Why did you put the water heater outside? Is it propane?

Rick

Mike 870
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# Posted: 6 Jan 2019 07:21
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I would change the thumbnail to a frontal picture of the completed cabin. I think it has "mini viral" potential and could really take off with a popping thumbnail. Sorry not trying to sound like a know it all, I just really liked the video and think you'd get more clicks that way.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 6 Jan 2019 20:06
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hct4all Yes the water heater is propane and unvented.

Mike, thanks for the idea.

Wilbour
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# Posted: 6 Jan 2019 20:47
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Quoting: Mike 870
you'd get more clicks that way.

First time I read that the c and l looked like a d.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 6 Jan 2019 20:49
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OK Mike you talked me into it.
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Nate R
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# Posted: 7 Jan 2019 10:43
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Thanks for posting, interesting to watch the whole thing!

Couple questions came to mind:

Did you sand the interior wall boards or use them as-rough cut?

Do you know your approx daily electric usage when you're there? How big a lithium battery bank did you go with?

skootamattaschmidty
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# Posted: 7 Jan 2019 12:41
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Great video! I've watched most your cottage build videos over the years but it was nice to see the compilation!

We had a lot of fun over the years with our place and getting the kids involved. We are now at the point where my daughter is finally finished school and working full time and my son is in his final year of school. They don't make it up as much anymore but still talk about all the fun they had helping out over the years. Memories you will cherish and you have captured them in your videos!

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 7 Jan 2019 13:11
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Nate
We left the boards rough. Our battery is about 4Kw. When everything is running we use about 40% in a typical day. I have a video that shows the setup if your interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfilBtej3t4&t=10s

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 7 Jan 2019 13:13
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Thanks skootamattaschmidty

My kids are still in school, I figure its a cycle, they will come more and less often as their lives change. But the cabin will always be there!

hattie
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# Posted: 7 Jan 2019 14:24
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FABULOUS!!! Your children will never forget the wonderful memories you created with this cabin!!! I truly enjoyed your video!! Great work!!!

Nate R
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# Posted: 7 Jan 2019 21:01
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Thanks for the info on the boards! We have a local sawmill to our location that sells rough cut hardwood boards, I may look into pricing from them vs big box T&G then.

Didn't even think to look for a video on your solar setup! :-P

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 8 Jan 2019 13:33
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All solar credit to Creeky, we love the setup he designed.

aktundra
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# Posted: 8 Jan 2019 22:45
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I follow your videos on youtube. Sure are fun. Thanks for taking the time to share!

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 9 Jan 2019 23:05
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Thanks aktundra

tichalet
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# Posted: 12 Jan 2019 20:52
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Wonderful video, really enjoyed the focus on the kids for this one. I've been watching all these over the years [can't believe it's been 5! We're all sooooo old now ] & hadn't realized just how hands on they were with the construction til now.

They will cherish memories with their grandparents & their mom & you forever. How cool will it be one day when they'll get to tell *their* grandkids they built this cabin *by hand* & every square inch of it had to be carried up from the lake on their backs in the snow by candlelight. (Hey, they earned the right to exaggerate!)

Seriously, your cabin is truly awesome but your family is just amazing.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 14 Jan 2019 22:49
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Tichalet

Thanks so much! While editing the video I was reminded of how young the kids were. I really think this place means more to them than our city house even though they have grown up in the city.

Thanks for you kind words.

All our best

paulz
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# Posted: 15 Jan 2019 10:04
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Nice! I thought I had a tough time getting materials up the hill but by comparison mine was easy. As you said, procuring and transporting is often more work than the actual building.

Hope you and your family enjoy it for years to come.

Mike 870
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# Posted: 16 Jan 2019 10:51
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Looks like the video is doing quite well! BTW Brian was excited about you coming aboard the YT group.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 16 Jan 2019 13:13
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Yes its a hit by my channels standards!

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