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Hangblague
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 13:29
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No cabin yet, but I thought I would document the adventure here.

First of all, here is why I need a cabin:
Cabinless
Cabinless


Hangblague
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 13:35
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I have 80 acres 1/4 mile away from the quiet side of Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Saskatchewan side. We bought it impulsively. A great place to get away with tons of wildlife.
Shy bear
Shy bear


Hangblague
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 13:42
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Loads of deer, elk, rabbits, grouse, moose, coyotes, bears, and this fellow who was trying to hide from me. We are right where bush meets agricultural. One of my neighbours is a trapper. Here's some of his bounty.

Next I'll comment a bit on our site and minor developments so far. Cabin plans to follow.
Too fat to flee
Too fat to flee
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20181211_200506.jpg


Hangblague
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 14:18
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We've had this place for 3 years but don't get nearly enough time to enjoy. Second growth thick Aspen, birch, spruce, strawberries, raspberries, wild hazelnuts. My farming neighbour cuts trails which is great for wildlife.

So far, I've built an outhouse, hexagonal deck, well, and woodshed/hammock shelter.
Outhouse showing stack
Outhouse showing stack
Outhouse front
Outhouse front
Donut deck and firepit
Donut deck and firepit
Firepit closeup
Firepit closeup


Hangblague
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 14:39
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Well and woodshed most recent projects.
Shallow well
Shallow well
Water tested. Good to go
Water tested. Good to go
Shed before slatted walls
Shed before slatted walls
Our clearing
Our clearing


DaveBell
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 15:35
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Very nice Pics! Thanks.

Hangblague
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 15:56
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I wish I understood how not to post photos upside down.

ICC
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 16:59
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Quoting: Hangblague
I wish I understood how not to post photos upside down.


The photos are taken with a phone, right?

That is a common problem. One way to correct is to edit it with a photo editor and resave. There are other tricks but my memory fails me. Do an online search for the problem. Lots of people in the same boat.

Irrigation Guy
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 17:35
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Quoting: ICC

That is a common problem. One way to correct is to edit it with a photo editor and resave. There are other tricks but my memory fails me. Do an online search for the problem. Lots of people in the same boat.


Funny thing is though, I am a member on several forums of varying subjects and this is the only one that flips photos.

ICC
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 17:55 - Edited by: ICC
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That probably depends on the software the forum operates on. Maybe I shouldn't say it is commonplace, but I've seen it in a few places and it must be common enough as Google comes up with many queries about the problem. I seldom post images on most forums and when I do I usually edit them first to eliminate all the EXIF data that I don't want showing. So most of my images go through Photoshop first and any unwanted flip-flops are taken care of at that level.

Just
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 19:15
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You should read some of " bugs "thread he has a big place just east of you .

Hangblague
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 21:06
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Neat! I see he is actually West of me, but not so far away.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 3 Mar 2020 22:30
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Nice looking spot. Hello from Ontario

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 4 Mar 2020 09:43
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Good adventures on your build. Looks like you have a concept in mind. The picture of the happy young man in the well hole scared me a bit. I have been in cave ins before. One made it out within 15 seconds of not having a great life once. Had to say that for maybe the next guy.
Anyways looks like you’re having a great time with your family. Already a very blessed person.

Hangblague
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# Posted: 5 Mar 2020 00:08 - Edited by: Hangblague
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I'm posting a few more cabin site photos now, just to see if I've figured out how to keep them rightside up.
Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor
Firewood logging
Firewood logging


Hangblague
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# Posted: 5 Mar 2020 00:44
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A couple more tests photos
Mystery berries
Mystery berries
Nearby Lake
Nearby Lake


Hangblague
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# Posted: 5 Mar 2020 07:08
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Good reminder above from Aklogcabin about digging holes. Be aware of risks, understand the nature of your ground, don't do it alone.

Nate R
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# Posted: 5 Mar 2020 08:11
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Looks like you got the photos.

Hard to tell for sure, but the mystery berries look to me like they might be Saskatoons aka Serviceberries aka Juneberries.

