Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vista Cabin

Earlier this year I had a number of drawing projects.  Here is one with pictures of the progress.

Loft Deck View

The Loft

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cabin videos

Building our way to a dream come true.

Part 2


A few highlights from 2011


Monday, September 27, 2010

Little Cabin building Seminar

I've had the pleasure of working with a number readers of this blog on their own projects via email and phone calls.  I'm discovering a few areas in the construction process that seem to universally trip up those building for the first time.  A suggestion was made that I do a seminar - supposing there would be enough interest, to demonstrate some of the more advanced techniques.

We're in the early stages but the plan is to find a little house project and work with the owner/builder with the attendees present and chipping in where possible. Ideally it would be in an area convenient to the most participants, good access, nearby lodging/camping, be small enough to be completed in 2-3 days.

Topics we are considering covering
-Tools for remote building and their safe use
-Post and Pier foundations
-Framing Layout and assembly techniques
-Roof framing (this is where most stumble)
-Door and Window installation

If you have a project that you would like some free skilled and apprentice help with send me a note and we'll explore the possibility. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Yonderosa Outpost Update

Progress was made on our last visit to the Outpost.

The Interior finish is showing real promise.

The exterior too!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bear Camp Update

Last year I had the pleasure of working with CM to modify a version of the 'Outpost' into something that better suited his needs.  Now that the snow has retreated he's underway and off to a good start.
The 'Bear Camp' is structurally based on the 'Outpost' but encloses the porch and will add a full length covered porch on one side. 

I'm excited to see this one (and the others) progress.  I'll post pictures when I get them with the permission of the owners.  The 'Outpost' and its variations have licensed owners in a half dozen states now (FL, WA, OR, CA, TX and AZ) and so far the feedback has been good and the modifications give each one its own individual flavor.

Thanks to everyone for their interest.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

"Ain't as good as I once was...."

"... but I'm as good once as I ever was."

It's been a while since I framed anything this size.  This economy has got me back "wearing the tools" during more phases of the project than usual.  It's been enjoyable,  I surprised how much heavier everything feels compared to way back when I did this regularly.  Body held up OK but it did complain some.

It's taking shape, here's a long overdue update;

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Soft Cut Saw - Crack mitigation

It is pretty much impossible to make a slab completely crack free, the bigger it is the more likely it will crack.  Even loading it with steel won't prevent it.  Finding the real world balance, good fill, steel, good mud and some kind of joint seems to mitigate the bad ones.  At minimum I use tool joints but that isn't compatible with a power troweler.  With a slab this big (2100 sf) we opted for cut joints.