Cabin Trip/Build Update. Long post with great pictures!

in offgrid •  5 months ago

Jay and I have been at the cabin for just over a week working to get the frame raised. Well, we didn't get the entire frame raised this trip, we had one rafter and 6 purlins left to get up but ran out of days to finish. Oh well, there is always next trip out, lol.
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This is just before we headed off home

Quads are all packed, ready to head to the cabin.
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We found a new trail! It will cut off the dusty old logging road and the first swampy spot, its such a beautiful ride!
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Did a bit of fishing the first night.😘
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Amazing sunset view from the boat!
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The second day, we got our camp set up and got work. Jay milled up a big timber for the tie beams.
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The timber mart pail was collecting some nice fine sawdust for my composting toilet (shitter pails).
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We moved the tie beams to the cabin floor where Jay made the measurements and cuts.
I didn't get pictures. I will make a GIF in the near future though of the trail cam photos, there are literally thousands! 😆

Just about a full moon, nice and bright out!
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Third day.
Oh just some random massive boulder in the lake, it really has no rhyme or reason.
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Jay making the mortise cuts for the tie beams to sit.
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While Jay was doing that I put together a temporary shower with some extra pallets we had.
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The rain is coming in..
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It rained most of the fourth day so we hung out in the tent played some crib and watched a few episodes of Last Man Standing.

The fifth day Jay and I spent a lot of the day fitting the braces into the tie beams, leg posts, drilling the peg holes and making a few more pegs.
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Dallas showed up in the afternoon to come help out on his 4days off of work (he is working 16hr days as a flagger on the highways this summer, 10on/4off).
We had a relaxing evening fishing!
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While we were gone/just showing up back on shore we had some visitors..
A mama and two cubs!
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They ate the chicken broth I had on the firepit and stole a closed half-bag of garbage! The bears weren't in a hurry to leave so Dallas fired off two shots, they quickly left. Jay went and recovered the stolen bag of garbage.

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The sixth day Jay made the mortise cuts for the support braces on the other side of the cabin.
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We fit them together and marked out where the peg holes will need to be drilled.
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Drilling peg holes.
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Went out in the boat to catch the last of the sunset.
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The seventh day Jay did some touch-ups, Dallas hammered the pegs in one side and when it was ready to lift I came to help.
One side up and braced.
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Hammering pegs.
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We got the other side up and braced too.
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The bottom of the rafter going up, we didn't think we'd get it up in the full triangle.
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Dallas hammering in the pegs on the second one.
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Jay making hammering in pegs extra sexy!😉 😘
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All three rafter bottoms are on! Great days work
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Day eight, Dallas and Jay getting the scaffolding together for putting up the rafters and purlins.
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The first rafter is up and temporarily braced. It took a lot of going up then down and adjusting before we were able to get it up smoothly.
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The second rafter up. This one I took a whole video of us getting it up and wrote an explanation of how we were able to winch it all up and into place but DTube was being a bit cunty, so I couldn't get it posted. Keep an eye out though, I will get it posted!!
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Day nine, that last day here. Jay and Dallas got up 6 purlins up while I packed up camp.
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On our quad ride to the truck, Dallas wanted to piss around in the muskeg on his quad, lol.
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I also have videos of Dallas rippin' muskeg to post, keep an eye out!

Seen a moose on our drive home.
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Well, that's it for that trip to the cabin, next time we get out there we should have it pretty much done, minus a few windows we didn't get out in winter but we will have them framed out.
Jay is on the highway back to work today, he is working a few extra days this time around.

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This is a real dream of mine - to buy some barely accessible land and build a totally off-grid, sustainable living quarters with little to no debt.

Wow! Looks like you've found a place that's not only "off grid" but truly AWAY from any signs of the grid. Cool to see your progression there!

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Thanks! It is an absolutely amazing lot and lake! :)
We are 15kms from one main highway (summer trail) and 12km from another main highway (winter road).

Wow that is a cool project. I have done some constructions like that for other people but would love to do it for my self. Looks like and amazing spot too.

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Thanks, this is our first time doing a project like this! ;)
It is a very amazing spot, 240 degree+ views as it sits on a point on the lake and the best fishing is 99ft away right out in front along the point. My son caught his biggest jackfish/pike (46 1/2inches) right there just casting off shore! Thanks for stopping by! :)