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Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 08:27
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My wife and I looked high and low for land to build a cabin on in PA. Finally found some not exactly where we were looking but it has worked out good since it is only 40 minutes from home and it is so easy to just go for the day or overnight. After two years with our camper on the site we finally started our get a way cabin in October of this year. I visit this site very often to look at pictures and get ideas.

OwenChristensen
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 08:28
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Welcome, Keep us posted on your progress.

Owen

Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 08:31
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Thanks, I have lots of pictures I took along the way. I will start posting them as soon as I figure out how.

OwenChristensen
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 08:54
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It's nice if your cabin is that close. Cabin chores go much better. You can get them done one weekend and come back for fun the next. I also have been broke enough to stay home as it cost to much in fuel to get there, and my land is only 75 miles away. Cheap weekend, but it costs to get there.

PA_Bound
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 08:58
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Welcome mrhayes! If I can ask, what part of PA is your cabin in? There are several of us on the forum with cabins in PA- mine in Bedford county.

Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 08:59 - Edited by: Shadyacres
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I noticed on another post Owen Christenson you said you have a bronco. I had a 71 bronco at one time and wished I would still have it.

Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 09:00
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Good Morning PA bound, we are located outside of Port Royal PA at bottom of Tuscarora Mt.

Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 09:01
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This is what we started with.
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Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 09:04
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We had a sand mound put in and also a well the first year.
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Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 09:07
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Camp site progress in 2012
Well and Shed area
Well and Shed area
Well and shed area
Well and shed area


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 09:12
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Camp site progress in 2012
Water tank
Water tank
Ready for camping
Ready for camping


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 09:20
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Getting settled while dreaming of a cabin.
Campsite
Campsite
Campsite
Campsite


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 09:23
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2012 campsite progress.
Plenty of stone around
Plenty of stone around
We camp almost every weekend
We camp almost every weekend


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 09:27
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2012 campsite progress.
Stone I laid around pipe
Stone I laid around pipe
Small pavillion
Small pavillion


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 09:30
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Fall is the one of the best times to be camping.
Fall 2012
Fall 2012
Fall 2012
Fall 2012


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 11:48
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After searching many years for land for a cabin , we finally found some outside of Port Royal PA along the Tuscarora Mt. in fall of 2011. After tearing down the old camper and shack that winter , we sat our camper up on the site after placing a sand mound. We then proceeded to get a well drilled and dreamed about our cabin. We finally broke ground for the cabin in Oct of 2013.

Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:02
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I decided I wanted a basement under the cabin so after researching block , poured walls etc. decided to go with a superior wall basement. I will post pictures of the progress.
Basement cavity
Basement cavity
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Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:06
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I don't like to cut any more trees down than what I need to but this old hickory had to come down for crane swing radius. I will use lumber from this tree to make things for inside cabin.
Hickory tree that needed to come down
Hickory tree that needed to come down
Hickory tree
Hickory tree


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:10
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These pictures show the stone base for under the walls.
Basement stone base
Basement stone base
Basement stone base
Basement stone base


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:15
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This is a picture of the crane used to set the basement walls and the set crew. They showed up at 7:30 am to prepare base and walls showed up at about 8:20 and they were all leaving by 9:30 am. So in two hours max my basement was up and very well insulated. I was very impressed with Superiors Walls. Would recommend them to anybody.
Crane to set walls
Crane to set walls
Set crew
Set crew


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:19
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These pictures show the set crew grading the stone that the excavator and I placed 3 days earlier where the walls will set. The other picture is of the first section of wall being moved into place with the crane.
set crew grading stone
set crew grading stone
first wall section  going in
first wall section going in


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:23
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These pictures show the completion of the basement.
First corner
First corner
Moving right along
Moving right along
Finished basement
Finished basement


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:42
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My lumber arrived. You gotta love how they unload this stuff. I guess who ever pays the bill is more concerned about it. (lol)
Lumber arrived.
Lumber arrived.
Lumber
Lumber


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:46
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Of course , I had to restack most of the lumber pile that was delivered to keep it from warping as the shell builder will not be here for a few days yet.
Restacked sheet goods.
Restacked sheet goods.
This is lumber from hickory tree cut earlier.
This is lumber from hickory tree cut earlier.


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:50
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After one day the floor was on and side walls were laid out.
floor done
floor done
walls laid out
walls laid out


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:53
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Here we have the walls up and the roof line is started.
Walls up
Walls up
walls up
walls up


redlandfd
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 12:54
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Nice job

Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 13:02
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Thanks redlandfd , I am still in the process of uploading more pictures, it is kind of time consuming.

Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 13:06
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At end of third day , this is what it looked like.
Roof trusses done and sheathing started
Roof trusses done and sheathing started
Roof trusses done and sheathing started
Roof trusses done and sheathing started


Shadyacres
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# Posted: 3 Jan 2014 13:16
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This was end of fifth day and I told the contractor that I would take it from here. They were planning on coming back Monday to close in with sheeting but I opted to do it myself to save a few bucks. My time is free although I don't seem to have much FREE time.
Almost closed in.
Almost closed in.
Almost closed in.
Almost closed in.


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