Oh my goodness we made a floor. It took about 10 hours to Tyvek the underneath, insulate, then cover it with plywood. We had some help moving the plywood around which saved us some time and energy and overall, we did not come home feeling the most exhausted we have ever been. Because the weather called for rain through the night, we decided to make it a day trip, which ended up working out perfectly. We left the site with a solid floor, covered in a big tarp, secured with bungee cords.
Taking a weekend to recreate in Louisville with my sister, we will be back the following week to frame it up. Hopefully, we will be able to get it roofed and framed over the weekend so we will have the rest of the following week to tinker around the site and the cabin.
Since we are now on this stage of the build, it has allowed us to start speculating on the interior and exterior finishing plans. This has had my mind spinning with excitement, thinking of all of the custom things that we can do to make our cabin comfy, efficient, and unique.
Interior plan ideas:
Dead space: This is an a-frame, so with this style of home comes 14 feet of dead space on each of the sides where the roof is. I have been dreaming about the best ways to maximize that space (actually, i have been dreaming about oceans swallowing me up and tornadoes, but I digress)so here are a few of my thoughts on this:
Veggie bin for potatoes, onion, etc., cooler bin for drinks. We plan on getting a mini fridge for the barn to store any refrigerated items that we need, so a cooler should work out in the house. We can also use it as storage bins for dishes, pots and pans. Feel free to share any ideas or thoughts about these things. We love ideas!
Thinking about cooling solutions, we found a great solar fan that we can install on the loft level to vent out some hot air that will surely collect near the ceiling once the weather warms up. The amazing thoughts about installing one of these is the fact that we will know exactly where to attach the solar panel onto the roof because we are installing that as well! If I sound excited about that, you heard me correctly. It may even be a bit of an understatement.
Exterior plan ideas:
We ordered the frame of a hoop house which will be covered in some sort of screen or mosquito netting and fashioned into a screened in porch/catio. We have quite a slope around the cabin, but i am confident that we can adjust for that with some pallet wood in order to make it level. The current plan is to connect that to the house with some sort of tunnel that the cats can help themselves to when they are ready for some outside time. If the hoop house doesn’t work for the cats, it will work for the ducks somehow, so no loss there!
Daydream! Let your mind wander. I know I will not actualize everything that I daydream about but if it is half as nice as I imagine, we will be enjoying quite an oasis. I think that sometimes, people are afraid to get excited about things because they don’t want to be disappointed when something doesn’t work out the way they planned. As the saying goes, you only have one life so let’s go for it. Don’t hold yourself back and adjust your expectations of the results to either be happy with what has resulted, or try again to make it better.