New Bath House Porch
Cabin Update: Siding, a Porch and a Surprise
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/31/2015 | 10 Comments
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My mother-in-law requested the girls for an overnight the last two Saturdays, so my husband and I snuck off to the cabin to work, and we got so much done.

I nailed up a bunch more cedar shakes. Look how close I am to the end now! I shouldn’t have any problem tying this project up in September.

Window Trim

And my husband got two out of the three back windows trimmed out. It’s crazy how much more finished things look with a bit of trim.

But the really exciting improvement is the work that we got done on the bath house.

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Hanging Cedar Shakes
Weekend Homestead: Summer Progress
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/17/2015 | 3 Comments
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The kids have been back in school for two and a half weeks now, so let’s talk about what we got done at our cabin this summer.

You may remember that my husband started installing cedar shakes on the backside of the cabin over spring break. Well, that project had been really slow going, mostly because he hated the drudgery of it. I happen to love repetitive tasks (gives me time for my mind to wander), so I took over that project about a month ago, and now it’s moving right along.

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Well Drilling Rig
Well-Drilling Day
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/18/2015 | 2 Comments
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When we got up yesterday morning, we had no idea we’d be getting a well. We’d hired a driller two weeks ago, and had been waiting anxiously for our turn. The call finally came while we were having breakfast (perfect timing, since we were already up at our weekend homestead).

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Painted Front Door
Our Cabin Gets Color
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/20/2015 | 2 Comments
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I picked out our paint colors for the cabin months ago, and I’ve had the paint sitting in the basement ever since. We’ll, I’m excited to say I finally got to pull that paint out of storage and put it to use. Here’s a first peek at my picks:

The front door got two coats of Sherwin Willam’s Grays Harbor (SW 6236). I really like the way it contrasts with the weathered oak siding.

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Front Cabin Wall Tear Out
Big Progress at the Weekend Homestead
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/30/2015 | 2 Comments
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We’re officially done with all the cabin demo work! We tore out the final section of wall that needed to be replaced yesterday.

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Living Room Floor
Spring Break at the Homestead
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/22/2015 | 6 Comments
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The kids were out on spring break this week, so we dropped them off at their grandparents for their annual visit, and headed up to our weekend homestead to squeeze in six days of work. I think that’s the longest stretch that we’ve had to work on the cabin since we bought it, and we have lots to show for it. Here’s a look at the progress:

When we started working on the cabin back in October, our first order of business was to close in the living room, so we’d have a place to stay while we worked. That meant building a back wall (since there wasn’t one), replacing all of the broken windows, tearing out the subfloor and temporarily closing the room off to the rest of the cabin. We managed to tackle all of that in one weekend, but we ran out of time when it came to laying a new sub floor. So, we just laid some plywood down, and called it good.

On this trip, we finally got a chance to finish the floor. It’s just pressure-treated plywood, nothing fancy, but it should hold up well to heavy foot traffic. I plan to porch paint it, so it’ll be easy to clean.

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Installing Board and Batten Siding
Weekend Homestead: Countdown to Summer
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/09/2015 | 2 Comments
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We’re back from another weekend of working on our weekend homestead. As you may remember, we’ve been rehabbing an unfinished cabin that was abandoned 12 years ago. We started work in October, and we’ve been making slow, but steady progress ever since. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

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Bathroom Window
More Cabin Curb Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/23/2015 | 1 Comment
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Thanks to a lucky curb find, we’re one window closer to having all the windows we need for our weekend homestead. I spotted the window you see above while we were on our way to pick up the kids the other day, and thought it might work in our bath house. When we pulled over to take a look, we discovered that it really was a bathroom window – it has frosted glass. How perfect is that?

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Pig Close-Up
Weekend Homestead: Two Months In
By Erin Huffstetler | 12/02/2014 | 1 Comment
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It’s been two months since we started working on our little weekend homestead. Here’s a look at what we’ve gotten done.

The cabin now has a back wall, so this view is gone for good:

Back Wall of Kitchen

And now that that’s taken care of, we’re working on the side wall.

Side Wall Before Tear Down

The rim joist needed to be replaced, and there were several other issues with that wall, so we tore it out and started over.

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Inside of Back Wall - 1 Month In
My Weekend Homestead – A Month In
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/05/2014 | 4 Comments
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This is what the cabin looked like when we started.

Cabin - 1 Month In

And this is how it looks now. We’ve replaced all the broken windows across the front of the cabin, but the biggest change is on the back side. Remember how it was wide open in the back?

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Vintage Cast Iron Wall-Mount Sink
Cabin Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/25/2014 | 4 Comments
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We’ve been using our weekends to work on the cabin, so we haven’t really gotten to yard sale this month. No complaints, but after a while that gets a girl to jonesing. Happily we managed to squeeze in some yard saling yesterday and today. And I’m so glad we did because we found some great stuff for the cabin. Check it out:

We stopped at a downsizing sale this morning, and everything was overpriced. I didn’t let that turn me off though because I’ve learned that even the most overpriced sale will usually have a few bargains. You just have to find the stuff they don’t care about. I’m so glad we stuck it out because this gorgeous cast iron sink was sitting off by itself just waiting to be discovered.

I asked about it, and was told the previous owners had put it in the bathroom (finally, that item they didn’t care about). It had a $20 price tag, and we talked them down to $17. What a steal. It’s a vintage wall-mount sink, with it’s original mounting hardware and it’s been reporcelained. I plan to use it in the bathhouse.

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Bush Hogged Field
Weekend Homestead: Week 1
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/14/2014 | 8 Comments
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The kids were out on fall break last week, so we loaded a U-Haul with tools and building supplies, and headed up to our new weekend homestead to get started on the renovations. I had big hopes of getting the cabin closed in on this trip, but the weather had other plans for us. It pretty much poured the entire time we were there. So, we tweaked our plans, and we still managed to get quite a bit done. Here’s a look at our progress:

This is what the front of the cabin looked like a week ago.

Cabin - Week 1

And here’s what it looks like now, after bush hogging and the first wave of construction.

Front Door

Direct your eye to the right end of the cabin, and you’ll see that we have a new front window. But wait; that’s not all …

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Rock Formation
Introducing My Weekend Homestead
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/03/2014 | 15 Comments
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My husband and I have been married for 13 years, and for most of those years we’ve dreamed about owning a large property where we could spend our weekends and summers. Somewhere we could plant an orchard, a grove and a great big garden. Somewhere our kids could run around and make lots of memories. Somewhere we could hike, fish and hang out around a campfire. Somewhere that our kids could eventually bring their kids to. A magical place where time slows down and the digital world falls away.

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