Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cabin Progress Update

It's been a while since the last update; and in the construction world a lot can happen in that time.  And for our cabin project, a lot has!

In that time, we had a total of 9 visitors, or should I say helpers.  Pat, Aimee and Lucas arrived on the July 4th holiday and spent nearly 4 weeks.  Living out of a motorhome and pop-up camper, Pat and I made good progress.  The arrival of the Kruty's (Bob, Sue, Mindy and Gramma J) and my Mom and Conrad increased the productivity!  Below is a series of pictures that detail what has happened since the last update.

We arrived to the site and started with the ledger board, joist hangers, BCI floor joists and the subfloor.  Behind you can see the JOC (Johnson Operations Center).

Here is the Superintendent.  LB enjoying the view of Denali before we backfill.
Dirtwork is best done when its pouring rain (joking...).  We went from bluebird to full on down pour.  But at least she's backfilled.  We rented a Volvo tracked loader from Moore's Hardware in Talkeetna.
 Log stacking.  The night before we stacked we set the plate logs.  Lee had a crew of about 5-6 to help out, including us rookies.
This was by far the most exciting day for a log home owner.  We went from a subfloor to a log house in a matter of 5 hours.  With a crane sitting in your driveway at $185/hour, you can't help but make quick time.

I had a grand plan of doing a time lapse of the whole project, but everything went awry when I almost drilled through my finger and hit the wrong button on my GoPro.  
This is impressive.  Lee does a plunge cut with his chainsaw.  Note that steel reinforcement is only a few feet down.  And he's on the top step of the ladder.  (OSHA please don't read this!)
There's a lot going on in this photo.  Swingin' some logs!
The end product.  The logs have been stacked but there's a ways to go before its all monkeys and bananas.
 I basically constructed this roof backwards.  Typical framed construction would be to build the roof with conventional lumber and do rafters first; then sheathing; and finally whatever roof material you are  using.  Instead I put the tongue and groove down first - this is what you'll see from the inside.  From there we framed it (or farmed it :), then ice and water shield followed by a standing seam metal roof.

Pat, Seff and I contemplate what the prow will look like.
 The master and his apprentice. (Note that I am the apprentice).

 All in all, Pat and I spent 10 days on this roof.  My calves are still killing me!

Spray foam insulation wouldn't be fun without a little bit of tenting.
 After all the farming was done, it was on to sheathing, sonotubes and the post and beam for the covered porch.  Pat, Conrad (AKA Carmine) and Mr. K look on as Lee maneuvers the backhoe.
 The real talent.  Mrs. K and Gramma J!
 The whole crew!  (L to R) Bob and Sue Kruty, Mom and Conrad, Gramma Johnson, Lobita, Meg and I, Mindy, Lucas, Pat & Aimee
 The stoke has returned!  A trip to Alaska wouldn't be right without some summer turns.  Pat and I skied a gully in the SoFo that comes off of the main North Bowl ridge back to the main south fork trail. The sun cups where interesting, but hey....skiing is skiing!  Powder optional, Utica Club mandatory!
By the time my best friends had left, we were essentially "weathered in".  Many thanks to all the friends and family who put in the effort to make our dream home a reality!


Blogger Kate Dunkin said...

Great post and pictures! I was actually looking for insulation in Virginia when i came across your blog. I'm happy I did though because I love posts like this. Thank you for sharing this with us!

December 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That’s really heavy work! Literally! Those logs are enough to describe it. I want to know more about this project. I know you spent 10 days installing the roof, but may I ask how long did it take you to finish the entire project? And what did you use to protect the surface of the material? Did you stain all the logs?

Paul @SheltonRoof.com

January 28, 2014 at 4:11 AM  

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