Big Progress at the Weekend Homestead

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Front Cabin Wall Tear Out

We’re officially done with all the cabin demo work! We tore out the final section of wall that needed to be replaced yesterday.

Reframed Front Wall

We framed it back in …

New Sheathing on Front Wall

and we hung new sheathing.

Board and Batten Siding

We still need to put up tar paper and reinstall the board and batten siding, but after six months of work, the cabin is now fully enclosed!

We also finished laying the floor on this trip, so the girls and I plan to paint the floors on our next trip up (and the doors too, if we have enough time). I bought all my paint at Sherwin Williams a couple months ago when they were having a sale, so it’s already sitting in the basement ready to go.

If we manage to get everything painted as planned, we’ll bring furniture up on the following trip. I’ve been collecting stuff for years (13 to be exact), so I can’t wait to finally put everything to use. And getting all that space back in the basement is going to be pretty great, too.

We still have lots to do before the girls get out of school. But this feels like a pretty big step. Here’s a look at what’s left on our to-do list.

  • Frame in the wall between the kitchen and the bedroom
  • Finish hanging the siding
  • Hire someone to wire the cabin
  • Plumb in a kitchen sink
  • Hire someone to dig the well deeper
  • Build a solar shower
  • Insulate the walls
  • Have the phone line brought to the cabin, and sign up for Internet access (so I can work)
  • Build a coop for our chickens

Tank for Solar Shower

And here’s a step towards one of those items on our to-do list. We snagged this tank while we were out curb shopping this morning. It’s a sand filter for a pool, but after a quick paint job, it should work perfectly as the hot water tank for our solar shower. I’ll tell ya, this is one item that I really thought we were going to have to buy. Finding the right size tank in a curb pile, and one that hadn’t been used to store something that would make it unsafe for water storage was a pretty tall order. But it looks like a little persistence paid off.

Now that curb shopping season has arrived, I’m hoping we’ll find some of the other items on our list. Here’s what we have left:

  • (6) kitchen chairs
  • Wall-mount kitchen faucet
  • Butcher block for the kitchen counters (we’ll probably have to buy this)
  • Refrigerator
  • Four metal stools
  • Shower head
  • (3) outdoor-rated ceiling fans
  • A full-size mattress
  • (2) screen doors
  • Electric panel
  • Vintage doors
  • A cabinet (to store board games in)

I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

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  1. When you mentioned butcher block for the kitchen, I immediately thought bowling alley floors. Who know? Maybe you will find it somewhere.

    1. Yep, you never know. I’m constantly amazed by what we find in curb piles. My fingers are crossed.

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