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Inspiration: Swedish Summer House

Inspiration: Swedish Summer House

In Nordic countries there is a history of Summer Houses, a simple small shelter or cottage to stay in when the weather is pleasant. This is a tradition in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland. City families who could afford to had a second home […]

We have Power & Finishing Up

We have Power & Finishing Up

The snow has rained away and they aren’t saying anything about people being without power anymore, so it should be our turn. Tuesday we met Beau and Jessica for dinner at Papas & Beer. On the way home we drove by the house. Look! They […]

Snow at the New House

Snow at the New House

The weather forecast was for snow. Crazy amounts of snow. Which we got. We are not going anywhere. When Cliff woke up, we walked down to the new house. The snow was very heavy. There were a lot of trees down in the neighborhood. We […]

Snow at Meadowbrook Log Cabin

Snow at Meadowbrook Log Cabin

We get snow every winter, but not much and not often. It isn’t even winter yet and this was our forecast! Up to 24″ of snow? Even the forecaster didn’t believe it. Here is the snow on it’s way. That’s a lot of green! It […]

We got our CO!

We got our CO!

We got the final bill for the sidewalk somebody else gets. As soon as we paid for that, the inspector came out for the final inspection. They wanted a couple of corrections. They had to add a strip of insulation on the pull-down attic stairs. […]

Timberline 483 Square Foot Cabin Kit

Timberline 483 Square Foot Cabin Kit

The Timberline Cabin Kit is a made-to-order custom log cabin kit from Allwood. It has 2-3/4 inch thick walls with dual tongue and groove wind block. The walls, roof and floor are of Nordic Spruce, a durable slow grown wood with dense grain. More Information […]

Finishing the HVAC

Finishing the HVAC

The HVAC guy started to hook up the heat pump, but the contractor caught him in time. The heat pump has to be higher. They had to build a platform to make sure the heat pump is (I think) six feet above flood plain. The […]

Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed

Grading Above Flood Plain, Gravel Driveway and Grass Seed

The grader has finished. The lot is above flood plane and everything angles away from the house. The grader pushed the dirt up to the edges of the new concrete. There was gravel everywhere.  The grader measured for where the gravel driveway was supposed to […]

Finishing the Plaster and Paint

Finishing the Plaster and Paint

This week they mostly finished the molding, touched up the plaster and gave the walls and ceiling another coat of paint. The contractor came by and wrote all over the walls. He was marking all of the places he wanted another coat of plaster. They […]

Plumbers Return Again

Plumbers Return Again

That night it poured. The trench filled up with water and the pipe pulled itself loose and floated to the top. The water backed up into the tub. While we watched, the rest of the pipe popped up. The contractor noticed before I did and […]