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willywilly2020
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# Posted: 1 Aug 2020 17:23
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Hi friends! Got home from camp last week after my first two weeks of building. It's finally happening! No service at camp, so i've got a build up of posts and photos to share.

Details:
*Foundation (12 piers supporting two 25' 6x12 beams).
*Two sided deck, 5' by front door, and 4' cantilevered off beams.
*2x6 studs, and extra beefy header on big window wall.

I dug and poured foundation in the end of May, and spent roughly 2.5 weeks in mid-July building. Cabin is fully wrapped, windows are in, and roof is tarred.

I'll be back at camp in a couple weeks to get siding and roofing on!

willywilly2020
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# Posted: 1 Aug 2020 17:30
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Here’s the site and foundation
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willywilly2020
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# Posted: 1 Aug 2020 17:33
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Framing build week - me and my friend Maggie framed most of cabin and roof in about 5 days. Called over some “nearby” neighbors to raise the walls!
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willywilly2020
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# Posted: 1 Aug 2020 17:38
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Rafters took a whole day to get up and a long river soak to recover from!
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willywilly2020
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# Posted: 1 Aug 2020 17:42
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Sheathed it all up, wrapped it with a little help from my family, stuck the windows in, and managed to tar the roof on the hottest day yet!
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willywilly2020
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# Posted: 1 Aug 2020 17:48
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Extra special thanks to my ‘98 ranger, Eunice, for making multiple trips over the pass with all my windows and starting up almost every side day.
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Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 2 Aug 2020 10:53
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That looks very nice willy! I know that we always felt exhausted at the end of the day after working on our cabin. But it feels a little different in that I know I’m building the opportunities for many great memories with my family and good friends.
Wishing you well on a successful safe build . Pictures good

Brettny
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# Posted: 2 Aug 2020 11:05
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A dryed in building has to be a relief. Nice view also!

lburners
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# Posted: 2 Aug 2020 21:07
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Those little trucks really get it done.

willywilly2020
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# Posted: 20 Aug 2020 14:58
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After a couple week break I spent a long weekend at camp - put on the fascia and roof, partially insulated the inside, constructed the loft framing, hung the front door (poorly), installed the final stained glass window, and drilled the ventilation holes in the frieze blocks.
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willywilly2020
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# Posted: 20 Aug 2020 14:59
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Here's the loft! Headed back for another long weekend to install siding, trim, and finish those damn ventilation holes (my hole saw mandel broke).
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willywilly2020
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# Posted: 24 Oct 2020 19:30
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Wow it's been a while friends. Hard times with all the wildfire smoke this summer, but things are finally getting wrapped up. Headed out this next week to clean up job site, build some cabinets and stairs, and bring my nicely seasoned firewood into the storage area on my porch and under the stove.
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lburners
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# Posted: 24 Oct 2020 20:24
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Wow! I like the way this is turning-turned out. Did you end beefing up a the roof rafters for the 4/12 roof?

willywilly2020
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# Posted: 24 Oct 2020 21:41
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Thanks! I used 2x12s for my roof rafters.

DaveBell
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# Posted: 24 Oct 2020 21:54
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The patchwork of windows is so cool!

Jrbrandt25
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# Posted: 25 Oct 2020 13:00
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Impressive!!! Looks great so far!

willywilly2020
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# Posted: 17 Nov 2020 12:43
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Back from a last trip to the cabin before it becomes ski only access. Great timing as we got about 7 inches before I hightailed it out of there.

Wrapped up building my cabinets/countertop, whipped together a table and some random furniture from scrap wood from my pals at the local backwoods mill. Hauled all my firewood from where I chopped it in the spring and stored it in every cranny I had! Brought up my big cowskin from where it was gathering dust.

The scrap wood for my stairs was more wet than I realized (should have measured moisture levels before snagged it from the mill's discard pile) so I've stickered the steps and will probably install around christmas.

Ran out of time to build: outhouse, shed.
To install in the winter: my solar panels/set-up, stairs.
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WILL1E
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# Posted: 17 Nov 2020 12:58
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Would you mind sharing a rough materials cost breakout thus far?

willywilly2020
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# Posted: 17 Nov 2020 13:21
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Totally! I had set aside a pretty sizeable $20k budget, and have spent roughly $18750. I spent significantly more on dimensional lumber because I had a TON of windows, which required a really beefy framing. Additionally, with the exception of my dimensional lumber and ceiling wood, the rest of my build was done with used/salvaged wood. Not that it saved all that much money (and it sure didn't save time), but it was important to me to try to use less trees.

Excavation of site and road building by kindly neighbor: 800
Foundation sonotubes/footings/piers/concrete: 1100
Windows/door: 1000
Building package (roofing, dimensional lumber, ply, beams/headers, insulation): 9500
New compressor when the old one pooped out: 110
Wood stove and piping: 1200
Flooring: 650
Siding/trim/metal siding: 950
Interior ceiling materials (wish I'd bought before lumber prices skyrocketed): 500
Misc fastners/screws/supplies/sandpaper: 750
Paint/stains/flooring treatment: 400
Interior drywall, particleboard sub-siding: 250
Solar supplies for DC system: 575

WILL1E
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# Posted: 17 Nov 2020 14:07
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Thank you!

What was the cabin size? I only see your callout of 25' beams.

Also, what were your wall heights on the high and low side?

rpe
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# Posted: 17 Nov 2020 14:26
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Looks great! I love that corner wood stove - cozy! The natural light you have there is awesome as well.

What's the story with the piers? I see full-height beefy piers with saddled post supports mid-span. Are those saddled posts also concrete piers, or some other support type?

willywilly2020
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# Posted: 17 Nov 2020 15:58
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Quoting: WILL1E
What was the cabin size? I only see your callout of 25' beams.


Cabin is 12x20, with deck the footprint is 16x25.

Quoting: WILL1E
Also, what were your wall heights on the high and low side?


High wall is 12', low is 8'.


Quoting: rpe
What's the story with the piers?


A sorrowful tale to be sure. I have two 25' beams under the cabin (20' of those is the cabin, 5' of deck). Armed with some advice, I originally poured 8 beefy, deep sonotubes w/bell footings at 0', 10', 20', 25' of each beam. However I just wasn't sitting well with it. I looked over some of the span tables, and realized I should have had them closer together. I added four concrete pier pads (not near as beefy) and 4x4s under the beams and beefed up my beam size to help me sleep better at night.

rpe
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# Posted: 18 Nov 2020 08:43
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What's the soil like in your area? Is it well drained? I'd keep a close eye on those pier pads you added in case they frost jack the building up off the sonotubes. I've experienced heaving of about 4" vertically in a single winter with very wet clay. Fortunately, the building re-settled on the bed-rock mounted piers in the spring, and the offending pad supports were replaced.

willywilly2020
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# Posted: 18 Nov 2020 17:15
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It's very dry/rocky, the location drains well, and I'm up on a little hill. I'll keep an eye on that frost jack though, yikes.

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