Thanks for sharing, curious to see another project and what you've been up to the previous few years!

Hangblague
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# Posted: 5 Mar 2020 09:28
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Thanks Nate. We do have some saskatoons, but these are something different I think. The leaves are quite different even though the berries look alike. Still puzzled...

Activities so far are hiking, camping, deck lounging, open fire cooking, exploring, berry and nut gathering, canoeing and a bit of hunting. I got started on the latter very late in life and got my first and only whitetail (so far) on this very land two years ago.

When there is beach demand by certain elements of my family, we head to Madge Lake, a good 20 minutes drive away.

The hiking possibilities are limited only by our stamina, being butted up to the provincial park. Recent logging there has opened up room both for us and for wildlife.

As observed by someone else above, we are truly blessed.

This summer is going to be all about a cabin build. I love the opportunity to document it here. The forums are an amazing wealth of inspiration and education. I'll start posting a bit about the planning process soon.

Atlincabin
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# Posted: 5 Mar 2020 09:31
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Yep, looks like saskatoons to me too. Edible.

Hangblague
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# Posted: 5 Mar 2020 10:04
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I wish they were. But look closely at the leaves and the thorns.

Hangblague
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# Posted: 6 Mar 2020 14:59
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I took the berry query to a plant identification facebook group. They say "Crataegus" (hawthorn). Seems they are edible but none too tasty.

Hangblague
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# Posted: 7 Mar 2020 02:10
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Planning is fun. I'm going with a model that's mostly Steve Maxwell, but adapted a bit to suit my circumstances a bit. I'm totally inexperienced with building (apart from a few minor projects).

I am already indebted to many of you for help.

I learned how to use sketchup. It took a ton of time, but I'm pretty sure it saved me a lot more in the long run. I'm learning a lot by doing it piece by piece - all my mistakes are fixed for free. We started by figuring how we would make such a tiny space work. My girls were the ones that solved this. Then windows are planned to suit the layout strategy.
Cabin Foundation
Cabin Foundation


Hangblague
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# Posted: 7 Mar 2020 02:13
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Comments, questions and warnings are welcome
Floor frame
Floor frame
Wall framing
Wall framing
Joists
Joists
Loft & rafters
Loft & rafters


Brettny
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# Posted: 7 Mar 2020 08:26
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14ft wide and your only using two girders? How tall are the floor joists?

I know I ask everyone this but have you used an interior layout program? 14ft wide is pretty skinny of a building. Even if your not using stairs to get to the loft.

I found 20ft wide to be a minimum for a bedroom, 3ft wide stairs then a skinny kitchen along the outside wall. I drew it up 16ft wide and it just wouldn't work.

Brettny
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# Posted: 7 Mar 2020 08:27
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This is 20x24 interior space.
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20191203_200641.jpg


Hangblague
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# Posted: 7 Mar 2020 10:20
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Quite right. Very skinny, very small. Floor joists are 2x10's. Yes, we did a lot of figuring with layout programming and cut-up graph paper too.

No "bedroom" as such. We're not trying for much internal privacy. Two can sleep in the loft, two on bunk beds below and more on the futon. Wood stove centered near the back wall, with stack near the peak.

On the main floor, we'll have room for a futon, a table & chairs, a counter with cupboards, bunk beds. The plan for the stairs are that they are to be retractable with a counterweight and pulley system.

Brettny
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# Posted: 7 Mar 2020 11:51
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I think 2x10s spaning 13ft will be very bouncy. This can make for a very loud building.

Hangblague
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# Posted: 7 Mar 2020 12:54
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Hmm. I'd better look into that a bit more then. I could beef it up to 2x12s I suppose, or alternatively it could double as a trampoline.

Nate R
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# Posted: 7 Mar 2020 23:48 - Edited by: Nate R
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Not sure, my house has 2x8s spanning nearly 12 feet, and another I know of spanning nearly 13. I think 2x10s will be fine.

The 2x6s in my attic on the same nearly 12 ft..... That I'd NOT recommend based on my experience.

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