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December 2018 Bathroom Update

December 2018 Bathroom Update

It has been a while since we’ve written (we’ve been busy) and it’s about time we gave you an update. Our bathroom is functional, but not quite finished. Lots of work went into getting to this point and there is still work left to do. We really enjoy having hot running water, showers, and a bathroom door. Bailey says she still (even after a few weeks) gets a bit of joy every time she flushes the toilet. Here’s a summary…

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They’ll Need to Do Demo Work before Building a Bathroom

They’ll Need to Do Demo Work before Building a Bathroom

We are FINALLY adding a bathroom to our cabin! Due to our change in plans it will be where the wood stove and chimney were instead of in an addition. This means we needed to demo those before we could get started on the bathroom. CHIMNEY I started at the top with chimney removal. (If you ever need to do this check out YouTube as there are lots of videos explaining the process.) First, I removed the chimney cap that…

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They Will Need to Change Plans

They Will Need to Change Plans

“Is it International Choke a Bureaucrat Day? …Because it sure feels like it” was my first thought when the bureaucrat at the county office told me that if we put a 12×12 addition on our cabin for a bathroom it would no longer qualify as an “accessory dwelling” according to the county zoning ordinance. That would mean we would have to take it down or alter it so it was no longer a dwelling in order to build another primary…

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Building a Woodshed with Salvaged Materials

Building a Woodshed with Salvaged Materials

Why we wanted to build a woodshed: We want to cut from our land all of the firewood we burn in our woodstove, which is our only heat source. This year, that wasn’t a problem as we needed to cut down many trees to clear a right of way for our power line. We did have a problem of not having a place to put the wood once it was cut, so I decided we needed a woodshed. And since…

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Brute 22 Ton Log Splitter Review

Brute 22 Ton Log Splitter Review

Since we heat exclusively with wood and don’t want to purchase wood, we do a lot of cutting and splitting. Bailey wanted to be able to help with this but was afraid that she would hurt herself swinging a splitting maul. Because of this, we decided to get a wood splitter so that she could both help and feel safe. We also figured we would get a lot of use out of it and could even use it to help…

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Five Reasons We Didn’t Choose Off-Grid Solar

Five Reasons We Didn’t Choose Off-Grid Solar

After buying an off-grid cabin we considered installing an off-grid solar electric system and were actually leaning toward doing so for a few months but, ultimately, decided against it and connected to the grid. We can see this being a good option for some people and never needing to pay an electric bill is certainly appealing, but it just isn’t for us. Here are five reasons why we decided to go on the grid. 1.     A solar electric system didn’t…

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They’re Going to Have the First of Many Adventures

They’re Going to Have the First of Many Adventures

Less than a week after closing on our cabin and months before moving in or insuring it, a huge windstorm blew through. We are talking our-house-in-town-being-without-electricity-for-a-whole-week-in-the-aftermath-of-this-storm huge. After the obstacle course of debris on my way to work, working all day (my office is conveniently located in one of only two neighborhoods in the area that had power that day) and going out for dinner since we didn’t have a working refrigerator or stove we went to go check out…

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They’re Going to Want a New Front Door (with a Window)

They’re Going to Want a New Front Door (with a Window)

Yesterday my parents came to help install a new front door and it was quite an ordeal. It seemed as though everything that could go wrong did. To summarize, my Dad had said we should be able to get it done by noon and after 3 trips to the store we had it pretty much finished by 8:30pm. Clearly you don’t want me to write a how to on replacing a door so lets leave that to Tom Silva and…

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They’re Going to Ask for a Plow Truck

They’re Going to Ask for a Plow Truck

We have quite the driveway – it is a quarter mile long and that is way too long to shovel. It is also cost prohibitive to pay someone to plow it every time it snows. Because of this, we wanted to buy a plow truck or tractor to plow the snow ourselves.     We considered several ways to clear our driveway including a plow truck than we never use on the roads, A nice plow truck, a tractor with a snow…

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They’re Going to Want Propane to Run Their Stove

They’re Going to Want Propane to Run Their Stove

After doing some research we decided that we wanted to get two 100 lb. tanks for propane that we could bring to town to get filled when we want rather than having a large tank and needed to deal with deliveries. We ordered some from U-Haul and had them delivered, we ordered a regulator that would automatically switch between tanks when one was empty and hoses from Amazon. The U-Haul delivery went just fine, but the Amazon delivery didn’t come…

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